oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

getting started with stupid questions and a goal

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SaintB    pirate
04/09/2013 at 12:31

I think I paid for mine in January this year, I don't think it sells out too fast for the full long course option, but not too sure if you go down booking each event separately. Youre better off booking for the long course and adjusting, if you need to, on the weekend. Seren may be able to tell you when she booked the sportive for this year.

There's also a similar event held near Bath, where you do the swim and bike on the Saturday, then the Marathon on the Sunday, chilli bean triathlon club, I think.

04/09/2013 at 12:37

This is the link to the Bath weekend event, looks like fun as you can mix and match what you want. No idea of price though



Cake    pirate
04/09/2013 at 12:44

Lard The DIY is a very good place to start and your going to meet some cool kids there. For letter on in the year you might like the wild boar half It's low key and cheapish for a half. Did it for the second time last weekend and been very inpressed with the atertude of the organiser's both times.

Cake    pirate
04/09/2013 at 12:48

Oh and very cool piggy bank.

SaintB    pirate
04/09/2013 at 12:51
Cake wrote (see)

Oh and very cool piggy bank.

He'll be starting up a new thread flogging them with shmunks soon

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 12:53
04/09/2013 at 12:55
SgtLard wrote (see)

whats the likelyhood of the long weekend selling out fast ?

The long course website says there is no limit to number of competitors, so you should be able to sign up at any time. It only costs £90 as well which is pretty reasonable


04/09/2013 at 16:04
Richardsdrr wrote (see)
Cake wrote (see)

Oh and very cool piggy bank.

He'll be starting up a new thread flogging them with shmunks soon



now, thats a thought......

Edited: 04/09/2013 at 16:06
05/09/2013 at 10:19

another 1.9k in the pool. this is fun

need some bike and some running ......

11/09/2013 at 09:54

mmmmm, lots of swimming. not much else.

too much tech

need to raise my effort a little ( lot )

how you all doing


11/09/2013 at 09:59

Easy 10k jog before brekkie 

Blisters    pirate
11/09/2013 at 22:23


I have a little bit of information for you, that may prove to be fatal, or inspirational, depending on how you react.

A relatively new recruit to the Pirate ship, who we shall call W. to hide his identity, raced at Henley. Obviously you have access to the Pirate page on Facebook. We knew that he was hooked on cycling, and time trials, and that at the age of 26 he had certain advantages. What we didn't anticipate was that he was about to demolish almost all the opposition, coming 2nd in his age group. Right, so he deserves his name.

What we didn't know until the Monday after the race was that 4 years prior he was 21 stone. We were all shocked, and if he hadn't got an old id card to prove it we wouldn't have believed it. He started off by running gently, lost some weight, got hooked on it, got into cycling, and is now pushing the boundaries. He'll get faster, no doubt.

It's a marathon, not a sprint, and what impressed me more than anything was that our mutual friend was not like an alcoholic on remission. He was about 6ft tall and 12 stone, tucked into his grub like a normal endurance athlete, and enjoyed a pint.

Enjoy training, get over the niggles and injuries, keep active even if not following a plan slavishly. This won't follow a pre-prepared programme or timetable. You are doing what you can, because you can. The more you do, the more you'll be able to do.

SgtLard wrote (see)

how you all doing



I did my first ironman distance race at the weekend. Still can't believe it.

12/09/2013 at 10:09

WOW, well done Blister!

and many thanks for the inspiration/  I ll hunt mr W down. great effort their also. the weight is going. the strength is comming. injuries and illness be damned. 

its a slog, a game of inches over many many days/miles/efforts - but always striving for the inch.  Im determined - and the OH is almost onboard. ( near death illness does focus the mind a little ). ( i do like Alpacino's little speach )

i see 4 months of base building ahead. just getting the body used to being abused daily, getting the diet under control ( no white stuff )  : that should see several bars raised by christmas and a new set of trousers or three.

longest swim ever this morning ! 2575m. holly sh*t. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/374422871

now, its was rather slow. nothing like css ( i think ), but it was 2500+ first time ever gone that far. and it was in about an hour. and i could have done more if I didnt have to show up at work eventually. stroke rate avg up to 14, pace down 2:30+ but still 600m further than ive swam in 47+ years.

chuffed. ( wasnt an ironman, however its another step towards one ) is anyone else as chuffed as Blisters, Mr W and myself this morning  ?


12/09/2013 at 10:14

and definately inspirational. just more proof the dream can be real.

Blisters    pirate
13/09/2013 at 23:48

2.5Km swim in an hour? FFS, I only dream of that speed! (My 3.8k took 1:43) Out of 32 in my age group I was plumb last.

But that was progress.

This week I've relapsed on the treats. There are some dedicated runner threads that allow Friday to be Crunchie day. Well, there have been too many Fridays.
I also enjoy a few glasses now and again. My family have kept me under control without knowing it. Late night lifts for large daughter mean no tipple allowed. Chocolate and alcohol mean that my body hangs onto weight. Never mind the photo, that was race thin, and if I add half a stone I feel lardy and slow. Half a stone is a big deal for me. Very big.
So, it's back into the running to manage the calorie balance.

Autumn gales are on the way. A wet 10 mile run for me today; warm enough though. Remember that there is nothing that can be described as bad weather, only a poor choice in clothing. Getting wet from rain is actually better than getting wet from sweat. Less smelly!

14/09/2013 at 09:32

hi blisters.  maybe your a slower swimmer but i have yet to ride more than 25miles in one go.......  im getting ready for the pain.

however, manflu/lurgy - chest infection has me paying cautious. i dont need round two pneumonia so a day or three taking it easy before getting on the iron steed


16/09/2013 at 21:36

going to risk a swim in the morning. can i top 2.5k ?


Blisters    pirate
16/09/2013 at 22:47

Watch out for that pneumonia risk. Distance not time, think of the stroke, the reach, the catch, the pull, the drive, the rotation. Sod it, what do I know. All talk and no trousers.

20/09/2013 at 11:31

Finally got back in the pool. A week of to let the lurgy heal itself. no ill effects.

A reasonable 2.45km swim in 1hrish. ( about 7mns faffing about )  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/378378080

Tech is a real distrcation in the pool. Not convinced the wetronome is worth the grief.

( beep doesnt align, rubber hat wont stay on bald head, and their sia  big sodding pace clock - cant be that hard to work with in the pool )

hoping to go longer tomorrow as no desk to be sat at ......

whats your plan for the weekend ?


20/09/2013 at 11:33

and the recent firmware update from garmin seems to have improved the whole swim metric stuff. nice job !

21/09/2013 at 10:46

another 2.2k in the pool. yeah!

weigh in. up 2lbs. WTF. very pissed off. 

so, too loose weight - do more, eat less.

doing more ( TICK )

Eating Less ( ? )  

in addition to adding some long steady bike, time to track and crack the intake issue.

hows everyones weekend looking ?

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