Leon reports on his recent outings in the USA
From the 70.3 World Championships from early September:
The much anticipated Ironman 70.3 World Champs were run and won in Las Vegas this past weekend as most of you already know.
Although I didn't come out the winner, I was still pretty pleased with my 7th place in what has been described as possibly the best field ever assembled at this distance, being absolutely loaded with Olympians and past and present World Champions. German Sebastian Keinle was suburb again in defending his tittle from last year, and was great to see a couple 'Down Under' compatriots in Terrenzo Bozzone (NZ) and Joe Gambles (Aus) grab the other two podium places.
I performed pretty evenly across the board again, however just lacked that extra gear or spark I needed to push for the podium towards the end, possibly due to trying to play a little catchup this past month and racing a bit too much. All in all a positive result considering I missed the months of May, June and July from running due to injury.
Pulled on the boots at Rev3 Branson on September 22nd and snagged another podium result, taking 3rd place in a pretty solid field on a really tough course..hence the 4+ hour finish time (most are more like 3:50 these days for a half).
Ben Hoffman took the spoils and US 70.3 Champ Kevin Collington finished 2nd, just a little more than a minute ahead. We had a good battle on the run and have attached a pic below battling it out shoulder to shoulder.
That rounds out a pretty busy stretch of racing for me, 4 races in 6 weeks yielding a 1st (Rev3 Maine), 2nd (Timberman 70.3), 3rd (Rev3 Branson) and lowest result of 7th at the 70.3 World Champs.
I've decided to skip next weeks Augusta 70.3 in favour of a few easy days R&R before reloading for a big months' training for another racing stretch late Oct/early Nov and most likely an end of year Ironman.