Over to you: I'm failing in my quest...

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05/10/2012 at 20:41
So you keep saying.
05/10/2012 at 21:43

Have I missed something?

06/10/2012 at 06:27
This is exactly what I keep telling Ms Diamonds.
06/10/2012 at 12:41

Go long and go fast, slogging round a IM course in 16:59 whats that all about?

06/10/2012 at 12:57
kittenkat wrote (see)

To stop this automatic thought that longer is stronger and more worthy of praise; than shorter and faster.

It is all a bit like sex is it not!

However I have always thought that if you are acquainted with longer distances you can turn your hand to shorter distances more easily and with general fitness benefits than being acquainted only with shorter distances.

TR
06/10/2012 at 13:10

who says that longer is stronger and worthy of more praise ? they dont have IM in the Olympics after all.

Some folks do shorter Tris others longer ones ?  a 2h30m Olympic is a better sproting performance than a 15hr IM, and a 10hr IM is a better sporting performance than a 3hr Olympic, but so what, who cares anyway ? As long as folks are up off the sofa doing a bit.

Edited: 06/10/2012 at 13:12
06/10/2012 at 14:10
Assuming you're referring to the RW thread requesting IM related stories I just read this as reflecting the particular mythical bucket-list status it shares with the marathon. But just as I wouldn't see the marathon as being somehow more worthy than a 10k, same with tri. I don't even think the implication is there. Certainly nothing to get upset over.

I've got no intention of doing an IM cos I don't want to risk drowning.
Hope    pirate
06/10/2012 at 16:25

I think it's  nice if people do what they want and what makes them happy.
Doesn't make any difference to me what others think may or may not be better, I enter races with distances I enjoy. I couldn't give a flying fruit what others think.

06/10/2012 at 16:57
This was the discussion I had with Suzie last week whilst we were out walking, she argued that a 16 hour Ironman although hard work, was it any better than a flat out Olympic ?

She suggested that most people don't "race" an Ironman, they survive it !
Red_dog_chris    pirate
06/10/2012 at 19:45

I've done all distances now- they all need training- just different intesities, time etc. I think it is the course that is more difficult from race to race than the distance- I did two half IM and I found them harder than Outlaw- prob because they were hilly. Each individual race and distance poses its own challenge so why worry??

06/10/2012 at 20:13

There is no conundrum it is 'horses for courses'. You place too much importance on RW Towers and what "other people" might be concerned about.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
06/10/2012 at 20:19
I think the reason is that IM or marathon is usually a once a year target that people train specifically for, over many months. It's only natural not to want to write all that off as a failure if you don't get a specific time, so simply completing the thing becomes a success. For 10k, the disappointment of missing a target time is OK because I can go and have another go in a couple of weeks.
06/10/2012 at 20:25

Red_dog_chris    pirate
07/10/2012 at 13:28
kittenkat wrote (see)
Red_dog_chris wrote (see)

I've done all distances now- they all need training- just different intesities, time etc. I think it is the course that is more difficult from race to race than the distance- I did two half IM and I found them harder than Outlaw- prob because they were hilly. Each individual race and distance poses its own challenge so why worry??

Because I can't sleep at night due to this.... Surely other people must be as concerned about the distance conundrum? It can't just be me?

KK I have searched and found the answer- long distances are tougher and you are a better athlete if you can do them- sleep tight

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
07/10/2012 at 21:15

so a 15 or 16 hour IM is not worth doing? Well, let me tell you, some of us just are not capable of going any faster, so completing the damn thing is enough in itself as far as I'm concerned. I can't manage a sub-3hr Olympic either - does that mean I shouldn't race at all? I suppose I should sit on the sofa before the box and munch on junk food instead then? No way, you may as well shove in me in a box and bury me 6 feet under.

Edited: 07/10/2012 at 21:17
07/10/2012 at 22:14

I'm eating a Terry's chocolate orange whilst I read this

I'm a sprint tri kinda gal. I'd like to go longer, but it would be just to tick it off my to-do list. There'd be no point in 'racing' anything longer, because I simply don't have it in me to be remotely competitive, and to me that's what racing is about. Either competing against others, or yourself. I don't think there's anything superior about a longer event. Each has it's own challenges and requires a different approach, and as someone has already said, as long as you're active and (hopefully) enjoying it, who cares?!

 

07/10/2012 at 22:18
15 hour or 10 hour ironman or a Oly or sprint who gives a monkeys as long as you aretrying your damndest and giving it your all you are living the dream i am off gor a good kip now i have worked that one out

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