I’m sure you know that September 17th was the big day, Wales Ironman 2016 and Chef absolutely nailed it! Thinking though, there’s a simple message here, you can do it. Whatever dream or ambition you carry, you have the power within you to make it happen. Set a date, buy a ticket, next stop the moon. I hope you find some inspiration and enjoyment in the photos from the Wales Ironman triathlon event in beautiful Tenby.
We’re feeling a special mix of relief, pride and vacuum today. James completed Ironman Wales Tenby in 11 and a half hours, an incredible day and the climax of a whole year of training. There’s a huge investment in an Ironman race and it hits a family hard, not just the extreme hours of preparation but the extreme cost has made the Tenby event the main focus of this year. He said to me a year ago ” Just support me in this.” So he bought his entry ticket and I did my best to do just that. I really don’t like it, it’s tough and dangerous, but we all got through and yesterday was worth it 1000 times over. I’ve never seen anything like the enthusiasm the people of Pembrokeshire dished out yesterday, nor the incredible crowds, the party atmosphere and the general warm welcome we’ve received in Wales. As I looked around I saw people like me and a childhood dream of living in this lovely medieval harbour town was re-kindled. But that’s something to think about for a long time yet as we sort our other irons in the fire.
We’re all really proud of our Ironman, he was first Australian to finish and around 300th out of over 2K ultra-fit competitors. He’s quite some guy to have as a husband or dad and an amazing role model and inspiration for the kids. If dad can do that, surely nothing is impossible? You can do something amazing too, he has neither super powers nor a vast fortune. He’s just a regular Chef following his dreams.
So as the streets are reopened, the hangovers nursed and the marquees packed away, how do we move forward, how do we top this?
First we’ll enjoy the rest of our time in Wales. We can have a holiday now and we’ll spend a few days doing just that before making our way back across Europe by car. But we have to have some future goal. Back in 2012 we had the goal of travelling full time, we’ve done it. Then came special trips like trekking around Everest, that’s in the bag too. I always need to have something to be striving for and planning, because having a goal, no matter how crazy, is what makes life fun.
UPDATE: We’re off to Thailand for Ironman Phuket in November! Watch this space.
What we know for sure is that without changing our lives around back in 2012 we wouldn’t be here today. Chef wouldn’t have had his amazing day in this beautiful country and beautiful town. We are forever happy that we made the choice to ditch normal and be who we truly are.
Ironman Wales 2016 in Tenby. What a day! Huge applause to all the competitors, you’re amazing and thanks Pembrokeshire for hosting a brilliantly organised and supported event.
What IS an Ironman and How to Enter
The photo below tells you what you need to know! There are no breaks and the course takes somewhere between 9 and 17 hours. If you go over 17 hours you’re out, if you take more than 2 hours 20 mins for the swim you’re out.
There is no qualification, anyone can enter, but do it soon, places sell out. A place will cost you around £400.
Contact Ironman Wales to apply. The event WILL be in Tenby again in 2017 but Cardiff are bidding for the race. I’m a Cardiff girl and I think that would be a great shame. The location here in Tenby is what makes this Ironman extra special.
Ironkids is held on the Saturday before the adult triathlon and is great fun for your little ones.
Where to Stay in Tenby for Wales Ironman
Tenby sells out fast for the Ironman period, so book well in advance. Expect prices to be high, you’ll find little under £50 a night. Some may argue that’s not high, it’s not for the UK, but for much of the world it is ($12/night in Thailand, $40 per night in the US, $30/night in Romania and so it goes) We found an apartment through AirBnb at Freshwater East, not too far away and with a sea view for just under that price. You need to sign up for AirBnb and if you use this link you receive a discount. AirBnb will sell out too, book as soon as you can.
Tenby is full of guest houses and hotels, we suggest taking a look at Hotels Combined for Tenby, it will give you the best price from all the big booking engines, it’s quick and easy.
Also see our previous post about registering for Wales Ironman and the buzz in this gorgeous town for the big event. More post on Tenby, Pembrokeshire and nearby attractions, restaurants, beaches and hotels are to come
Triathlon really isn’t a sport where you can support your competitor all day, we only sighted our Ironman from time to time. We were there as he raced up the red carpet to thunderous applause, flashing lights and thumping music but it all happened so fast, no warning, no pictures. After a quick medical check over, we eventually caught him after the finish.
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