Brown reports on Asia Pacific Championship.
Cameron Brown reports on his race at Ironman Cairns which also doubled as the Asia Pacific Championships
I'm sitting on the couch as we speak recovering after my race on Sunday and the early 4am trip back home to NZ. My four weeks over in Noosa, Australia preparing for the race had gone very well and I was in great shape for a return to Cairns where I've enjoyed some great success winning in 2014 and 2x2nd places.
I woke up at 4am for my eggs on toast, banana and then it was time to catch the 5:15am bus to transition, the swim was located at Palm cove 30km's north of Cairns. Race day conditions were quickly changing with the treaded southerly wind getting stronger by the minute, by the time we started at 7:40am the swim course was now super choppy and sadly a 70.3 athlete passed away due to the tough conditions. It felt like a washing machine for the entire 3.8km, breathing away from the waves and also the sun was hard for everyone. I would say it was one of the hardest swim's I've done over my 60 plus Ironman races. I came out of the water in 15th place and needed to pull finger on the ride to catch up for some lost time.
The bike ride up to Port Douglas was great, super fast with a tail wind and great views along the coast but then the return leg down to palm cove was hard. The wind was increasing and getting stronger and stronger, I had made some gains and the final 70km home to Cairns was one of the hardest I've ever ridden in with a block head wind that was just relentless! My 42.5km average speed at 110km disappeared to 38.4km/hr in those last 70km, people were blowing up all over the place.
I finished the bike in 10th position and was excited I had my strongest leg to come, but just like in Taupo my running form only lasted 10km before my hips started to seize up again and I was forced into a jog/walk/stretch all the way to the finish! I ended up in 14th position in the end and running 40mins off my normal pace! I'll be having a few days of total rest before I do some testing later in the week on why this is happening and what I need to do to fix it! I've been in the sport a long time and know the up's and down's and challenges it brings so I will see the best people to get things right before my next race.
Thanks again for your continued support.
Kind Regards Cameron Brown