If someone told me few years ago that one day I will race Ironman Hawaii, I would think that he is crazy. The idea that I would ever do Ironman, never occur to me. I started with triathlon because I was tired of swimming but I still liked and missed racing. I missed meeting people and atmosphere of the races, adrenaline and all the butterflies in my stomach in the morning before start. And because I used to do almost every running race around and loved cycling, coming into triathlon was very natural for me. But my dream and distance was Olympic distance triathlon. And even that was way too long. It took me few years to run in training more then 1h and I consider 60km bike as long ride…not that I did it really often.. You can imagine that idea of Ironman seemed to me pretty insane and crazy at that time. I didn’t see it like a race, more like torturing your own body.
But like in every story, I grow up and I was getting old and too slow (not that I ever was fast) for Olympic distance. Then my friend introduce me to Ironman. It was year 2006, I was at training camp in South Africa and I thought why not. I can try – ONCE! I did even some long ride in training – 150km (maybe once) and long run 2h. In April I was on starting line of Ironman South Africa, it was great, swimming was not a problem and was out with top guys. But that was end of me enjoying Ironman, bike and run was hard, hard and hard. Natasha Badman passed me on bike like I was standing still and cycled 1h faster then me… And run – I survived… finished in 10:19 in 4th place and spent next 3h in medical tent and couldn’t walk for week. I thought I am done with this crazy stuff…
This year I have had opportunity to be member of Team TBB with guidance of best coach. I qualified to Kona in Ironman South Africa, where my Ironman journey started three years ago, beating Natasha´s course record. And after three great training camps in Subic – Philippines, Leysin – Swiss and Jeju – Korea, I am ready to be on start line of Ironman Hawaii in few days. Yupiiiiii….
Thank you Alex and Brett for opportunity and thank you all our sponsors for your support!