Daxxers at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020 – Mykhailo Korzun and Dmytro Zhuzhniev

Despite the pandemic, our teammates Mykhailo Korzun and Dmytro Zhuzhniev were among those athletes who completed IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey. Unlike many other countries, Turkey didn’t close its borders and welcomed lots of enthusiastic sportsmen in Belek, November 1st, 2020. Mykhailo and Dmytro shared the details of their unforgettable journey with us! 


MYKHAILO KORZUN
JavaScript Developer at Daxx Kyiv

IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey - Mykhailo Korzun
Mykhailo Korzun

What motivated you to participate in IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020, despite the pandemic?

It’s simple. I bought a starting slot a long time ago before the pandemic broke out, so the only question was if it would be possible to travel to Turkey and back home safe and sound or not.

Tell us about your preparation. As gyms were closed for a long time, how did you manage to train?

Swimming was the most complicated part for me. Luckily, the situation has changed in summer, when I could swim in open water. As to cycling, I trained on a cycling turbo trainer at home. I was even running on the spot at my place and outside on the street.

How did you get there? Did you face any difficulties?

IRONMAN in Turkey was the most logistically convenient, so we just bought a tour as tourists. Everything went smoothly.

How did the pandemic affect the event? What about any additional security measures?

Except for extra health screenings, there was a limited number of attendees. Social distancing and wearing masks were mandatory for everyone.

Which part was the hardest and the easiest for you?

All parts were quite complicated. It’s hard to say which one was the most or the least challenging. Cycling was pretty tough because of the strong wind, while it was hot to run because of the sunny weather.

IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020 - The wall
Ironman wall with the participants’ names at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020

What are your impressions of the triathlon? Are you satisfied with your results?

Yes, I am thrilled! My results at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey are even better than I expected and what I aimed for while training.

What plans do you have for the sporting future?

I’m going to take part in the middle- and long-distance triathlons. But it’s still not clear which of them will be happening next year because of the pandemic. We’ll see.

Mykhailo is crossing the finish line at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020

DMYTRO ZHUZHNIEV
PHP Developer at Daxx Kharkiv

IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020 - Dmytro Zhuzhniev
Dmytro Zhuzhniev

What motivated you to participate in IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020, despite the pandemic?

I like the competitive atmosphere. The organizers did everything they could to keep the participants safe. We got a health checkup before receiving a starting package. Everyone was wearing a mask right up to entering the water. Thus, I wasn’t worried about the virus.

Tell us about your preparation. As gyms were closed for a long time, how did you manage to train?

In triathlon, most training takes place in the open air, except for off-season. Due to restrictions, we’ve made some changes to our team and divided it into small groups. I trained from time to time instead of having a full preparation. It wasn’t related to the pandemic, though. It was possible to have full training if you wish to.

How did you get there? Did you face any difficulties?

Not really. Everything was fine.

How did the pandemic affect the event? What about any additional security measures?

All participants and their supporters got health checkups before entering the registration area. Face masks were on everyone, including the starting corridor and finish area. Before the start, the host even joked that those without masks would receive 3 extra minutes to their final time. 🙂 All volunteers were in gloves. Participants were taking isotones, gels, and other stuff from the tables, not from hands (except for the cycling stage).

Which part was the hardest and the easiest for you?

Swimming started, and almost immediately my goggles broke. You should have seen a lifeguard’s face when I threw them to him in the boat! So, I had to swim without goggles. My thought back then was not to give up. It will get easier soon. Luckily, there were many buoys, so it was easy to navigate without goggles. It wasn’t a big deal. My swimming time: 1.9 m — 40:45.

During the cycling stage, I didn’t find any gels at the feeding points. I had two of them with me, and someone shared another one with me along the way. The track wasn’t difficult overall. We had two circles upwind in one direction and downwind in another. I tried hard and showed a normal time for myself. Cycling time: 90 ĸm — 2:40:26.

Surprisingly, running turned out to be the most difficult part for me. It’s my favorite and best stage in the triathlon. It was a result of heat and lack of food at the previous stage. I couldn’t speed up and tried to make it to the finish line. Eventually, it was my slowest half marathon ever. Running time: 21 ĸm — 1:39:44.

IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020 - Dmytro at the distance
Dmytro is completing the distance at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020

What are your impressions of the triathlon? Are you satisfied with your results?

I haven’t set my personal best. But that’s fine, given the lack of preparation and the fact that I went on vacation. The race was just a part of it. The main thing was the atmosphere, which I enjoyed to the fullest despite the pandemic. My overall time — 5:11:14.

What plans do you have for the sporting future?

As usual, I plan to return to regular training. For the next season, I aim to complete a marathon in 2:59 or faster, a half triathlon — less than in 5 hours, and a full IRONMAN — in 10:45.

IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey - Team 404
Dmytro and Team 404 at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020

Great job! We’re so proud of Mykhailo and Dmytro, and the fantastic results they showed at IRONMAN 70.3 Turkey 2020. Best of luck to our strong athletes in further competitions!


Read also an interview with Dmytro Zhuzhniev on doing IRONMAN Italy in 2019.

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