How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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25/06/2008 at 10:01

it's a bit weird that quite a few people now are starting to doubt whether most of the pirates really were as rubbish as they claim before they started.

i guess that the people who weren't too scared to do it a few years ago JFDidI, and there weren't a huge number of eastablished pirates who had done it before (eg the first year there were about 25-30 pirates, only 3 of whom had ever done an ironman before.  and one of those was smithy so hardly counts).  so everybody was crap together.

now people who can't swim or ride a bike or run very far just see a bunch of ironmen, and find it hard to believe that most of them came from absolutely nowhere.  they did.  i saw them.

the only difference is that in the early years you could leave it later to pick a race so the newbies only had 8 or 9 months to buy a bike, learn to swim and do an ironman - whereas these days, they get just over a year!  luxury!

JPenno    pirate
25/06/2008 at 10:02
I will be 41 and have a reasonable running background, ok swimmer and just about ok on the bike, I know where my training will be spent over the next twelve months!!
25/06/2008 at 10:02

JPenno - does this mean I better get a wiggle on in buying a bike??   Whereabouts are you?

Nam - I'd love to just "get on with it" and go for it, however I've been working for 5 years for the degree, so I'm finishing that first.. though I'm rather good at long term goals!  

JPenno    pirate
25/06/2008 at 10:04
Toomuchtodoo - I am in the lovely surroundings of Widnes. If i can train there in the chemical smog filled air just think how good it will be to do the IM in the clean air of Switzerland
debbo    pirate
25/06/2008 at 10:17

Candy - talking sense, as always

or something

25/06/2008 at 14:05
25/06/2008 at 18:42

We (surprisingly) seem to have gone a little off topic again.

Bringing it back.  To answer your question Crashie :-

Pretty carp or in more measurable terms I reckon about twice as good as Dozer is now ;oP

Azur were.

Holly_Golightly    pirate
25/06/2008 at 19:31

Funny that, innit.  Going off topic.  Not something you tend to find around here with all these focused individuals.

A year ago, I had finished one half IM.  I considered entering Austria last year, but had a new job and didn't think I could devote enough time to the training.  Saying that, finding time for training has been the most difficult thing this year too!  I took things seriously and took time off work to train in the three months leading up to France.  I don't think I would have done it without these days off.

So, how bad was I a year ago?

Swim - I've always swum and swimming doesn't hold any fear for me so that wasn't an issue
Bike - I was crap on the bike and still am.  I was very slow and still am.  My first ride around Richmond Park was a killer.  I managed 14 miles.
Run - fairly new to running.  Only Started running in 2005, aged 31.  Slow but steady plodder.

I would say that if you have the time and motivation to devote to training then you can do an IM.  Plenty of others have learnt to swim and cycle from zero in a year.  But it does take time.  And not just cramming at the weekend.

25/06/2008 at 19:53
KK you star!
26/06/2008 at 23:53

I will be trying and IM in 2009. Probably the UK one.

So at the moment I am an OK runner ,an OK cyclist and I don't drown.

<Watch this space >

05/07/2008 at 21:37
05/07/2008 at 21:38

Just been looking at wetsuits on the net. They're all about 500€!!!

As for bikes....

JPenno    pirate
05/07/2008 at 22:36

Azacaya, why not try one of the packages from the tri shops

tri uk, primera, royles etc all do deals on the full kit, the basic starter package is about £500.00 for the lot or you could hire the bike and wetsuit for the season 

Stump    pirate
11/07/2008 at 10:52

So here it is.

Are you thinking of a tri Azac?

11/07/2008 at 11:15

Good morning!

Thinking, yes. Doing - doesn't look like it.
BUT with my cross training on the bike and the pool (if I ever get started) I should be ahead of most of these poor buggers if I ever have the urge to start tri training, (as in, I'll know what a bike is, I'll be able to do front crawl).

I'm just waiting for those nice people at the national lottery to choose my numbers and then it's up, up and away!

Stump    pirate
11/07/2008 at 13:23

So in translation, you will train like a beast for a specific race - claim you're just doing a bit of cross training cos you find running hard then suddenly decide to do a tri on a whim with less than a week to prepare?

mmm, I'll just look up "Sandbagger" again in the glossary..........

11/07/2008 at 20:04

It would be impressive, wouldn't it?

But easier said than done - you know, the old 'I haven't got a bike or a wetsuit' might just put a spanner in the works...

Had a look at the local tri clubs' websites. Way, way, waaaaaaay too scary! Too many men!

12/07/2008 at 21:07

Come on Az, you know you want to!

<She'll be on that IMCH list by the end of Monday>

Ratbag    pirate
13/07/2008 at 06:57
Azac....don't worry about not having a bike or a has been mentioned on here, you can hire both for the season....a much cheaper option....
13/07/2008 at 09:37

Ratbag - thanks for the encouragement! But I would be very, very surprised if I could get a bike or a wetsuit in my size.

Plus I'm chicken sh1t...

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