After finding myself in reasonable shape, I managed to catch a virus two weeks before Ironman NZ. With two weeks I thought that was more than enough time to recover especially since I would be in taper mode anyways. Unfortunately I was wrong and even writing this report three weeks on, I have a crackly cough, a sore throat and stuffy nose. I tried my best to get rid of the virus with vegetable juices, vitamin C, lemsip and plenty of rest but it didn’t work. Regardless I dragged myself to the start line to give it my best shot.