Michael Weiss, of Gumpoldskirchen Austria, will start Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten on Sunday. "I look forward to one of the best events in the international triathlon calendar,” Weiss remarks. “You rarely experience such expert organization as here in Lower Austria's capital!"
The competition in St. Pölten is traditionally very strong; Andreas Böcherer from Germany, the Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix winner will race, along with Nils Frommhold. Andreas Giglmayr, Paul Reitmayr and Thomas Steger are also in the top mix for Sunday.
"I'm in a very, very good shape,” Michi says. "The only question mark is the knee. But I am in good hands with the specialists from IMSB Austria and have had consistent physiotherapy over the last days. In the pace of training the knee has held well so I am confident for the race."
The strategy for the half-distance (1.2 mile swim, 54 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) is clear: “My goal is to stay as close as possible on the swim, and then light the fire on the bike!" The course is ideal for closing the gap on the bike. "On the highway and in the Wachau you can really go full gas, assuming it stays dry,” Weiss comments.
Michael knows this race extremely well and has now settled into perfect form on the new bike. "I've never felt so good on a triathlon bike as on my Falco V.” This was especially evident after Michi posted the fastest bike split at Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix two weeks ago.
Weiss looks forward to putting a stellar performance on the books this weekend surrounded by a spectacular atmosphere. "When I walk into the stadium for the first time, it always takes my breath away,” Michael explains. “I’m ready to give my all out there!"