From 8 hours to 17 hours it's a long day and pacing is crucial to success in Ironman. Get it slightly wrong and it can end with you crawling to the finish line or not making it at all. Don't get me wrong, Ironman hurts but pace it correctly and the pain will be easily managed followed by the joy of running down the red carpet knowing you've controlled your race and left everything out there on the course.
Last weekend we had 5 HLT athletes racing in Taupo (3 doing the full and 2 on the 70.3). I want to focus on one athlete in particular who completed his second full Ironman and how he went from strength to strength through the day cracking the 11-hour barrier.