The email finally arrived at 10:23pm on 6th March 10:30 from Ironman…….…
‘Thank you for your passion and your commitment to reaching your dream to compete at Ironman World Championship.
You are guaranteed selection for the 2025 Ironman World Championship.”
I’ll be honest, when I got the email and saw 2025 my first reaction was, wow that’s five years from now. Shit that is a long time and so much can happen in 5 years. We all know that.
When asked why did I want to do an Ironman, I told people straight up, ‘So I can brag, of course’. I mean I was the chick that swum in Lane 1 with Thames Turbo, was an okay cyclist and a somewhat runner/jogger. I was a back of the pack athlete. Which was fine but having done all the distances, the next step was to give Ironman a crack! So I did.
But I hired a coach and he taught me what I needed to do. To this day, even though I am not coached by him anymore, he was one of my best coaches to this date. I learnt how to become resilient on the bike, very very long endurance sessions on the trainer.
Little did I know that I would really enjoy the longer distance. Having done 13 now, you could say I am experienced. I have definitely gotten faster too.
My first Ironman in 2014 was Ironman Melbourne in my home country. I did that one in 14:28
My best Ironman was in 2019, Ironman Copenhagen where I finished in 12:49. Choosing courses that play to strengths is always a winner.
And in between I have definitely gone slower. Each course is different, even if you do the same course several years in a row, the elements on the day, combined with your prep will always ensure you can never compare like for like.
Even though I have now done 13 Ironmans, I have to be honest. Kona was never my dream. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful and I love going to Kona, to support and hang out with my friends. But to race it, no. That was my ex husbands wish. In 2017 he was like, can you hurry up and get to Kona so I can see you race before I die.
Well thankfully, he is not dead and fingers crossed he doesn’t die before 2025 either. He will at least be able to watch me on the tracker, if he wishes to do so.
I am so glad that I didn’t get it any sooner. With everything that has been going on in my life since June last year to date, I am not passionate about triathlon at the moment. I have no desire even to do the race in Austria in July. I can’t really be bothered to train or do much to be honest.
The change in my life in the past 10 months has been an ordeal. Going from what I thought was a happy marriage to eventually going through a divorce, took the sails out of me. I powered on last year and kept really busy. Too busy to deal with the true emotions of how I was feeling.
I am moving forward and cannot see a way back to reconciliation, especially as both parties must want it and realistically we are both very different humans with different paths now.
The time and the journey to Kona will be one of my own making and will need to come from a desire within me. A desire that I have yet to find for now.
Will be an interesting path. One of great change, self discovery, highs, lows, joys and sadness no doubt. I have no idea what I will be doing, but this is the what I am working on at the moment.
What is it that I want from me, and how do I want to show up in the world.
One thing is for certain, 2025 I will be on the start line of the Ironman World Championships, in Kona.
I truly hope I continue to inspire, lead and motivate you, that you continue stick around for the journey.
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Hey, I'm Tarsh! Passionate, fun-loving Aussie now based in London. Founder of activewear label Stomp The Pedal, podcaster, motivational speaker and multiple Ironman triathlete. Thanks for visiting my site!