HOW TO RACE KONA

Rac­ing Hawaii presents a unique set of chal­lenges in terms of fu­elling and hy­dra­tion. Here are five kit picks

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1 Wet­suits aren’t le­gal for the Kona swim due to the high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures, but many ath­letes will use a swim­skin for the hy­dro­dy­namic ben­e­fits. The Roka Viper X Short Sleeve (£291) is ubiq­ui­tous in Hawaii and in­cludes Roka’s ‘Arms up’ tech and an Ital­ian stretch-wo­ven tex­tile.

2 Hoka One One be­came the most pop­u­lar shoe brand at Kona in 2017, and they’ve con­tin­ued to make gi­ant strides in 2018. The Bondi 6 (£120) is their most cush­ioned shoe, with an EVA foam mid­sole and 33mm stack height, yet with a slen­der 4mm heel-to-toe drop.

3 ISM sad­dles also reg­u­larly top the Kona gear counts, and the PN 3.0 (£159) is one of their lat­est two-pronged and nose­less perches. It’s built on stain­less steel rails and the idea is to push you onto your sit bones and away from soft tis­sue ar­eas, es­pe­cially when down on the aer­o­bars.

4 Hy­pona­tremia (low lev­els of sodium in the blood) and de­hy­dra­tion are gen­uine con­cerns when rac­ing Iron­man in hot con­di­tions. Pre­ci­sion Hy­dra­tion seek to pre­vent this with these easy-to-swal­low Sweat Salt Elec­trolyte Cap­sules (£6.99) that aid fluid ab­sorp­tion.

5 Zipp are the ma­jor wheel brand for Iron­man world champs rac­ers. The 858 NSW Car­bon Clinch­ers (£ 3,929) use the Amer­i­can brand’s Sawtooth and Hy­dro­foil tech­nol­ogy to re­duce both aero­dy­namic drag and han­dling in cross­winds.

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