Austrian triathlon professional, Michael Weiss, finished 12th overall in a fast and furious field at Ironman 70.3 California. Although just shy of a top-ten result, Weiss was still able to earn important qualification points for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, Austria.
It was a consistent and steady race for Michael, but there is still more speed to find as his training continues to progress into the spring. "I felt as if I had been racing with the handbrake on," Weiss described after the race. "The analysis of why the punch has been missing is in the works, as is further planning for the season ahead."
"The swim was exceptionally warm for Oceanside, but I felt good, had a good group, and could swim with some draft effects,” Michael recalls. He exited the water in 27:08 minutes.
In heavy fog Weiss started the 56 mile bike and was pleased with his shape and performance. "Fortunately, everything went well despite the challenging conditions in the first foggy kilometers.” He finished the bike in 2:10:25 (faster than his bike results in 2011 when he finished 3rd overall). "I am becoming more familiar and comfortable with the new set-up. I truly believe and am confident that the combination of the Falco bike and XeNTiS wheels is very, very fast."
On the run Michi also felt strong and motivated. "I had good legs from the start,” he said. "But when I consider my half marathon time for the day, 1:17:22, I want to drop three or four minutes as my training continues and high-season race weight comes."
Even with a result outside of the top ranks Michael is optimistic for the season. "Going into Oceanside, my goal was top 5, but I will not be deterred from my path, on the contrary, I am more hungry for the next race..."
In the coming days Michael and his team around him will finalize the race calendar. Already confirmed is Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten on May 17th in his home region of Austria.