How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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05/07/2007 at 16:47
A very encouraging thread!
05/07/2007 at 17:07
Just out of interest (and this is probably another thread) what kinds of times did you end up with for each of the disciplines in your first IM? I find it impossible to imagine being in the water for 2 hours or on a bike for 6 etc. from where I am now.

Sorry if that's being too cheeky.
05/07/2007 at 17:14
It's only hard to imagine because you haven't mentally opened your mind to it yet. :)
05/07/2007 at 17:14
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Garr    pirate
05/07/2007 at 17:16
Jeez BO, that's a bit awkward. I got:
1h23m
7h
6h
or thereabouts, but once I hit the bike my lack of tri-experience ruined me.

I'm pretty confident I can manage:
1h05m
5h20m
<4h
if I pull my finger out and actually train though.
Garr    pirate
05/07/2007 at 17:16
BO, awkward because of trying to match people's times to the previous page.
Garr    pirate
05/07/2007 at 17:18
Actually, WTF am I talking about, it's easy...

Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)
WildWill ... No Good open water
cougiw - 25m breast stroke - tops. No crawl and wouldnt thing of open water.
IW...never had any swim training and no long distance OW stuff.
Swissbobby could not swim 25m of any known stroke - could get in water and move but calling it swimming was generous.
jellybabe..couldnt swim from crawl, max 40 lengths breast stroke
MTB - couldn't do FC at all, but was "passable" at breastroke.
Garr - fast but inefficient as a child. Never been a 'serious' swimmer. First IM - 1h23m
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water
FeKK - couldn't swim front crawl at all, could barely do 25 yards breas stroke

Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike
WildWill ... slow as hell and took all day 2 MTB 40miles (lots of rests)
cougie - fine - had done 100m TTs and ridden 140 miles when i was 16.
IW...just showed up and raced, never did any cycle training to speak of.
Swissbobby... Did not own a road bike
jellybabe..owned a MTB for occ w/e rides, never riden more than about 25 miles
MTB - owned a MTB that had been out of the shed less than half a dozen times in a year. No road bike till January of this year.
Garr - Only a few >100m, mainly <25m or sprints. Nothing in a club or TT. First IM - 7h
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'
FeKK - Hadn't owned a bike at all or even been on a bike in 15 years.

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs
IW...ok, having run all my life.
Swissbobby Marathon runner with 3:38 pb
jellybabe.. never run more than a half mara
MTB - slow but steady, mara and ultra completed
Garr - one marathon to check I could go the distance before signing up to an IM the next day. First IM - 6 hours
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
FeKK - Ok I was a 3:16 marathoner but you have to get to the run for it to help being a good runner.
05/07/2007 at 17:39
Aha.....Garr oulines his time goals for IMF...
Crash Hamster    pirate
05/07/2007 at 17:44
Cheers kk :o) I'd better put my running prowess on too :o)


Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)
WildWill ... No Good open water
cougiw - 25m breast stroke - tops. No crawl and wouldnt thing of open water.
IW...never had any swim training and no long distance OW stuff.
Swissbobby could not swim 25m of any known stroke - could get in water and move but calling it swimming was generous.
jellybabe..couldnt swim from crawl, max 40 lengths breast stroke
MTB - couldn't do FC at all, but was "passable" at breastroke.
Garr - fast but inefficient as a child. Never been a 'serious' swimmer. First IM - 1h23m
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water
FeKK - couldn't swim front crawl at all, could barely do 25 yards breas stroke

Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike
WildWill ... slow as hell and took all day 2 MTB 40miles (lots of rests)
cougie - fine - had done 100m TTs and ridden 140 miles when i was 16.
IW...just showed up and raced, never did any cycle training to speak of.
Swissbobby... Did not own a road bike
jellybabe..owned a MTB for occ w/e rides, never riden more than about 25 miles
MTB - owned a MTB that had been out of the shed less than half a dozen times in a year. No road bike till January of this year.
Garr - Only a few >100m, mainly <25m or sprints. Nothing in a club or TT. First IM - 7h
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'
FeKK - Hadn't owned a bike at all or even been on a bike in 15 years.

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs
IW...ok, having run all my life.
Swissbobby Marathon runner with 3:38 pb
jellybabe.. never run more than a half mara
MTB - slow but steady, mara and ultra completed
Garr - one marathon to check I could go the distance before signing up to an IM the next day. First IM - 6 hours
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
FeKK - Ok I was a 3:16 marathoner but you have to get to the run for it to help being a good runner
Crashie: 4:08 mara
Ally Bally Bee    pirate
05/07/2007 at 20:59
Great thread! I did my first sprint tri 13 months before an IM but it was a women's only event with minimal training done (just wanted to get around the thing).

Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)
WildWill ... No Good open water
cougiw - 25m breast stroke - tops. No crawl and wouldnt thing of open water.
IW...never had any swim training and no long distance OW stuff.
Swissbobby could not swim 25m of any known stroke - could get in water and move but calling it swimming was generous.
jellybabe..couldnt swim from crawl, max 40 lengths breast stroke
MTB - couldn't do FC at all, but was "passable" at breastroke.
Garr - fast but inefficient as a child. Never been a 'serious' swimmer. First IM - 1h23m
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water
FeKK - couldn't swim front crawl at all, could barely do 25 yards breas stroke
ABB - 300m but a mixture of front crawl, breast stroke and back stroke with stops at erach end of the pool (IM 1:21)


Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike
WildWill ... slow as hell and took all day 2 MTB 40miles (lots of rests)
cougie - fine - had done 100m TTs and ridden 140 miles when i was 16.
IW...just showed up and raced, never did any cycle training to speak of.
Swissbobby... Did not own a road bike
jellybabe..owned a MTB for occ w/e rides, never riden more than about 25 miles
MTB - owned a MTB that had been out of the shed less than half a dozen times in a year. No road bike till January of this year.
Garr - Only a few >100m, mainly <25m or sprints. Nothing in a club or TT. First IM - 7h
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'
FeKK - Hadn't owned a bike at all or even been on a bike in 15 years.
ABB - MTB only for 4km commute to work. Bought a road bike 7 months before IM (IM 8:16)

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs
IW...ok, having run all my life.
Swissbobby Marathon runner with 3:38 pb
jellybabe.. never run more than a half mara
MTB - slow but steady, mara and ultra completed
Garr - one marathon to check I could go the distance before signing up to an IM the next day. First IM - 6 hours
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
FeKK - Ok I was a 3:16 marathoner but you have to get to the run for it to help being a good runner
Crashie: 4:08 mara
ABB - Could only manage a v slow run/walk (25 mins for a 3km) (IM 6:37, total IM 16:38)

After improving my overall fitness and dropping a few more kilos I'm aiming for a much better effort come March 1 next year.
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
06/07/2007 at 06:24
my first ever was

swim 2:09
bike 7:40
run 5:52

plus T1 & T2: 8 mins

total: 15:51
D74
06/07/2007 at 06:36
Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)
WildWill ... No Good open water
cougiw - 25m breast stroke - tops. No crawl and wouldnt thing of open water.
IW...never had any swim training and no long distance OW stuff.
Swissbobby could not swim 25m of any known stroke - could get in water and move but calling it swimming was generous.
jellybabe..couldnt swim from crawl, max 40 lengths breast stroke
MTB - couldn't do FC at all, but was "passable" at breastroke.
Garr - fast but inefficient as a child. Never been a 'serious' swimmer. First IM - 1h23m
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water
FeKK - couldn't swim front crawl at all, could barely do 25 yards breas stroke
ABB - 300m but a mixture of front crawl, breast stroke and back stroke with stops at erach end of the pool (IM 1:21)
D74 - Just learnt crawl, could almost do 100m without resorting to breast for a bit (IM 1:10)


Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike
WildWill ... slow as hell and took all day 2 MTB 40miles (lots of rests)
cougie - fine - had done 100m TTs and ridden 140 miles when i was 16.
IW...just showed up and raced, never did any cycle training to speak of.
Swissbobby... Did not own a road bike
jellybabe..owned a MTB for occ w/e rides, never riden more than about 25 miles
MTB - owned a MTB that had been out of the shed less than half a dozen times in a year. No road bike till January of this year.
Garr - Only a few >100m, mainly <25m or sprints. Nothing in a club or TT. First IM - 7h
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'
FeKK - Hadn't owned a bike at all or even been on a bike in 15 years.
ABB - MTB only for 4km commute to work. Bought a road bike 7 months before IM (IM 8:16)
D74 - Only just bought a road bike but done <50 miles on it, but in fairness had always been a weekend warrier MTBer (IM 5:46)

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs
IW...ok, having run all my life.
Swissbobby Marathon runner with 3:38 pb
jellybabe.. never run more than a half mara
MTB - slow but steady, mara and ultra completed
Garr - one marathon to check I could go the distance before signing up to an IM the next day. First IM - 6 hours
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
FeKK - Ok I was a 3:16 marathoner but you have to get to the run for it to help being a good runner
Crashie: 4:08 mara
ABB - Could only manage a v slow run/walk (25 mins for a 3km) (IM 6:37, total IM 16:38)
D74 - done 2 half marathons, no marthon 1:58 (IM 4:40)
PSC    pirate
06/07/2007 at 09:09

