Tyler Stewart had the perfect race at Ironman Coeur d’Alene. After some disappointing finishes at Ironman Arizona, due to a thyroid issue, and mechanical problems in Kona, Stewart’s training has been more focused than ever. For those that know Tyler, she’s fiery and confidant and races with 110% – all the while keeping her calm and enjoying every minute.
At Sunday’s Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Tyler hit her sweet spot. The Idaho weather was as unpredictable as usual, leaving participants with rough swim and chilly conditions for a June event. Tyler exited the water in the second pack of women about 6-minutes down from race leaders, Edith Neiderfriniger, Kate Major, and Heather Wurtele. As if this was all part of the plan, Tyler would begin her pursuit.
Stewart quickly took the lead, even passing several in the men’s field. She rode within herself knowing that her strength on the bike must be used to the full advantage but anymore would leave her struggling in the 26.2. Leaving the crowd in full amazement, Tyler set a new bike course record by over 15min; a clock time of 4:59:35.
The question was could she hold this lead- many predicted that run specialists, Kate Major and Haley Cooper might reel her in. Tyler took the first portion of the run to settle into pace, meanwhile Wurtele (last year’s champion) and Major gained back sometime. Whether it was the crowd or just part of her plan, Tyler cut loose with 13.1 to go. Tyler finished with a solid 3:15 marathon, a bike course record, and an overall course record. The previous course record of 9:31 was set by Joanna Zeiger in 2006. Stewart’s final time of 9:23:21 was almost 10-minutes faster than Major in 2nd and Wurtele in 3rd. Congrats Tyler!
Additional athletes competing for AVIA: Heather Wurtele (2nd), Terra Castro (11th), and Trevor Wurtele (6th).