Jeanni Seymour Defends IRONMAN 70.3 Austin Title

PC: Scott Flathouse

PC: Scott Flathouse

The abbreviated race at IRONMAN 70.3 Austin didn’t stop South African First Endurance triathlete Jeanni Seymour from winning for the second year in a row. The 69.1-mile bike-run race had a staggered time trial start, delayed by an hour and half from the fog and eventual cancelled swim.

Seymour was disappointed by the cancelled swim, wanting to see where her swim was at but quick to say “I am proud that I was able to shift my mind set when the race changed. It was a bummer we were not able to swim as it becomes a different race on its own without it but I have learnt that we have to be able to adapt on a whim, not only in the sport but in life.” 

Cloud cover and fog burnt off by the end of the bike and Seymour said “the heat turned up for a hot run (high 80s, real feel around 90). I had a bottle of EFS (lemon lime flavor is my favorite) with my breakfast and I drank three bottles on the bike. Given the hot temps and humidity, this set me up really well for the run.” 

Combining the third fastest ride with a race best run, Seymour had a buffer of over 10 minutes on the next best pro.

“It honestly did not feel like I was defending my title as the day turned out to be a duathlon but to win is always an incredible feeling and I was VERY happy to be able to win yesterday.”

Seymour is on the hunt to add to this performance with some strong results at Xiamen 70.3 and the Cartagena 70.3 to finish up the year.  “I am very excited for both these races and hope to get some good results to finish up 2016!”

PC: Scott Flathouse

PC: Scott Flathouse

IRONMAN 69.1 Austin
Austin, Texas
October 30, 2016

1. Jeanni Seymour 3:49:34
2. Jennie Hansen 4:00:05
3. Beth Shutt 4:01:06
4. Kelly Williamson 4:02:11
5. Amanda Wendorff 4:03:34
6. Jennifer Spieldenner 4:04:00
7. Stephanie Jones 4:06:29
8. Hayley Benson 4:07:05
9. Rebeccah Wassner 4:07:30
10. Melanie McQuaid 4:07:41

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