9 Sep 2016


“This past weekend was the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia. I started my international triathlon racing career in the late 90’s in Mooloolaba in the Accenture tri series where it was still compulsory to wear speedos for the race. Maybe it is something about the beach town that allowed the guy wearing speedos (Tim Reed) this weekend to cross the finish line in 1st place! Sebastian Kienle and Ruedi Wild rounded the podium with me finishing in 4th, Sam Appo in 5th and training buddy Nick Kastelein in 6th.”

“The swim was good; I sat in 3rd place in the group with Amberger breaking away and putting almost a minute on us. The heat was on through transition with Crowie driving hard to keep the pressure on. Kienle soon caught up to the group and all eyes were on him. At 65km a group of 3 of us got a little gap and for a minute I thought this was the move that could make the race, but soon a couple guys had bridged the gap and then most of the group got back across. From there it was back into town and navigating through the amateurs still leaving T1 was pretty tricky. I was a few seconds slower than I would have liked and then it was out onto the half marathon with Kienle just out of touch pushing the pace and me a little worried about how my running was going to hold up. I started conservatively and slowly a few guys passed me but I thought the wise move was to stay in control and way out of the red. After the first 5km I slowly started moving through some of the guys that were ahead of me and instead of battling for a top 10 I was racing for 4th place and thankfully my killer instinct took over and I managed to out kick Sam Appleton and Nick Kastelein to take 4th place. Not a bad result given how this build up went. I feel like my body has bounced back quickly and I am looking forward to putting in my last block of hard work before the Ironman World Champs in 4 weeks.”