Kiwi Guy Crawford was thrilled with his second place in Korea recently after coming home behind fellow Kiwi and 10 times Ironman New Zealand winner Cameron Brown.
Here he checks in and goes through the race which was a last minute decision. Guy and partner Kate Bevilaqua went to Korea at the last minute and between the two of them they won the couples points race for the weekend.
Wow what a trip… Boise, Seattle, LA, Tokyo, Seoul, Jeju Island for Ironman and 70.3 Korea and then back again…!!
Needless to say it was a long trip, But a trip that paid off in the “not so long run”
Jeju Island has this crazy morning, afternoon (anytime really) fog that comes and goes… it’s a very beautiful island, but the weather is unpredictable at best.. In the short time we were there is was hotter than the centre of the sun and then cold and raining…
Race morning was as good as it could get, a little fog and mild conditions for the Island, yet still hot and humid by most standards including mine.
With the Ironman race on the same day, I was up a little earlier than I usually would be , But I wanted to see Kate off for the day and so I caught the shuttle to the swim start about 3 hours before my start.
Long story short, Kate had a great swim and was off to a stellar start to the day by the time the 70.3 started at 9am.
Once the gun went off it was super fish Kieran Doe who took straight to the lead with me behind and Cam Brown behind me. The gaps from the water were small and we all soon came together on the bike at around the 20k mark… From there the 3 of us rode together over the challenging course leaving it to a run “show-down” now most people know going into the run against Cameron Brown is a bad choice , but today there wasn’t really any options..
So onto the run it was, with Cameron, Kieran and myself all together… It wasn’t long before Cameron was putting the pressure on, lucky for me it was Kieran who fell off the pace first…I was soon to follow but I felt good and settled into my own rhythm. By the turn I started to feel the heat (9am starts, mean you run in the heat of the day) by 15k I was deep in the hurt box and it mostly due to the heat and lack of salt… “note to self … take salt next time” The run course in Korea is brutal , It consists of hills , hills and more hills and NO shade….it’s relentless .
At the end of the day I held onto 2nd place and as you can tell by the picture below… I was pretty stoked/happy/wrapped/ over the moon… however you want to describe excited it.
To top off my great day, my lovely lady Kate, won the woman’s Ironman… So all in all we think Korea was a “great success”.
1st Cameron BROWN 4:03:58
2nd Guy CRAWFORD 4:15:03
3rd Kieran DOE 4:15:56
4th Fredrik CRONEBORG 4:17:00
5th Jarrod OWEN 4:26:27
Now it’s time for a little R& R in Boise before starting it all again.
I’m very excited for the second half of the year.