From Couch to IM

The journey from overweight, out of shape father, to IM

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09/11/2013 at 19:58

There reaches a point where the extent of your poor health and fitness is unavoidable.  

I'm hoping that triathlon, and the ultimate challenge of an ironman can provide focus to a journey of regaining my health. 

So, I've just got the kindle version of can't swim, can't ride, can't run; and initial thoughts are that I'll need to drop about 40kgs along the way. 

So, first question - can swim front crawl, haven't cycled in years, and can run for about 5 mins - do I aim for IM in 2013 or 2014?

seren nos    pirate
09/11/2013 at 20:04

depends on which one you fancy doing. I take it you mean 2014 or 2015 and this year is leaving it a bit late

 

a lot of them for 2014 have already sold out so if you want a specific one you might have missed that boat.....

It depends on how much you want to do it but 2015 is a more realistic target.....maybe aim for a half or two next year.

you can start building up your running slowly now.maybe using the couch to 5 k training schedule...

swimming can be done more and is good to get you exercising and building up with minimal injury risk.

and bike just start going and see how it feels.....

after a month or two you can see how you are progressing..

and yes loosing a few pound swill definitely help......

and maybe if you are very unfit and overweight a quick checkup at the doctors first

 

good luck

09/11/2013 at 20:13

Haha, 2014/2015 - yes. I agree 2013 would be relying on a miracle. 

Are there any particular half ironman events which would be fairly easy for a first event? 

Planning to get a bike in 4-6 weeks, once I've got some swimming and running under my belt. 

09/11/2013 at 20:19

I agree with Seren

IM Austria with the Pirates or The Outlaw for 2015?  2015 may be kinder on your body if you need to lose a few kg.  Maybe do a half or a few Olys in 2014?  Try a few 10km races or HM?

The Wild Boar in September is very beginner friendly and there are a few Pirates who will be there!

 

Edited: 09/11/2013 at 20:21
seren nos    pirate
09/11/2013 at 20:21

the cotsworlds half is flat and has a great reputation

http://cotswold113.com/site/

 

15th june....and if you enjoy it then you can look around for a august september one to improve on,,,,

it has a wide range or triathletes there and so is good one to aim for if you are not yet confident of the bike or hills etc.

09/11/2013 at 22:42

300 places left in IM Wales great easy first IM 

Edited: 09/11/2013 at 22:42
seren nos    pirate
10/11/2013 at 07:32

Tired Badger,...the great part of that sentence is correct as is the IM.....inbetween is a little disputable

 

10/11/2013 at 08:01

TiredBadger, what a great suggestion - until I get to the "challenging bike and run" section of the motivational blurb on the website. 

I found another thread with someone who has done a HIM already, discussing whether a year was enough time to train for IM Wales. 

Cotswold looks good - racing on the wife's birthday may be more a challenge - lovely weekend away love?

10/11/2013 at 08:12

How much time can you give to your training?

To finish comfortably (not just get round) at peak is about 16-18 hours a week for most. This includes a long bike and long run and about three trips to the pool/lake.

 

 

10/11/2013 at 08:27
adam_devon wrote (see)

TiredBadger, what a great suggestion - until I get to the "challenging bike and run" section of the motivational blurb on the website. 

I found another thread with someone who has done a HIM already, discussing whether a year was enough time to train for IM Wales. 

Cotswold looks good - racing on the wife's birthday may be more a challenge - lovely weekend away love?

I hope a year is enough as I have signed up already, Looking forward to the challange and I have heard that the swim is reasonably flat .

 

10/11/2013 at 09:01

FF, I can do two hours per day (Mon-Fri) before work, and then a long ride/run at the weekend, potentially with Sunday as a day off. 

 

What are most people fuelling training with, particularly when there's a few lbs to lose? Should I be eating massive quantities of pasta, use going lower-carb to use some of the retained stores?

 

Dadu, I was hanging my hopes on the swim being downhill. 

10/11/2013 at 09:50
Eat what you want just count the calories.

2000 a day plus calories burned by exercise. You should not be starving while your losing weight.

Plus to get round an IM as long as you do a long bike, run and swim every week you' ll be fine. Just build it up slowly or you'll just get injured.
seren nos    pirate
10/11/2013 at 11:17

dadu.a yeqar is fine for many.but adam has stated that he is going from nothing and is 90lb overweight....so I think it might be pushing too much..not saying it can't be done... it can but there is a higher risk of failure.might be better to just take a year longer to get fit fitter first

Doner Kebab    pirate
10/11/2013 at 12:28

i lost 6 stone in and did it in a year, dont let seren get the cotton wool out, get off your arse and train, like she says it can be done and in my book should be done, and dont settle for some - as long as i get round in 17 hours - aim fir 12 and see what happens. dont get too pissed the night before though

 

10/11/2013 at 13:28
I think 12m could be done, but the main challenge seems to be finding a UK IM in 11-14months.

If I could find a race for Oct-Dec 2014, I'd be in but it's looking like it'll be HIM next year, as that feels doable in 9 months or so.
10/11/2013 at 13:44

There are something like 24 Iron distance races in the UK next year but I think they are all between May and mid Sept, so you may be as well to look at 2015. Unless you can put some serious time and training in between now and Sept then you could look at Challenge Weymouth maybe.

10/11/2013 at 16:54

I would agree that if you are just starting perhaps you should take 2014 to build up your training. You don't want to shock your system or get any injuries! 

seren nos    pirate
10/11/2013 at 17:57

doner..you are unique though

 

Dustboy    pirate
10/11/2013 at 18:14

Hang on, as in DK the skinny little bugger?

Well, there you go, AdamunderscoreDevon and desparately in need of a better handle.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
10/11/2013 at 20:14

I'm going to Weymouth! Although a sea swim is possibly not the best idea as I'm about 600 miles from the coast! Lots of lake training methinks. Still, I'm only doing the half - Adam, why don't you think about doing that? You certainly have time to get fit enough for that, then you'll be in fine shape to train up for an IM in 2015.

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