Miah Franzmann will be heading to Hawaii after the biggest win of her career in the Auckland Ironman 70.3 at the weekend.MATTHEW GALEA January 22, 2014 4:05am
A year off serious racing for Miah Franzmann last season hasn’t dulled the triathlete one bit.
Franzmann, 50, returned to Shepparton from Auckland on Monday evening with a ticket to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, after winning the 50-54 age group at the Auckland Ironman 70.3.
‘‘I made the decision to get back into it because I was going up an age group and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to be the youngest in an age group,’’ Franzmann said.
‘‘I thought we might as well as have another crack because ETPA (Elite Triathlon Performance Australia) got on board with the Shepp Tiri Club as a coaching group, so I jumped on that and started enjoying it.
‘‘I had always planned to do the Shepp Half-Ironman and had a good race.’’
Franzmann registered for the Auckland race after some gentle encouragement over a glass of wine from her husband, though she admitted it was always on her mind given it acted as a qualifier for Kona with one spot available for the age group winner.
Twenty minutes separated the Wanganui High School teacher from second place and her time of four
‘‘I was surprised, especially because a couple of nights before the race I was googling the names of the other racers and I found that most of them had done Hawaii before or done 70.3 World Championships,’’ Franzmann said.
‘‘I had that in mind and I knew I’d have to go hard right from the beginning and just keep going.
‘‘I got through the swim, despite nearly getting lost, and I got out and I was surprised to find out I was the first of my age group out the water because that never happens.’’
It only got better from there for Franzmann, as she pulled further away from the rest of the pack.
Franzmann said the win was the biggest of her career and was delighted to win a third crack at Kona.
‘‘I was rapt, it takes the pressure off of doing the Melbourne Ironman now, because I’ve already qualified,’’ Franzmann said.
‘‘Now I can just do the race and just know where I’m at.’’
A gruelling winter awaits Franzmann as she will have to continue training through the coldest months of the year in preparation for Kona.
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