By the run leg Amanda Wilson had recovered from severe seasickness to finish strongly in 10th place in her age group.
IRONWOMAN and former Leongatha athlete Amanda Wilson was devastated after her recent results in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii.
Wilson qualified for the pinnacle of the Ironman competition last year and trained all throughout winter to be in her best shape.
Her 10th placing, in the 30-34 age group, was a massive achievement given her woeful start to the 3.8 kilometre swim.
Wilson recovered during the 180km ride, and finished strongly in the 42km run to complete the Kona Island course in 10 hours, 34 minutes and 33 seconds.
Wilson has since had some time to reflect on her experiences.
“I had qualified for the championships last year so there was a long lead in,” she said.
“I had a really good lead in and trained well all through winter, which was challenging especially getting up for training while it was dark, cold and wet.
“But the championship was a tough day out there for me and things didn’t quite go according to plan.
“I got seasick on the swim, I swallowed too much salt water and the swell took me off guard, so when I got on the bike, I was throwing up for the whole six hours.
“I only started feeling better on the run.
“I did think about quitting,” Wilson admitted, “but I had spent the whole year working towards this day and so had everyone else who had helped me.
“Internally I was fighting all the way through it.
“While it didn’t go according to plan, I’ve learned from it and look forward to coming back stronger than ever.”
Wilson plans to qualify for the 2015 Ironman Championships in the March Melbourne Ironman.
“There was a lot to learn from my first championship,” she said,
“The second time around I’ll go in with a clearer head and more focussed.
“I’ll also concentrate on a bit more specific training in winter – especially swimming in swell.”
She will have plenty of opportunities to build up her strength again with the upcoming half ironman in Geelong and half ironman on the Sunshine Coast this season.
Wilson finished the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run in 10:34:33.
The swim leg in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 33 seconds.
The bike ride (being buffeted by strong winds) in 5 hours, 49 minutes and 24 seconds.
The run in 3 hours, 27 minutes and 26 seconds.