Monday, April 20, 2009

Ironman China

Simon says: - I briefly flirted with the idea of doing Ironman China after my success in Ironman Malaysia. The thought process being that with the focus of another race only being 6 weeks away I'd be able to retain my fitness while losing a few more critical kgs. The goal would have been qualifying for Hawaii.

So that was the theory but then I started doing a bit of research - the thing that destroys me in any race over 3 hours is heat and dehydration regardless of how much I drink (I lose about 2.7 litres of fluid per hour in the heat). I decided that this race wasn't for me - check out what had to say about the temperature.

On a day that saw temperatures rise to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) survival became the mantra for the athletes in both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races here in Haikou, Hainan, China. In the end it was two-time Danish Olympian Rasmus Henning and Australia's Charlotte Paul who prevailed in the Ironman race, while Aussies Chris McCormack and Amanda Balding took the Ironman 70.3 titles


Keat Seong said...

this could be the hardest race in the Ironman calender...

Deniel Hopkins said...

Great Post! interesting and informative :) keep tri-ing