By Mark Etheridge
Laid low by illness at last week’s Gold Coast leg of the World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Australia, Wian Sullwald is hoping to bounce back at the fourth leg in Cape Town next weekend.
The former world junior champion picked up a virus in the days before Gold Coast but opted to still have a crack at the event after travelling so far to get to the event.
However, even after a good swim, he was forced to pull out during the 40km cycle leg.
‘I’ve realised that it’s just not worth racing when sick,’ he said on Wednesday. ‘I was really hoping to shake the virus before race day but no such luck. It felt such a waste of time and money to fly all the way there and at least not give it a try so I started against my better judgment,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I surprised myself by finishing the 1500m swim in 17min 30sec but I’d by lying if I said I did not suffer.’
The swim saw him amongst the top 10 competitors out of the water but he paid dearly for it. ‘After the first lap I could already feel I wasn’t firing on all cylinders and on the second lap I battled to stay in the draft lines at times.
‘When I started cycling I had a bad headache, was coughing and starting to feel disorientated. I still pressed on, hoping I’d recover miraculously but when I wasn’t even able to draft in the slipstream of the rider in front of me I knew it was time to stop.
‘The most important thing now is to make sure I’m properly recovered before Cape Town next weekend.’