Following his tenth Ironman World Championship finish in October, Victoria’s Mike Neill wrote the following on his blog:
“For the past 6 months I have been going from Ironman to Ironman. My goal was to get back to Hawaii one last time. I accomplished that goal and I am proud of that. I had my fastest race (and what Jasper thinks might be my best race) ever in Texas and I am proud of that. I did get another top 10 finish in Lake Placid which I am proud of. The problem with the new system was that I didn’t plan it properly and I spent my summer trying to get to Kona without an eye to what I would do (or how I would feel) when I got there. I wasn’t physically or mentally ready to take on the distance, let alone the best athletes in the world. That is something that eats at me a little bit, but I am happy to have ended my career at the place that made me fall in love with the sport. 13 years and 26 Ironman’s later I can’t complain about the career or the life I have had in the sport.”
His hometown newspaper also caught up with Mike to follow up on his story.