Chasing Kona: From 60-a-day smoker to elite Ironman

In 1999, Rob Cummins made a small change to his lifestyle that altered the course of his life – he gave up cigarettes.

In the almost 20 years since, Cummins has become one of the world's elite endurance athletes, qualifying for the world championships of the grueling Ironman race in Kona, Hawaii, twice.

This year he is attempting to reach Kona for the third time, after back surgery kept him away from the sport for a few years. This is the story of how a 60-a-day smoker found himself Chasing Kona.

To hear more from Rob on his journey – his ebook is available here:

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Comments (34)
November 12, 2019

Thank You 💪❤🚀

November 12, 2019

3 packs a day! Wow, I thought I was smoking as much as a person could at 2 packs a day. Hats off to you for not only kicking the habit but also becoming an impressive athlete!

November 12, 2019

Great video

November 12, 2019

Quite an Irish story. Giving up one form of misery and bodily punishment for another.

November 12, 2019

Rob is class!

November 12, 2019

What a top dude and great lady with him , really great support. Hope you’ll get to kona mate . Maith tu

November 12, 2019

Crikey, Im a smoker and climb mountains, I have done for years. I enjoy the images of the russian climers cracking at the big himilain face climbs back in the 70s. You are a weak cunt, As a fat, heavy smoking, alcoholic,110kg pig of a man I can still pop out a 36 hour climbing day if i need to. Your iron man in my mind is al;l about the erection you can crack when you poke it up some truckers ass./ no offence to truckers

November 12, 2019

For those ex-smokers or those seeking to clean up their lungs. I recommend drinking mullein leaf tea. It greatly cleans the lungs of all that gunk we get caught in our lungs through smoking and other ways. Not only that but it greatly helps with a wide range of other respatory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. It also helps with kidney problems. Wish you all the best. 🙂

November 12, 2019

I have completed a lot of Ironman maybe 18 & 10 marathons or more

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