"Sometimes that can be a good thing," he said.
Good indeed. Docherty won the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Boise in 3:52:55 on Saturday, beating Canadian Brent McMahon by 1:41.
Docherty trailed Josh Amberger and McMahon coming out of the swim, but was within a minute of the lead. Stiff headwinds on the bike ride - something of a regularity in the Boise race - took their toll on all the competitors, but Docherty was able to make up ground and gain a two-minute advantage by the start of the run.
"I went a little too hard early on in the bike," Docherty said.
After leading the run start to finish, he earned a first Ironman 70.3 Boise win on his first visit.
"I certainly didn't want to go through a sprint finish," he said when reminded of the tie for last year's men's title. "It's so much better when you have a good gap and can enjoy the finish."
Boise's Jamey Yanik was the top amateur racer, finishing 13th overall. Meridian's Bob Stephens won the 50-54 year-old category. Both men, along with each age group winner, won a spot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships this September in Las Vegas.
The women's race featured just a dozen registered professional racers - and no past Boise champions. Only eight finished the 2013 race.
Liz Lyles overcame a 2:40 deficit in the run to beat Bend, Oregon's Heather Jackson by just under four minutes. Lyles finished the course in 4:28:37.
Boise's Erin Green took fourth place in her first Ironman 70.3 Boise as a professional. Green ran the race three previous years, but qualified to run with the pros this summer.
"It's an incredible feeling," she said. "I was really hoping to be mid-pack, which would be top-five, I would be thrilled. Fourth place is right in there so I'm excited!" Green added with a fist pump.
Nearly 1300 people participated in the sixth Ironman 70.3 Boise. A Boise Convention and Vistor's Bureau spokesperson told KBOI-TV earlier this week the event is contracted to return in 2014, and will be extended through 2015 as well.