Only two months after his win at Ironman St.George/Utah, Michi is back on the Ironman podium. At his home race in Klagenfurth/Austria he takes third place and finishes Ironman Austria after 8:14:50h.
The swim was a difficult 55 minutes for Weiss, exiting the water in 28th position within the professional field.
Once on the bike course the mission was to catch race leader, and four time KIMA Champion, Marino Vanhoenacker. The Belgian was approximately eight minutes ahead of Michael as the bike began, and was strong enough to hold his lead despite Michi's powerful attempt to gain the lead.
However, Weiss's bike was so strong that he was able to pull into 2nd place by the end of the ride and secure a bike split of 4:19:13 (just seconds from Vanhoenacker's fastest bike split).
The marathon was Michael's biggest challenge of the day. He went out on the first 13.1 mile loop with a 6min/mile pace and Marino on his radar. During the second run loop Weiss moved to third place as he realized a second Belgium, Dennis Devriendt, was also running a strong pace.
Michael was inspired and encouraged by his homeland supporters and cheering crowds as he neared the Klagenfurt finishline. He completed the Ironman in 8:14:50 (with a six minute gap between the fourth place German finisher, Markus Fachbach).
Weiss commented that this race was "ten times harder than Ironman St. George,” which he won in May this year. Michael also thanked all of the spectators and Triangle Events after the race, saying that without all of their support his performance today would not have been possible.
In the upcoming weeks, Michael will rest physically and mentally and then prepare for October's Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii followed by XTERRA Worlds in Maui.