The 113km middle distance triathlon took place Saturday, February 15 near Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand’s South Island. After arriving late Thursday due to flight delays, Liv Racing’s Radka Kahlefeldt was unable to preview the run course prior to the start of the race but showed no sign of nerves at the start gun Saturday morning. She emerged from the 1.9km (1.2-mile), 1-lap swim in Lake Wanaka just one second back of New Zealander Rebecca Clarke. The pair set out on the 90km (56-mile) bike course together, but after posting the second-fastest split entered T2 with a lead of three seconds aboard her Liv Avow Advanced Pro. Kahlefeldt literally ran away from the competition over the course of the technical 21.1km (13.1-mile) run, extending her lead to over three minutes and posting a finishing time of 4:28:11 to take the win.
“I think it’s better to not know the course because if you don’t know the hills are waiting for you, then you push harder,” Kahlefeldt told Challenge media.
New for 2020, Kahlefeldt’s Avow Advanced Pro is equipped with CADEX wheels, for optimum aerodynamics when seconds count.
Next up, Kahlefeldt is making her full-distance Ironman debut in Taupō, New Zealand on March 7. Though distances for the swim, bike and run are double that of her primary 70.3 triathlon discipline, Kahlefeldt says her training has been going well and she is excited for the event.
“I’ve completed some training days that I thought were for only crazy people, but I’ve actually enjoyed the prep so far,” said Kahlefedt of her Ironman debut.
Taupō is also the location of this year’s 70.3 World Championships in November.