South Africa’s Raynard Tissink: “Sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes to Ironman”

After more than 22 years in triathlon, South Africa’s Raynard Tissink has competed in 33 Ironman races, winning eight and finishing among the top 10 at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, no less than four times, including a fifth place finish in 2010.


Having retired from professional Ironman racing, Raynard now runs a successful coaching business with his wife in his home town of Port Elisabeth. Here’s his advice on making your M-dot debut…

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