New Orleans 70.3 is a new race for 2009. Perhaps it was a chance to travel somewhere different, the Lousiana cajun & creole cooking, a flatter course, or an easy way to grab a World Championship slot. All of the above holds true, except the ease to gaining a Clearwater slot. New Orleans is giving Oceanside a run for their money. In it’s inagural year, the field included Ironman World Championships, ITU World Champions, Zofingen Champions, Olympians, and a diverse field by age, specialty & nationality.
Joanna Zeiger would start the day in the fashion she’s accustomed to. She led the women’s field out of the water in 26:35, with only Nina Kraft on her heels. Zeiger is known for her toughness and ability leave it all on the race course. Sunday’s race was no different. The change in climate and air conditions gave her some problems, compared to the clean Boulder air she usually trains in. Zeiger would push hard all the way, though Baddman’s record bike time would put an unrecoverable 5-minutes into her competition. Zeiger ran strong. To recap her day, she said “I was happy to hang tough and place 3rd in this strong field. When I was suffering on the run, I kept thinking ‘at least I don’t have any blisters and my feet feel good!'” The rest of the field was hot on her heels but Joanna wouldn’t let up. Natasha Baddmann of Switzerland claimed the women’s title. AVIA athlete, Joanna Zeiger finished 3rd in a time of 4-hours 22-min. Saul Raisin, also representing AVIA completed his first half-Ironman distance event. Congrats Joanna & Saul!
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