Just a beginner

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17/04/2012 at 17:45
Hey guys,

Just thought I'd introduce myself, I'm Lewis and I'm not quite a triathlete! I am, however, on my way to becoming one.

Depending on when I get a bike (within the next month hopefully), I may take part in a sprint on July 1st.

My ultimate goal, which is probably the same as yours (even though I'm sure many of you have completed this goal!), is to become an Ironman. I am aiming to complete Ironman Wales in 2015, with smaller triathlons (of course) in the months and years building up to it.

I'm dead excited to be on this journey!

I have also started a blog today about my journey to my ultimate goal, the blog is:


Thanks everyone, I hope to get to know your stories and achievements through these forums!
17/04/2012 at 19:31


Good luck with your goal, hope it all works out for you. On your blog you say you are doing it because others say you can't ( proving it to them ). Do it for YOURSELF first and all the time.

All the best,


17/04/2012 at 19:54
Thanks for the reply Chilli!

I am doing it for myself, no doubt. I just use negative comments from other people as further motivation. I think it's nice to show people what you can do and prove their negativity wrong.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/04/2012 at 21:34
Hiya Lewis, good to read that your challenging yourself,

Check out this link which you may find useful:

Guide to Sprint Tri's
17/04/2012 at 21:42
Thanks for the response!

That look like a great guide, I'm sure I'll use it a lot!

This forum seems to be full of Pirates
18/04/2012 at 09:29
without the pirates, this forum would be Tripetalk.....
Slagiatt    pirate
18/04/2012 at 11:29
Lewis11 wrote (see)
 I am aiming to complete Ironman Wales in 2015,

2015 ??  .... ok so my advice is to stay well away from ironholgs (cant run swim ride) book for at least the next year then .. or you'll find yourself  unable to resist signing up for IMW 2013 (or even 2012... places still available ) instead  

Good luck with your journey .. no greater feeling than crossing that line

18/04/2012 at 11:44
I'm actually at university, so it would be quite difficult to train consistently I think! Maybe I can get in earlier... I'm not sure, it could happen

I've read the book! It was actually one of the main reasons why I wanted to try a tri!

I'd love to enter IMW 2013, but I don't think I could train well enough!

Thanks for your reply!!
18/04/2012 at 11:50

Must be easier to train whilst at Uni....

No wife and kids to worry about... More rigid timetable...

Just get on with it and stop messing about

18/04/2012 at 12:23
I hadn't thought of it like that to be honest!

Now I come to think of it, I have more free time at Uni than I have at home.

Spartan, you are a genius!
18/04/2012 at 12:24
As Dave says - uni is probably an ideal time to get some serious training in - just get up in the morning!
18/04/2012 at 12:36
Lewis11 wrote (see)
 Spartan, you are a genius!

Now if we could just get someone to put that in a book !!!

Sunday  raced

Mon drove 200 miles to site office worked til 8pm

Tues 13 hours at my desk cheap b&b for the night

Weds.. Been here since 7am  cheap b&b for the night

Thurs / Fri   Dog knows, But I have to drive home at some point

Sat / Sun Family christening 150 miles from home

and you're worried about fitting in training ???????

How many weeks is it til The Outlaw ?

ps I do love my job, But it isn't geared to IM training

Edited: 18/04/2012 at 12:39
Rafiki    pirate
18/04/2012 at 12:47

But he does have to fit in the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, plus I would have been shot if anyone caught me actually reading a book at uni, even if it was Holg's wonderful tome starring the inspirational Spartan , not to mention what would have happened if I got caught wearing lycra!

18/04/2012 at 12:54

A genius.. inspirational.....

I'll be being interviewed on radio next     

18/04/2012 at 14:00
Point proven Spartan

I've just got to find a swimming pool near my Uni and I'll be on my way!
Monique    pirate
18/04/2012 at 23:26
I like your style Lewis, you've been on here  5 minutes and already infected with blind optimisim, superb. Ignorance is always the best policy when attempting a first Ironman.
Nurse Ratched    pirate
19/04/2012 at 15:19
Hi guys
I'm popping my forum cherry here, but "Just a beginner" caught my eye and I couldn't resist. Like you, Lewis, I have an Ironman in my sights (a tiny wee speck on the horizon, but it's there). Got the bug for this multi-dicipline lark when a friend and I did the Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon last year. We're doing an olympic distance at the end of July and I'm peeing myself (but that'll warm the wetsuit up a bit) about it already. I'm aiming for IM Wales 2014. I've read "The Book", which the aforementioned friend gave me, and I'm now wondering if I should choose my friends more carefully, as it's really got me hooked. Good luck with the training Lewis.
PS Will I be too old for my first IM at 43?
19/04/2012 at 15:32
I did my first at 50.............  Nope
Nurse Ratched    pirate
19/04/2012 at 16:13
There goes another excuse
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
19/04/2012 at 16:31

Hi Nurse  Rached and welcome.

To those with Ironman aspirations; This Thread is worth a read, it shows where many of us were the year befor we did our first Ironman.

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