So before I launch into my plan for 2016, lets have a quick review of 2015. So according to my diary I have cycled 6883.9km, run 1087.2km and swam 126.3km, far exceeding my goals set at the start of the year!
Strava also has been kind enough to put out a nice summary video as follows:
I honetly believe 2015 has been very kind to me and I cannot thank those around me that have supported my crazy endeavors enough! My amazing wife & family have been very patient and their unending support is greatly appreciated! So with a successful and consistent 2015 behind me, lets start to look forward!
Well I have been mulling over this since Noosa Tri back in early November. I have tossed & turned trying to figure out what my next long term (lifetime) goal is? Now that I have done an ironman, got married, had kids, bought a house, managed a business, all life long goals and achievements, what next? Obviously watching my kids grow up into amazing people is first on that list, as is growing old with the love of my life, my wife! However on a personal note, following plenty of soul searching, I think the ironman flame still burns and now I want to go to Kona! It’s another frontier for me, its the biggest stage, the most iconic race in the world of triathlon!
So how do I set a plan in place for this to happen? I don’t believe my current priorities, family, work and lifestyle will ever allow me to race quick enough to qualify and I doubt that even as a professional athlete I could qualify (hardly fast enough)! So what is my option. LEGACY!
In summary here’s what I need to do:
- Athlete must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded* races (includes existing and past events).
- Athlete has never participated in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
- Athlete must have completed at least one full-distance IRONMAN event in preceding 12 months.
- Athlete must be registered for a full-distance IRONMAN event in the year of applying.
These requirements are subject to change, but for the time being this is now my goal. Hoping to achieve this before I turn 50, 12 years from now.
So now what does 2016 hold for me and how does it contribute toward the goal listed above? So my 2016 races (so far, & subject to change without notice) are as follows:
1. Mooloolaba Triathlon (Olympic distance)
2. Gold Coast Luke Harrop memorial triathlon (Sprint distance)
3. Port Macquarrie Ironman
From there it will be time to reassess again but on the radar is
– Gold Coast or Brisbane marathon (maybe Sunshine Coast)
– Noosa triathlon
– Ultimate Sports Festival at Noosa, 3.8km swim & 100mile (160km) cycle
So I have roughly laid out 2016 and ticked off another ironman race (hopefully) contributing to my Kona goal! Hopefully all the other races go smoothly and I can bank some solid performances & maintain my consistency!
In 2016 I also have some pretty massive goals in other facets of my life. In my work I hope to reform some of our business practices and focus on exceeding our existing clients expectations. I also hope to expand our companies design, construct & development opportunities.
I am going to have more family time and will listen to my families needs and aim to incorporate/assimilate their needs into my daily schedule better than I have in the past.
I am also doing my first ever triathlon coach course and hope to be able to introduce people to the wonderful world of triathlon, and who knows maybe even assist people in achieving their triathlon dreams and goals!
2016 is shaping to be a massive year for me, my family and this little pocket of the world I call home. So stay tuned, I hope to take you along for the ride (highs and or lows)!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!