At the end of August, I ventured across the Atlantic for my first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, Austria. Coming off a very focused ten week training block, I arrived with personal best fitness and an ambitious top ten goal. After a decent swim and a good start to the ride, an alarming front tire blowout on the course’s mountain descent took me out of contention. I soldiered on to a disappointing 21st place finish, but still drew many lessons and positives from my first Championship experience. Here’s my video recap of the race:

 

I did pre-race interviews with Trimes and Triathlon Magazine Canada and I also made it into the Slowtwitch 70.3 Worlds Men’s Preview.

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Thank you to…

Adventures in Austria

Following the race, I soon forgot my disappointment thanks to a whirlwind tour of Austria with my Texan friends. Over two jam-packed days of sightseeing, we hiked a gorge, explored a castle, climbed deep into a mountain ice cave and wandered the streets of Salzburg. I then boarded a flight to my southern training base in The Woodlands, Texas, ready to channel my frustration from 70.3 Worlds into a rebound race at IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel three weeks later.

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Hiking Kitzlochklamm Gorge with friends.
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Lots of stairs at Kitzlochklamm Gorge.
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Kitzlochklamm Gorge
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Ancient tunnels at Kitzlochklamm Gorge
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Hohenwerfen Castle
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Hohenwerfen Castle
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The approach to Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave.
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Looking out from Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave. Stock photo.
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave. Stock photo.
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Recreating a famous scene from the Sound of Music at Maribell Garden, Salzburg.
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Beautiful and historic Salzburg.