Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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18/04/2012 at 07:27

Newbie bald chain smoking fat bloke here, oh, &i'm 43. Well that was the case back in June last year.

Thought i would document my new fitness regime on my blog which i have updated regularly since last year & i will continue to do so.

I hadnt originally planned to do a Triathlon, let alone an Ironman. My original goal was just to complete the Norwich 100 cycle ride in 2012.

However, after reading so many inspiring stories on blogs, forums & books i am determined to become an Ironman. Hopefully in 2014.

So far i have completed 2 dualathons & a 10k run. I can swim breaststroke (learning front crawl)

Anyway, as i mentioned earlier the journey so far is captured in my blog.


Comments , advice & support are always appreciated. Thanks for reading & good luck to everyone in their own challenges.
Slagiatt    pirate
18/04/2012 at 09:20
Welcome Andy ....you'll fit right in here, as a good %age of people on this forum  were in much the same place when they launched into the seemingly implausible prospect of completing an IM race.. proof positive that its infinately do-able if you want it bad enough.    You'll have to change that forum name though  ;-)
18/04/2012 at 09:21
welcome AB2

first rule here is to get yourself a decent nickname - if you want the forum to come up with suggestions, we're quite happy to

just dive into whatever takes your fancy and if you enjoy some banter and piss taking, and don't take tri over-seriously, you'll be fine
18/04/2012 at 12:32


 I'll have a look at changing the name to something more apt. Maybe something to do with sausages considering my wife said i looked like one the first time i modelled my new lycra cycling gear. Going out wearing that in public for the first time has been the most traumatic thing so far.

  Piss taking & banter is right up my street so I should fit in then

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
18/04/2012 at 13:03
Hiya, welcome to the forum, as said join in and ask any questions you like
Slagiatt    pirate
18/04/2012 at 13:14
Andy Baxter 2 wrote (see)

. Maybe something to do with sausages

ooo that may be a bad call... but your choice... so lets start the ideas ball rolling

Coctail ? ,    no offence

Battered Sausage ?,    

if you happen to be from liverpool ??   Liver-wurst  ?

or perhaps on the close fitting lycra theme .....

Fits like a glove       (which neatly shortens to flag )

May contain nuts 

Slagiatt    pirate
18/04/2012 at 13:14
damn.. too late
18/04/2012 at 13:15
SausageDog - excellent - like it. you just need to get yourself a photo uploaded and Robert's somebody's uncle
Edited: 18/04/2012 at 13:16
Holly_Golightly    pirate
18/04/2012 at 13:27
Not mine.
18/04/2012 at 17:40
Picture uploaded, of a sausage dog

Couldnt upload one of me, turned into a right mission trying to resize it.

I saw an IM sign this morning, apparently Outlaw has offered another 50 places this year. Although i wont be doing it this year, i've decided The Outlaw will be my IM debut in 2014.

Back to reality though, I still have my first Triathlon to do which is on Sunday. Doing the East Coast Triathlon in Great Yarmouth, anybody else on here doing it?

seren nos    pirate
18/04/2012 at 18:04
not up that way.should be out running on sunday........

just want to say hi and welcome.........

I fancy outlaw next year......
M...eldy    pirate
18/04/2012 at 18:14
Henley next year I reckon  
AndyB99    pirate
18/04/2012 at 18:19
good luck matey.....i'll have a good look through your blog...read mine if you wanna know how to do it and how not to do it!!

18/04/2012 at 20:10
Weather dont look great for Sunday so riding and running up and down Yarmouth prom is going to be fun

Really impressed with runners world forum, must be the friendliest forum i've ever been on. Thanks

Good luck those planning an IM before me. I think next year will be a bit soon for me.

I did the London Marathon in 2006 & hadnt trained properly due to a knee injury. Still ran/walked it. You know how it is when you have sponsor money at stake. Turned out to be a bad move as weighing 16 stone & not being used to road running , it took me 6 hours & i mashed the ligaments in the soles of my feet, bruising went right through my, couldnt walk for a week, lol. Wife & work were less than impressed. Proper prep this time, ive had my orders!

As part of my prep i will do a half IM next year & hopefully a marathon. Sould be doing the Norwich half marathon this year. Furthest ive ran since 2006 is the Trowse 10k a couple of weeks ago. Did that in 58 minutes, slow but no injury.

Swimming PB tonight, 3 x 25m front crawl in a row. Couldnt manage 25m last month. Breaststroke, i could do all day, i just get so out of breath doing front crawl. Practise, practise, i presme, any suggestions?

Thanks for the link Andy, i'll have a read through your blog.

Sorry for waffling, have a good evening.
18/04/2012 at 20:12
Just noticed the tattoo Andy. Looks great.
seren nos    pirate
18/04/2012 at 20:16
good idea to make sure the preparation is in place........just keep on building this year and then assess in the new year.....

i am a crap swimmer but yes i think it is practice......on my first half ironman i still hadn't mastered the crawl and did 20 strokes crawl then 20 strokes breaststroke....used the excuse that i was sighting for the buoys.......still managed to finish it within the cutoffs.....infact it was about the same time as the following year when i did front crawl the whole way...
18/04/2012 at 21:00
Swim & the cut off time is my main concern. Mind you, i can do a mile breastroke in about 50 mins & have over 2 years to get better so i guess i dont need to stress just yet, lol.

I feel really inspired & motivated again tonight. Buzzing would be another apt description.

Will the outlaw be your first full IM ?

18/04/2012 at 21:06
SausageDog wrote (see)
Will the outlaw be your first full IM ?

If that is to Seren, you better read the Enduroman thread!!!!

You'll know what I mean then.

Good luck Sausage Dawg

seren nos    pirate
18/04/2012 at 21:10
I've completed 2 full ones and 1 when i DNF..wasn't my day on the bike.......

i'm attemping a double in June..still crap at all 3 but stubborn....you never know what you can achieve unless you try ...i'm a middle aged overweight housewife.....but the feeling crossing the line is amazing...
18/04/2012 at 22:05
Wow, impressive, well done you

My question was a bit crap then, your a veteran.
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