And having racked up some intensive training in Hawaii, the 26-year-old says he feels ready take on triathlon’s most iconic race on Saturday.
“Not only a rookie on the island, but a rookie on distance.”
“But I feel I’ve got some good experience from training; I get a lot of confidence from my training. I almost did an IRONMAN this past weekend!
“I’ve done some learning on the island. It’s going to be hot and challenging towards the end, but I think I have a plan, and if the plan holds it will be a good result.”
Full distance ‘fun’
Iden’s second crack at the full distance was originally scheduled to come at the delayed 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in St George, but a respiratory tract infection ruled him out of the event in May.
However, he has now moved on from that disappointment and is keen to enjoy the remainder of the season, which has seen him take a break from short course racing.
“I always have a good plan, but some plans can’t hold up to what you think [will happen],” he remarked.
“[I was] pretty devastated I couldn’t race [in] St George, but it’s all behind me now.
“I’m glad I have a second chance to race a full distance World Championship in my year off from my real triathlon short course career. It’s fun to do some long stuff as well.”