2014 marked my 20th year of participating in the sport of triathlon. I completed my first triathlon in June 1994. In August 2014, I participated in my first (and only) ironman distance triathlon. This ebook is a version of a blog that I kept during this 7 month period. It is a record of my TRIals and TRIbulations during my training. I tried to be as honest as I could during the training; what I ate, what I drank, what I learned and how I felt. My hope is that it may provide some inspiration and information to those athletes that are thinking about tackling this distance.