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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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.

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