Putrajaya was going to be a hot race involving a fair bit of travel and acclimatisation. We went over a couple weeks early and based ourselves on Langkawi Island leading into the event.
10 days on the island was enough time for me to get my last block of hard training in and get a taster of what its like to run hard in 40degrees! We managed to find ourselves cheap accommodation on the beach making swim training very accessible. We did all our swim training in the 33 degree ocean and managed to follow our pool sets using markers on the beach and counting our strokes. Riding was better than expected with nice roads and curteous drivers. Kris joined me on his motor scooter, so did the monkeys when food was out! Running in the heat was was challenging for the first few days, but aid station Kris ensured I didn’t faint with electrolyte every few kilometres. The food was cheap and tasty and I now know every way possible to cook rice.
We flew back down to Putrajaya for race day, where we were put up at the Shangri-la thanks to Ironman Asia-Pacific. I was feeling good going into race day and confident in the heat. I had been woking on my swimming and was happy to make it out in the first bunch with Bec Keat and Emma Biham. I was enjoying the fast pace on the highways, leading the the bike until an unfortunate puncture that took me 19minutes to change, (I have since practiced this skill). I managed to hold it together mentally and continued the race to run back into 5th place.
A good experience, I have learnt I race well in the heat and that Malaysia is an amazing country.