How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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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!

Running Postie    pirate
30/09/2013 at 16:02

I watched FLM in bed 2006, thought, I can do that, I entered GNR that year and FLM for 2007. I hadn't run a step for 18 years, I survived!. I liked it so much and got really interested in sport science and embarked on the world of adult education, I qualified as a P.T in 2009 and started teaching boot camp fitness and coaching at the club.

The OH was dabbling in tri at the time, so I thought if he can do it so can I. I hated every minute of my first triathlon and vowed never to do another one!

 Fast forward a 4 years, I coach my OH (now and has been for 2 years a middle/long course GB trithelete) and I have successfully completed 3 years in triathlon at various distances and this year I have gained a qualify time for GB middle/long course european champs for 2014

30/09/2013 at 17:57

Postie, how inspiring, nice one.

01/10/2013 at 13:06

Josey, as somebody debuting in Tri at Outlaw 2014, I'm looking to you.

Swimming is ok, done 3000m FC in the pool a few times in about 1h20 and 2250 open water, in May this year a length was a struggle. I look like an electrocuted Octopus in the water though. Cycling is 40-50 miles at 16-17mph although I can't commute to work. Marathon? Well 12 months ago I did a 4.15 on six months training after a year out injured. Pre injury I was at about 1h40 for a half and training well for a shot at 3h30.


Secretly I have an ambitious time target in mind for Outlaw, realistically I want to make it to the start, make it on to the bike and then run and as long as I make each cut off, I'll be a happy man.

Zakalwe-Outlaw    pirate
03/10/2013 at 21:35

Mine sounds somewhat less inspirational than most of the feeds here, it took me 4 years of triathlon, working up a distance each season and doing 5 half IM races before going for the Outlaw this year.  I was always a strong runner and had power on the bike but lack skill and experience, the swim is still my nemises not being able to convert good pool technique into a fast open water style.  Now I know I can do the distance next year is about getting the time down at Outlaw (I want sub 12.30) and getting through Lanza in one piece, although I am worried about that one.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
17/01/2014 at 13:35

Bounced for Muzza2

21/01/2014 at 21:14

I smoked 40 a day up until Jan 1999, gave up when it turned £3 a packet, started running and managed 3 miles without stopping by March. Did my first sprint at Horwich (for those that know me that is somewhat a sign ) and came 3rd, thought this was easy.

Then in Sept 1999 did Bala Olympic distance and nearly coughed a lung up, back to reality.

Bravado and a willingness to push further than my mates meant I did the Longest Day IM distance in August 2000, finished in 11.26 and loved it, unfortunately I am a mad sportsman at heart so that Xmas I snapped my ACL snowboarding in Whistler and took 3 years off, coming back in 2003 and doing IMCH.

Done a few more since then getting faster each year, at least one a year except 2010 and 2013 when we had a child each of those years.

Still love it and aiming to do Copenhagen this August for number 15.

21/01/2014 at 23:04
I'll answer this next year, after IM Wales

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