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Racing The Best

“So many things swirling in my head laying there on the finish line. Something that I think only happens when you miss the win by 2 seconds in a 4 hour race. Replaying the whole race in my head in just seconds. Trying to scan for those 2 seconds that I may have left out there. Non to be found and non to be expected to find as I played the best hand I had that day on my own, and he had happened to have that slightly better hand.” – Chris Lieto, Boise 70.3 Race Report (Professional Triathlete)

Last weekend in the triathlon scene there was a great men’s professional finish at the Boise 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) triathlon. The athletes at the elite level of this sport are simply amazing.

Chris Lieto led for nearly the entire race before 2008 Triathlon World Champion Craig Alexander passed Chris in the final meters of the run.

How does a 1:19:13 (6:03 min/mile) and 1:13:44 (5:38 min/mile) half marathon sound after swimming 1.2 miles and then biking 56 miles at 27 and 25.8 mph respectively? Bonkers!

Photos from the finish stretch.

Here is a highlight video of the race from the local news.

(If you can’t see the video click here.)

Read Chris’s race report from this race and the previous race against Craig over at Xtri and experience racing from the front…and coming so close to winning.

One of the things that caught my attention in Chris’s race report is his desire and excitement to race the best in the sport to help him achieve his goal of being the best he can be. I see a passion for the process.

Whether you want to finish a marathon or win a 100 miler, get excited about the process. Where it takes you may be beyond anything you ever expected.

Have a great weekend.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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