He is training three times a day – up to 30 hours a week in preparation for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii next month.Miguel Netto from Claremont has worked hard to earn his spot in the championships taking place on Saturday 12 October in Hawaii. The 33-year-old got the opportunity to participate in the championships after finishing sixth in the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 7 April. The race is a triathlon competition featuring three sporting disciplines in one race – 3.8km swim, followed by a 180.2km cycle and ends off with a 42.2km run (full marathon). The cut off time is 17 hours.Miguel is one of the 2 000 qualifiers from around the world. He says he started working towards his “dream” in 2011. He trained by taking part in different Ironman competitions. Training became his lifestyle. He took part in different races and triathlons which helped him to improve his performance over the years.To date, he has completed nine full Ironman races and six half-Ironman races. Along with these, other notable events, include three Comrades Marathon, three Two Oceans Ultra Marathons and the Absa Cape Epic.Throughout his career, he has always had his sights set on working towards this dream of competing in the Ironman World Championships.“I have done my preparations, and I am physically and mentally ready for it. I have set realistic expectations. I am aiming to try and end in the top 20. To do this I would have to finish in about nine hours or less,” he says.Miguel hopes to use the Kailua-Kona competition to better his current record or at least maintain it. He also hopes to use the event as a learning curve.However, his hard work and sweat could as well be in vain if he does not get the necessary support. “Every contribution makes a difference,” he says.Nothing is too big or too small and I am really humbled and grateful for the backing I have received so far.”Miguel has to switch between training and working. He is a marketing manager and also does online triathlon and running coaching.As exciting as the opportunity is, Netto says the trip will only become a reality if he raises R100 000 to cover travelling and accommodation costs. He has thus far raised R50 000 and has secured a sponsor for a bike and his racing shoes.Netto is grateful to everyone that has supported him. “Every contribution makes a difference. I am really humbled and grateful for the backing I have received so far,” he says. He has been running various campaigns on social media. Netto hopes that going to Kona and finishing on time will not just be an inspiration to him, but to the many people who have been following his journey to Hawaii.He describes the Ironman competition as a challenging sport that needs a lot of physical endurance, dedication, and self-discipline. V Miguel currently has a Back-a-Buddy campaign. Should anyone wish to get involved and support his cause, go to the link: www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/get-migs-to-kona.