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News Archive > Sport > Birchmore gets set for World Ironman Championships

Birchmore gets set for World Ironman Championships

By Tom Howe 30th August 2017

Birchmore gets set for World Ironman Championships
IRON MAN: Michael Birchmore has hit form ahead of the World Ironman 70.3 Championships

LOCAL triathlete Michael Birchmore put in another good performance in preparation for the World Ironman 70.3 Championships at this year’s Ironman 70.3 Dublin.

Having already qualified for the World Championships in early June, Michael, pictured, headed to Ireland to use the race as final preparations for the big event in Chattanooga. He finished the 1,900m swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run in a total time of four hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds. This was a good enough time to win his age group and place second age grouper overall, only being beat to first amateur by five seconds.

Michael said: ‘I’m pleased with how the race went considering the big volume of training I’d been doing in the lead up. I always knew I wouldn’t be at 100% for the race with the World Championships my focus. With Dublin 70.3 exactly three weeks before the big race in America this was the perfect timing to get a final big block of training in and some race sharpness.

“No matter how hard you train nothing beats a race to see where your fitness is, to practice pre and during race nutrition and making sure you have transitions and the small details nailed as well.”

Another reason for Michael entering the Ireland Ironman race was because it also acted as a qualifier for next year’s World Championships, being held at Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. There were three slots available in Michael’s age group for the World Championships so he knew as long as he was on the podium then he would be going to South Africa.

He continued: “These Ironman branded races are now introducing a rolling start, where age group athletes start in blocks of five every six seconds. This is all well and good for letting you have more space in the swim, however during the actual race you don’t know where you are.

“I was pleased with my swim even though the water was freezing! I wish I had put an extra layer of clothing on during the bike as I got really cold and by the end my fingers were finding it hard to change gear, but I kept pushing knowing I would soon warm up on the run. Once on the run I tried to hold an even pace but not get too carried away with only three weeks till America.

“I was delighted once I found out I had won my age group and qualification for 2018 was in the bag. I was slightly disappointed to find out I had missed the overall age group victory by five seconds. If we had all started at the same time, could I have found that extra five seconds knowing I was running for the win?)”

Michael will now get his final preparations in place for Worlds before a bit of down time and turning his focus to 2018: “As always my sponsors have been amazing. Big thanks to Giant Helston, Snugg Wetsuits, Asics UK, Torq Nutrition, Endura, Fizik Saddles, Tri-Force Endurance and Laura at Verve Fitness and Therapy. I’m really looking forward to my last big race of the season and can’t wait to get my head down for 2018. If everything goes well I can hopefully apply for my pro license soon and start racing the triathlon stars I’ve always looked up to.”

If you would like to help Michael on his World Championship’s then contact him via michaelbirchmore90@gmail.com

By Tom Howe 30th August 2017

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