IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championships – St. George

Jeanni SeymourRace Report

We are primed to think that talent is the key to success… But what counts even more is a fusion of passion and perseverance… In a world of instant gratification, grit may yield the biggest pay off.
~ Peter Doskoch, The Winning Edge


I did IRONMAN 70.3 St. George for the first time in 2013. It was my first year as a pro and I came 23rd in a time of 4:47:49. To put it simply, I got my butt kicked! Perhaps I had turned pro too soon but I kept persevering along this humbling journey of self improvement.

Last year (2016) I came 6th in a time of 4:27.

This year I was thrilled to able to go 4:15:12 and get 2nd place. The biggest takeaway from this weekend is an acknowledgement of just how far I have come in 5 years.

I have been working really hard, with a lot of help along the way, and I am more determined than ever to close the gap to the best.

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2013!! 23rd place.

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2016 6th place.

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2017, 2nd place! Picture by Talbot Cox

I could not have asked for a better week leading up to the race. My mom and I drove from Boulder to Utah together and it was great to just be with each other and catch up on life. I only see my family once a year now and cherish every moment I get to spend with them!

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I had an incredible home stay and they really made me feel at home. It was also fun to share the home with some of the male professionals. Sebastian Kienle and I share the same sense of humor and he is really good at keeping things light hearted and easy going — that is exactly what I needed on race week. We often got caught up talking in the kitchen while preparing food, which always ended up in laughter, and that really made my experience in St. George very memorable. I am reminded that these friendships and experiences we make whilst traveling to different places is what we will always remember.

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Nutrition:

The day before the race my nutrition is focused on carbohydrates. I try to get in around 350-400 grams in for the day, keeping fibre, fat and protein very low. I start off with a big breakfast, which is often pancakes and eggs, and taper off my food, going to bed slightly hungry so when I wake up in the morning I am ready to eat my breakfast.

I always eat my pre race breakfast three hours before the gun goes off and it is always the same:

  • 1.25 cups of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 scoop of whey protein
  • 1 banana
  • 1 x 24 oz bottle of EFS by First Endurance (2 scoops, tropical fruit punch is my favorite)

Check out my full First Endurance nutrition plan here: https://firstendurance.com/sports/triathlon/jeanni-seymour/

Swim:

I had a freak out moment whilst warming up in the water before the race. I chose to wear my Blueseventy tinted Nero race goggles which were the right call as the sun was still coming up when we where about to start. But it was low 60s in the morning and my goggles were fogging up. This had never happened to me and I didn’t know what to do! Transition was closed so I could not go back to get my clear goggles so I went back to the shore and asked Lisa Roberts’ husband if Lisa had any spare but I was out of luck! The last resort was to spit in my goggles again and hope for the best! Luckily it worked and I was so glad I was able to see clearly!

I was incredibly happy to make the lead swim pack, which was a break through mentally for me. I have been working really hard on my swimming for a while now but I had some mental demons I had to battle and I am really happy I was able to execute my fitness there. It was not easy but I had a great swim start and got right onto Holly and Elli’s feet and made sure I stayed there.

Bike:

The World Champ was in a league of her own and she has really set the bar high for riding in the women’s field. It was a great experience to test myself against the best and see where I stand. My Trek Speed Concept is an incredible ride. I have room to improve my engine though and I will be putting in a another big bike focus leading up to 70.3 World Championships in September.

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Picture by Talbot Cox

Ellie and I rode most of the bike together but I put in a really big effort up the Snow Canyon climb that allow me to break away slightly. This bike course is no joke and still as hard as I remember!

My First Endurance nutrition plan is on point and the most important thing for me is my hydration. I drink 3 x 24 oz bottles of EFS onto the bike to make sure I am well hydrated for the run.

Run:

Coming into T2 I heard I was 7min behind Holly which was a bit painful to hear in the moment!

I had a solid run and had the fastest women’s run of the day but it was not enough to catch Holly. I ran out of real estate and in the end ran 4min into her.

Overall I am very happy with my performance and stoked to have executed my best fitness on race day.

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Picture by Hollie Reina

It was very special to have my mom waiting at the finish line for me. My mom made sure I got my Ultragen recovery drink in as soon as possible which is key to my recovery especially when I am backing it up with IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey this weekend! 

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I really enjoyed my time in St. George and a huge thank you must go to my home stay Sandy and Tom Daniels who treated my mom and I like family!

Timex was well represented and congratulations to everyone who raced out there! This course is brutal and it was great to see everyone out there and thank you for all the support on course! Read up on team results here.

I was bummed that Heather Wurtle was not able to race and it was great to catch up with her after the race. She has won this race a few times and she is someone I really look up to. Congratulations again to the World Champ Holly Lawrence on her well deserved win, Ellie Salthouse for 3rd and an impressive 4th place by Rachel Joyce.

A huge thanks must go to: Timex, Trek, Mark Andrews for looking over my bike the day before the race, Blueseventy, Castelli, First Endurance, Brooks, Bolle, Stages, Shimano, Ice friction, Cobb, Feedback Sports, my coach Jesse Kropelnicki at QT2 Systems, Boulder Sports Chiropractic, Erin Carson at Rally Sports, Kristen McFarland, Nicole Adams, Austin Vinton, Sandy and Tom Daniels my home stay, Republic Cycles in Boulder, my family and Justin Metzler.

Thank YOU for reading and following my racing!

Here is a short recap of the race by Talbot Cox: