From my friend Ben Bigglestone's FB update feed
Ben Bigglestone the wind on the queen k weird today, fierce about 20 miles into the course and dead against. MPH and Watts for the 5 miles into the wind and on the return 19.9/227, 15.5/243, 16.7/227, 14.4/239, 13.4/217 and the return 35.7/97, 33/162, 30.5/147, 25.8/185, 27.3/170
Ben is an exceptionally strong cyclist and swimmer and obviously a good runner since he picked up the slot in a 70.3.
As you can see it takes alot of power to move around on that island..I still don't get folks back here who make random assumptions about getting there...The big watts aren't impressive when you're a *big* person, the w/kg factor is still average, though the w/Cd gets people excicted...
Ben is not a big guy and likely has a threshold closer to the pedal mashers around the area, plus he's small so Cd is really in his favor.
Major Reality check, eh? He's super strong and motors decently into the wind. Imagine you aren't at that level.
It's a major lesson for me to see this and really consider retooling fit this off-season to maximize power to Cd.