Mike Phillips, New Zealand triathlete and a member of team Formthotics, took part in his first ironman distance race in Challenge Wanaka (New Zealand) last weekend (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42km run). He did amazing, coming in at 2nd place! Below he shares a snapshot of the day.
'I led through to 140km on the bike with Luke Mckene and Luke Bell. Dougal Allan (defending champion) passed me with 40km to go and I entered transition 2mins behind, with Luke Bell a further 4mins behind, and Luke Mckenzie 7mins behind.'
'I was comfortable for the first half of the run holding the gap to Dougal, but the back half really stung and I couldn't reel Dougal in, finishing in 8h32mins – 5mins behind Dougal and 2.5mins under the old course record.'
'The Formthotics were perfect – it was the first time I had run over 30km and no issues with feet and knees!'