Austrian triathlon professional, Michael Weiss, was in 3rd place on the run during Ironman 70.3 in Aix-en-Provence when a nagging knee injury flared up and forced him to a walk.
Weiss was able to complete the run and cross the finish line, but dropped significantly down in the men’s field after posting the fastest bike split of the day and showing stellar legs on the first half of the run.
Weiss completed the 1.2 mile swim in 26:24 minutes and moved to the front of the race on the challenging 56 mile bike course which twisted and turned through gnarly french country roads including several killer climbs.
Michi nailed the fastest bike split, 2:12:14 hours with a 25.4 mph average speed on the Falco V. He blazed into T2 in third position and looked ready to chase down the front two men, Andreas Böcherer and Boris Stein.
The 4 loop city circuit run was as tough and technical as the bike and on a hard left turn in the third loop Michael’s left knee gave out and left him only to walk and jog to the finish.
This week an examination in the High Performance Center IMSB Austria will pinpoint the exact nature of the injury. Michael is scheduled to start Ironman 70.3 Austria in St. Poelten in 14 days, although this will have to be confirmed after the diagnosis and treatment plan is clear.