FROM THE EDITOR...
The will to compete in triathlon comes from lots of places. For many of my age though, ask them why they got started and you’ll often hear ‘because I remember watching it on Trans World Sport, as a kid’. Yep, those early-morning broadcasts (often seen in pyjamas, with a bowl of Frosties) inspired a generation. Ironman was a world of jaw-dropping wonder, populated by superhuman athletes in very small pants. So what’s changed, aside from the outfits? I’d argue not a lot. Anyone who saw the World Champs this year couldn’t fail to be moved by the pro and age-groupers’ performances - and if you’re feeling newly-motivated, then turn to p38 to find the right long-distance race for you. Ironman in 2018? Go for it!
GB’s Lucy Charles on her way to the podium in her first Kona as a pro. Placing second woman, she gave a nail-biting and truly inspiring performance MICHAEL RAUSCHENDORFER
Helen webster, editor