Thai­land prepa­ra­tion for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Multisport Mecca - - Ironman World Championship -

SOME sti­fling train­ing ses­sions in the hu­mid­ity of Thai­land have helped Mooloolaba’s David Del­low pre­pare for an­other as­sault on the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship.

The reign­ing Aus­tralian cham­pion is among a se­lec­tion of ath­letes with links to the Sun­shine Coast who are com­pet­ing in the gru­elling Hawaii test on Sun­day.

The 38-year-old has made four pre­vi­ous raids on the event, which con­sists of a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run.

He hopes to im­prove on his per­sonal best of ninth place from 2012 and, if he’s hav­ing a good day, could sur­prise a few of the sport’s jug­ger­nauts.

“My prepa­ra­tion is go­ing well,”

he said. “I trav­elled to Thai­land to pre­pare for the heat in Kona and I was able to put in some good blocks. I’m ques­tion­ing what keeps me com­ing back for more but I will say, Kona is the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful is­land and a beast of a course. So it is the Beauty and the Beast.”

PHOTO: BRUCE OMORI

David Del­low is set to com­pete at the world cham­pi­onship in Hawaii.

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