Magali Tisseyre displayed a dominant performance in Muncie today to take the win by an incredible ten minutes over Australian Kate Bevilaqua. The victory is the Canadian’s second Ironman 70.3 title of 2013, and would have to be a huge confidence boost as we move closer to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas this September.
Tisseyre made the decision to return to former coach Lance Watson towards the end of 2012, and looks to have been a great
decision having returned from a season break with two very impressive wins. As the common saying goes “a win’s a win!” but Tisseyre’s win was much more than this with a finishing time of 4:12:59 on a hot and humid course. Swimming with the best names in the sport, Tisseyre exited the water with Kiwi Anna Cleaver and American Dede Griesbauer, the perfect start which would have set the Canadian up very nicely in any field.
A much desired Ironman 70.3 title yet again eluded Australian Kate Bevilaqua, who put in a strong performance to finish second. Kate reported after the race “Another solid 2nd placing at Ironman Muncie 70.3 today! The painful traveling paid off and training is heading in the right direction! Congrats to Magali Tisseyre on her dominating performance!! Once of these days I will crack that first 70.3 victory!! Just have to keep trying!! :-)”
Nina Craft once again showed her experience with yet again another podium finish, showing that age is not a factor in our sport. Perhaps some encouragement to other women out there that may think they’re too old to start the sport!
New Zealand’s Anna Cleaver struggled in the Mid West’s brutal heat, reporting on Twitter “My day of dusting off the racing cobwebs started well but did not end at all as planned….First time with dehydration – surprised me given my nutrition strategy has never failed.” Nutrition is such a vital part of race day performance and something even the pro athletes underestimate. Ensure you have a sound nutrition plan for race day, and practice it in your daily training. Muncie is an exceptionally hot and humid race, and it could be fair to say in Anna’s case travel may have played a big role in her dehydration problems.