It is always special to go into an Ironman no matter what the build up, but at the end of the day it nothing else matters except how you feel on race day. I felt I had recovered really well from Ironman Cozumel which was only two weeks ago. I knew this race could go either way, but based on my history of backing up pretty well, I was confident it could go really well.

At the start of the week I made sure I got all the right treatment and arriving late Thursday afternoon in Busselton gave me time at home to recover and prepare right. I am quite familiar with the area having raced Ironman Western Australia three times before so coming later in the week was fine.

Race Day

SWIM

We had an early start with a 5.30am swim start but coming from the east coast of Australia with a three hour time difference, getting up so early wasn’t that tough.

We had a beach start & when the gun went off, I had a great start and got on the feet of Horst Reichel but only managed to stay there for 500m. I led the chase pack out around the jetty before I settled into second spot to try and save some energy.

I had a great transition and came out on to the bike course in second place with a group including Timo Bracht, Josh Rix and Matty White.

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