info@tlafitness.com  |    +44 (0)7554 400 401 |  Become a member...

Kettlebells

TLA Tom!

A little bit about me.

KONA IRONMAN 2019 - The dream came true.....

by in Latest news from TLA Fitness!
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 3603
  • 0 Comments
  • Print
3603
KONA IRONMAN 2019 - The dream came true.....

The 12th of October 2019 had been a date etched on my mind for many months, if not years before the date finally came around.

Some of you may have read the TLA update which explained that I had finally managed to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. There was nothing more complicated to this very simple goal; get that qualification slot!

As you may expect, the whole trip was a complete dream. At no point was I underwhelmed by the location, build up, conditions or the event itself. This can often be the case after so many years of chasing that ultimate goal, so it was a huge relief that everything lived up to the mythical expectations I had of Kona.

Despite the best efforts from TLA, I somehow managed to pick up a very painful foot injury before I boarded the plane. What are the chances!? The truth is, quite high due to the amount of training we do to get ready for such an occasion. So unfortunately running was not on the agenda in the final build up to the race. However, I was determined to make the most of the opportunity with whatever was going to be thrown at me during this trip.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_PHOTO-2019-10-13-01-01-10.jpg

I was lucky enough to spend the best part of 3 weeks at the venue pre race to give myself the best chance of acclimatising to the heat, humidity and high winds Kona is so renowned for. I believe this worked an absolute treat for me!

I find it hard to put into words how race day actually went. It was all such a blur of surreal moments! Instead of getting it all lost in too many words, here is my attempt at sharing the first thoughts that come to mind when thinking about it all:

Pre Race:

  • Swimming with dolphins most mornings brought a tear to my eyes.
  • Never seen so many physically fit human beings congregated in one place.
  • So hot, so windy!
  • Despite the tension building every day, the atmosphere remained incredibly relaxed and everyone welcomed a chat or to team up on a training session.

Race Day:

  • So hot, so windy!
  • Why are we racing so quickly!? We’ve only just started…
  • Just focus on looking after yourself and giving myself the best possible chance of finishing the race. Especially due to the foot injury.
  • Finally got to the run. Now the fun starts…
  • After 1hour of the run done, I knew I was going to be able to finish the full marathon even if I have to walk it as the pain was manageable.
  • I can see my family. I can hear the finish line. This is the moment I have dreamt of for years. Be thankful for every second!

 

Swim 3.8km:1h

Bike 180km: 5h 2mins

Run 42km: 3h 17mins

Total time: 9h 27mins

220th overall including professionals (out of 2,500 participants) and 49th in Age Group (30-34).

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_PHOTO-2019-10-13-05-45-06.jpg

It goes without saying that I am slightly disappointed with that result as I was unable to explore my full potential due to the foot injury. But that’s the beauty as it means I have unfinished business in Hawaii…

Thanks to my family for being out there and for everyone who has helped along the way.

Special thanks to:

TLA!

Precision Hydration

Rachel Hallam

Rate this blog entry:
0

A former Royal Marine, Tom has experienced many operational tours around the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Kuwait and Iraq. Following his resignation from the Marines in 2004, Tom travelled around South East Asia to fulfil his passion for diving and spent time climbing in the Himalayas.


On his return to the UK in 2008, Tom saw an opportunity to use the skills he had acquired from his time in the Marines and completed his diploma in Personal Training & Nutrition. He recognised the benefits of exercising outdoors and went on to form TLA Fitness. Tom now dedicates his time to helping individuals achieve their training and fitness goals through the use of outdoor training sessions, personal training and circuit classes.


In 2013, Tom formed the TLA Tri Club offering triathlon specific training and the TLA Studio offering a variety of indoor classes such as kettlebells, yoga, spin, boxing and TRX suspension training. was opened completing the TLA training portfolio. With more classes being added month on month, the sky really is the limit for Tom and the TLA Fitness brand!

Comments

Latest news

Launching you into Spring...

TLA Studio

Our HQ is based in Sunningwell, Oxon. The TLA studio runs regular classes daily, take a look at our membership options to find one that suits you!

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch to talk about any of TLA fitnesses services then please use one of the below methods:

  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  +44 (0)7554 400 401