This will be Michael's first time competing in the Tempe based race. The event features a 2.4 mile/one loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a flat, fast 112 mile/3-loop bike course through the Sonoran desert, and finally a marathon run around the lake and Papago Park.
The professional men's start list includes Eneko Llanos, Tim O'Donnell, Sebastian Kienle and several other strong international competitors.
"I still have something left in the tank, both mentally and physically. Also, my motivation is extremly high after winning XTERRA World Championships less than three weeks ago...I am "hungry" for more."
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