Hawaii 5O or Can I get off the couch enough to become an age group World Champion?

Background & Goals

I decided to have a go at a triathlon in my mid thirties while watching my younger brother do his first. Having enjoyed very little physical exercise since leaving school in 1984, I needed to get fit and lose some weight. I was immediately hooked and then one thing led to another.

Some Results & Achievements:

I held the Irish Ironman / Long Distance Triathlon Record at 42 years of age. (2008)

Ironman World Championships 2012 3rd place podium finisher M45 age group.

Ironman World Championships 2009 5th place, podium finisher in M40 age group. The largest most competitive division at the 2009 World Championships.

To date (December 2015) I am still the only Irishman from the Republic of Ireland, in any division, to stand on the podium at the Ironman World Championships and I have now done so twice. I have qualified for the Ironman World Championships six times (Raced three).

1st Ironman UK M40 Age group 2008

1st Challenge Barcelona M45 Age Group 2011

4th Challenge Roth M45 Age Group 2011

2nd Overall Tri-Athy Double Olympic 2011

2nd Overall Skerries Sprint Triathlon 2011

1st Overall Racing 795 Inter-Club Duathlon 2012

2nd Overall Waterford Duathlon 2012

3rd Ironman Regensberg M45 2012

1st Overall Skerries Half Ironman 2013

2nd Overall TriGrandPrix Kilkenny 2013

3rd Overall Cobh Jailbreak Olympic Distance 2015

I have been doing Ironman now for 10 years and in that time I have completed sixteen full Iron distance races (all in under 10 hours). I have never had a coach and have always trained away in my own little bubble down in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. It has brought me some success and it has been an enjoyable ride. If I am going to continue and improve in this sport I think its time I set myself a seriously ambitious goal and perhaps a whole new approach to training.

I want to be the M50 Age Group Ironman World Champion. To achieve this I will need a lot of help and luck. There is a world of expertise, ideas and opinions and maybe even some sponsorship out there in internet land that I would love to tap into. All help is welcome, even a bit of criticism is acceptable.

For someone of my “sporting” background to stand on the top podium spot at Kona would be quite something.  Obviously its still a pipedream, not to mention a logistical minefield but if anyone out there is interested in sharing the journey and get their brand across the line and maybe up on stage in Kona I would only be too happy to talk to them.  A little bit of sponsorship would be great and would certainly help me achieve my goals.

I would be delighted to talk to anyone about what I may be able to offer a potential sponsor in return, I might even throw in a painting or two!

Alan Ryan mraryan1066@eircom.net