2013 IM Mentoring

.....for those happy to help and those who want help

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05/07/2012 at 18:10
Does it have to be for IM, or can it be HIM or Oly?
M...eldy    pirate
05/07/2012 at 18:19

Schmunks I would say that if someone wants a mentor for a HIM or an Oly that they approach the person they think would suit and ask ... this started off as a spot of pyramid selling for IM but no reason that it shouldnt diversify as the Pirates have done
Dont be offended tho if that mentor just wants to mentee an IM


Bedders..    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:03

fb mentored me in 2009 and it was down to his help that I emotionally dragged myself over the line for my first IM in Zurich.

So I am more than happy to offer myself up for mentoring. However, a few words of caution:

  • I am over 48 years old (!)
  • I still have another IM in me
  • I think I can compete with the under 30's

Nuff said!











Edited: 05/07/2012 at 19:03
Nurse Ratched    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:04
kittenkat wrote (see)

fb, waff has sort of hit on this point a bit and I wondered if you think it would be a good idea to expand on it...

I think it might be hard for new people to decide who to choose and then actually approach them. We all know who we are and what sort of personalities would be suited to whom.

Maybe, and only a suggestion, new people say a little bit about themselves and you personally suggest possible mentors by name for them?

I'm saying this because you have a good grip, having been around so long of the different personalities and skill sets of us all.



Since I've been reading and posting on this forum, all the Pirates (and everyone else, for that matter) have been, without exception, friendly, welcoming and encouraging.
However, if you took a huge group of people off the street at random and put them in a room together, with the best will in the world it's unlikely that they would all get along like a house on fire.
I think that if you're going to have a mentor / mentee relationship it would be good to know you were going to 'click' with the other person, which might be tricky if your only knowledge of them was their posts on here.
So I think it probably is a good idea to have some way of matching personalities/attitudes/approaches, but finding the best way to do that, I shall leave to someone more experienced! 

Huge thanks again to all those willing to help us newbies.

05/07/2012 at 19:08
Hi I'm Silver Trucker and I'm looking for an IM mentor. I'm from a rugby back ground so find it hard not being part of a team especially when it comes to training. I'm more stubborn/competitive than skill/technique. Im in 2nd year of Tri with 5 sprints and the full boar middle first year and just 3 sprints and hopefully full boar middle this year. I'm a non swimmer I can splash about to stop myself drowning I'm not a cyclist but can ride a bike and unfortunitly I'm not a runner either but can find my way round a half Marafun and have booked on Rutland Marafun in November. I'm 38 (39 end August) 16 stone 6ft1, I live in the Midlands Leicestershire. I'm a hgv driver who gets up at 2/3am in the week so no chance training before work ( I know I'm a lightweight) but do finish around midday. So the question is would anyone like to mentor ME
M...eldy    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:10

Lol Bedders!!   Dont we all  

Nursey ... things work themselves out and I suspect even lurkers will get a feel for a personality online and will have an idea of who they would be able to work with
We have in the past posted a brief resume I think which is no bad idea

05/07/2012 at 19:10

I think I managed to break my last mentor     

Britrisky    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:27
Shall I start, then? [yes, ok]

I'm doing my 1st tri next weekend, an Oly
I can swim a mile in the pool fc but not fast
I've done 4 OW swims and am gaining confidence, and a similar story with the bike - longest ride 33 miles

Happy running - did 1st marathon in April - 4:18. Doing another in Oct - in a running club but not a tri club.

My main issue is support. I'm really busy with 3 jobs and 2 adopted kids, but I'm confident of finding the time but not the support. Our kids are hard to handle and it's tricky to negotiate my OH being stuck with the kids on race day, or not coming at all. To many that might not seem a big issue but to us we haven't really found the solution yet.

I have Fink and have read it. I have a heart monitor but have never trained in this way. I'd love to do IM next year and am stopping myself from signing up to a 1/2 IM in Sept, at least til after my first Tri and OH agrees.

I live in Hull.
05/07/2012 at 19:28
Sorry wouldn't ever wish to mentor anyone. I have enough stress dragging my sorry carcass around

But always happy to answer questions
Bedders..    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:35

Britrisky - I think your biggest problem is that you live in Hull!   Everything else makes you perfect Pirate IM material.

