Jeff Symonds’ one-legged drills
After a fantastic swim and a great initial bike ride, Jeff Symonds started to feel something strange about his left crank as he rode up to the turnaround in Hawi. Things gradually got worse, though, and as he made the tricky descent in the rain he felt things get looser and looser, until the crank finally came right off with 30 km to go.
Symonds, who won the Ironman Asia-pacific title in Melbourne earlier this year, revelled in his first Kona experience all week and was determined that he was going to get to the finish line. So, rather than call it a day, he pedalled with one leg back to T2, then ran the third fastest marathon of the day (2:50:15) to move himself up to 23rd overall.
“This is what the sport is all about,” Symonds said after the race. “Dealing with all the ups and downs. I was really questioning out on the run whether I wanted to do this. Once I got out there I stuck it out. When I was doing the ‘single leg drills’ I kept thinking there are people doing the race with just one leg. I can’t complain if I have to pedal with one leg for the last 18 miles.”