Michael Weiss, Austria's leading professional triathlete, has announced Ironman Cozumel as his grand finale race for the season. On November 30th, Weiss will be the defending Cozumel Champion with a 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon run standing between himself and a well deserved off-season.
Michael made the decision to start in Cozumel after completing two World Championships in October; Ironman Hawaii, where he finished 16th after a mediocre swim and flat tire, followed 15 days later by an 8th place finish at Xterra Worlds in Maui.
There were certainly many positive points in Michi's Hawaiian performances, but still he feels there is more for him to show on the race course this year. Ironman Cozumel will be Michael's 5th full Ironman in 12 months and this will be an important factor to consider as he sets his goals and expectations for the race.
"Of course, the dream is to win in Cozumel and defend my 2013 title," Michael said. "But I also have to remember that my season has been long and takes a toll both mentally and physically. I still have the focus and motivation to return to Cozumel and I'm looking to end the season on a high-point. My main goal is to have a smart, well-paced race and have nothing left in the tank as I cross the line."
Weiss returned to El Cozumeleno on November 22nd, where he adapted again to hot, humid race conditions. El Cozumeleno Beach Resort, an all-inclusive official Ironman host hotel, is situated directly on the race course and is the perfect location for training and race prep.
"I have great memories from Cozumel and am very excited to return," Michi adds. "I'm still in shape, injury-free, and have the fire to race! It's going to be extremely tough to repeat the win in Cozumel after such a long season topped with the Kona-Maui double, but I'm feeling competitive and will fight from start to finish."