Sunday, January 18, 2009

What It Takes

So I'm not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing but I decided to read up a little on how the Kona slots are actually divided up at each of the qualifing races. Here is what I found...

  • IMWI has 72 slots
  • 10% go to Pros - I'll round up to 8
  • Each of the 12 AGs get one slot for Men and Women as long as there is someone racing in that AG - 24 slots
  • That leaves 40 more slots which are divided based on number of people in each AG
  • There are 210 registered in my AG and 2,691 total - 7.8% in my AG
  • 7.8% of 40 means my AG gets another 3.12 slots, plus the 1 that all AGs get

Therefore, if everyone takes their slot, I will have to be top 4 to qualify for Kona, or in the top 1.9% of my AG.

I see why it can take years for most people to qualify. I have a long way to go in a short time if I have any chance at making it this year. Based on last years results, I probably have to drop another half hour off my goal time to make it this year.

All I can do is keep training, race my race and see what happens. It's a good thing I like a challenge and can stay focued for more then a year because it may take a few more.


  1. Didn't realize it's that's tough to

  2. wow, i'm going to have to really be up on my specating skills that day, well i guess my tracking on the website. brett, you should come watch.

  3. I too have the same goals Matt. I'm in the m40-44 group. IMWI 2007 there were 8 qualifiers with 1 going under 10:00. 2008 there also 8 qualifiers with 1 over 10:00 and he went 10:03. Holy Crap! Looking at the previous few years a 10:15-10:35 would have qualified. Now I have to shift my focus to sub-10:00 whereas before I was thinking sub-10:30. Many more 2x20's to go!