Day 3 and my 4th Ultraman World Championship in the books. Obviously disappointed with 3rd place, I only come here for one thing and it's not for a podium spot!
Being my 4th time running from Hawi to Kona, I know what to expect and I know that at some point most athletes have a very rough patch. I played the sensible game and waited for Jordan to break down, but he just kept plugging away really consistently all the way to the end. Kudos to him for a very well deserved victory. In the end, I was the one who had a really rough patch with some pretty trashed legs for the last 20 miles. You cannot fake this run, and I just suffered the consequences of a sub-par final run block leading into the race.
I'm grateful that all the athletes made it through the 3 days safely and without any serious incidents. There are so many close calls especially on day 2, it's always a relief to make it to the start of the run in one piece.
I'm also grateful that I could run at all. 10 days ago I had a lower back issue that prevented me from running even a few meters. So to be able to run without any issues at all was a huge relief.
Ultraman day 2 in the books. 4th time doing this race and it's the first time I've nailed day 2.
Conditions were tough, very rainy and cold descent off the volcano - it really doesn't help when you're shivering at 50mph! And then going up to Hawi were the most brutal crosswinds I've ever experienced there.
I was patient and paced the day well, feeling good going into day 3. Thanks to my crew for getting me to the end well-fueled and in one piece!
Now it's just a little 84km run down the queen k highway back to Kona!