2XU's Brown and McKinnon blitz Ironman Korea!
2XU’s Cam Brown is having an awesome year this time taking out the inaugural Ironman Korea held on Jeju Island, Korea on July 3rd. The harsh heat and course proved to be a tough one for Cam but managed to push through the barriers and finished the race in 4.03:58!
Also huge congratulations to 2XU's Bevan McKinnon for his stellar efforts at the Ironman 70.3 Korea. Bevan made the podium with a 3rd place finish in the full Ironman event, his second podium finish in an Iron distance event so far this year. Keep an eye out for Bevan’s Free Performance Session at the Newmarket Performance Centre this spring – more in future 2XU High Performance newsletters.
Cam sent through his thoughts on the race earlier this month!
Well I had a great win today taking out the inaugural 70.3 Ironman Korea on the Island of Jeju. Conditions were great for fast times except the course was super tough. Our race started at 9am and we were lucky to still have plenty of cloud cover, the last few days have been very misty so it cooled things down early in the race. I was 3rd out of the swim about 1:15min down on Keiron Doe and just under 1min to Guy Crawford. I caught Guy first and then Keiron at the 20km turn around, we all stayed together for the entire 90km bike and I can assure you there wasn't many flat parts in this course, it was just rolling terain all day long.
I was first off the bike but only a few meters ahead of the other two kiwi's, the run course was brutal! We went straight down for about 1500m before before a long 2km climb to get back onto the main highway. The aid stations weren't ready for the first few athletes as there was nothing set up on the first three I passed so I had to grab a 1.5l bottle of water and run with that for a few hundred meters to get some fluid into me and on me as the sun was breaking through the clouds and the humidity was starting to rise. The run was a one loop course for the Half Ironman athletes but the Ironman athletes would have to face the hills twice which would be a killer!
I made it too the national football stadium turnaround in 1st (the stadium was built for the Soccer World Cup and was pretty impressive) by that stage I had a 4min lead so I could relax a little but from there on it was all up hill to the finish line. It ended up a kiwi clean sweep with Guy Grawford coming home in 2nd, Keiron Doe in 3rd and Jo Lawn taking out the womens tittle so a great day for the kiwi's. I'm off to watch the Ironman athletes come in now and support them on there even tougher day!
Thanks for all your support. I head to Frankfurt, Germany tomorrow for my final 3 weeks of training before the European Ironman Championships on July 24th.
1st Cameron BROWN 4:03:58
2nd Guy CRAWFORD 4:15:03
3rd Kieran DOE 4:15:56