Middaugh finishes sixth in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – Local Xterra triathlete Josiah Middaugh recorded his best finish of the season Sunday in Milwaukee, finishing sixth at the Xterra Midwest Championship.Middaugh was the first American across the line with a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes and 32 seconds. South African Conrad Stoltz won in 2:26:57, followed by Mexico’s Francisco Serrano in 2:27:44.Hot, sticky temperatures and a winding mountain-bike leg without any climbs, Middaugh said, were what kept him off the podium. He was 6 minutes behind the leaders following the swim in choppy Lake Michigan, and wasn’t able to make up enough time on the remaining two legs.
“That was probably the hottest weather that I’ve ever raced in,” Middaugh said. “That’s probably a good confidence builder for (the Xterra World Championship in the fall in) Hawaii. It wasn’t really the kind of course I excel on. It was tough, twisty stuff on a mountain bike and there really wasn’t any climbing at all. The run had a little bit more climbing, but my best time was like damage control with the heat. I was trying not to overheat.” Middaugh said that his results so far this season have lagged behind his expectations, but he still feels good about his fitness level. And, with the Xterra Mountain Championship coming to Keystone Aug. 14, he is optimistic about his chances of finishing in the top three in the pro points standings.Last year, Middaugh won his first Xterra pro race at Keystone, then followed with a third at the Xterra West Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and a third at worlds in Maui.”There are courses that aren’t really suited to my strengths and there are those that are,” Middaugh said. “I think on the next three races, I’ll have better results. Those are the three biggest races on my schedule and I think the best is yet to come.”
Local female pro Lisa Isom also competed in Milwaukee, but did not finish.Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.