Heather Jackson appears on track for Kona with an impressive win at Ironman 70.3 Steelhead.
August 14, 2017 | NEWS|
After her brilliant third place finish at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii last year, Heather Jackson has been very much in the limelight. The American appears to be on track for another top finish on the Big Island in October thanks to a runner-up finish at Ironman Boulder and a couple of recent 70.3 wins - Ironman 70.3 Calgary last month and this weekend's Ironman 70.3 Steelhead race.
Jackson, a former college hockey player who then got into track cycling before taking up multi-sport racing, typically trails out of the water, so improving her swimming has been a goal over the last few years. While her swim this weekend still found her trailing the leaders out of the water - she was seventh - the gap to the first woman after the choppy, challenging swim in Lake Michigan was a bit over 30 seconds and she was within seconds of many of the other women ahead of her.
Once out on the bike the race became a no-brainer - Jackson powered away thanks to a 2:18 split and finished with a solid 1:24 run to easily take the title over Alissa Doehla.
For Jackson to compete for a higher podium spot in Hawaii she'll need to be better out of the water so she's not having to make up as much ground along the Queen K. This weekend's result looks like good news on that front.
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead | Women
August 14, 2017 | Benton Harbor, Mi., USA
1.9 km Swim
90 km Bike
21.1 km Run