The next time you go on a three-mile run and complain for days after about aching limbs and sore blisters, remember Rob Scothern.
The Barnoldswick fitness fanatic has just arrived home from the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, where he completed a 2.4 mile rough water swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon in 10:49:49.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said 22-year-old Rob, who is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. “I got 58 minutes in the swim which I was really happy with. It was different to doing it over here because it was in the sea and it was choppy. You don’t get that in England when you are swimming in lakes.
“It was difficult on the bike as well because of the heat and the wind. It was obviously incredibly hot but the wind was gusting between 60 and 100mph. The last leg was into a headwind so that was difficult. I got a puncture about three quarters of the way in as well. It was a bit of a faff but I managed to get it sorted in around 15 minutes. I’d been cycling with a group though so it made it more difficult.
“The run was OK. It was at around 2pm so it was at the hottest part of the day. The course took you into the town but then back out into the open so again you were getting I got just over three and a half hours for it so I was happy with that.”
Rob qualified for the event by winning his age group at the UK Ironman in Bolton, his first race at that distance.
Hawaii , only his second ever attempt at the debilitating discipline, saw him going up against more than 2,100 athletes including the world’s top professionals.
Despite battling 90 degree heat and near 100% humidity he managed to finish 34th in his age group.
He lost 12lb during the race but is already looking forward to doing it all again next year.
“I was in Hawaii for three days afterwards but I couldn’t do anything because I was so sore. I couldn’t even get up the stairs. I’ve been doing triathlons for about three years now but nothing like this.
“I’m going to be attempting the qualifying in Switzerland in July next year. I’ll start light training in January and then work up to two to three times a day. I want to get sub 10 hours, even sub nine-and-a-half. It was only my second ever race in Hawaii and I know I can do better. “