Heading into the race at the famous Daytona International Speedway®, the American’s prowess over the middle-distance certainly made her a candidate for success.
A seven-time IRONMAN 70.3 podium finisher, Doehla had her eyes on the mammoth prize pool for the event – the largest ever put together for a professional triathlon.
Doehla produced a swim split of 26:10 as she came out of the water on the periphery of the top 20. “I think I was most proud of my swim, for getting out hard and in the fray, finding fast feet, and then hanging on for dear life,” she posted online after the race.
She then produced a solid bike split of 1:58:35 to close in on the top 10. Unfortunately, a “rookie mistake” saw her, in her own words, “eat pavement” going into T2.
The American gained further places on the run during her 1:07:33 – the fourth fastest run in the entire field – showcasing elite pacing throughout the race to ensure she finished in the prize money.
“11th place and 2nd American in a star-studded field at the PTO and CHALLENGEDAYTONA® Championships was beyond my expectations,” Doehla commented on her Instagram page.
An outstanding performance from the 34-year-old during the PTO 2020 Championship, and for those asking these were her ‘Weapons of Choice’:
Wetsuit: Roka Maverick
Speedsuit: Roka Viper
Bike frame: Scott Plasma Premium
Frame size: S
Aero Bars: Drag 2 Zero
Front wheel: ZIPP NSW 454
Rear Wheel: ZIPP Super 9 Disc
Front tyre: Continental Grand Prix TT
Rear tyre: Continental GP 5000
Tyre and Tube type: Clincher
Component Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Di2
Power meter: Power2Max NG eco
Head unit / Computer: Garmin Edge 520
Crank length: 155mm
Helmet: S-Works McLaren TT
Pedals: Shimano Ultegra
Cleat System: Shimano
Cycling shoes: Bont Zero+
Saddle: Cobb JOF 55
Hydration System: Profile Design Plasma 5 aero bottle & Elite crono XY
Shoes: Nike Vaporfly Next %
Sports Watch: Garmin Forerunner 945