I look in gates as I pass and every one is different, a field full of hay drying in the sun, a perfectly manicured lawn, a crop of wheat swaying in the wind, a meadow full of grazing cattle.
Then I turn a corner and start to climb I pop up out of the saddle and I’m dancing on the pedals. The tailwind is flattering me but I don’t care, it feels incredible. I sail effortlessly up the short hill, the sunburst paint of the bike glinting and shining and looking fucking deadly.
Kona Secrets book available
Kona Secrets: Lessons learned from over 50 Kona Qualifications.
Knowledge doesn’t produce results, action does. Just knowing how to do something doesn’t guarantee success, especially something as difficult as qualifying for Kona; you have to put in the hours. In this book I share some of the lessons I learnt between being a back-of-the-pack beginner to qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Everything is beautiful today. Even all the things that probably aren’t really. It’s a bit like wearing rose tinted glasses, or being in love. Everything just looks incredible. After some months of wondering if I was finished with the sport, I’m rediscovering my love for it again.
A dark green moss covered fence and a tumbledown stone wall. A hedge full of five foot tall nettles. An immaculately restored thatched cottage with an ancient pink bike against the wall makes me stop and take pictures.
Riding along the canal, water glistening in the summer sun and a canal barge moving lazily across the water. Later I’m in the shade of a beautiful walled road through a massive country estate. Riding through a sun dappled tunnel of overhanging trees.
Everything looks wonderful in the sunshine and the bike awakens emotions and feelings in me like almost nothing else.
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
It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.