IronMan Tattoo's

Did you get one/want one....?

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Hope    pirate
05/08/2009 at 09:04
Oh and she didn't get the medal, because she missed cut off. Rio did get the finishers t-shirt because she DID finish!
ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 10:06

Haile if I had been outside the 17 hours which is the usual finishing time for IM then I would completely agree with you.  If I had done IMUK at the weekend I would have finished well inside the cut off.  Therefore I feel proud that I had completed the distances required when all around me had packed up and gone home.  I did not miss one step of the final lap of the run so I feel justified in saying that I completed it  Albeit outside the cut off for Switzerland.  The officials called me a finisher by giving me a tshirt and I do also have a medal.

And just to add.  I did think about what to do as I had not finished inside the cut off but was told - by many of the pirates whose opinions I value - that I had done it and be proud to call myself an ironman

Edited: 05/08/2009 at 10:12
mellifera    pirate
05/08/2009 at 10:15
Im. Rio! wrote (see)
 If I had done IMUK at the weekend I would have finished well inside the cut off. 

In fairness to those that didn't finish IMUK I have to pull you up there. No you wouldn't. You would have DNF'd. IMUK is a much harder course than IMCH. probably by at least 90mins at the end of the field.

Haile wouldn't have the tattoo / get a pendant/ wear the t-shirt etc if he had finsihed outside the cut off. If you feel differently don't let what he thinks bother you. It's what you think that counts.

ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 10:19
Sorry Melli.  I should have said could have finished not would - you are right.  And I am not trying to make anyone who DNF'd feel bad.  I completely understand how hard it is to do any ironman and how hard it is to make a decision to pull out.  Believe me I contemplated it myself. 
mellifera    pirate
05/08/2009 at 10:26
I can believe it! I find the last bit of the IM marathon pretty hard going and I can't imagine how much harder it is in the dark and practically on your own. i'd probably be crying my way round!
05/08/2009 at 10:53
If you did ironman florida rio you'd have finished in about 14 hours!
ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 10:58

  Thankyou.  That means a lot.

I do doubt myself so often that I find it hard to celebrate what I did. 

Aitch!    pirate
05/08/2009 at 11:21
Rio you completed an Ironman, you didn't pull out when you have, so easily. Be proud of what you achieved! Okay so you didn't do it within the cut off BUT you still finished it! I, for one, and very proud of you
   pirate
05/08/2009 at 11:31
Rio, as I've said before you carried on when it could have been so easy to throw in the towel. It was dark and everyone was gone but you didn't give up, you did the distance and that took huge guts!
Sore Shins M    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:00

Rio - respect, you did the distance - well done!

must be bitter sweet this week justifing your efforts - im sure your analysing your split times etc seeing where you could have made up time here or there.

im sure you will be back stronger next time. just learn from your mistakes, plan for them - at least you know you can do the distance which is a milestone itself - just need to pick up the pace here or there and choose your kit appropriately - im sulking as i foolishly changed shoes and have blisters on 4 toes and heels - next yar i'll re-tread 2 mths before race not 1 mth....you live and learn

just out of interest what were you split times for swim /bike run?

didnt realise IMCH was an earlier cut off

05/08/2009 at 12:08
yeah, you could have been a girl and quit like wot JD did!
ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:10

Shore shins my biggest problem were the blisters and I have no idea why I got them having never had them before and it was shoes I had used in training.  It meant that I just couldn't run at all.  If I had been able to run/walk I would have made the cut off.   I do need to improve on the bike big time.  And the swim can always use a bit of work

Swim 1:38:44
T1 6:53
Bike 8:22:42
T2 3:47
Run 6:23 (and some odd seconds)

I did learn loads and will most definitely be back stronger

Sore Shins M    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:16

think i have the record for pi55ing about in T1 13min and T2 21mins !!

your 20 mins faster than me on the swim - do more miles on the bike in prep and you'll nail it next time!!

Sore Shins M    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:19

anyway regarding the Tattoos - have you got them?

 having done IMUK 14:53:29 i have thought about getting one but - being nearly 40 and not having got any already - think i'll leave it.

though Roseys emblem is cool and i do think it gets respect from fellow triathletes - no one else really knows mdot IMO

now the clarets are in the premiership - id like the crest , so if that happens will get the mdot but .....im chicken

ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:23
Thanks SS  I know that really it is all about the bike whatever Lance and will be my main focus next year
oxymoron    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:41
incidentally Rio, i got a bad blister at germany and minced around moaning like a girl (its my default setting you see) however, if i were to get another, i would just stop and burst it, they really are perfectly ignorable if you burst them.
mellifera    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:44

but it did win you the quote award for a number of closely related offerings:

i'm fucked

i'm totally fuccked

fuck, i'm fucking fucked

fucking hell, i'm fucking fucked

05/08/2009 at 12:44
I cried when I saw your blister. I think it got an honourable mention in the "editorial coverage".
oxymoron    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:52

lol, exactly

its why i call myself stoical simon, i'm just like a younger friendlier joe simpson you see.

ImRio    pirate
05/08/2009 at 12:53

Thanks Oxy.   I didn't think about bursting them to be honest.  But it was the ones on the balls of my feet which were the most sore and probably would have eased if I had

Puts it on list of things to remember to do next time

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