On August 18th, 2018, Cody Beals made his Ironman debut in Mont-Tremblant, QC. At the end of a long day, eight hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds to be exact, Beals became an Ironman champion. He’s the first Canadian male to win the race and one of only a few individuals to top the podium in their first.
The finishing time of 8:10:36 is a course record – topping the previous record by six minutes. On the bike, he put in an impressive performance as well, averaging over 40 km/h and 260 watts to set the fastest bike split of the day and a course record (4:24:28).
Today, on the triathlon Slowtwitch forum, Beals was asked to share his power file with his fans. Having shared both his Cyclo-Sphere and Strava file, Beals gave some insight into the race. “Average power was 262W and normalized power was 273W. I don’t consider the ride to be particularly well executed. I was on target power (~270W AP, ~280W NP) for the first lap and then gradually faded. Then again, everyone else did too,” said Beals.
When asked about doing Kona one day, Beals stuck to the script. “No, I won’t be racing Kona this year… I don’t intend to target Kona for 2-3 years. I bided my time to get my Ironman debut right, and I intend to do the same with Kona. I have too much respect for the unique demands of that race to jump the gun.”