Thanks for the comment Tri Fly, looking forward to seeing how this develops! Would be a great story if he makes the podium.
I agree: many studies don't really "surprise" but to actually see the trend takes every day "logic" and actually proves this to be the case. Ironman, rather than just being about those who start as Iron-people and carry on throughout their career is becoming the final career path of many Olympic Distance racers (Mark Allen won his first Kona the same year he became the first ITU World OD Champion in Avignon). So many of the OD speedsters of right now have 10+ years at Ironman ahead of them.