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Race report courtesy of slowtwitch.com

Australian Chris McDonald won his 4th Ironman distance title and Germany’s Nine Kraft her 9th at the classic distance and each of them won for the second time at Ford Ironman Louisville.

McDonald combined a 5th-best 51:47 swim, race-best 4:35:45 bike and 3rd-best 2:55:22 marathon to hit the finish in 8:27:36 with a 2:59 margin over runner-up Patrick Evoe of Austin Texas and 6:59 over Justin Daerr of Boulder Colorado.

McDonald came out of the Ohio River 5th in 51:47. But more important, he earned a 2:29 advantage on Evoe and a 1:52 on Daerr, who proved to be his most dangerous rivals.

McDonald won it on the bike, setting a 4:35:45 pace for the 112 miles, which put 3:25 on Evoe and 7:22 on Daerr. Through the bike, Paul Ambrose of Australia was right on McDonald’s tail, and arrived in T2 in a virtual tie after a 47:13 swim and 3rd-best 4:40:12 bike. However, Ambrose was overcome by the heat and humidity and fell off the back and perhaps dropped out on the run.

Overall men

1. Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:27:36
2. Patrick Evoe (USA) 8:30:35
3. Justin Daerr (USA) 8:34:35
4. Brian Scheall (USA) 9:07:25 * M25-29
5. Jason McMillian (USA) 9:10:29 * M35-39

Nutrition Report:  In April of 2011 First Endurance reviewed and adjusted Chris’s Ironman nutrition plan.  The focus was eliminating all nutrients which are irritable and slow to absorb and replacing those with fast absorbing nutrients.  Chris followed a gluten free diet for the days leading up to the event and consumed EFS drink and EFS liquid shot as his primary fuel while racing.   Chris was ecstatic with how well the new plan worked.  “The new nutrition plan helped me IMMENSELY!  Going gluten free was helpful.  This is the least amount of calories I have consumed on the bike in my last 10 Ironmans and it left me feeling ready to run and in control of my nutrition on the run.”