Wind gusts reached 25 mph, and by noon the temperature was in the low 90s.
John Polson reclined on a cot in the medical tent, an IV poked into his arm to replenish his fluids. It was the first trip to Texas for the 27-year-old Australian, and Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake was just like he’d heard.
“The course is brutal, absolutely brutal,” Polson said, with a touch of admiration. “I think a combination of the wind, the hills, the heat, make it probably one of the toughest courses on the circuit, to be honest. It’s definitely probably the hardest race I’ve ever done.”
And he’s a pro who finished in the top 10.