With over two thousand age-group athletes competing, the 2019 Ironman World Championships were far from being just about Frodeno and Brownlee, Charles-Barclay and Haug.
The return to Kona town is okay but by that time the energy reserves are fading. Coming down Palani is a blessing because you know you’re a mile from home, but it’s so painful on your quads. With cheering and shouting crowds, it’s one of triathlon’s most recognisable finish line experiences and it doesn’t disappoint. I set out to go sub-10hr and managed to do that, so I’m super happy.