How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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06/07/2007 at 18:14
On the other hand, you won't have swum 2.4 miles and cycled 112 miles first :o)

And a marathon PB in an IM would be very cool ;o)
PSC    pirate
06/07/2007 at 18:36

Lurker, I know the course reasonably well having walked it 3x in my youth! SL, that thought had occurred to me! When I'm back on a proper pc I might find the thread and are how many newbies are entering it!
Monique    pirate
07/07/2007 at 19:46
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)
Had mastered front crawl previous Autumn,and done about 4 sprints- all pool swims and a couple of duathlons (IM time 1:21:52)


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)
Always had a bike for transport purposes, maximum ride about 30 miles (IM time 6:43:37)

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)
Now, I did run and ran long stuff, ultras and marathons including MDS, mar. pb of 3:01:57 (IM time 3:44:32)
Crash Hamster    pirate
12/07/2007 at 11:22
This is a shameless boing of one of my own threads, but it may just persuade people that Nice sounds like a lot of fun :o)
Symes    pirate
12/07/2007 at 11:28
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)
Had mastered front crawl previous Autumn,and done about 4 sprints- all pool swims and a couple of duathlons (IM time 1:21:52)
Symes - might have been able to save myself from a sinking ship through doggy paddle and breast stroke


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)
Always had a bike for transport purposes, maximum ride about 30 miles (IM time 6:43:37)
Symes - not been on a bike for 3+ years after being hit by a car which then drove over my arm breaking it in 5 places (all Birmingham!)

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)
Now, I did run and ran long stuff, ultras and marathons including MDS, mar. pb of 3:01:57 (IM time 3:44:32)
Symes - 14 marathons best 3.32, worst 4.08
Iron Mike    pirate
12/07/2007 at 11:47
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)
Had mastered front crawl previous Autumn,and done about 4 sprints- all pool swims and a couple of duathlons (IM time 1:21:52)
Symes - might have been able to save myself from a sinking ship through doggy paddle and breast stroke
Ironmike - Competitive swim background, came into IM knowing I could excel here (1st IM swim 58 mins)


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)
Always had a bike for transport purposes, maximum ride about 30 miles (IM time 6:43:37)
Symes - not been on a bike for 3+ years after being hit by a car which then drove over my arm breaking it in 5 places (all Birmingham!)
Ironmike - Didn't own a road bike, hadn't ridden since childhood. First ride struggled through 7 miles. (1st IM ride 6h18)

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)
Now, I did run and ran long stuff, ultras and marathons including MDS, mar. pb of 3:01:57 (IM time 3:44:32)
Symes - 14 marathons best 3.32, worst 4.08
Ironmike - London marathon in 2000 5h50m. IM time 6h15.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 11:49
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)
Had mastered front crawl previous Autumn,and done about 4 sprints- all pool swims and a couple of duathlons (IM time 1:21:52)
Symes - might have been able to save myself from a sinking ship through doggy paddle and breast stroke
Ironmike - Competitive swim background, came into IM knowing I could excel here (1st IM swim 58 mins)
Barley - couldnt swim front crawl but was okish at breast stroke.


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)
Always had a bike for transport purposes, maximum ride about 30 miles (IM time 6:43:37)
Symes - not been on a bike for 3+ years after being hit by a car which then drove over my arm breaking it in 5 places (all Birmingham!)
Ironmike - Didn't own a road bike, hadn't ridden since childhood. First ride struggled through 7 miles. (1st IM ride 6h18)
Barley - Not ridden a bike since my teens

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)
Now, I did run and ran long stuff, ultras and marathons including MDS, mar. pb of 3:01:57 (IM time 3:44:32)
Symes - 14 marathons best 3.32, worst 4.08
Ironmike - London marathon in 2000 5h50m. IM time 6h15.
Barley - 2 Marathons, 2001 FLM 4:06
12/07/2007 at 11:56
It won't let me post such a long message :-(


Swim

Lindi - failed 25m in September, passed on second attempt in October (1st IM Swim 1:19)



Bike

Lindi - some MTBing years before, owned a road bike with about 50m on the clock nad far too big for me. (1st IM bike 6.13)



Run - Half marathons just under 2 hours a couple of years before. (1st IM run 4.50)

Doozer.    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:21
Swim

Lindi - failed 25m in September, passed on second attempt in October (1st IM Swim 1:19)
Doozer - no swimmng bck ground but could swim ok 1st (IM swim 1:01)


Bike

Lindi - some MTBing years before, owned a road bike with about 50m on the clock nad far too big for me. (1st IM bike 6.13)
Doozer - struggld to do 20 miles in a sprint tri (1st IM 5:55)


Run - Half marathons just under 2 hours a couple of years before. (1st IM run 4.50)
Doozer - FLM 4.42 (1st IM 5:05)

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:24
Nice to see ive a faster marathon PB than you Doozer :o)
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:24
I didnt even use an aero helmet ;)
Doozer.    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:29
i only have little legs though, takes me more effort. I am planning on rectifying that marathon PB in the next 12 months to get it more in line with my half PB of 1.29

I was also a fully paid up burger boy until a this year
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:30
Oh my half PB is better than yours to :o) 1:26:31
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:32
I wish... more like 1:48

Im hoping to rediscover some run ability and get a sub 4:00 at FLM next year. You should have a good shot at 3:15 certainly 3:30
Doozer.    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:33
you are a legend of endurance sports, how could anyone compete with the famous caoch Barlos. When you did your half, was it '10k that way and 10k that way'
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/07/2007 at 13:34
lol yes both half's were the same distance
12/07/2007 at 13:45
I wish to complain about this thread. It is clearly an irresponsible attempt to get innocent and unsuspecting people to believe they can do something that any sensible person would say is completely beyond their capability.

....so, when's IM France then? Just, y'know, asking. No reason.

I'd convinced myself that my total lack of swimming ability meant that it'd be 2009 before I should even consider this....
Bedders..    pirate
12/07/2007 at 15:40
Likewise, before I read this thread I had convinced myself that I needed at least a few warm ups before my first IM.

So, I am year away and here are my results:

swimming - 100m crawl
cycling - 40km without stopping
running - FLM last year 3:50

still can't get the idea that I will be able to swim 2km by June next year for a 70.3 let alone a full IM.....
Ratbag    pirate
12/07/2007 at 15:52
Now look chaps...you just need to check the above to see that many of us were crap swimmers and in 6-7 months we managed to do an IM...

So don't mess about...sign up for IMF (22nd June 2008) and then get on with the training...don't faff around with 70.3 unless it's in preparation for IMF...that's called planning... ;-)
12/07/2007 at 15:57
3:10 mara.

Was a cyclist before I was a runner, but that was a long time ago....like 15 years+. Think I did a 25 mile TT in about 1:20. Was better at distance than speed, have done 150 mile days before. Well, once anyway.

Swim like a turd.

I can feel myself weakening. Maybe if I swim about a bit in the sea when I'm on me jollies in a couple of weeks I'll be able to convince myself that I am too crap to do IMF next year.

See? see what you've done? Already gone from denying to myself that I might do 'an IM' to denying to myself that I'm going to do a specific event....!
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