Mahe Drysdale overcomes 'hardest challenge'

Last updated 12:16 06/05/2013
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Mahe Drysdale on the cycle leg of Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie earlier this year.

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Five-time world champion rower and London Olympic gold medallist Mahe Drysdale is looking forward to returning to "an event that lasts seven minutes" after competing in Ironman Australia.

The 34-year-old completed the second of two iconic events he targeted this summer when he raced at Port Macquarie, following the Coast to Coast in New Zealand in February.

Drysdale finished Ironman Australia in 11 hours 14 minutes and 41 seconds in what he described as the hardest challenge of his sporting career.

"The Coast to Coast was hard, but I think this was the hardest thing I have ever done," he said.

"It was so long out there and just so mentally tough."

"I was pleased to have finished. I wanted to go under 11 hours and that was on after the bike.

"But I've struggled with my running. Actually today I felt quite good for two of the four laps and I got quite optimistic. Then the wheels fell off."

Drysdale said it had been a summer to remember, having accomplished two of the most-iconic endurance events.

"I will wear my finisher's shirt to rowing," he joked.

"I've laid down the platform for any of the others to chase."

"Actually I am looking forward to returning to rowing and it will be interesting to see what benefits these two events have been.

"Most of all I am looking forward to an event that lasts seven minutes.

"I am proud of what I have done for sure. But it will be a long time before I consider an Ironman again I think. 

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