McNamee blasts into third at volcanic Ironman Lanzarote
LANZAROTE (Spain) –David McNamee of Scotland launched himself into the ranks of the favorites for this year’s Ironman World Championship with an explosive third-place performance at Saturday’s 25th anniversary Ironman on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, Spain. Located just off the African coast in the Canary Islands, the Club La Santa Ironman Lanzarote is an iconic race considered to be dauntingly similar to the grueling World Championship in Kona, Hawaii – and it draws the world’s best. The British cereneo triathlon contender McNamee battled a stunningly tight field through beating sun, blasting winds and over 2,500 meters of climbs for a finish of 8:46:36 that was less than two minutes behind reigning Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno of Gemany in second (8:44:38), while the USA’s Jesse Thomas clocked 8:42:33 for the win.
In only his second year on the Ironman scene, McNamee is ascending rapidly. In 2015 he won the Ironman UK, captured two Ironman 70.3 podiums, and finished eleventh with the fastest run split at the World Championship in Kona. Aiming for an eventual World Championship podium, this season the 28-year-old is pioneering a new era in the sport by becoming the first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, a unique performance management program launched in partnership with the groundbreaking cereneo research institution and clinic in Switzerland.
The guiding principle of cereneo and cereneo triathlon is “motivation matters,” and McNamee’s motivation was off the charts. The race in Lanzarote came just three weeks after McNamee gutted out the fastest run split and a fourth-place finish Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix – just one tantalizing second off the podium. He had chosen Lanzarote as his first full Ironman of the season to assess his progress in a race that’s so much like Kona, and particularly to test himself in what is typically his weakest split, the bike.
“I’m definitely seeing progress, but there’s room for improvement. At the beginning of the run I felt horrid, and I think the first eight kilometers of the marathon was about the worst of my running career – but I kept plugging and dragged myself up to the podium, which I think was remarkable considering how I was feeling,” said McNamee, who was Triathlon Scotland’s Athlete of the Year in 2015. “With this result I’m qualified for the World Championships, and that’s a relief, so now I can focus on Kona with the knowledge that things are moving in the right direction. This has given me confidence, absolutely.”
Pro Men’s Top Ten, Ironman Lanzarote 2016: 1. Jesse Thomas (USA), 2. Jan Frodeno (GER), 3. David McNamee (GBR), 4. Chris Baird (USA), 5. Ivan Raña Fuentes (ESP), 6. Timo Bracht (GER), 7. Miquel Blanchart Tintó (ESP), 8. Roman Deisenhofer (GER), 9. Diego Van Looy (BEL), 10. Erik-Simon Strijk (NED)