We completed my 13th Ironman Australian race which was the 30th year anniversary in Port Macquarie. The first race was in Forster Tuncurry NSW in 1985 where over 150 athletes raced and started a fantastic following for years to come.
As my preparation was not the best for this race I was still determined to complete and be part of the 30 year anniversary. In a time of 11:25hrs I crossed the finish line happy to be part of a fantastic event. Leading into the race the weather was terrible with rain threatening race day as the rain and floods were causing a lot of worries with the organizers and athletes. On Race morning Sunday 3rd the sun was shining for the start of the 3.8km swim start, which was fantastic for the organizers a, spectators and the athletes. During the cycle leg of 180km also provided with fantastic weather, the sun came out but the winds picked up to make the ride a little challenging. The temperature increasing during the day to 24degC and humidity of 100% made the run a tough day as the sun went down I felt a little better and finished the run strong to enjoy another Australian ironman championship race.
The 30year ironman championship provided a special treat for the athletes this year, normally to qualify for the World Ironman Championships in Kona Hawaii there are 40 slots distributed throughout the 1800 athletes racing, this year an addition 10 slots were to be given away during the awards night. It has been 13 years since I have raced at Hawaii and have thought about racing there for a while now. During the awards night my name was announced to be selected to be invited to race in Hawaii in October this years, my friends and I were very excited as this is a huge honour to be racing in Hawaii again. We called my wife Robyn immediately and gave her the good news that she was off to Hawaii for a holiday. This year is a big year for me as racing Hawaii ( The pinnacle of Ironman racing) in October will be my 20th Ironman race since starting in 1997. It will also be my 3rd Ironman race for the year.
Ironman Race I have completed since 1997.
1997-Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
1998 -Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
1999 -Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry – 1999 Ironman Hawaii World Championships
2000 -Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
2001 -Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
2002-Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry – 2002- Ironman Hawaii World Championships
2004 Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
2005 Ironman Australia Forster/Tuncurry
2006 Ironman Australia Port MacQuarie
2008 Ironman Australia Port MacQuarie 2008- Ironman NewZealand- 2014
2011 Ironman Australia Port MacQuarie
2012 Ironman Australia Port MacQuarie
2014 Ironman NewZealand- 2014 Ironman Western Australia Busselton
2015 Ironman Australia Port MacQuarie
In July myself, and Rick White house will also be racing the famous Challenge Ironman in Roth Germany, this race has over 5500 competitors and 250’000 spectators ( Google it it’s a huge race)