Let's make Ironman about proper athletes

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purpletrilady    pirate
20/08/2013 at 09:47

How about we exclude:

1) Anyone between the ages of 45-55 ( on the basis that they are having a mid life crisis)

2) Anyone overweight

3) Anyone who is predicted to finish above 12hrs (24hrs for DIM and so on)

4) Anyone who is rich and can afford bling bikes and coaching

5) Anyone with an ego and only wants to finish to brag

Only my opinion of course .......


Edited: 20/08/2013 at 09:49
20/08/2013 at 10:06

Sorry but on that basis......



20/08/2013 at 10:42

Well that's the end of Ironman then-wouldn't be financially viable...would it?

20/08/2013 at 11:07

I'd restrict it to people who want to do it. Seems fair.

20/08/2013 at 11:22

Whats the point of long distance, endurance or ultra races if not to inspire those people who may not be the fittest, slimmest, healthiest but who can't back down from a challenge either external or internal?

Personally, I think that its a good thing and if people are prepared to pay money to achieve what they may at one point think is impossible, then good on them! For some people just finishing is the greatest achievement of their lives and I don't think they should be stopped just because they do a bit of bragging afterwards.

If you want to do it, can do it and have money to do it, then you should be able to do it. Just my opinion of course

20/08/2013 at 11:50

I would also ban people with a colour fixation

20/08/2013 at 11:56

Did KittenKat hack your account? (sorry, that was catty? saucer of milk please)

I've got a red bike, does that offset any of your rules?

I love the irony (or should that be iron-man-y) of your post.  I know that you aren't being serious...



20/08/2013 at 12:10

I've been reading Chrissie Wellington's book and she point's out that although she could get round an Ironman she was comparatively crap at the shorter events.........so it's not just people on here.

Edited: 20/08/2013 at 12:29
Rafiki    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:23

I think we should have a competition to see how many of those criteria we fit. I'm only 3 out of 5!! Doh....must try harder

20/08/2013 at 12:27

I'm merely fat and slow...

20/08/2013 at 12:32

A bloke down the pool says I need to swim faster, does that count as coaching?

citizen 146    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:32

2 out of 5 is great , I am also old, and what about those with an early mid-life crisis?  Are we good after 55 or just irrelevant

20/08/2013 at 12:37

I propose that we exclude anybody faster than me. Insufficient smoke is being blown up my flabby arse by simply completing races. I'd appreciate my ego being inflated significantly more by winning. It'd limit the field, I know, but it'd be a small price to pay for removing the manifold chips from my slopey shoulders.

M...eldy    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:51

Did someone mention chips??      

Cake    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:54

What if we ban anyone who can't down a pint in less than 10 seconds?

20/08/2013 at 12:54

Oh look, a witch.

For the purposes of this exercise, are you old and slow, or just slow?


20/08/2013 at 12:57

I score 3/5, maybe 4/5 of you can define rich and bling bikes, does a £1100 Bianchi count? Oh and I have swimming lessons, does that count as coaching?


Hang on, I've fallen for the WUM haven';t I?

Symes    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:57

Excellent, I'm also out, should save a few pennies.

Mouse - I'd go with old too, you just need to hope she's not just slow, but slower than you methinks 

20/08/2013 at 12:58
jelly bean wrote (see)

I've been reading Chrissie Wellington's book and she point's out that although she could get round an Ironman she was comparatively crap at the shorter events.........so it's not just people on here.

errrm - I'm not so sure of that

in her 1st year of serious tri in 2006 she qualified for the World a/g champs in Lausanne and won by 7mins in 2:17 - over standard distance that is a huge margin.  Petal was racing there as well so I saw how Chrissie destroyed the field....

20/08/2013 at 13:01

anyhoo - based on the 5 criteria, I pass on one (sub-12 IM) but even that was a few years ago now....

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