Because I am obsessive compulsive, I just had to take a look back and compare my Ultraman finishing time of 26:33:47 against prior year results to see how I might have fared. Don’t hold it against me. I can’t help it.
Of course, time is close to meaningless in this absurdly long event — there are so many variables that play such a major part — ocean currents, high winds, rain, mechanicals, etc. And this year we had GREAT conditions. Although I’m told the swim currents this year were quite adverse and cost swimmers anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, I can’t honestly say that I noticed anything major (although I have nothing to compare it to). But we had basically no rain and despite some occasional headwinds, it probably wasn’t bad as compared to prior years.
That said, I couldn’t help but notice that my time holds up pretty damn well against prior year results. In fact, I would have placed substantially HIGHER in every year other than one over the last 15. I would have been top 10 in every prior year except one (in 1999 I would have finished 11th just as I did this year). Amazingly, my time would have been 2nd in 1992, 1993 and 2005; 3rd in 1994 and top 5 in 7 of the last 15 years!
Again, I can only assume that conditions were horrible in those years, as I just can’t believe I could have placed that high. But still, I admit its sort of cool to wonder….Then again, maybe the field this year was just that fast. Just that deep.
Here’s how my time would have measured up over the last 15 years of Ultraman Hawaii. This kinda blows my mind: