It was a day of firsts. This was the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship held south of the equator. It was also the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship with the nation represented by the most athletes from somewhere other than the United States. Australia took that honor with more athletes competing than any other country, which was no surprise since they were hosting the event on the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland.
It was also the first time nearly three quarters of the competitors were racing in a World Championship event. How could the day be anything other than epic!
Just before the start we were shown a skill that had nothing to do with triathlons, one that has been handed down for eons by the Native People of Australia. With the distinctive sound of the didjeridu playing in the background, they made fire with only two sticks!