111 days after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee triathlon pro, Michael Weiss, is back to racing and will start in Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Texas in Galveston. The "Road to Kona” begins this weekend with an opportunity to test his race shape and his new bike setup.
Michael has taken advantage of a well structured and healthy off-season in order to pave the way for success in the 2016 race season. Following his pre-Christmas knee surgery the 35-year-old completed rehabilitation training in Gumpoldskirchen IMSB Austria in Maria Enzersdorf along with tennis talent, Moritz Thiem. Later in the winter Weiss trained at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.
“I am so thankful for the great support and ideal facilities I have in Austria and the USA” remarks Austria’s only Ironman Champion to date. “My swimming continues to improve with the work I am doing in Colorado and I’m eager to start racing."
It is well known that Michael’s strongest discipline is cycling and in 2016 he will ride the new time trial bike from Diamondback. "Diamondback has put a lot of time and energy into their development,” Weiss comments. “Thoughtful, innovative research and energy went into the “Serios AF” and I’m thrilled to power it into 2016!”
Ironman 70.3 Galveston (2.4 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run) in Texas this Sunday will be the first race of the year and with American, Andrew Starykowicz, Canadians Brent McMahon and Lionel Sanders, and Andreas Dreitz of Germany the field is certainly stacked.
"I hope that I can show the work I have dedicated to my training over the past months,” adds Michael, who will also race the Ironman North American Championships in Texas in five short weeks.
The Galveston winner will receive 4,000 points for the "Kona Pro Ranking”.