Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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22/06/2015 at 20:22

Ha ha


22/06/2015 at 20:31

15 months?


22/06/2015 at 20:32
Sept 2016.... Loads of time
22/06/2015 at 20:41

Sounds fun.

Luckly I only work 6 months a year. So if I stop being lazy and eating bad food when not at work, l i'll have plenty of time to train hard.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
23/06/2015 at 08:11

Bloody hell!  I thought this thread was pushing up daisies.  Good resurrection job BPO.  I've gone all dewey-eyed with nostalgia.

Welcome aboard.

As for how to get started - what that lot ^^ said.  
The Triathlon Scotland site has listings of clubs you could look at joining.

23/06/2015 at 13:42

Yeah, Ive been In touch wiith my local club Fleet Feet, going to pop along and see them.

It is definitely training buddies and support I need.

21/07/2015 at 15:04

Afternoon all. What. A great forum.

So the first time I heard the word “Ironman” was exactly a year ago. I lived in Zurich and on one Sunday in July stumbled upon people cycling / running at 5pm in the evening and not even pretending to stop any time soon. I watched curiously near a transition area and discarded the lot as a bunch of crazy germans – there was so much lycra around my eyes started hurt.

Did not think of it much more until this April – busy work / winter / alcohol / procrastination took up all hours of the day until a friend from work did IM South Africa. Hearing him talk about it hooked me, I started running. Slooooooooooooowly. Resigned from crazy hours job in May so ran some more. Since then, Hawaii Ironman footage watched from 2010 – 2014 (one hangover Sunday well spent), Iron War / Chrissie Wellington / Accidental Ironman books read and there’s only one thing on my mind. IRONMAN.

Am I being naïve here – can I actually do it? My run would be best described as a shuffle by the majority of the population (but I’m happy with runs of 15-20km at the weekend.. I hear finding pleasure in prolonged torture may come in handy if I was to train for IM). Bought a road bike last Sunday and faceplanted in the store upon first try.. even without clip on pedals (couldn’t locate breaks in a timely manner). Swam in the lake when I was 7 (didn’t drown so that’s swim sorted?).

So do I A) go for marathon, learn to cycle, learn to swim in 2016 and IM in 2017 or B) adopt the prevailing ‘f*ck it’ approach and go for IM 2016.

Thoughts / observations welcome.


P.S. Apologies for rambling.. longest post of the year award?


21/07/2015 at 15:08
Deffo the f*ck it approach
Edited: 21/07/2015 at 15:08
BluePeter    pirate
21/07/2015 at 15:45
Dave The Iron Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
Deffo the f*ck it approach


Bobs Your Father    pirate
21/07/2015 at 17:09
TallGirl wrote (see)

there’s only one thing on my mind. IRONMAN. 

Sounds like you've already made the decision?
Go for it!

Crooky-IronKnee    pirate
21/07/2015 at 17:40
Mallorca 2016
21/07/2015 at 17:47

Sooo that sounds a lot like a 'just *** do it'.

I'm mostly worried about

1) SEVERE lack of knowledge (like why do I need special pedals with clip on shoes, what is a turbo trainer, how to change a flat tyre, what kind of gels/drinks/electrolytes (throwing random words now) I will need to consume) and

2) SEVERE lack of fitness - I'll obviously be going for 'lets just finish before the cut off' target but 17 hours of continuous exercise  What is the quickest people went from 'normal mortal' to ironman please? God where does one even start!

22/07/2015 at 10:17

Usual advice here gets distilled down to:

Swim a bit, Bike a lot, Run a bit.

The rest can come more slowly as you work your way closer to the IM date.

22/07/2015 at 14:11

Oh go on then. *screams on an inside*

Lets get down to business: Austria 2016 is sold out already (it would have been too early in the season anyway - would like to have summer to train). Zurich reg fee requires a small mortgage. Frankfurt is still open... but looking at 2015 results for W25-29, the slowest was 14:55. Is the cut off for Frankfurt 15 hours rather than 17?  I can't help but think the hour between 16-17 will be the target for me.


One I really like the sound of is Vichy - timing wise it would be perfect (end of August), swim in the lake (don't fancy the sea), bike not too hilly..


Any other first timers doing any of those in 2016?

22/07/2015 at 14:55

Mallorca 2016  ?  I understand there will be a load of loonies there 

I thought Frankfurt was 16 hours, I know Nice is 16 

cougie    pirate
23/07/2015 at 16:57
Frankfurt is 15 hours - some arsey neighbours didnt want to have a late night on the Sunday. Boo.
23/07/2015 at 17:14

Thanks, that's settled then.

Bring on Mallorca. Just checked the FAQs which confirms midnight cut off.

Bobs Your Father    pirate
23/07/2015 at 17:21

Mallorca is a Midnight cut off but the start is later:-
07:30am Start Pro Men
07:32am Start Pro Women
07:37am Start Age Groups. Rolling start

So with a rolling start you may not get in the water until 08:00am?

23/07/2015 at 17:35

Ok so 16 hours. Hard to judge having never swam or cycled, but if I give myself

  • Swim 2 hours
  • Bike 8 hours (22km/h)
  • Run 6 hours (7km/h - currently comfortably run 10km in 58mins)

Could that be a reasonable plan?


M...eldy    pirate
23/07/2015 at 18:53

...and you didn't even need my help

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