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Wimbleball: when things go wrong
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Wednesday 20th June 2012


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Over the past couple of days we've brought you a series of videos from Ironman 70.3 UK, Wimbleball. You can check out all of the links to our Wimbleball 2012 coverage at the bottom of this page.

Triathlon is a tough sport when things are going well, so when things don't, the situation can be even tougher. If you are trying to race professionally and things don't go to plan then that situation can be even harder to deal with.

While British athletes filled nine of the top ten places this year, one man who was missing from that list was Jonathan Hotchkiss. Jonathan is one of a small number of British athletes who have won an Ironman 70.3 series event, which he did in Taiwan in 2010, and with his proven ability over the half-iron distance he would certainly have expected to feature amongst those athletes.

Illnesses and allergies have impacted Jonathan for a few years now. As far back as August 2009 Jonathan had to take time out from the sport with stress induced over-training syndrome and adrenal fatigue. Recovery from that, alongside ongoing food allergies has been a balancing act, but he has still managed to produce race winning performances including TriGrandPrix UK last year plus that Taiwan highlight.

The Tri247 video camera was close by when Jonathan was forced to DNF at Wimbleball on Sunday, and while pointing a camera in someone's face at such times isn't what either party wants, Jonathan very graciously and honestly told us about his 'race'. Alongside the videos and stories of the 'winners' (below), I think this one is perhaps even more powerful in explaining the difficulties of our sport. This is well worth two minutes of your time.

Our sincere best wishes to Jonathan on resolving the issues that have impacted your recent training and racing, and a huge thank you for talking to us at such a difficult moment.

Wimbleball 2012 Coverage


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