TOUCH DANIELA?

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

LAST YEAR, DUR­ING the lead up to the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Kailua-kona, Hawaii, there was a feel­ing that we could be in for a close women’s race. De­fend­ing women’s cham­pion, Daniela Ryf, had fin­ished fourth at the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in Mooloolaba, the first time she’d been beaten in a long-dis­tance race in years. That, cou­pled with her DNF in Frank­furt ear­lier in the year, seemed to give peo­ple hope that we were in for a close race.

Then race day hap­pened. Who knows what was go­ing on in Aus­tralia for that 70.3 – maybe the fact that Ryf had been forced to do a cou­ple of full-dis­tance races in a week at the end of July might have made her ap­pear hu­man for a while – but once the gun went off the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship women’s race was pretty much a snooze fest. Sure, it looked like there might be some com­pe­ti­tion for Ryf through the early go­ing of the bike, but once the Swiss star put the ham­mer down, she sim­ply rode away from the best women in the world and then con­tin­ued her dom­i­na­tion on the run. While Mirinda Car­frae man­aged to run her­self to the run­ner-up spot, she was still al­most 24 min­utes down as she crossed the line. On a seem­ingly

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