IM thoughts

tri novice having IM thoughts

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iron fraggle    pirate
18/08/2012 at 12:30
One crap swim does not a crap swimmer make Pix. Obviously the wetsuit is quite tight and restrictive at first, maybe this is what's giving you the heebiejeebies. Not sure what the answer to it is, other than practise more ? Did you bung loads of bodyglide on before hand?
The Evil Pixie    pirate
18/08/2012 at 12:41

forgot body glide but had baby oil

was so pissed off at the end that when I got out I pulled both arms off at the same time and got stuck as if in a straight jacket. That was the last straw!!

Have 3 OW sessions max between now and my HIM

iron fraggle    pirate
18/08/2012 at 14:26
At my last Tri one of the marshals helped me get my arms out of the sleeves, so don't worry, I'm sure someone will help you if you need it.
The Evil Pixie    pirate
18/08/2012 at 14:29

 hope so!!


been watching 220 (free!) DVDs this afternoon for inspiration!

The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/08/2012 at 16:57

This has been a bad week. Started off bad with the foot hurting for no reason and as the week has progressed I've gone into a bit of a dark hole resulting in yesterday's swim being this week's exercise (manic gardening, mowing lawn and distroying wardrobes do not count as cross training)

I've gone into a little dark world that has "lard arse" written on every wall and surface in big 6ft high bright red letters. Along with failure, you can't finish anything you start, you're too chicken to do the training, to pay the entry fee, finish etc.

Currently hating myself, and feeling very sad and pathetic and wondering why did I enter FB (I have to do it I've paid now!) and why have I publicly said I will do Outlaw? I mean I can't possibly finish either as I am that useless. If I can't even train when off work how can I fit in the training when I'm working.


Someone asked at a work conference thingy about 5yrs ago ... If you were guaranteed success what would you do? My answer was do an ironman.

I'm assuming this is the 1st of probably main stresses over the 45 weeks until Outlaw and I'm assuming it will pass. I hope it goes quickly as I don't like what I am feeling right now but seeing as this thread has kind of become my journey I thought I would write it down - that way at least I can look back one day (hopefully on 8th July 2013) and say Silly Me! I did it!!

PSC    pirate
19/08/2012 at 17:48

does your wettie go right down to your wrists?  Some peeps cut an inch or two off the ends of the sleeves and legs which means they are easier to get off.....  Also get the top half off straight away while it is still full of water... it will come off much easier then.  

And +1 on the 1 x crap swim does not a bad swimmer make.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/08/2012 at 20:35


My wettie is untouch by scissors because I would love to sell it when it's too large 'cos I've lost the lard.

I'm a short arse at about 5ft 2 (ish!) but busty with a belly so have a ladies large wettie which means the legs go to my ankle bones and the cuffs are cuffs.

Cortina5    pirate
19/08/2012 at 20:43

Get it trimmed. Mine will be losing some leg length this week. At my last tri I was dragged round by my wetsuit when the strippers tried to removed it.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/08/2012 at 22:03

how much should I take off? Is it something I can do or is it a "specialist job"?

Cortina5    pirate
19/08/2012 at 22:08

There is some guff on t'web about how to do it. No higher than the tape on the seams, and cut parallel to the existing edges. I'm only going for 1".

The Evil Pixie    pirate
19/08/2012 at 22:11


The Evil Pixie    pirate
20/08/2012 at 06:56

can you taper for something you've hardly trained for?

Well I'm assuming yes! I mean TBH I'm gonna take the best part of 8hrs to do this HIM so I don't want to start off with tired legs.

So pre-work (back to school today) potter at a slow pace (still warm at 5am) for just under 3m

and now 2 days of INSET yippee!!

20/08/2012 at 10:07

Pix - trim some off the legs but don't bother with the arms unless thye really are too long.  I've cut about 3" off my legs just to make sure it comes off quicker - and that's on a £500 suit!

another tip to help, undo the top as soon as you start to get out of the water - a rush of water into the suit helps it come off easier.

as for the crap swim - next time you go, don't go with the intention of doing a sesssion but just float around in the shallow area gradually getting used to the feel of it, and gently swimming when you get used to it.  many people have panic sessions in open water so you're not alone so don't feel as if it's just you as it's not.  take your time.

OK - I realise you have a race in a couple of weeks but don't get disheartened by what's happened.  you'll probably find that the race situation will help!

20/08/2012 at 13:46
Pix if your doing the race to just get round then don't stress your self cause your more than capable of getting round. Their are no cut offs to worry about so you will not get pulled from race. So go enjoy respect the distance get a feel for it then prepare for outlaw.
The Evil Pixie    pirate
20/08/2012 at 19:17

thanks guys

FB it just annoyed me as the naked swims had been good!

The Evil Pixie    pirate
21/08/2012 at 22:30

Cake it's a much appreciated deal!

I can do the swim and I will finish the run/walk/stagger it's the bike I'm worried about!!

It is my 1st HIM tri in fact my 1st tri for 2 yrs!

My head says if I can do this with so little training I CAN do the outlaw which has made it like a benchmark as such.

I'm wondering if I will be allowed (or more accurately if I can think about it!) to stand in the lake after for recovery! I have a full teaching day the next day so will be stood up! I'm already thinking compression soaks and trousers that day!!

The Evil Pixie    pirate
22/08/2012 at 21:08

jump in implies I will have energy!!

Just sorted kit for tomorrow's bog swim - will need to have contacts in all day as it takes and age to put them in so hopefully I will till be able to see!

PSC    pirate
22/08/2012 at 21:28
The Evil Pixie wrote (see)

My wettie is untouched by scissors because I would love to sell it when it's too large ......


LOL... once you've pee'ed in it a few times all thoughts of selling it will be banished from your mind.  There isn't much of a market for second hand wetties - odd really

Edited: 22/08/2012 at 21:29
The Evil Pixie    pirate
23/08/2012 at 05:55

LOL never thought of that!

The Evil Pixie    pirate
23/08/2012 at 22:01

Perfect Plan Prevents Piss Poor Performance

So I had my wettie, nose clip, new hat with chin strap, tightened my googles, waddled about in the shallows for near on 10mins and then I was off.

NO breathing issues! Having the nose clip on meant I HAD to breath through my mouth! No worries about water in nose or ears so I just swam and despite going madly off course I did 2 laps in 40mins so super pleased.

I even managed to get my wettie off sort of quickly. Got stuck a little on the bingo wings mind  but overall really pleased.

Did get a slight nausious feeling in a sea sick manner but this could be because it was so much faster than I've ever done before!

Much happier - will go down saturday for a mini swim and to help out as some folks are down at the relays.

after a full day non stop at school made even more full on my GCSE results day I am shattered now so hopefully I will sleep well!!

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