Ever since Andy Potts’ impressive 7th place finish at his Ironman World Championship debut in 2008, he has consistently been on most Kona contender lists because of his solid abilities across all three disciplines. However, Potts has acknowledged that despite feeling more than capable of a breakthrough performance in Hawaii every year, once out in the heat and sun, his body has broken down due to heat stroke and sunburn far sooner than his legs or his mind were ready to slow down. In an effort to find a solution to this heat exhaustion problem, Potts decided to try something new this year in his Kona lead up in order to give his body more time to acclimate to the harsh conditions. Potts traveled to Kona several weeks before the race and has spent the last few weeks trying out several different heat blocking and cooling methods. We sat down with him a few days before the race to check in with some of his findings.
After Saturday’s race, stay tuned to Lavamagazine.com to hear Potts recount how his different heat acclimation strategies worked, what could have been improved, and his takeaways from the race.