In the past two weeks Tyler Butterfield has taken two 70.3 podium finishes, taking 3rd at the Santa Rosa, California 70.3 and then on Sunday 3rd in Cebu, Phillipines 70.3, a race which doubled as the Asia Pacific Championships, he took 2nd having led the race on both the bike and run.
At Santa Rosa on 28th July the swim was cancelled due to thick fog and was reduced to a bike / run. After a TT style start Tyler trailed leader Sam Appleton on the bike entering transition in 4th over 7 minutes behind but produced a very encouraging run of 1 hr 12 min 44 secs to reduce the gap on the leaders and overtake Tim O’Donnell, a very strong triathlete, to podium.
Perhaps inspired by this performance Tyler really mixed it up in Cebu, working hard on the bike to break up the lead pack of 14 into a group of 7. He then took off early on the run and opened up a 15 sec gap with only Braden Currie and Mexico’s Mauricio Mendez, a renowned runner, able to hold the pace. Mendez recovered well in the second half of the race as Tyler’s race from the front tactics took its toll a bit but he held off Currie for a confidence boosting second place in 3hr 47 min 39 secs behind Mendez 3:46:45.
It seems as though Tyler’s altitude training with fellow Boulder triathlete Tim Berkel is paying dividends and these performances will no doubt give Tyler a real confidence boost.