Tyler had a very busy 2nd half of the season. Amongst other races he competed in an ITU World Cup, the 70.3 World Championships and an Ironman, all in 4 weeks.
The World Cup in Huatulco Mexico, was relatively successful in that even after 2 flat tires he came in in 18th place. Next stop was the to 70.3 Worlds Championships in Clearwater Florida. Tyler finished a respectable 13th in a race the really didn’t suit him due to the widely accepted fact that it was a ‘draft fest’.
Finally, the last race of the season, Ironman Cozumel, Mexico. After a disappointing 1st Ironman in New Zealand earlier in 2009 due to overtraining not respecting the distance, Tyler raced conservatively until the run. Despite five years out of triathlon to ride professionally, running is Tyler’s strength. His strategy paid off and he ran through to 4th place which qualified him for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, October 2010.
Tyler took a short break after his Ironman and is now in the process of rebuilding his base miles after a long season in 2009.
December and January are times of planning and organizing for all triathletes. Deciding on tentative race calendar, planning training blocks, renewing old or signing new sponsors, and generally catching up on the parts of life that are ignored once the race season begins.
Look out for more and more additions to tylerbutterfield.com as the weeks progress.