Helle Frederiksen took second place in her first race of the season, finishing the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Monterrey with a time of 04:13:35. Heather Wurtele (04:07:47) of Canada won the race; Caitlin Snow (US; 4:15:17) rounded out the pro women’s podium.
Helle pushed the pace early in the swim, finishing tied for first with Celine Scharer, 40 seconds ahead of third place and 1:20+ ahead of the main pack. A quick T1 put her ahead of Scharer going into the bike portion of the race. Helle led for most of the bike leg but Wurtele steadily climbed back from a two-minute deficit to take a slight lead heading into the run. That's where things started to fall apart for Helle when cramps left her unable to keep pace with Wurtele.
After the race, Helle was both relieved and disappointed. "That was tough! In the end, I am satisfied it is over, but there is a big part of me that is disappointed. I wanted the win, but my body apparently had other ideas. As soon as I hit the run my right side just started to cramp. My hamstring, calf and even foot. It was then a case of surviving and holding on to second place. You need your A-game to beat an athlete like Heather Wurtele. I had that up until the run with a strong swim and solid bike leg but unfortunately I wasn't able to follow through on the run. Huge credit to Heather on her victory."
Great Britain's Tim Don (03:46:59) took the men's title. Mexico's Francisco Serrano (03:50:17) finished second and American Ben Hoffman (03:52:22) came in third.