PAST IRON

Three Iron­man fin­ish­ers share the ad­vice they wish they’d been given be­fore their first race

Men's Fitness - - Injury -

GET EDGY

‘If you start the swim in the mid­dle of the pack, it feels as if you’re in an un­der­wa­ter mosh­pit for the en­tire 3.8km. For a calm first leg, po­si­tion your­self at the back outer edge of the group, where there aren’t as many peo­ple to bump into or swim over you.’ Ian Bed­well, Iron­man Switzer­land fin­isher

GO WITH THE FLOW

‘Piss on the go. It sounds dis­gust­ing but loads of rid­ers wee into their shorts on the bike. If you need to go sev­eral times, do­ing your busi­ness on the move will save you quite a bit of time over the whole leg.’ Matthew De­Haty, Iron­man Chal­lenge Almere-Am­s­ter­dam fin­isher

RUN THE GAUNT­LET

‘Keep run­ning for as long as you can. I man­aged 32km be­fore I slowed to a walk. Once I started walk­ing, ev­ery­thing started to hurt more – I al­most had to stop. Run­ning was more men­tally de­mand­ing but it hurt less.’ MF edi­tor Nick Hutch­ings, Iron­man Switzer­land fin­isher

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