At 40 there's not much new in his sport for 10-time Ironman New Zealand champion Cameron Brown.
But he is about to embark on something completely different when he competes in the Ironman Melbourne on Sunday, three weeks after finishing third in Taupo.
"It's the first time I have ever attempted racing a second ironman after only a three-week break," Brown said.
"I have no idea how my body will feel until raceday. It is going to be interesting." Brown said he had recovered well from Ironman New Zealand, where he was not first for the first time in Taupo over the full distance. Fellow Kiwi and two-time Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty won the race on his ironman debut.
"It was a disappointing day for me, not because I did not win, but because I felt ordinary all day," Brown said. "Hats off to Bevan who was the best out there on the day but it's the first time that I have not been able to fire in Taupo."
Brown enjoyed an outstanding second placing at the inaugural Ironman Melbourne last year, which doubles as the Asia Pacific championship, one of four major regional races leading to the world championships.
He led for most of the day but was run down in the final 3km by two-time world champion Craig Alexander.
And last year, Brown's performance was off the back of a New Zealand race shortened by bad weather to a 70.3 half-distance race.
Brown is one of 66 New Zealanders competing in Melbourne.
In the elite men's field, Alexander is top seed ahead of Brown, with 2012 New Zealand winner Marino Vanhoeneker (Belgium) ranked third.
Taupo runner-up Gina Crawford is seeded third in the women's race behind Caroline Steffen (Switzerland) and New Zealand winner Meredith Kessler (US).
- The Dominion Post
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