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70.3 victory!

(c) Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team

Jodie and Paul continued their series of great results in the US. Paul won Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island, Jodie became second in Muncie at the race of the same series.

Paul improved his bike performance a lot during the winter. Not just only at his Ironman win in Australia he set the base on the bike. Almost at every single race he has the best bike split. The same happened in Rhode Island. A few seconds behind the swim leader Kevin Collington from the USA he jumped on his time trial machine and off he went. At the second transition area he was already 10 minutes ahead of the second one who was in the meanwhile Maxim Kriat from the Ukraine. On the run course there were no big changes and Paul won without any problem. After 2 second places in his last 70.3 races in Kansas und Syracuse this was his first success in the series in 2012.

Jodie seems to be confronted quite often with extreme weather conditions. Ironman 70.3 Boise had a shortened bike course because there was snow on the road and in Muncie the race was not an half Ironman but an Olympic distance as it was that hot that the organizers were afraid that some of the athletes would not had survived. Anyway it did not change a lot for Jodie. For the first time in this season an opponent could follow her on the swim. Usually there were minutes between Jodie and the second one. This time it was just only 10 seconds to the American Kelly Williamson. She was also fast on the bike and the tiny gap between her and Jodie stayed pretty much the same. But on the run Willamson was the faster one and won the shortened 70.3 in front of Jodie and the Ironman World Champion of 2010 Mirinda Carfrae.

Paul and Jodie will go now separate ways. Paul will stay in Boulder, Colorado, the entire summer. For Jodie the trip to US will end tomorrow. She will be on the way to Europe were she will prepare for the ITU long distance world championships in Spain end of July.


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