(San Francisco, CA) – American professional triathlete, Lisa Roberts, claimed her first IRONMAN title this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky with race best bike and run splits and an overall course record. The victory comes on the heels of Roberts’ first professional win at Challenge Madrid three weeks ago and provides a great start to qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championships in 2018.
After exiting the swim with a deficit to the lead women, Roberts worked hard on the bike to reduce the time gaps to the leaders. “I have a vast amount of experience coming out of the water with a deficit,” said Roberts post-race, “so I didn’t dwell on it much at all, turning my focus solely toward reeling in the ladies ahead, staying calm and getting in my nutrition.”
Roberts assumed the lead of the race with approximately 40km remaining in the bike leg after early race leader, fellow American Dede Griesbauer, succumbed to mechanical issues on the bike and had to pull out of the race. A 4:56:48 bike split was not only a race best but also a new course record and gave Roberts a 5-minute cushion as she started the run.
The marathon leg is Roberts’ strongest discipline as she consistently runs under 3 hours off the bike in iron distance races and the Louisville course was no different. Roberts went immediately to work, locking in her run pace and increasing her lead to the chasers: “I’m definitely more relaxed running in front, but acutely aware that I need to stay present and not get over confident. I have too much respect for the race distance and my competition to assume I have anything ‘in the bag’ until I cross the finish line.” She finished with a race best run of 2:59:10, claiming a run course record and an overall IRONMAN Louisville course record of 9:06:06.
Roberts is delighted with the win and excited to kick off her 2018 IRONMAN Hawaii qualifying process with a solid performance and her first IRONMAN title. “This victory is a critical step toward unlocking a new level of confidence in my abilities and reassurance that I’m on the right path to more success in long distance racing,” she said in an interview post-race. “I feel I’ve broken through a personal barrier that has governed my racing the last few years and I’m excited to discover what’s around the next corner!”
About Lisa Roberts
Lisa Roberts is Tucson, Arizona based professional triathlete that competes over long distance, non-drafting races. Robert’s career highlights include winning, IRONMAN Louisville, Challenge Madrid and placing on the podium at Challenge Roth with a course record marathon split of 2:56 and a sub-9 hour overall time. Full results and schedule are available here.