THIS month’s customer prize winner is Richard Allen, who used CurraNZ when racing at his first-ever World Ironman Championships at Kona last month.
The long-distance triathlete from Newcastle is very new to the sport and was one of 150 British triathletes who took on the best in the world.
Incredibly, it was only Richard's third-ever triathlon, but he was gunning for a sub-ten-hour finish in the 141-mile race.
Richard took the opportunity to sample CurraNZ after we offered product to every British qualifier in the lead-up to the event. We believed it would give the British team an added edge in their performance and recovery in the furnace of Kona.
He reported back on his experience after having a brilliant race and achieving his goal of finishing in a sub-ten time for his 45-49 age-group:
He says: “After using CurraNZ in the month leading to Kona, I took two per day and noticed my recovery was better.
“The day after the World Championships I was not as sore as I was after Ironman UK - and I even ran faster in the heat.”
Heat and humidity can significantly reduce athletic performance and Kona provides a stern test for athletes in the lung-busting 141-mile course. Come race day, temperatures were hovering around the 31C mark, with high humidity.
Recent studies have found that CurraNZ reduces the risk of exertional heat stress in athletes and improves fat burning in hot conditions. These developments meant that our natural and legal intervention could provide valuable performance benefits for the athletes on the big stage.
This certainly appears the case for Richard, who ran the Kona marathon in a sizzling time of 03:22.55 – five minutes faster than Ironman UK at Bolton in July.
He says: “I only did my first triathlon in November 2018, Cozumel Ironman, then Ironman UK in July, where I qualified for Kona.”
Richard completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in a great time of 09:58.48.
“Finishing in a time under ten hours was my very optimistic target and I had to nearly sprint the last mile to make it!
“I found CurraNZ was really good at the World Champs – I didn’t find the conditions too bad, although it was hot - and will definitely be using it again.”