Australian triathlon star Cameron Wurf has had a brutal introduction to Olympic-distance racing, finishing second-last in the Caribbean.
A month after his stellar fifth place at the Hawaiian Ironman world championships, the Tasmanian finished second-last at the Santa Domingo round of the World Cup in the Dominican Republic.
"I just got absolutely demolished, was happy I didn't get lapped and was allowed to actually finish," Wurf tweeted.
Immediately after Hawaii, Wurf announced that he would race at Santa Domingo as the start of an outside bid to make the Australian triathlon team for the Tokyo Olympics.
But Wurf merely became the latest top-level triathlete to show there is a massive difference between the 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run Olympic format and the 3.8/180/42.2 distances in Ironman triathlon.
He also tweeted after Sunday's race that it is time for a rest.
Wurf finished 47th in an hour 50 minutes 14 seconds, a whopping 11 minutes 11 seconds behind American winner Matthew McElroy.
Even before triathlon became an Olympic sport in 2000, it was clear that the days of combining Ironman and short-course racing were coming to an end for the top competitors.
Instead, stars such as German Jan Frodeno and Alistair Brownlee have made their name in short-course racing and then graduated to Ironman.
Frodeno, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, last month won his third Hawaiian title and broke the course record.
Brownlee, the London and Rio Olympic champion, finished 21st last month in his Kona debut.
Wurf, who rowed at the 2004 Olympics, then switched to pro cycling before taking up Ironman-distance triathlon.
This was his second-straight finish in the top 10 at Hawaii.