How bad were you...

...1 year before your first IM?

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Crash Hamster    pirate
05/07/2007 at 08:41
People often ask on the forum if they could do an IM, bearing in mind that they can't currently swim or cycle, so I thought I'd start a thread :o)

How bad were you 12 months before you became an Ironman?

Swimming:
Crashie...25m fronnt crawl

Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike


I reckon this will end up as a very long list :o)
Cut'n'paste luvvies, c'n'p!
D74
05/07/2007 at 08:45
Hadn't done a tri, only just learnt to do crawl, owned a road bike 3 months and not run at all for 2 as I'd been injured training for my first marathon (that I'd DNS'd). 6 months before the IM then I was still about a 2 hour half mara runner, and splasher rather than swimmner.

(Can't remember what I time I ended up finishing in for IM Austria, you'll have to ask Smiffy)
JD.    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:30
hmm, 1 year before IMDE06

swim: hadn't swum for 12 years.

bike: would have just done my first road ride (avg 12 mph) - think i did 16mph (17mph for the first 60 miles) on race day.

run: not run further than 4 miles.
JD.
Ratbag    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:32


Swimming:
Crashie...25m fronnt crawl
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)

Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike

Running
Ratbag...OK
Ratbag    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:34
Need to include JD

Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)

Cycling:
Crashie...non-cyclist, didn't own a road bike
JD...Newbie-12mph
Ratbag...Didn't own a road bike

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles


D74...you can interpret and put yours in...
WildWill    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:39
running and swimming wernt bad for me apart from not been very confident open water


but my down fall was the bike .. slow and not capable of many miles
WildWill    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:41
Swimming:
Crashie...25m front crawl
JD...Not swum for 12 years
Ratbag ... 50m front crawl (ish)
WildWill ... No Good open water

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)

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie    pirate
05/07/2007 at 09:53
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.

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.

Running
Ratbag...OK
JD...up to 4 miles
WildWill ...Not bad
cougie - had done a couple of FLMs.
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
05/07/2007 at 10:18
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.

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.

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.
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
05/07/2007 at 10:58
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.

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

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 (M.)    pirate
05/07/2007 at 11:13
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

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

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
IronM.in    pirate
05/07/2007 at 11:57
I've added on to this list, but given that I've not done my event yet, I'll let you know the outcome in September!! :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.

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.

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
IronM.in    pirate
05/07/2007 at 11:58
(I have to admire our optimisim!!)
Ratbag    pirate
05/07/2007 at 12:00
but it was well founded as we all (I think) have gone on from there to do an IM...
Garr    pirate
05/07/2007 at 13:28
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.

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.

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.
Plum    pirate
05/07/2007 at 13:54
I still have to finish one of the bliddy things but........


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.
Plum .... 10 metres top wack, never been good in the water

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.
Plum ...Used to go Youth Hosteling at school back in the days of quill bens and abacus'

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.
Plum ...... 40+ marathons
WildWill    pirate
05/07/2007 at 13:59
PLUM

"never been good in the water"

I'll not have you say that ... you are a natural fish

;o)
Plum    pirate
05/07/2007 at 14:00
Even a dead one one floats Willie :-)
05/07/2007 at 16:38
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.
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.
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.
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 16:40
Nicely done Crashie. The Barlist spirit lives on! :)
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