Ironman 70.3 World Championships

[caption id="attachment_6460" align="alignright" width="300"]703worldchampionships_ironman_triathlon Source: Ironman[/caption] Ironman 70.3 World Championships are this weekend and I am excited.  The 70.3 distance is a distance that you can race.  Yes it is a long way to go but you can push the envelope at this distance and see what you have.  If you break it down into the three disciplines you are talking about a 35-40 minute swim, a 2:30-3:00 ride and a 1:40-2:00 run.  We have all done this and thus why I think that the 70.3 is a race more than an endurance event. This weekend the best of the best at this distance will toe the line in Las Vegas and the winner will be crowned the World Champion.  Unlike other sports where the only teams are in North America this race is truly a World Championship.  There will be athletes from North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.  Every corner of the globe will be represented one way or another. Last year Craig Alexander proved that you can race both the 70.3 and 140.6 World Championships and win and he is out prove you can do it in back to back years.  Melissa Hauschildt is back to defend her title and continue to build on her reputation as a triathlete to be reckoned with.  The biggest problem for both of these athletes:  THE FIELD.  It is fully loaded.  Take a look at who they will be racing against: Men:
  1. Craig Alexander        39        AUS
  2. Michael Raelert 32        DEU
  3. Richie Cunningham    39        AUS
  4. Bart Aernouts          28        BEL
  5. Tim ODonnell     31        USA
  6. Joe  Gambles          30        AUS
  7. Tim  Reed    27        AUS
  8. Paul Matthews         29        AUS
  9. Paul Ambrose           28        AUS
  10. Matty Reed    36        USA
  11. Terenzo Bozzone          27        NZL
  12. Andy Potts    35        USA
  13. Greg  Bennett            40        AUS
  14. Filip  Ospaly 36        CZE
  15.  Trevor Wurtele            33        CAN
  16. Bevan Docherty         35        NZL
  17. Paul Amey   39        GBR
  18. Jesse Thomas           32        USA
  19. Matt  Lieto    34        USA
  20. James Bowstead         25        NZL
  21. Faris Al-Sultan         34        DEU
Women:
  1. Melissa Hauschildt       29        AUS
  2. Kelly Williamson       34        USA
  3. Linsey Corbin 31        USA
  4. Jodie Swallow           31        GBR
  5. Leanda Cave    34        GBR
  6. Heather Jackson            28        USA
  7. Emma-Kate Lidbury            32        GBR
  8. Angela Naeth   30        CAN
  9. Magali Tisseyre           30        CAN
  10. Mirinda Carfrae 31        AUS
  11. Natascha Badmann         45        CHE
  12. Meredith Kessler 34        USA
  13. Amanda Stevens            35        USA
  14. Melanie  McQuaid        39        CAN
  15. Heather Wurtele            33        USA
Originally from: Ironman.com My predictions and reasons for the race are as follows: Men:
  1. Craig Alexander - until he loses he will always be the favorite in my book.
  2. Andy Potts - coming off a solid 70.3 season with a tremendous win at IMLP he will be one of the first out of the water and at this distance that could be hard to catch up to.
  3. Tim ODonnell - he seems to do very well in heat and humidity and the athletes can expect that this weekend in Las Vegas
Women:
  1. Heather Jackson - Tremendous showings at 70.3 California and Wildflower which are both hilly courses shows she can handle the terrain in Vegas.
  2. Kelly Williamson - Has had a great season and seems to be getting stronger as the year goes on.
  3. Angela Naeth - It seems every where you turn Angela is putting up strong numbers at this distance and is my 'wild-card' podium showing.

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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