Rock/Creek Race Team member John Wiygul provided this report from the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Great finish, John!
The Ironman 70.3 World Championship, held on September 11, changed venues this year to Las Vegas, Nevada. Transition 1 and the swim where at Lake Las Vegas, with a 1.2-mile non-wetsuit-legal swim. The 56-mile bike was hilly, with 5200 feet of elevation gain! It went out to Lake Mead with a turn around and then to Henderson, where T2 took place. The run was a 3-loop course that was half uphill and half downhill.
It was the most challenging 70.3 course I have done, due to the heat, hills and wind. I had a fair swim, coming out a bit far back in my age group. My bike was great, with a time of 2:29, and my run was fast with a half marathon in 1:32. I finished in a total time of 4:39:42.
In my age group (18-24), there were a lot of strong 24-year-olds, but I was 17th worldwide and 7th in the nation. I was also 142nd overall — including the pros — out of over 1580 athletes. Fellow Chattanoogan and R/C team member Johnny and his son Patrick O’brien also competed in the race, and they graciously let me stay at Lake Las Vegas with them. Thanks guys! It was a great experience and I look forward to going back.