Hailing from South Wales Geraint isn’t short of fantastic scenery and challenging terrain, perfect preparation for an Ironman! We’re pleased to announce Ironman Kona qualifier Geraint Lewis has joined us as an ambassador, Geraint will be product testing our latest kit and helping shape future lines. We caught up with Geraint to learn how he got started in triathlon.
How and why did you get into triathlon?
I’ve played rugby most of my life, but once Covid hit our shores rugby stopped. By this time, I was almost at the end of my playing days, very unfit and overweight weighing in at 17stone 4lbs. It was then I decided to do something about it. So, I took up cycling which progressed to running and eventually turned into triathlon. I found myself a brilliant coach in Rhys Jones of Jinx-Sport, he really helped me progress in a short period of time. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What advice would you give to people thinking of taking up triathlon?
Believe in your abilities, it’s incredible what can be achieved when you believe and push yourself. Triathlon, especially the longer distance races, can be daunting even for the most confident of people, so start off by entering an event you’re confident you can achieve. That will provide the perfect foundation to progress. If it’s feasible get yourself a coach or at the very least follow a structured plan. But most importantly enjoy it and race with a smile on your face.
Talk us through Ironman Bolton, did you expect to be knocking on the door of qualification?
It was my first Ironman event so in the weeks and days leading up to it I was nervous. But on the morning of the race, I didn’t have an ounce of nerves. All the hard work was done, I had complete confidence in my fitness and abilities. I was carrying a hamstring injury so providing that held out on the run I knew I’d reach the red carpet and cross the finish line. As I hadn’t been swimming long my plan was to cruise the swim and get myself into T1, once on the bike I knew I’d make up some decent time as biking is my strongest discipline. The weather was horrific throughout most of the day, parts of the roads were flooded and very slippery. I took extra care to ensure I didn’t crash as many other athletes sadly did. I managed to get into T2 safely and get myself around the hilly run route and across the finish line in 11hrs 23mins. I really enjoyed the day, I spent lots of time talking to other athletes on the bike and run, that’s what made the event so enjoyable for me. Kona was the last thing on my mind during the race, I honestly hadn’t thought about it, but once I crossed the finish line, I realised I was in with a chance, luckily enough for me I managed to qualify. Now the real hard work starts!
Talk us through your goals and aspirations for 2022.
My main focus is Kona, I’ve got lots of other races and events lined up for 2022 including Ironman Lanzarote, Cotswold Classic and Ironman 70.3 Swansea to name a few, but everything is gearing up to perform at my absolute best in the world championships. I’m also very passionate about trying to encourage others to become a better fitter version of themselves. My journey has been quite unique as it wasn’t long ago I couldn’t run 2 miles. It gives people inspiration knowing it can be done. I often get messages on social media asking for tips and advice, it’s very rewarding knowing you’re helping others. So, if Kona goes well and I help others achieve what they thought were impossible, 2022 will be a tough year to beat.