Coming out of the water in third position, Anne put in a 2:14:25 ride on her new P5X that was the second-fastest on the day and nearly two minutes quicker than last year. This moved her into second position before T2, which was also a step up from 2018, when the German chased down Britain’s Holly Lawrence and Sarah Lewis on the run to take the title.
The 2019 run seemed to be following a similar script, with Haug cutting into Lawrence’s lead at every time split. In the end, however, Lawrence was able to hang on, with Anne less than two minutes behind in a overall time of 4:01:42.
Always a fierce competitor, Anne didn’t get the repeat victory she wanted. "I have no idea what happened,” she said after the race. “I gave everything I had and have to live with second place. I hate losing. But now I know where I'm at after two months of training."
Anne recently stated that her racing goal for 2019 is “to change the colour of my World Championship medals from last year” — bronze at both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 champs — “and improve my performance in general.”
Knowing Anne, there’s bound to be even more improvement to come.