Petit Rocher athlete Marc Arsenault finished 282nd out of 2,283 participants on Saturday at the Ironman World Championships in St. George, Utah. The 50-year-old Acadian, number 20 in his age group (50 to 54), completed the race in 10 hours 49 minutes 58.
“I am very happy with the result, considering it a spring race,” the athlete said. The conditions and the track were worthy of a world championship. I will be fifty-four this summer. After growing up a year, she took 3rd place (55-59 years old). It makes me dream and makes me stay young.”
“I even beat former Tour de France winner (Laurent) Galbert (11h43min01). He finished over thirty minutes behind me. I didn’t hit him on the bike though,” he laughs.
Arsino completed the 3.8 km swim for the first time in 1 hour 01 minutes 02, temporarily giving him 187th place, and 12th in his age group.
With the bike race, Arsinoe ranked 234th overall and 15th in his age group, after 5hrs 28min 43rd at the end of the 180.2km distance.
Finally, Arsino finished the 42.2km marathon in 4:11:38, good for 496th overall and 36th in the 50-54 age group.
“I’m really happy swimming. The water was really cold, about 15 degrees Celsius. It wakes you up, let’s say,” Arsenault says with a laugh.
“I was expecting better on the bike, but because this race was a big training session for me given the Mont-Tremblant race in August, I didn’t really take a break. Last week I trained for 23 hours instead of taking a week off which consists of training Only twelve hours,” he explains.
“So I got exhausted to the finish line, but that was the goal. I even trained for two hours today. It feels good,” he says with a laugh.
Norway’s Christian Blumenfelt won the men’s class with a time of 7 hours and 49 minutes. He was accompanied by Canadian Lionel Sanders (7h54min 03) and New Zealander Braden Currie (7h54m19) on the podium.
At the women’s level, the Swiss Daniela Reeve (8 h 34 min 59) won. The top three were completed by Britain’s Cat Matthews (8 x 43 min 49) and Germany’s Anne Hauge (8 x 47 min 03).
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