Michael Weiss successfully defended his Ironman Champion title in Cozumel, Mexico on Sunday November 30th.
The Austrian professional returned to the island with the goal of ending his 2014 race season with a high note – or in this case, a massive exclamation mark after crossing the finish line with a 16+ minute gap to second place and the new course record!
Weiss completed the 2.4 mile ocean swim in 50:28 and immediately set out on a war path powering through the men's field and taking the lead in the first of three bike loops. Michi posted the fastest bike split in 4:22:20 with 312 average watts over 112 miles.
He hit the 26.2 mile marathon run with a fifteen minute buffer to second place American, Matt Chrabot. Weiss, the now 3x Ironman Champion, crossed the line for victory with a total time of 8:12:16 and holds the Ironman Cozumel course record.
"I came into this event confident," explained Michael. "I was able to hold my shape after Hawaii even though Cozumel was my 5th full Ironman race within twelve months."
"I could not pass up the opportunity to return to Cozumel. The event staff, volunteers, organizers, and local community is amazing and the island course has an energy unlike any other. The bike course especially suits me, with long windy exposed flats I can fully utilize my strength as a cyclist."
Michael will now enjoy an off-season after completing 10 triathlons in his consistently successful 2014 season. Weiss's preliminary race calendar and partners for 2015 will be released in the upcoming weeks.