Leprechauns at the 2013 Kona Underpants Run

I’m writing a series of articles to answer some of the most common questions I’m asked about qualifying for and racing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2012 and 2013. 

I completed my first Ironman triathlon in 2008 in Nice, France and finished in the bottom quarter of the field not even cracking the top 1000. I did my second Ironman in Zurich, Switzerland in 2009 and after increasing my training considerably I went on to make almost no progress up the field finishing just inside the top 1000.

In 2011 myself and my partner Aisling set out to get me to the Ironman World Champs in Kona Hawaii. Less than 6 months later I placed 36th overall and 7th in my age group in Ironman UK beating some of the Pro’s and in the process only missing qualifying  by 1 place and 2 minutes. The following season, 2012 I raced IMUK again and this time qualified and raced Kona that October. I again qualified in 2013 at Ironman UK in Bolton.
In this series of blog posts I will answer some of the most common questions I’m asked about how we did it. I say we because I couldn’t have done it alone. Aislings belief in me and support along the way were as critical as any other part of the journey.

I have written a report based on interviews with 6 of the most successful Ironman triathletes in Ireland with over 80 Ironman, several Irish records and titles and an incredible 29 Kona qualifications between them. You can check it out here

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This is a little bit about me and how I got into triathlon

Chasing Kona eBook available

From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

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