The Ironman series held a heat at Smiths beach today. The conditions were rough and windy. They had set up all the barriers last night, but they got washed away. This morning they delayed the start 2 hours to let the conditions ease. These guys are tough – swim, surf skis, paddle a surfboard, and then repeat until I lost count of how many laps they did! The surf skis were the hardest part – they got tossed around in the breaking surf. Very tough on those who were leading, and then their ski got washed back to shore.
This series is extremely well organised (and funded). There were three helicopters and 6 jetskis, two rubber duckies and plenty of lifeguards around all vantage points checking on all competitors.