My Ironman Journey by Eve O'Hare

A triathlete’s dream is to race on the big Island of Kona, Hawaii in the IRONMAN World Championship. This is where triathlon began and is the mecca for the sport of swim, bike, run and has been since 1978.

Initially it was never my ambition to do a full Ironman, over the years I have enjoyed the shorter distances, with Olympic Distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) being my favourite. However, as you get older and achieve some of your goals you set yourself new ones, this keeps you motivated and pushes you to challenge yourself. Three years ago, competing in Kona became my new goal, Ironman is a true test of commitment, determination and passion, I felt physically and mentally ready to take up this challenge.

My Ironman training began in earnest in January this year, the plan was to complete my first Ironman in Cairns and qualify for the World Championships in Kona. I knew from the start that this was going to be an extremely tough challenge, I had never covered the distances required for Ironman (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run), having only done half this. However, I love training and racing even more so and with the Ironman mantra of ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’ firmly imprinted in my mind, on June 9th in Cairns I was prepared to give it everything and fortunately my hard work paid off.

From the beginning I had the love and support of my family, having them with me on race day cheering and supporting me, especially when I was struggling during the run, made all the difference. It takes a physical and emotional toll on every triathlete in the months of training and during the race but when I had my children running alongside me in Cairns, I couldn’t help but smile. I successfully executed a fantastic race and finished in second place in my age group (40-44yrs) in a time of 10 hours 32 minutes, just 40 seconds behind the winner.

I am a big proponent of the philosophy ‘DREAM, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE’, going to Kona is my dream and on October 12th it is my aim to fulfil this dream and achieve my goal of becoming an IRONMAN for the second time on the biggest stage there is for triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.