We had two local athletes qualify for Kona in the last month. We may do well to try and “adopt” them under the “granny rule” that is common in international football especially as they are both fast. You can never have too many fast athletes representing at Kona. One of them took a slot at Ironman Wales, the other at Ironman Italy. Click on through for details
Garron Mosley a South African living in Ireland took his third Kona slot in the inaugural Ironman Italy in September. Garron is a really well rounded athlete who has become very strong across all three disciplines.
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.
Racing in the 40-44 age group Garron came close to breaking the 9 hour barrier, the holy grail of fast age groupers with a 9:03:58. He also took second place in the age group and 22nd overall.
- Swim 52:19
- T1 5:39
- Bike 4:53:19
- T2 3:51
- Run 3:08:50
- Overall 9:03:58
Mariusz Olejniczak is a Polish athlete living in, and running his own gym business, No1 Fitness in Kilcullen, Co Kildare. He took his second Kona slot at Ironman Wales with an incredible 12th place overall in September.
Mariusz only missed going sub 10 by 12 seconds on what is widely regarded as one of the most difficult courses in the world in what was very tough conditions even by Welsh standards. Mariusz also took home one of those coveted perspex Mdot trophies as he took second place in the 55-39 age group.
- Swim 57:08
- T1 8:32
- Bike 5:37:53
- T2 3:15
- Run 3:13:26
- Overall 10:00:12
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.