How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
20/04/2012 at 22:33
Ha ha slag

Wasn't that your biggest training week for Wales?
27/09/2012 at 07:37
Boing for Purpletrilady
seren nos    pirate
27/09/2012 at 07:46

I thought it was crashies thread but didn't look far enough back on his thread history

purpletrilady    pirate
27/09/2012 at 14:18
Crash Hamster    pirate
27/09/2012 at 20:40

I've talked some proper bollox since then, Seren

M...eldy    pirate
27/09/2012 at 20:57

I think we need a new one 'how bad are you one year after'

10/01/2013 at 16:18

what a lovely thread.  cant wait to come back in 6 months with a couple of medals maybe....



25m - 50 if I can have a rest half way


own a very expensive at the time road bike ( very pre internet ) and a average mtb but anymore than 2 miles and id be very unhappy - were talking mentoring the kids distance until they got bored


why ? - i own a car.

maybe 400m

21st.8lbs couch in august 2012.( as of 10-1.13 :   19st10, run 6-7 miles, bike 20-40miles swim 2000m and growing all but the lard )   come on outlaw!

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
18/07/2013 at 15:34

Boing for Newbies who dont know they want to do an Ironman in 2014 yet

Also for those completing their first in 2013 to add their start point if they want.

18/07/2013 at 15:56

I was planning on not looking to enter a "big" event until after I have completed the London Marathon in April. This thread is making me think a bit harder........

Britrisky    pirate
18/07/2013 at 16:26

In May 2012 I had been running for a year and a half, and had just run my first marathon in 4;18, I didn't do any serious cycling to speak of, although had completed the Transpennine Trail over 5 days a couple years earlier, and could swim 2 lengths front crawl.

18/07/2013 at 21:38

Hmmm,  Interesting


Can't swim,  legs sink in the water (injury to back) read some good reviews on wetsuits that help with buoyancy?

Just started cycling, bought a Road bike last week upto 20 miles at just under 15 mph. enjoying the cycling. 

Running - O.K several marathons times range from 3:30 - 4:00, btw Snowdon time faster than London.

Started to look at two years time maybe next year?

Oh and well done to you all


18/07/2013 at 21:59

what do you mean ... how bad were you? ... how bad am I?

bad, and not in a good way.

BluePeter    pirate
18/07/2013 at 22:57

Just completed Outlaw 2013

12 months ago;

Swim - 400m FC max, although hadnt been for years. Also, still didnt go swimming until Jan 2013. No open water experience.

Bike - Owned a secondhand road bike, used 'sparingley' to ride to work - Used a total of 2 times in 2012. Bike training started December when I bought a turbo

Run - Had run a couple of Half marathons and was in training for Chester Marathon.

24/07/2013 at 12:28

12 months before my first ironman  I was a 30 a day smoking couch potato who drank 6-8 bottles of beer every night and had done for 15+ years.


Didn't own a bike, and could barely run a mile, tried running a mile and with dodgy trainers had done my knees in within a week. (good old JJB advice)

Was looking for advice on how to fix my knees when I came across this site and an article on the front page saying anyone could do an ironman.

Woke up the next morning with a massive hangover and 2 entries to IMCH.  I'd been so drunk I'd accidentally entered twice.

All good fun though, at the end of the day, how hard can it be?

25/07/2013 at 12:18

38  inch waist - now 32 inch waist

Ate junk food twice a week - now eats fruit & nuts & seeds

Swim 300 metres non stop - now swims 4k non stop

Cycle?  Cycle? - now rides 100 and runs straight off it

Run 2-3 miles - now does a half marathon as part of a Half Ironman in 1:40

Drank too much - now drinks a lot lot less

Once IMW is done and dusted I may just have a lie down.


30/09/2013 at 13:43

Just adding my own starting point for a Outlaw 2014.

Swim: Breastroke is OK for up to 20 lengths, tried front crawl in pool for first time yesterday, surfaced to see life guard stripped off and staring worriedly at me with rope and lifebuoy in hand! This is gonna need a helluva lot of work.

Bike: Got a cheap-ish road bike for my birthday in August (was like being a kid again) having not ridden since a child on my Raleigh Commando in the 70's. NOw cycle to work three times a week (total of 19 miles - 9 miles there, 10 miles back ????). Averagng about 15mph, hoping this is OK.

Run: Marathon number 8 on Sunday, current PB is 3:53.

Glad I came across this thread as confidence took a bit of a kicking with my Sunday morning drownathon. Looks liek its going to be regression to childhood part two with some swimming lessons next month for me.


30/09/2013 at 15:08

Minor scares (like drowning, or realising you can't cycle up a gentle slope without getting off the bike and crying) are always good.  They sharpen the resolve.

"The pirates" have been organising annual group holidays since 2004... every year a bunch of absolute new starters are recruited with 9 or 10 months to go, every year the experienced members assure the new people that finishing an ironman is a piece of old piss with 9 or 10 months of motivated training, and every year the new people prove them right.

I once checked average ironman DNF rates vs pirate "from scratch" DNF rates... the pirates kickes the average competitor's arse at finishing.  Probably because of the support on the day making quitting a less viable option.

Whoever you are, however crap you are now, if you are motivated to make every week count for the next 8, 9, 10 months (whatever it is until the race) then you can do it.  No doubt.  It's not hard at all if you approach it correctly, as has been proved by at least 200 people over the past 10 years.


Wabby    pirate
30/09/2013 at 15:32

June 2010 40th birthday, weigh in 16st2lbs, 38in waist - bought a bike, stopped smoking in September, started running - after 20 years of lardiness.

2011 - entered Olympic distance triathlon. Could only swim 50m front crawl when I entered.

2012 - IMUK 70.3 Wimbleball - 6h20m

2013 - IM Wales - 14h 55m - with sciatica. Did a half marathon in 1h33 this year too . Weight now 13st2lbs, 32in waist

M...eldy    pirate
30/09/2013 at 15:33

Perhaps we should have a new thread 'how bad are you now'  

Still churning out the 20 milers Mr Ollier? 

30/09/2013 at 15:46

Something like that.  I'm even doing three runs a week now!

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