Hoffman ends solid first season as professional triathlete

Ben Hoffman rides during an Ironman Triathlon in Arizona in 2008. Hoffman won the Ironman Lake Placid, N.Y. and the K-Swiss Ironman this summer to cap a strong first season as a full-time professional triathlete.

Ben Hoffman was initially disappointed in how he performed in the Ironman World Championship.

The 27-year-old, who grew up in Grand Junction and now lives in Durango, placed 42nd in the men’s pro division in 9 hours, 3 minutes, 29 seconds in the 2010 Ironman World Championships earlier this month in Hawaii, not the result he hoped.

“It wasn’t my best race ever,” Hoffman said. “The conditions were completely unique. I gutted it out.

“I had a phenomenal swim and latched on to some of the pro leaders, but I took a 4-minute penalty for failure to pass on the bike. I had to stop and serve my penalty at mile 38 of my bike. I had such a great swim, which is relatively my weakness. To have that happen derailed my focus.”

Hoffman completed the 2.4-mile swim in 52 minutes, 18 seconds. The 112-mile bike ride took 4 hours, 46 minutes, 34 seconds. He finished the 26.2-mile run in 3:20:07.

“It wasn’t what I envisioned,” Hoffman said. “That race is still a learning process. I’m one of the younger guys out there. Potentially, I have 10 to 12 years to go out there.

“It’s one of those things where it’s important for me, in the moment you’re crushed, but to see it is a process and view it that way helps. I didn’t expect to win it, that’s for sure. I’ll take away the experience and learn as much as possible.”

He heads into the offseason after a solid first season as a full-time professional triathlete. He won the Ironman Lake Placid, N.Y., earlier this summer along with the K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 in Branson, Mo.

Hoffman competed in his first Ironman triathlon in fall 2008 and his first Ironman World Championship one year ago. He placed 56th in his division in 9:29:54.


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