Actual triathlon experience is definitely the best teacher. You can learn lots from coaching and books, but learning from books on first-hand triathlon and Ironman experience is hard to top.

I will never forget my first triathlon and just how I felt leading up to my first Ironman race day.

It’s something you don’t forget and I am aware of some of the self-doubts and fears many of those new to the sport have to deal with.

These fears have a way of escalating as the big day approaches. I hope you can return to often for some experienced teaching and reassurance whenever you like.

triathlon experience  -triathletes waiting for swim start

When you were first “Ironstruck” your first thought might have been, “I want to cross that finish line–more than anything, but look at me–how can I even consider it?”

Maybe you can’t imagine yourself learning how to swim or biking 112 miles.

You’re overweight, you smoke, you’re a couch potato, you drink too much, nobody believes in you anyway, you have no self-confidence and you would have no support and maybe you have little athletic experience.

Well, you get the picture. Which one of those descriptions fits you? Maybe more than one.

Yet there is nothing I mentioned that the human spirit cannot overcome. If you want this bad enough, nothing will stop you.

I’m not a coach and don’t pretend to be. I have no college degree in physical education. I have no coaching credentials.

My purpose here is not to undermine any coach you have or any program you might be on. My hope is that through my Ironman Triathlon experience, I can help you avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered along the Ironman Highway.

triathlon experience   -Kona marathon course at sunset

The ironman will test you

My credentials were earned on the searing lava fields of the Queen K. highway during one of the hottest Ironman Triathlons ever recorded. They were earned on the endless bike climbs of Ironman Canada, and the fast, sweeping downhill curves of Ironman Coeur d’alene.

My resume is the 14 times I stood in the water waiting for the next Ironman to begin.

I truly believe that the passion I have for triathlon and my willingness to share my triathlon experience will help you on your way if you are just starting out in the world of triathlon. I hope to pass on to you what I have learned in over 25 years of trial and error.

I know there are lots of people who have done more Ironman races than I have and most likely in much faster times. However there are not a lot of people out there who have the same passion for writing that I have and willingness to share what they’ve learned over the years.


The Ironman is extremely demanding–It will be a supreme challenge mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

At times if you don’t pay attention it can even be dangerous.

Simply put, the Ironman by it’s very nature will test every fiber of your being. For many people that’s exactly what intrigues them, and what calls to them.

When you finish this journey, you will know more about yourself and what you are capable of then you ever thought possible. You will find much of that out with your very first triathlon experience regardless of the distance of the event.

As you make your way through my website, I will talk about swim, bike, run training and of course race week and race day.

Ironman preparation is about so much more than swim, bike, run. I’ll tell it as I see it. You can take it or leave it. Some of what I say will probably be considered radical by some and deviating from the norm.

I’m sure there are those who would like to maintain the image that the Ironman is something for only a very select few people. Of course I disagree.

The Ironman is for everyone who has the courage to stop being a spectator in life and instead chooses to become part of the action.


Read books on the subject of triathlon because indeed experience is the best teacher and most authors of triathlon books have experienced a lot.

I’ve written five books myself and they’ve helped many people realize their goals and dreams.

Once people buy into what I have to share in my books they realize that it is within their grasp to do something spectacular.

I really believe that people are capable of so much and they just don’t realize it and in many cases have given up on themselves. The books I have written are as much about inspiration and motivation as they are about swimming, biking, and running.

If you are just starting out in triathlon than Triathlete In Transition is the perfect book for you.

If the Ironman is on your mind than you will get learn so much and be inspired and motivated by Ironstruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey and Ironstruck? 500 Ironman Triathlon Questions and Answers.

You can have a look at the books here if you like. IRONSTRUCK BOOK STORE

The very fact that the Ironman finish line is attainable for anyone who is willing to do what it takes to accept the ironman challenge is what makes this event so great and so special.

Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s beyond you and something that’s reserved for a select few. If it’s in your heart to cross the Ironman finish line and you believe in yourself, then it’s within your grasp.

If you just take away one thing from visiting here and that one thing helps you put the words Ironman in front of your name, than I have achieved my goal and at the same time you’ve had an amazing triathlon experience.


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