Mcmahon’s great day
Brent Mcmahon had come into this race with a top-10 performance set as his “minimum” standard. He got that, but showed along the way that he has exactly what it takes to contend here in Kona. Amongst the leaders in the swim, he rode near the front throughout the ride and came off the bike sixth, just two minutes behind Frodeno. At that point the nine days of training he lost to a high fever just weeks before the big day caught up with the Victoria native.
“It was pretty ugly out there,” he said after the race. “I really struggled the first half of the run. I hung tough and the second half of the run came around. I went to a dark place coming out of the lab and just got to the finish and kept the legs turning over.”
Mcmahon would end up as the top Canadian in the race and earned some well-deserved prize money, which bodes well for his future appearances on the Big Island.