Ironman Australia 1999

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IM Australia 1999 was a challenge. The swim was cold VERY COLD; it was the first time I'd ever experienced an "ice cream" headache in a swim. They drive (and bike) on the left over there; the contributing distraction is that you also get your "hand-ups" from the left (water, food, etc) which you need to think about when you do it. They'd had some horrific storms just prior to the race and there were potholes EVERYWHERE and a few low water crossings thrown in; at the pre-race meeting, they suggested you pick the smallest posthole to hit and "gear down" coming out the other side - almost true. Great venue and then spent a week at the Great Barrier Reef and traveling around the country. Hey, I earned it!