Mentors and Mentee's thread 2014

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Hope    pirate
25/07/2013 at 17:28

Tea AND a biscuit?? blinks

25/07/2013 at 17:55
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Mouse, what do I get for £50?

A clip round the ear from me, if you're implying anything inappropriate and/or sexual

25/07/2013 at 18:29

Well the last few years we had the Ironman training thread where everybody could post what they were up to and newbs could ask for advice it seemed to work well, covered all training and any race I didn't start it this year as the Fink for Outlaw thread started and two would have been too much, but an open General IM training thread where we bounce training ideas and help out 1st timers might be a good idea

Mr Zuvai    pirate
25/07/2013 at 19:04

KK - apologies no slight intended with the term "others" merely couldn't remember who else was involved

25/07/2013 at 19:16

If mentor/mentee pairs want to put themselves forward for a format similar to the Super 6, then surely they should be able to 

If someone wants to start an IM training thread, they are perfectly within their rights to do so

Isn't it up to the reader to decide which thread they look at and maybe post on

Hope    pirate
26/07/2013 at 08:04

I don't really see why it couldn't work to be honest.

It would interesting to see the journey. I especially like the idea of a mix of newbies and wanna be improvers.

With IM training there are so many ways to skin a cat and it would be good to hear how others tackle it. 

There's a lot more to it than simply following a training programme. I think it would be useful.


Tired Badger    pirate
26/07/2013 at 08:19

I agree, I would definatly like to hear what advise is given to improvers, maybe there could be a mix of those, ie first time DNF 2nd attempt, targeted improvement under XX hours etc, aswell as the advise to first timers.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
26/07/2013 at 08:57

You don't want to complicate things though, because at the end of the day most of the advice given on these threads is pretty generic anyway - it's not rocket science.  If you have a dozen threads with very specific targets then nobody knows where to start.  I imagine there's a few newbies who don't look in the 'Fatman to Ironman' thread because they think they don't fit the brief, when there's lots of useful stuff in there that isn't weight-specific.

You only have to look at how the RW Asics Paris marathon lot struggle to find 6 distinct categories every year, then you find that everyone they pick could fit into at least three of them. 

26/07/2013 at 18:10

I was asked to be a mentor on the marathon threads but didnt want to do it as some of those threads have attracted folks that show up simply to ruin the threads in the past through jealousy or whatever else, I said I was prepared to do it off-line though. Dont think that would happen on a IM thread though as the folks are more supportive.

Hope    pirate
26/07/2013 at 21:06

Wow! Does that really happen? That surprises me.

26/07/2013 at 21:26

I've not seen that happen on mentoring threads, but then I guess I don't read all fo them.  I ahve seen it happen when an explosive collection of people have decided to contribute on a general thread for a specific event.

My problem with mentoring publically is that I don't feel that I am The Expert and I'm concerned about people taking what I say as gospel because of the title of Mentor.  At the end of the day there are loads of ways of going about things and my way is only one of them.  There are too many people who like the black and white answers

seren nos    pirate
27/07/2013 at 09:27

TR.I have nticed it a couple of times with the offical threads.....but not on the unoffical ones......

 they are always light hearted and fun and taken for what they far as i have seen

Hope    pirate
27/07/2013 at 12:01

SuperCaz I understand that. There are so many ways to deal with Ironman training and many approaches to how to tackle the beast not just physically but mentally too. 
In my early days I used to go around in circles a lot, listening to all the advice going around and getting quite anxious in the process.

Some wise soul (Meldy probably) told me just to listen to my mentor and block out everything else. It's why finding a mentor for Ironman isn't as straight forward as wanting to attain a similar performance. You need support on a lot more levels than a training plan alone. Especially during the peak phase when the thought of a little light dusting can tip you over the edge .... It's important to find someone who *gets* your life's pressures.

It's very easy to feel you're not doing enough or too much if you're listening to too many voices. That would be my only concern.

27/07/2013 at 12:16

Seren - yes, jealousy from folks not selected on the official thread etc, can spill over a bit onto the unofficial ones, depends a bit upon who gets into the thread, dont think it would happen on unofficial IM ones though.

Hope    pirate
28/07/2013 at 17:42


'Shag yourself gene pool'?? 

Can you explain that one please? 

Edited: 28/07/2013 at 17:43
seren nos    pirate
28/07/2013 at 18:04

I think we can make it whatever we want as a group to make it


Hope    pirate
28/07/2013 at 18:07

Yes. That's what I thought. Whether or not that means we should shag ourselves remains to be seen 

seren nos    pirate
28/07/2013 at 18:15

I'm off to look at the piccies of my see if they are shaggable......i suspect one is......the other is probably not my type.

28/07/2013 at 18:23

I'm wondering the same about mine Seren.  I believe we might have to share him

The Silent Assassin    pirate
04/08/2013 at 21:09

As my 2nd Mentee is just about to cross the finish line at IMUK, can I just say how much pleasure mentoring 2 people to iron distance finishes this year has given me.

I now have a husband / wife team and a dnf at Outlaw this year to work with and I am very excited about what we can achieve together.

if anyone is unsure about being a mentor it is highly recommended



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