by Raynard Picards
with Toby Chu, Rob Turnbull, Jennifer Barbour & Sacha Cheong
Words cannot describe what to me happened to me yesterday at the Ironman World Championship in Kona! - After 2 consecutive years (2017/2018) of having mechanical issues during the bike leg the only thing I wanted was to have a clean race without any mechanicals - a race where I could race to my best of my abilities, not really caring about my time nor position. In my mind I though a top 30 in my AG was a reasonable objective and that's what I was looking for. I never imagined I would place 4th in my Age Group and 7th overall amongst the others 1,362 male agegroupers out there! I still can't belive the result! .
Thanks to all Tritons HK and Swim Lab Asia buddies in Kona for the company and support out there before, after and during the race! I guess one of my biggest motivators to go back to Kona is meeting friends I have not seen in a while specially from HK, they really make me feel like home.
Special thanks to AM @funkymunkyhk and Fen @fenellang - my HK family and swim coaches @swimlabhk - Probably the most patient coaches on earth! Thanks for not giving up on me! Swim training has made a big impact not only in my swim time but also on my run and bike plus Believe it or not, I'm finally starting to enjoy swimming!
IM Langkawi, Malaysia
70.3 Chong Ming, Shanghai
IM Penghu, Taiwan
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