Ironman Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands of Spain, often touted as the “toughest Ironman” started out with perfect conditions for the Atlantic Ocean swim just off the beautiful beach in Puerto Del Carmen.
For Bella Bayliss, this day was not just another race. Bella, of Scotland, thrives on adversity, and camps with Brett Sutton’s teamTBB athletes prepare her for the toughest conditions. But Lanzarote is different because Bella has been very successful on this course, including in 2008 when she won her 2nd of 4 Ironman titles. And Lanzarote is the race to set the tone for the rest of her 2009 season.
Bella came out the water with the main pack, knowing that an Ironman day affords plenty of time show her strength on bike and run. Again on the bike, Bella’s patience and plan played out beautifully as Rachel Joyce of Great Britain held the lead and Switzerland’s Michaela Giger biked an amazing 5:31 split (over 10-minutes faster than the 2nd fastest woman in the top 10) causing a mild nervousness through the field.
On the run, Bella was truly in her element – it was her day, perfect conditions on a tough course, and her new husband of less than a year, Stephen Bayliss, waiting for her at the finish line. Bella claimed her second title in Lanzarote in impressive style. Her 3:04 run split was over 16-minutes faster than any other competitor and afforded her a 20+minute lead of second place. Bella is back- and her 7-minute pr shows she’s ready for more.
Additional AVIA sponsored athletes competing included Stephen Bayliss, finishing in a strong 5th place.