Jeff Sy­monds’ one-legged drills

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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.”

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