How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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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.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
01/10/2013 at 06:34

Before my first IM, I had run quite a few marathons but had never swum more than a few lengths in a pool, almost no OW experience, and had only done one sprint tri on an ordinary push-bike. Didn't really have a clue about IM.

The race (Sachsenman) was not fun - swim in a lake where you had to wade out about 400m before you could start swimming. There were loads of cobblestone stretches on the bike course and no spectators, 4 laps and each one came back past the finish area. The run was also 4 laps, lots of pot holes in the road, many twists and turns, ups and downs, 2nd half of each lap in a forest, and when it got dark that was lit by car headlights! Walked at least a 3rd of the marathon and finished in 15:51.

Edited: 01/10/2013 at 06:51
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.

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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