New Orleans 70.3 [Race Report]

Ironman 70.3 / Race Reports

I went to New Orleans 70.3 with redemption on the brain. After last year’s devastating episode with Heat Stroke at mile 11, I was on a mission to overcome this race.

The swim was significantly short so my blistering time (for myself) of 23:53 put me at a mere 10th place out of the water, four minutes behind the lead girls. I had a lot of time to make up on the bike and run.

I had a decent bike split of 2:20:50 and made my way up to 5th place.

It was the run when things really started to heat up both in temperature and excitement. I went out with a very steady pace and managed to make my way through the field and by mile 8; I was able to take over the lead. I was feeling strong but noticed that it was getting really hot and the humidity was very high as well. As irony would have it, I was only in the lead for 3 miles before Sarah passed me extremely strong at mile 11. I tried to go with her but my body only tightened up at the sight of her gaining ground up the road.  The last two miles I really started to fall off pace and was lucky to maintain second place.

I had a solid performance but I am hungry for more.I am really looking forward to                            Ironman Texas May 16th

Thank you so much to all my phenomenal sponsors. I am able to be on this incredible journey only because of all of you! I want to especially thank Guy Chemical, Hoka One One, Boulder Coaching, First Endurance, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Garmin, Blueseventy, Pro Bike Express, Ultrafast Optimization, Transformation Massage and Z-Health.

I want to thank all my family, friends and fans for all your support and love. I especially want to thank the best husband in the world, Jeff Mack, for everything he does for me. I cannot begin to list everything but please know it is absolutely Team MACK and he is with me every step of the way! I love you so much Jeff!

I also want to thank all the volunteers, who made the race possible! We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you! I so greatly appreciate everything you do for us!

This race was dedicated to Mother Mary, my Cousin John John Kehoe and Frank Guinn.

Danielle Mack is professional Triathlete residing in Boulder, Colorado. She found her passion for triathlons at a young age. However, it wasn’t until she turned sixteen did she really start training strictly for triathlons. Through various paths God has lead her through the years including Xterra’s and Adventure Racing she discovered her ultimate love, long course triathlons, especially Ironman’s!