2 months into my Ironman Training Regime (#RoadToIronman series)

Last year, I was supposed to race in Ironman Wales – an epic triathlon race that was naturally cancelled due to COVID. Thankfully, my place was rolled over to the 2021 race.

Like most athletes, my motivation waxed and waned throughout 2020, so I’m almost glad the race didn’t happen. I wasn’t training consistently last year, and I wasn’t ready to do the race justice.

This year, the Ironman is the biggest focus of my life outside of work.


Completing an Ironman – Why Bother?

An Ironman involves:

🏊 Swimming 3.6km
🚴 Cycling 180km
🏃 Running 42km (a marathon) 

and takes anywhere from 8 hours (7h51 world record) to 17 hours (the cut-off time).

But the race is only the tip of the iceberg.

Most definitely the "tip of the iceberg"

Friends and family will see race day and the glorious moment that you complete the challenge, but they won’t see the year of training that goes into it. 


My 2019 in Triathlon – From Zero to Half Ironman in 9 months

In the last twelve months, I’ve gone from having absolutely no triathlon experience and barely being able to swim a few lengths, to completing three Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman races in May, July and September respectively.

I’ve brought my 5k Parkrun time down from 22:02 to 18:37 (a 15% reduction), I’ve lost about 7kg from my peak weight in 2018 (a 10% reduction), and I completed my first marathon in November.

All in all, a great year!

With the 2019 Triathlon season now over and 2020 dawning, I thought I’d reflect on everything I learned in my first season as a triathlete.