What made me think I could do an Ironman? I had never completed nor attempted any of the three disciplines individually at full Iron Man distance. Yet here I was about to do the 3 together in one day. My first Ironman and only my fourth triathlon. Little wonder my wife thought I was mad! The Cairns Ironman was a new event that suddenly brought the sport to my doorstep, quite … [Read more...]
Swim 2.4 miles! bike 112 miles! run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life.
This is what founder John Collins said before the first race and still rings true to this day.
3 of Hawaii's toughest events were combined to make Ironman. A race of 140.6 miles or 226 km in total that has to be completed within 17 hours.
Whoever finished first, they'll call him the Ironman. So named after the trophy awarded to the winner.
The race has now gone global and is raced on 5 continents across the globe. Hawaii is now the world championships event and entry is by qualification or the legacy lottery.
I have competed in multiple full distance and half Ironman events in Asia, Australia and Wales. I talk a little about those races in this section.
My 'A' race and only race that year was Ironman Malaysia located on the tropical island of Langkawi, an Island of the northeastern coast of Malaysia. Originally I was targeting Ironman Wales but due to a lack of accommodation and running out of time to train, we decided to head overseas and give Ironman Malaysia in November a go. I'd previously raced the Thailand half Ironman … [Read more...]
You'll need sunglasses for triathlon in nearly every instance. If you're competing in a hot sunny climate then they are a must but even on those colder northern hemisphere races, you'll want them for the bike. Having a bug or similar go into your eyes at 35 km per hour 10 km into your 180 km bike ride will ruin your day very quickly. I've tried and tested a few styles and … [Read more...]
You've picked your race, put in the training and now you're ready to head off to the race. While the odds are nothing will happen there is always the risk. Most travel insurances won't cover you for Ironman triathlon races or even half Ironman triathlon races so you need specialist ironman triathlon insurance that won't let you down if you go down. UPDATE: Further to the … [Read more...]
Ironman Malaysia training program. 1 month out. You probably know I'm racing Ironman Malaysia in November. I normally try and race at least once a year although last year I was lucky and managed to squeeze in a half Ironman in Phuket, Thailand after my full Ironman race in Wales. For those of you who may not know it Ironman involves a 3.8km open water swim, 180 km bike ride and … [Read more...]
This year I've signed up to race Ironman Malaysia in November. I normally try and race at least once a year although last year I was lucky and managed to squeeze in a half Ironman in Phuket, Thailand after my full Ironman race in Wales. For those of you who may not know it Ironman involves a 3.8km open water swim, 180 km bike ride and a 42.2 km run (marathon) to finish. A half … [Read more...]
Making a decision to compete in an Ironman event is a huge investment in both time and money. Factor in the reality that the chance of a race on your doorstep isn't possible and that travel can either make or break your experience. No one wants to pick the wrong race and waste that significant investment. Which Ironman to choose is often overlooked because there are … [Read more...]
Sometimes the hardest part of a triathlon isn't the training or the diet but how to transport your bike to the race. There are numerous ways to transport your pride and joy and they all have pros and cons that you need to weigh up before choosing the right way for you. I've transported my bike all over the world by plane, bus, train and taxi. This is how to get your bike to a … [Read more...]
Phuket, Thailand's iconic island destination now features two of Asia's biggest races. The premier race, Laguna Phuket Triathlon and Ironman Thailand, a new addition to the Ironman scene. 2016 saw me grab a late entry into the Phuket Ironman Thailand while on holiday with my family. We arrived on Phuket the day of the Laguna Phuket triathlon which is Asia's first and … [Read more...]