Terenzo Checks in after his win in 70.3 Miami
Photo Credit: Terenzo/Triamax.com
I raced the Ironman 70.3 Miami yesterday and after putting together a great day I managed to hold off and win the race.
I made sure I checked the weather forecast before leaving Los Angeles on Thursday as Hurricane Sandy was sneaking by and I knew they had canceled a race in the Bahamas. Miami was due to feel the side of Sandy on Thursday and Friday and clear up by Saturday. That is the one thing I love about Florida, they seem to get the weather forecast right 99% of the time.Sandy has moved up the east coast and gained enough power to be called a super storm as it hits the states up north.
By race day the sun was out but we were still receiving some of the strong winds. Fortunately the harbor where we swam was somewhat calm and besides of a few of my competitors presuming it was going to be a non-wetsuit swim and leaving their wetties at home it was fast swim.
The bike was an out and back. Out into the wind, back with the wind. Riding into the wind it seemed people where getting mighty close to the draft zone and the stronger cyclists could not make any impact on the group. This all changed dramatically after we hit the turn around. Jan Van Berkel who beat me in a sprint finish at 70.3 Ireland a couple months back launched an attack, while I sat in 5th place waiting for the two Germans in front to hang in there. They didn't and I didn't react quick enough and soon I was sitting on the front of the group trying to chase down, or at least limit the deficit we would have on Jan. we went from 23 mph heading out to 33 mph on the way home and the large group soon was not there. I had 2 guys sitting behind me but I was doing all the lifting, which was fine.
Through the technical section into Transition we managed to almost close out the deficit and we ran out of Transition just behind the leader. Frommhold, one of the guys who were behind me took off like a man on a mission and we ran our first mile under 5minutes. It was a 2 lap run course with a bridge you crossed 4 times in total. The gradient on this slowly pinched away at your legs and by the time I hit it for the forth time I was glad I had open up a good lead and I could enjoy the last few miles to the finish.
Frommhold ended up paying big time for his early pace and lost several positions while Jan and Horst Reichel held on for 2nd and 3rd. Another high would be getting to share the #1 position on the podium with woman's race winner and current Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world Champion Leanda Cave. Leanda - have a holiday chick, It would be well deserved!
I have been putting in a lot of hard work and it is great to see it paying off albeit very late in the season, 1:11 for the Half Marathon 2 weeks ago, 1:12 for this week and after a long season I still have a lot of energy going into my next two races.
I fly to LA for a couple days before starting the trip back to NZ where I will be going via Taiwan for the Ironman 70.3 next weekend. I have never been to Taiwan and am looking forward to experiencing the culture and racing at a new venue.
Until next week....