Ironman 70.3 Kansas: Tami's Report

by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie at Ironman 70.3 KansasIronman 70.3 Kansas came and went like crazy! It felt like I didn’t have much time to think about the race. Perhaps this was a good thing—less time to worry and fret over details and things that aren’t going quite right.

The day before the race, the water temp was well over 77°F. Somehow on race morning the temp was 75.9°. (76.1° is wetsuit cutoff) Hmmmmm, decided to go with it. By the first turn buoy, I was uncomfortably hot. Despite that, swim went pretty well. I exited the water in 2nd.

My bike was alright. This was only 3 weeks after Ironman Texas, so certainly not an A race. And this race was in between things… which left me feeling, well, a little in between things. I didn’t feel bad, but I didn’t feel good. Going at the effort and watts I was felt alright, but I couldn’t seem to push much more. I did feel like I could keep doing that exact effort for another 56 miles no problem at all, though. Funny how that happens. I think I had moved back to 10th or 11th after the bike. I loved the rolling hills and scenery the Kansas country roads provided.

Ironman 70.3 Kansas had rolling hills and sceneryThe run went pretty well. Especially all else considered. One girl passed me right out of T2, but I managed to pass her, and at least one other girl around mile 7. Finished up 9th. Time of 4 hours 37 minutes. For a non-A race three weeks my next Ironman, I’m pretty happy with Ironman 70.3 Kansas!

Next up is Muncie 70.3.

Full results from Ironman 70.3 Kansas are available on

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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.
  • Christian Baughman

    Nice show Tami! I really like that Kansas bike course too. And how bout that campground run? I'd like to go down some year just to tailgate :-). Well done - can't wait to see what comes out of your next IM!