Mitch Robins on comeback trail with a 5th at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans

As we have covered before, this time last year Mitch Robins thought he would never run again. Even back in Australia after numerous mirco surgery procedures he was still coming to grips with the possibility that a university degree he was completing may become useful sooner than he thought.

Mitch Robins on his way to posting the fastest 20km run split of the day while chasing Pete Jacobs at Huskisson in 2012
Mitch Robins on his way to posting the fastest 20km run split of the day while chasing Pete Jacobs at Huskisson in 2012

Fast forward 12 months and Mitch is running as quick as anyone in the game. His 1:12:20 half marathon run time was the fastest of the day in New Orleans and his swim was one of the quickest. All that remains is for Mitch to get the bike speed back to where it used to be and he will be on the podium in no time.

According to coach Grant Giles “Now it’s just a matter of time and some bike strength. I still believe that Mitch has a lot to offer us over shorter distance triathlon – he has scary run ability, but for now the comeback continues.”

Andreas Raelert and Trevor Wurtele put around six minute plus in to Mitch on the bike (and most of the field) but he will have made them sit up with his swim/run combo.

Next up for Robins is the US Pro Championships at the Ironman 70.3 St George on May 5th.

Tim Berkel has been plagued by the hip injury yet again that saw his run hampered. Realistically Berkel would have nudged the podium with his usual run. He ran 43 seconds faster than Robins over the same distance two weeks ago at the Texas 70.3 where he took second place. He hung in to finish in 8th place overall. Berkel rode strongly and posted one of the quicker bike times of the day.

Race website for full details

Men’s results

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall
Raelert, Andreas DEU 0:23:34 2:06:46 1:13:47 3:46:54 1 1
Wurtele, Trevor CAN 0:25:41 2:05:53 1:12:55 3:46:59 2 2
Ascenco, Santiago BRA 0:25:34 2:08:19 1:14:13 3:50:38 3 3
Marsh, Brandon USA 0:23:34 2:10:25 1:15:07 3:51:44 4 4
Robins, Mitchell AUS 0:24:32 2:12:45 1:12:20 3:52:25 5 5
Jeuland, Jose FRA 0:25:30 2:10:05 1:14:47 3:53:15 6 6
Hoffman, Ben USA 0:24:34 2:10:58 1:15:20 3:53:32 7 7
Van Berkel, Tim AUS 0:25:24 2:08:29 1:17:21 3:53:48 8 8
Wade, Robert USA 0:26:27 2:15:05 1:12:02 3:56:09 9 10
Shearon, Jonathan USA 0:25:27 2:09:58 1:19:53 3:58:15 10 11
Boudreaux, Christopher USA 0:25:27 2:11:28 1:20:20 3:59:53 11 12
Bretscher, Daniel USA 0:26:16 2:14:05 1:17:55 4:01:16 12 13
Garcia, Derek USA 0:26:11 2:10:36 1:22:03 4:01:26 13 14
Luft, Mikolaj POL 0:25:23 2:11:28 1:22:01 4:01:32 14 15
Lejeune, Johnathan 0:35:55 2:14:12 1:09:37 4:02:17 1 16
Cain, Ryan CAN 0:27:18 2:15:53 1:17:09 4:03:19 15 17
Burns, James USA 0:27:14 2:17:36 1:16:02 4:03:56 16 18
Woodford, Jared USA 0:25:21 2:18:12 1:17:45 4:04:13 17 19
Anderson, Weslie USA 0:26:22 2:13:07 1:22:31 4:04:41 18 20

 

Women’s results

Name Country Swim Bike Run Finish Div. Rank Overall
Chura, Haley USA 0:23:50 2:26:33 1:24:38 4:18:20 1 35
Marsh, Amy USA 0:25:55 2:27:48 1:23:51 4:20:39 2 37
Andrews, Kristin USA 0:30:17 2:23:39 1:25:33 4:22:59 3 41
Lawn, Joanna NZL 0:27:04 2:28:17 1:24:31 4:23:12 4 43
Schwabenbauer, Kimberly USA 0:30:51 2:28:44 1:20:57 4:23:42 5 45
Leiggi, Heather USA 0:30:10 2:26:24 1:28:30 4:28:12 6 52
Bugdol, Ewa POL 0:26:47 2:29:44 1:29:13 4:29:00 7 53
Shutt, Beth USA 0:30:00 2:24:51 1:31:16 4:29:16 8 54
Gervais, Annie CAN 0:30:15 2:31:51 1:24:52 4:30:06 9 56
Cornman, Jocelyn USA 0:30:13 2:29:04 1:28:11 4:31:19 10 58
Gordon, Jacqui USA 0:30:09 2:27:49 1:30:26 4:31:45 11 60
Monticeli, Ariane BRA 0:30:28 2:29:59 1:36:20 4:40:12 12 84
Lamacchia, Leslie USA 0:32:59 2:33:41 1:30:14 4:40:26 13 85
Phipps, Helen USA 0:33:06 2:31:24 1:34:38 4:42:16 14 90
Radecker, Jennifer 0:27:42 2:30:07 1:42:17 4:42:28 2 93
Smith, Caroline USA 0:30:33 2:39:13 1:35:07 4:48:46 1 111
Mighdoll, Michelle USA 0:33:04 2:30:25 1:42:09 4:49:04 15 112
Szefi, Sarah USA 0:35:49 2:28:55 1:41:02 4:49:12 2 113
Newman, Deanna USA 0:33:05 2:39:55 1:32:06 4:49:20 2 114

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.