Joe Skipper on fourth place IM South Africa: ‘Good learning experience’

Joe Skipper at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. (Picture: James Mitchell / Instagram)

For British Joe Skipper it was definitely a big disappointment to not finish on the podium at Ironman 70.3 South Africa. But, Skipper also sees it as a learning experience.

“On my way back now from South Africa and while I am disappointed with finishing fourth it was definitely a good learning experience in regards to tactics. I would live to do the race again with the hindsight of how this race ended up and what I could do differently. Ultimately though in the race my run legs didn’t show up, from the start of the run I knew it was going to be a slog but tried to push through and hope for the best. Ultimately I was hoping one or more would blow up but unfortunately none of them did. I was surprised my run legs didn’t show up as that was the discipline I was most confident about coming into the race, but thats triathlon I guess. Theres always so many different parts to the puzzle and getting them all to fit on race day is the challenge. I would like to say a massive thanks to the South African people for there hospitality, although the result wasn’t what I wanted it was great to meet so many nice people, lots of locals which helped me with training and getting around PE. I’ll definitely be back to do this race and myself justice.”