After three months of solid winter training in Colorado Springs, professional triathlete, Michael Weiss, is in ideal shape for the race season ahead. His residence in Colorado provides convenient access to the Olympic Training Center for swim work-outs, a variety of bike training with group rides on the road and scenic mountain bike trails, as well as trail, track, and road runs - not mention the benefits of living at 6,000+ feet elevation (1830 meters). It was also a much more effective winter without a knee surgery to recover from, as he managed last winter.
The swim has always been a major focus in Michael's training and he has been committed to improving with Pikes Peak Athletics and local coaches within the OTC. Of course, being in Colorado, mountain biking is hard to pass up so a lot of ride-time was logged on the spectacular trails with friends. Not to be forgotten - there was also a lot of time and energy dedicated to perfecting aero-position on the Diamondback Andean and early in the winter he completed an aero-test with PowerMeter inventor and SRM founder, Uli Schoberer. Consistent, injury-free running was successful as well with great performances in local running races at the Pikes Peak Road Runners Winter Series.
Along with the swim, bike, run, and strength training, Weiss also included regular cross-country ski sessions to his regime at Devil's Thumb Ranch with the added support of Fischer Sports. Between the skiing and structured training, Michael also managed to complete two A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques) seminars. He successfully passed both Lower Extremity Level 2 and Spine Level 2 - the highest certification offered in this specific therapeutic technique.
Michael's core sponsors will remain the same through 2017 and he's thankful for such a professional team of supporters with exceptional product and motivation. In fact, Weiss will travel to his accommodation partner, El Cozumeleño, on Sunday March 12th. "I love to train in Cozumel, I have great memories here and truly appreciate the local hospitality and support.”
The 2017 race season will kick off at 70.3 Campeche, Mexico on March 19th. Campeche will be one of the lead-up races ahead of the Ironman North American Championships in The Woodlands, Texas. "After flatting three times at last year's IM Texas I still have unfinished business on that course and am looking forward to visiting the community and friends there!”
Photo Credit: John Segesta