Thanks for this, its boosted my confidence no end! As a newbie of 2 months standing with 1 sprint under my race-belt I thought IM beyond the capabilities of my 43 year old bones! Maybe not as I can swim 2kms, cycle for 2 hours at 17mph and do a sub 2 hr half mara. So sounds like I might just make it however long it takes. :-)

Skips off to work with renewed vigour!!
Ratbag    pirate
06/07/2007 at 09:12
Sheeesh D74...you came a long way in a short time...

Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish) (IM 1:38)
WildWill ... No Good open water
cougiw - 25m breast stroke - tops. No crawl and wouldnt thing of open water.
IW...never had any swim training and no long distance OW stuff.
Swissbobby could not swim 25m of any known stroke - could get in water and move but calling it swimming was generous.
jellybabe..couldnt swim from crawl, max 40 lengths breast stroke
MTB - couldn't do FC at all, but was "passable" at breastroke.
Garr - fast but inefficient as a child. Never been a 'serious' swimmer. First IM - 1h23m
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water
FeKK - couldn't swim front crawl at all, could barely do 25 yards breas stroke
ABB - 300m but a mixture of front crawl, breast stroke and back stroke with stops at erach end of the pool (IM 1:21)
D74 - Just learnt crawl, could almost do 100m without resorting to breast for a bit (IM 1:10)


Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike (IM 7hrs)
WildWill ... slow as hell and took all day 2 MTB 40miles (lots of rests)
cougie - fine - had done 100m TTs and ridden 140 miles when i was 16.
IW...just showed up and raced, never did any cycle training to speak of.
Swissbobby... Did not own a road bike
jellybabe..owned a MTB for occ w/e rides, never riden more than about 25 miles
MTB - owned a MTB that had been out of the shed less than half a dozen times in a year. No road bike till January of this year.
Garr - Only a few >100m, mainly <25m or sprints. Nothing in a club or TT. First IM - 7h
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'
FeKK - Hadn't owned a bike at all or even been on a bike in 15 years.
ABB - MTB only for 4km commute to work. Bought a road bike 7 months before IM (IM 8:16)
D74 - Only just bought a road bike but done <50 miles on it, but in fairness had always been a weekend warrier MTBer (IM 5:46)

Running
Ratbag...OK (IM 5 Hrs)
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs
IW...ok, having run all my life.
Swissbobby Marathon runner with 3:38 pb
jellybabe.. never run more than a half mara
MTB - slow but steady, mara and ultra completed
Garr - one marathon to check I could go the distance before signing up to an IM the next day. First IM - 6 hours
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
FeKK - Ok I was a 3:16 marathoner but you have to get to the run for it to help being a good runner
Crashie: 4:08 mara
ABB - Could only manage a v slow run/walk (25 mins for a 3km) (IM 6:37, total IM 16:38)
D74 - done 2 half marathons, no marthon 1:58 (IM 4:40)

Just out of interest, I have a few modest goals in mind...

Swim 1:20 - 1:25
Bike 6:00 - 6:30
Run 4:30 - 4:45

Including say 10 mins total transistion gived:

12 hrs (yeah, right) to 12:50 (I'd be very happy with anything sub 13 TBH)

It's a bit scary when you write it down like that...
WildWill    pirate
06/07/2007 at 09:17
Ratbag

My goals are almost the same as yours but with a quicker swim and slower run

12hrs dream
sub 13 relistic
WildWill    pirate
06/07/2007 at 09:17
Ratbag

My goals are almost the same as yours but with a quicker swim and slower run

12hrs dream
sub 13 relistic
Ratbag    pirate
06/07/2007 at 09:18
PSC, you could do one next year with no problem at all...get yerself signed up for IM France...
jellybabe (M.)    pirate
06/07/2007 at 11:57
my IM times
swim 1.38, done nothing since to compare
bike 7.52 (av 14.2 mph) only camparison cyclesportif 2 weeks ago, 81 miles in 5.24 (av 15mph)
run 5.42, mara PB 4.23
PSC    pirate
06/07/2007 at 17:38

Ratbag, you don't know how tempting that is. I want to run a mara first to make sure I can. Got one in Oct..beachy head!

06/07/2007 at 18:12
probably not the marathon you want to base your time on though PSC
as you will see when you get there

:-)

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