Following his victory two weekends ago in Oak Mountain, Alabama, Josiah Middaugh notched another win in the Pan American series at XTERRA Dominican Republic.
While the athletes knew what to expect with the heat and humidity, they were faced with a new course this year at the 7th stop on the XTERRA Pan American tour in the Dominican Republic. Middaugh noted “The racing here in the Dominican Republic is very different than racing in the mountains, it is a totally different environment and the course profile was very flat.”
“Although it is not specifically what I have been training for, it still ended up being somewhat of a strong man’s race, with the heat, humidity and soft sand. I have come to really enjoy the challenge of racing in extreme environments, whatever they may be”
“The swim was relatively calm and crystal clear turquoise water. I lost a little over a minute in the swim and knew I would be hard-pressed to make that back up on the bike. The bike and run course were two laps each, I was able to make up some time on the first lap and really pushed hard on the second. I kept that mentality for each leg of the race attempting to negative split the second lap of each discipline. I caught Karsten and Rom on the second lap on the bike and Rom stuck with me until the second transition. We headed out on the run together and set a pretty strong pace for the 1st mile. I sensed a small gap opening up and kept the pace on throughout the first lap. Going into the second, I upped the tempo a bit more and was able build a cushion”.
While Middaugh was off the back on the swim, he posted a dominant bike-run combo riding 2:27 faster than Akerson, who posted the 2nd best bike & run, and was an impressive 3:02 quicker on the run. Middaugh acknowledged “I felt like I managed the heat well with a steady but hard effort from start to finish and consistent fueling with EFS PRO in two bottles on the bike and an EFS Liquid Shot flask along with water at the aid stations on the run. I found myself dumping as much water on to my head as I did into my mouth to keep feeling fresh and skin temps under control.”
Defending his XTERRA Dominican Republic win from last year, Middaugh continues to move up the overall ladder of the Pan Am series, now in fourth with only 3 races under his belt in the series.
Middaugh heads back to Colorado to race in the Vail GoPro Mountain Games, an event in which he has had a legacy of success in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge competition.
XTERRA Dominican Republic
Samaná, Dominican Republic
June 3, 2018
1. Josiah Middaugh 2:18:35
2. Rom Akerson 2:21:38
3. Karsten Madsen 2:25:30
4. Alex Roberts 2:33:29
5. Kieran McPherson 2:49:00