Miami, Florida was the scenic and fast-paced host city of the Nautica Olympic distance triathlon held last sunday. The race featured a 1.5K ocean swim, followed by a 40K bike loop, and a 10K out-and-back run. The race is known for it's high price purse and attracts a very competitive field year after year.
Michael Weiss arrived as a strong contender after his win at SuperSeal Olympic Triathlon two weeks ago, and a break through 3rd place performance at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside last weekend. Weiss had recorded the fastest bike splits at both previous events and was looking to secure another strong finish in Florida.
Temperatures pushed 80F as the bright orange sun rose over the professional field of men and women on the shore of South Beach. The start gun fired at 6:55am and the pros took to the ocean. Michael exited the water approximately 3.5 minutes behind the lead group and was prepared for the technical riding ahead. The course had many turns and Weiss had to navigate carefully through packs according to USAT staggering regulations. He arrived back into T2 with the fastest bike split and began the run course in 4th position behind Cameron Dye, Andy Potts, and Andrew Yoder. Michael put his run together well, overtaking Yoder at mile four, and only to be passed by Filip Ospaly in the final mile.
Michael Weiss completed the race in 1:50:10, just 7 seconds behind Osplay. Cameron Dye won with 1:49:22, followed by Andy Potts in second with 1:49:46.
After three successful race weekends in a row, Michi will now return to Colorado for rest and recovery. Preparations and hard training will soon begin again for Michael's next race, Ironman St. George, where he will defend his 2010 Championship title.