Well, it's really very long rollers with no shade, squeezed between two lava fields. To say it was/is hot is an understatement. The heat that was felt on race day was indescribable and just by seeing some of the professionals who were walking, jogging or not having good days, this was a sign that being fast on race day was not the magic formula - just be the best at surviving.
My second thought was "wow, he is running with really good form considering his previous foot injury (partial plantar fascia tear back in May) and I can't believe he is still running so well in the heat" (Karel does not like racing in the heat).
One of my favorite memories of the race as he was just a few miles from finishing his first Ironman World Championship.
I can do this!!
BUT, then again, the body has to be able to respond.
Although I didn't think about while I was running, I look back and all I can think is all of the poor decisions that I made on race day on the run. Maybe the outcome would not have been any different but it was almost as if my body and my head were in two different places and did a very poor job of communicating with one another during the race.
Surprisingly, the miles went by rather quickly as I just kept focused on the next aid station.