2XU's Cam Brown takes 3rd at Port Macquarie!
An awesome performance by 2XU Ambassador & 10 x Ironman NZ Champ Cameron Brown at yesterday’s 70.3 Half Ironman in Port Macquarie. Cam gave us the insight to his journey yesterday!
Well I had a pretty good race here at the 70.3 Port Macquarie Half Ironman in
Australia after puncturing late in the bike. Out of the swim I was with the main
contenders of Joe Gambles and Leon Griffen of Australia, we were 1:15 down out
of the 2km swim but quickly made up that lost time taking the lead at around the
35km mark. The bike course follows the coast line south and was fairly hilly for
the first 15km. After that it flattened out but the road surface made up for any
hills, plus a solid head wind made the first 45km tough going. I was feeling
good but at the 75km mark I punctured and found myself 4-5mins down by the time
we got back to transition, I managed to just catch up to the 2nd group coming
off the bike and ran out of T2 in 8th place. I thought there was no way I would
be on the podium after my mishap as I didn't feel like my running legs were
ready to put in a good run spilt but as every kilometer passed I felt a little
better and started picking of the guys in front one by one. With 3km to go I
finally managed to pass Christian Kemp and make the podium which was great
considering the time I lost on the bike.
It's now back to New Zealand for the final few weeks of training before
Challenge Ironman Cairns on June 5th.
Kind Regards Cameron Brown
ATHLETE RANK AGE/DIV SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 GAMBLES, Joe 5/1/1 29/Pro 00:24:32 02:14:11 01:17:31 03:58:15
2 BERKEL, Tim 7/5/2 27/Pro 00:24:35 02:19:49 01:15:22 04:01:40
3 BROWN, Cameron 8/9/3 39/Pro 00:24:36 02:19:55 01:16:53 04:03:22
Can’t wait to see Cam multiply his performance at Challenge Ironman Cairns next month!