Lee Weatherhead had a stellar 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, then went BACK to destroy the full Ironman Chattanooga two weeks later. Amazing stuff! We reached out to get a quick recap on his Kona Qualifying 2018 experience.
|Lee at 70.3 Worlds|
This was a such a great pick me up going into the run. I knew I wouldn't stay in 1st but it gave me more of a cushion for 2nd or 3rd. I did my homework on the people in my division so I knew what I was up against. It was really hot and humid at this point. Almost 90 degrees and 50-60% humidity. I would run from aid station to aid station and slow jog the aid station to make sure that I was getting enough fluid. I made it to mile 11 before I had to start walking the aid stations and walking a couple of the hills. I would get updates every time I would see Emma so I knew I was in 2nd place most of the run but losing time to the 3rd place guy. I think he passed me around mile 23. My run ended up being 10 minutes slower then I was hoping. When I finally came to the finish line Emma was waiting there to tell me I took 3rd in my age group. 2nd was only 2 minutes ahead of me. I did it. I qualified.
There may have been a few tears. I left it all out on the course. No regrets. When I got my qualifying coin the next day I flipped it over and it read "Anything is Possible". This was so true for me. I was always the slowest kid on my teams growing up. They used to comment that they would time me with a sun dial or that I needed to lose the piano I was dragging behind me. Time for some rest and recovery. But most important is spending more time with my family.
Locals at Ironman 70.3 Worlds - RESULTS