And you will find as much support on here as you need. Believe me. It doesnt come more supportive than this.

Good luck and you will do it if you want it badly enough. 

See you at the Challenge Henley Half in October then!

Cortina5    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:38

Britsky - as a recent graduate of this sausage factory, one with 'little time' to train, it can be done. It was hard work to find the time, and it was a good test of how much I really wanted to do it. Your OH looking after the kids is support at its very best, whether they're there on the day or not.

Admission: I'm not throwing my hat in the mentoring ring as I'm still wet behind the ears with only 4 tris to my name (KK will probably disagree with me on this one...).

mellifera    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:51
I am happy to mentor too. I don't really feel the need for a match maker as I am happy to work out with an individual personally whether and how we will run the relationship.

I'm probably more suited to an improver than a beginner. I'm a scientist which probably influences my attitude to training.
M...eldy    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:52

and a sound medical knowledge eh Meli? 

Rafiki    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:55

Would we need to have our ears pierced as well Melli??

purpletrilady    pirate
05/07/2012 at 19:58

I would be happy to menor 

I'd be happy to take on a beginner; but probably best suited to a woman as the slower end of things 

I am not a scientist!

05/07/2012 at 20:08

I would love a mentor if there are any Pirates out there with a soft spot for high maintainance worriers!!!

Bad amature footballer in a past life and did not consider triatlons until I weighed myself New Years Day in 2011. At 14st (my heaviest ever) I signed up for a triathlon that very day. This was a sprint (ha!) event in Buxton last September. I set myself a target of 1:30 and came in at 1:33. Annoyed at missing my target, I signed up for my second the following week and managed a 1:18 in Holmfirth, and before I knew it I was bitten by the bug.

Both of those were done using breast stroke so I really worked on my swimming over the winter. This year has been quite busy with the following races

Holmfirth - 1h:22 (different course to 2011 so hard to compare)
Nantwich - 1h:14
Manchester 10k - 45m:01
Llandudno Sea Triathlon - 1h:36
Great Manchester Swim - 32m:28

And yet to come are Buxton (this weekend), Nantwich, Sandman and Holmfirth (again). Although I'm racing sprints, my training is up to regular 1 mile OW swims and 22k training runs. My longest bike to date was 90k.

I'm really looking forward to stepping up in distance and it was the advice from you Pirates that got me the green light from Mrs Stanners.

My aim is to do the Outlaw using the Fink Intermediate plan and aim for a sub 13 finish. The challenege (on top of the 2.4 / 112 / 26.2) is that I have a lovely wifey and 2 children and a new job in Manchester city centre starting in August that will no doubt be demanding on my time.

I am lucky enough to live in the High Peak, Derbyshire which means hills, lots of them, for all my long bike and run sessions!

If anyone fancies the challenge of getting someone who is a little too competative for their own good round HPP next year, I'd love to be adopted (gives Puppy eyes). I'm sure STIL would also be greatful as he must be sick of my daft questions!

Ironholgs    pirate
05/07/2012 at 20:10

I've now got two people to mentor. One I've been talking to away from these forums for months and we get on great. The other I met for the first time this weekend and he seemed a top bloke, we've interacted loads on this forum, he knows where I'm coming from and I know his background.

I'm not a scientist, I'm not quick but I'm an enthusiastic realist who is happy to offer support. I live in Lancaster in the North West of England, have a toddler, a full time job, another time hungry job of sorts and so understand the pressures that come with that.

I did my first Ironman race 5 years ago, and just completed my 5th this weekend.

I'm certainly not a "Pirate God", I'm overweight, a bit of a wreck really.

I am ALWAYS happy to offer anyone help if you message me or ask a question on here, good luck finding a mentor, there are some very good athletes and people offering you help.

mellifera    pirate
05/07/2012 at 20:23
Meldy, Raf - I think I might take a course in stitching, would save a lot of time post-race. Sweepstake on next facial injury?

Kk you wouldn't take my advice.
Rafiki    pirate
05/07/2012 at 20:27

Melli - the blood stain on the shirt the next day did look rather cool! Very Piratey!

05/07/2012 at 20:32

will someone mento me to a 2013 finish

Ill be doing the Outlaw or IMUK .......... based in sunny sunny kent

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