Battered Bozzone heads for a rest

Terenzo Bozzone has decided to skip the ITU Long Course World Championships and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to focus on the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

| August 14, 2017 | NEWS

Terenzo Bozzone (right) congratulates Brad Kahlefeldt at the finish line at Challenge Roth.

Terenzo Bozzone (right) congratulates Brad Kahlefeldt at the finish line at Challenge Roth.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Terenzo Bozzone, who typically races fairly often, has called for a time out on the 2017 season. Speaking on his website Bozzone talked through a tumultuous season. Even though he was coming off an ankle injury heading into Challenge Roth, Bozzone was at a loss to explain why his day didn’t pan out the way his camp had planned.

“Unfortunately, on race day, things just didn’t fire and the frustrating thing is I can’t quite figure out why," Bozzone said after his fifth place finish in the German classic. "From the offset I was on struggle street. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack at the start of the swim and, for the life of me, I couldn’t find my legs on the bike. This was the worst I had felt on the bike in the previous six weeks.”

Post-race Bozzone has had a bout of pneumonia, which he attributed to his son’s daycare, which was the New Zealand flyer’s last straw.

“After a lot of discussions with my coach and doctors, we have decided to pull out of the ITU long distance world champs in Penticton and the Ironman 70.3 world champs in Chattanooga and focus my energy on getting ready for the big showdown in Kona in October.”

Another 70.3 star now exits this event in lieu of a bigger Kona build up. Bozzone has had great success with the shorter form of racing and will look to get back into the swing of things at Ironman 70.3 Cozumel in a months time.