Triathlon professional, Michael Weiss, put his pre-Hawaii form to the test in Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Cozumel. With a 4th place finish, only 17 seconds from 3rd, and a time of 3:51:35, the 34 year old Austrian was more than satisfied.
Weiss chose the Mexican island, Cozumel to complete his final Kona training and race the half Ironman to confirm his material, nutrition, and shape. The result is encouraging: "It was a perfect preparation race,” Michael said. “I am ready for Hawaii."
Weiss completed the 1.9-kilometer ocean swim in 25:27 minutes. “It was a strong swim for me,” he noted. “I really felt the benefit of all my open water training in Lucca [Italy]."
Once on the Falco time trial bike, Weiss kicked into turbo mode and flew over the destination island to complete the 90 kilometers in 2:02:34, the second fastest bike split of the day. His average speed was 44.11 kph. Only the winner, Andreas Böcherer from Germany, out-rode Michael by a handful of seconds.
Michael went on to post the third fastest half-marathon time in 1:18:47 and crossed the finish line in 4th. “Disappointing that it was such a narrow gap to the podium,” he admitted. "But that's the sport and I am very pleased with my overall performance and also the individual disciplines. I will certainly bring confidence to the Big Island."
Looking ahead to the World Championships it will be about quality over quantity of training. Next week Michael will make the travel to Kona and soon enough return to Mexico to defend his 2x Ironman Cozumel Champion title.