“Because of my burns, I can’t regulate my own body temperature. I have to make adjustments or use standard tri gear in different ways ... I will need things such as cooling sleeves and white suits to deal with the heat in Kona,’’ she said.
“I’d rather take a crack at it and fail than not even try at all.”
The severe burns to her hands meant that Turia had custom-made gear and brake levers on her bike. In addition Pitt wore special race clothing to help cope with the humidity and heat in Hawaii.
“It wasn’t so much for other people, it was a personal goal,” Ms Pitt told the Herald Sun. “The original reason I wanted to do the Ironman in Australia is I wanted to prove I was fitter than I was in the ultra-marathon where I was injured. I think Kona is just an extension of that.”
This was Turia’s second Ironman triathlon finish, following the Ironman Australia race at Port Macquarie back in May.