tri novice having IM thoughts
INn 2013 i TURN 40
I tHOUGHGT THIS SEMED A GOOD EXCUSES TO DO AN IM
SO WHAT IS THE BEST, NOVICE SLOW FIENDLY, FLAT IM?
SORRY ABOUGHT TYPING PONE IS PLAYING UP!!
IM Regensburg. Run and swim (funnily !) are flat apparently, and the hills are apparently average for an IM.
The real advantage IMR has is 50 or so Pirates doing ti with you for moral support (which counts for A LOT)
Only problem is you need to do it THIS year!
But it is 30 weeks away from today, so you haven't missed the start of your training plan!
I'm not going to pretend that any of them are easy but picking one with lots of pirate support is worth minutes off your time.
If you're planning ahead for 2013 I would do some short races this year to get the hang of it. Then do a half IM next year. The Vitruvian is always well supported by the pirates or try Bala at the beginning of the season.
I'd do both the Outlaw and IMDE again, both excellent races.
No IM is easy, some courses aren't as challenging but it all comes down to how you feel on the day, how much you've trained, sometimes luck, determination and how much you want it. Having amazing Pirate support is a massive plus as well.
Whichever event you go for, prepare correctly and it will be "easier" and best of luck.
Managed to get on the laptop briefly!
I've been running for 8+ yrs and done 4 marathons
I'm a slow runner, swimmer and cyclist but stubborn as an old mule
I'm currently 2-3st overweight and doing a teacher training course at Uni so haven't exercised for 4mths.
I would LOVE a big pirate event!
As 2013 will be my 40th I would consider using birthday money to go abroad if it was a good race.
I know I have a HUGE amount of training to do.
My plan is 2011 lose weight and get back to exercising
2012 do half IM
2013 train and do IM
I've done 6 tris now, all sprint except London when I did the oly in 2009. My OW is also very limited!
I'm fully aware of the amount of training and with my weight and total lack of speed now I would struggle with the 17hrs! I still want to do this though and want to give myself the best chance too as it's a lot of training and money
That's why I asked for advice as I know you lot are brilliant and supportive
Pixie - there a quite a few of us Pirates who could be classed as 2-3 stone over weight, Its just fuel for endurance, not for speed
Why not enter a Half for 2010 and use that as training and weight loss
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Pixie - there a quite a few of us Pirates who could be classed as 2-3 stone over weight, Its just fuel for endurance, not for speedWhy not enter a Half for 2010 and use that as training and weight loss
I'd aim for outlaw to because it's flatish and cheaper than a IM event, also very inpressed by the way it was organised last year other than not enough chairs at the race breif it was spot on. Gave me a chance to try to tie SA's shoe laces together.
Most of the pirates on here come from the same background as yourself including me and most of them are quite nice really of you want to play. linky
FB I have discussed IM with Fraggle actually and she pointed out health issues before mentioning being 45 next year!
Outlaw is looking a good option (Plus I live 20ish miles from Nottingham!)
I will watch the forums in the June just in case I can afford one abroad!!
Now I know I need to get my butt in gear but .... what good books, training plans, advice can I read up on?
I know how to train for a marathon but that's on it's own! I did L2B by just doing a few long bike rides so no structure!
Swimming is pants so that would need a lot of work (especially OW)
beginnertriathlete.com is a useful site and triathlete-europe.com is a really good mag. Other books I have on hand at the moment (IMRegensburg 30 week plan starts today) are Going Long and Be Iron FitAlso. there's a feck of a lot of information in the archives on here. It's a pain to search through but if you use your Google toolbar and type keywords and then site:runnersworld.co.uk you can pick up a lot. Some good archives on the PSOF website too.Last but not least, there's a good thread on here about how bad people were one year before their first IM. Link
One more http://www.imtalk.me/
Thanks guys I really appreciate the help
I want to do this and I know I have to get a lot fitter to do it.
My mara PB is crap as it is and that takes a lot of training and organising training too so best plan ahead!!
If you want something that's a pleasure to read, is great motivation and shows that IM is achievable, there's always 'Can't Swim, Can't Bike, Can't Run' (From Common Man to Ironman) by our very own IronHolgs
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