IRONMAN World Championships 2010 - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
On Saturday October 9th the Hawaiian sun came up as over 1,800 participants began the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Michael Weiss, the 29 year old resident of Colorado, represented Austria in the men's professional field. Earlier in the season he won the Ironman St. George title, making him Austria's first Ironman champion. On Saturday he also became his countries top Ironman World Championship finisher as he crossed the finish line in 13th place.
Weiss, as promised, had worked hard on his swim training over the year and completed the 2.4 mile swim in 57:40 (almost six minutes faster than his 2009 Kona swim). He was not far behind the leading group as he peddled hard out of T1 and onto his 112 mile bike course ahead. Michael had a strong ride, averaging over 25mph with 308 average watts, and moving into 6th position as he raced into T2. In true wiki-miki style, his work out on the bike earned him the second fastest bike split, just two minutes behind Chris Lieto. The marathon was a battle between Michael and the 120F degrees recorded on the Queen K pavement. He executed his nutrition plan perfectly, stayed hydrated and pushed through the 26.2 miles in 3:00:34 hours.
Michael Weiss finished 13th in exactly 8:29:15. His performance was a twenty-six minute improvement from the previous year in Kona. Weiss was thrilled with his race and is already hungry for next year and a place on the podium. His 2010 season will officially be complete after the XTERRA World Championships in Maui just two weeks from now. Weiss finished 2nd and 3rd at the XTERRA in the last two years and is a serious contender for the win on October 24th.
1. Chris McCormack (AUS) 8:10:37
2. Andreas Raelert (GER) 8:12:17
3. Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 8:13:14
4. Craig Alexander (AUS) 8:1:53
5. Raynard Tissink (RSA) 8:20:11
6. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:21:00
7. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:22:02
8. Dirk Bockel (LUX) 8:22:59
9. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 8:23:26
10. Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 8:24:04
13. Michi Weiss (AUT) 8:29:15