Runner first?

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03/12/2013 at 22:06


I'm guessing if you're on this forum you came to tri from running. I did and have been chuffed to find that it has made me a stronger runner. I knocked 13 mins off my half marathon PB which I swear is from cycling.

that aside, who could resist the fun of tri wetsuits, chafing gel and jelly legs!

Anyway, cheeky I know but if you pop across to RW there is a little comp to be trained for the Paris marathon. The winner is those with the most votes. So I'm looking for support from fellow runners turned triathletes.

sophie ruffles sub 4

if I get in, I promise to enter that cheeky half ironman at the end of August!

04/12/2013 at 11:38

Morning All

Am still touting for votes. Sub 4

Am thinking of reasons why it's better to be a runner/triathlete rather than a swimmer/cyclist first.  I think it's because the run is at the end, saving the best for last rather than facing your worst discipline at the end!  That's assuming you survive the swim though!

04/12/2013 at 13:02

I pinged you a vote.  good luck.  You're still 100 behind the other guy...that's a lot of votes.  Have you nagged work, other forums, facebook, people you've met in the street....?


Magna Carter    pirate
04/12/2013 at 13:21

Done. Good luck!

04/12/2013 at 14:23

Done. Good luck!

04/12/2013 at 15:22

pete_inthehills I know! I'm on the work/FB/twitter gig too.  Twitter name is @RufflesSophie. This voting gig is hard but it's actually a lot of fun because it's making me realise how important these forums are.

Magna Carter and JPGoodboy, thanks too.

Anyone got any interesting tris booked in? I'm planning the cotswold classic half ironman on 31 Aug so far...


meface    pirate
04/12/2013 at 16:07

Done - but you need to HTFU.

1:45 HM should be an easy sub-4 Mara.

My HM PB is 1:45 and ran 3:57 despite being full of snot for the 2 weeks before and ending up with a chest infection for weeks afterwards. Long runs were shaping up for a comfortable 3:45

04/12/2013 at 16:20

Ha, thanks meface.  TBH I think sub 4 is doable, the Judges must agree or I wouldn't have got this far!

I took up tri last year and smashed 13 mins off my half mara, 3 off my 10k and 2 off my 5k.  There's def something in it!

When's your next non-snot fest marathon going to be?

Sub 4

meface    pirate
04/12/2013 at 17:22

When I get fit again. Last outing was The Outlaw. A slight life change has left me short of time but full of good busy things. Possibly the Yorkshire Marathon next September or if I can find an IM that I can enter at short notice next summer I could be up for a real wing-it attempt.

Probably would struggle to run 4:30 at the moment.

You have a quicker 5k than me, comparable 10k and HM and lose 20 minutes on the mara. You could have speedy muscles whereas mine may be endurance favoured but regardless it looks very likely that if you focus the training on a marathon you should go sub-4.

I used a company called Full Potential (they do a £49 Christmas Offer) which is excellent value for what you get. They helped analsyse my training and made me a schedule that improved my weaknesses. It forced me to do things I would benefit most from, not the things I was good at.

Good Luck.



04/12/2013 at 19:44

Thanks meface.  That might be an option as it looks like am getting beaten in this comp!


04/12/2013 at 20:08

Voted. Good luck!

04/12/2013 at 20:53

Thanks Dibs3690!


04/12/2013 at 23:13

Ok, another reason why I'm a runner first, I'm rubbish at fixing punctures! I have spent the last hour fixing one on my hybrid, only to realise that the seam on the inner was split. grrr 

finally got it sorted but am covered in flipping oil!

runners don 't have this problem!


05/12/2013 at 09:04

Thought of another one, there's no "coasting" in running.  So if you're a runner first, you've probably got the endurance to cope with the swim and bike.

Just been to a swimfit sesh in Bristol, which is basically swim sprints etc  Am exhausted and it's only 9 am!  Am also starving, which is not just swim related.  Tri has made me hungry all the time!

Sub 4

05/12/2013 at 13:33

If all the lurkers clicked and voted, I'd be well away.  Please don't be shy.

Or maybe just share your experiences of coming to tri from running.  I think my biggest issue is a fear of falling off my bike in front of traffic when clipped in.  Will that ever go away?!


Cheerful Dave    pirate
05/12/2013 at 17:05
Ruffles wrote (see)

I think my biggest issue is a fear of falling off my bike in front of traffic when clipped in.  Will that ever go away?!

Only after you've actually done it.  Happens to everyone sooner or later.

05/12/2013 at 17:17

Cheerful Dave, it's clearly the fear of the unknown then!

06/12/2013 at 07:07
Right my fellow triathletes (how many tris do you have to do to call yourself one?) I'm 300 votes behind and could do with your support. It's just a couple of clicks away....
Seriously though, I know marathon training , while also keeping up base fitness in the swim and run will be tough. I promise to share some tips from the coaches if I get through. If you have any for me, please log them here as I think I'm going to run the Paris marathon comp winner or not.
06/12/2013 at 08:53

Why don't you just run the Paris Marathon then ?

Granted, it would have been cheaper if you had entered when it first opened, as the entry fee is staged.

If you need lots of threads on here to get you to find the discipline to do just a marathon, how will you manage to discipline yourself to do a HIM ?

06/12/2013 at 09:08

Dave the Ex-Spartan

I am going to run Paris.  I have run a marathon before but that was before I took up triathlon so it will be interesting to see how I cope with both.  I don't need threads for discipline, but for support and insight, or is that not what the forum is for?

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