Linsey dominant in her second-straight Ironman Wisconsin victory.
Linsey Corbin set the course record for Ironman Wisconsin last year in front of home sponsor Trek Bikes, so the choice to race Ironman Wisconsin again this year was an easy one. And when she crossed the line to win her second straight women’s pro race Sunday, her victory celebrations said it all.
I raced Ironman Wisconsin from a place of gratitude - and go figure, I loved every minute of it. The finish-line picture is all the feelings. It’s a true privilege to be crowned the 2019 IM Wisconsin Champion. Thanks to the many people who made today so special for me. My heart is full.
Linsey Corbin finished in 9:13:34, only 55 seconds slower than last year in cool, windy and occasionally rainy conditions that she said were much tougher. “The way back on the swim, the long stretch was like a washing machine,” she said about the 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona.
Canadian Melanie McQuaid was her main rival and took an early lead in the bike. It wasn’t until after 80 miles that Corbin caught and passed the multiple ITU cross triathlon and XTERRA world champion.
Corbin built a two-minute lead heading into the run transition, and from there never looked back. There was no matching the defending champion in the final leg – Corbin literally ran away with the race, finishing more than 15 minutes faster than McQuaid and 36 minutes ahead of Brazilian Bruna Hahn in third.
Each one is different, and the motivation for each Ironman I line up for is different every time. I just don’t take them for granted anymore. The sport’s getting more and more competitive. I’m appreciative to be out there, and when it does come together, and you have a day like today that I had, it’s pretty awesome.