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Cameron Brown Japan Ironman 2018

posted 23 Apr 2018

Konichiwa from Miyakojima

It was a tough day at the office yesterday and I knew it would be. Race day dawned with mild conditions to start with but that didn't last long. Over 1700 athletes heading into the waters off Tokyu Bay Resort into the two lap 3km course. I felt pretty average during the swim and by the time I reached transition I found myself 2:30mins down on Germany's Simon Jung, last years runner-up. I quickly tried to gain back the time lost in the swim but Simon was riding well and his lead started to grow. The Miyakojima bike course is very unique as it takes in the other three islands by super long bridges ranging from 3-5km in length.  They are stunning and you can see the beautiful clear water around the islands but if it's windy then they can be a little scary as the wind whips straight through them. This race is just short of an Ironman distance, only 800m short in the swim and 23km on the bike, but the wind, heat and humidity and of course the hills throughout the bike ride make up those distances and it becomes a very tough event. 

Half way through the bike ride, the rain started bucketing down along with the wind picking up as we made our way down to the southern end of the island to the Cape Higashi Lighthouse at the 75km mark. I was now 6mins down at this stage so I pushed hard again to be 5mins down at the 125km mark, but a silly mistake on my behalf making a wrong turn cost me dearly in the last 25km, and in the end I was 8mins in deficit.

The 42km run is hard! It's 21km out and 21km back.  It feels like 21km going up and 21km slowly coming back down.  We were faced with a 21km head wind so the heat didn't feel so bad but as soon as the sun appeared the temps went up by 5 degrees! After 5km I had taken 90 seconds out of Simon's lead and by the 15km mark it was down to 2:30mins. Finally just after the turnaround I caught Simon who was now in more pain than I was. I wanted to get a gap to him as quickly as possible as you never know how you will feel in the last 10km of a marathon, and by this stage the humidity was through the roof as we had the tail wind at our backs so there was no cooling effect what so ever. I was able to run the last 10km pretty easy but I was still hurting after some 7hrs of racing! The last 400m to the finish line are on the Miyakojima running track and it was a welcomed sight to see my family and finally stop the clock in 7:52:06 to take my 2nd Strongman title.

We have one more day on the Island before exploring Tokyo and then it's back into training for Ironman Philippines on June 3rd. 

Thanks again for all your support, Sayonara from Japan.


34th Strongman Triathlon, 3km swim, 157km bike, 42km run

Top 3 Results:

1st Cameron Brown (NZ) 7:52:06

2nd Kaito Tohara (JPN) 8:04:17

3rd Simon Jung (GER) 8:07:16

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