Yvette Grice put the disappointment of not being able to defend her Eastbourne Half Marathon title behind her by launching her season with a strong 12th-placed finish at Ironman Los Cabos, Mexico.
Tackling the gruelling 225.8km race in temperatures up to 34oC, Grice produced one of her strongest swims to date over the 3.8km ocean course, exiting with the lead pack in a strong field boasting over 20 Ironman Distance victories between them.
Grice has worked hard to improve her cycling over the winter with help from her coach Glenn Cook at Bodyworks XTC and Gary Brickley at the University of Brighton and recorded one of her best rides over the hilly 180km course.
Grice then set off on to the final leg of a marathon strongly gaining positions to take her up the leader board before the heat took its toll.
“I was disappointed with my final position but have to be realistic travelling to race in such different and challenging conditions.”
Grice will now look forward to finding some more favourable conditions when she begins the European start of her season over the half Iron distance at Mallorca 70.3 in May.