When starting out on the journey of pursuing my “Impossible” goal of completing an Ironman after being told I would never run again. I never thought I would reach the point where I now find myself.
Not only have I now completed an Ironman, but I have also represented NZ for both sprint and standard distance triathlon and I am now aiming to not only complete but race both the Ironman and 70.3 (Half Ironman) distances to see how I weigh up against the Worlds best. What does this entail? Qualifying and racing both 2020 Ironman World Championship races (Kona, Taupo).
Kona Ironman World Championships
The apex of triathlon. Kona is where Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978. It is known to be one of the worlds most physically and mentally demanding triathlons that only the worlds best get to race
Taupo 70.3 Ironman World Championships
The 70.3 Ironman World Championships shifts locations every year. For the first time ever NZ will be holding it on home soil at Taupo. If this wasn’t big enough on its own, the race is on my Birthday! I can not think of a better way of celebrating my birthday.
I was always told I stand no chance with my injury history and im, not the right build, I am too big etc. I won’t lie I believed them for a long time however, as for any triathlete, the itch was there. It was in doing Taupo Ironman I realised the possibility. I guess the possibility is the keyword… For many, they may perceive the required jump as impossible. However, you give me an inch and I take a mile and I am used to achieving “Impossible” goals.
Let’s put this performance jump into perspective with some numbers. In 2018 I completed my Ironman in 10:51 a respectable time, placing myself in the top 10% of all finishers. However, to be competitive and qualify for World champs I will need to be targeting below 9:30, that is a 1.5hrs off my total time on the Taupo course. When you talk to most Ironman athletes and coaches they will say this kind of jump is not possible from one ironman to the next but that just fuels me more. Tell me something is not possible and I will prove you wrong.
Just like any ambitious goal, it takes a different approach to get achieve a different result. This being said I aim to challenge the confines of traditional Ironman training. As an athlete and trainer who deals with a number of endurance athletes you quickly learn the ethos of success is revolved around hard work and putting in the time and eventually you will reach the top. A fine line between chronic fatigue and performance. What if there was a better way? This was the challenge I set myself and currently deep into testing my method. Now only months away from putting it to the true test.
Put it to the Test
In my pursuit to qualify for both Ironman World Championships, I have decided to select two early season races to hopefully secure my spots early on. This means I am off to Asia to fight the hot humid climate. I have planned two trips to Asia, first of which is for 70.3 Bintan in August 2019 followed by Ironman Malaysia in October. With Kona notorious for its brutally hot humid climate these races will be great preparation, in fact, it is highly likely that these races climate will exceed Kona conditions! It is so hot Ironman Malaysia even has an airconditioned transition! (I have never heard of that before…). On top of all this, I will be coming out of NZ winter into this heat which is going to make for an interesting challenge in the preparation.
Nothing worth earning comes easy!
Join me on my journey from surviving to thriving as I prove anything is possible with the right approach