The Rhoto Ironman 70.3 California was one of the strongest performances of Michael Weiss's triathlon career to date. He was fresh off last weeks victory at SuperSeal and was anxious to race among the best in his field today.
The 1.2 mile swim began at 6:40am in the sheltered bay of Oceanside and Michael exited the water in 27:34min, approximately 5 minutes behind leader and fellow Colorado Springs resident, Andy Potts. Weiss, known as the Austrian "Uber Biker” attacked the course and had the power to move from 29th position to 1st place before entering T2. Michael was off the bike in 2:11:54h - earning him the fastest bike split of the day and a lead onto the 2 loop run course. Only Andy Potts and Rasmus Henning (Denmark) were able to break away from Michi on the 13.1 mile run and ran side by side just 14 seconds ahead of the Austrian in the second run loop.
The top 3 pro men were incredibly strong and close coming into the finish shoot. Potts sprinted just 18 seconds ahead of Henning for first place in 3:55:49. Rasmus Henning finished second in 3:56:07 and Michael Weiss finished 23 seconds later for a third place victory and total time of 3:56:29.
Michael was thrilled with his race and said "My third place victory today feels like a win to me. I could not have put a better performance together.” Jordan Rapp (@rappstar) shared a post-race twitter update "Congrats to Pottsy on the win, but performance of the day was by 3rd place @michi_weiss who rode and ran like a madman.”
Weiss will recover and race at Nautica Miami next weekend.