Saying hello here properly.

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17/08/2013 at 10:44

Hi guys,I've decided it's time to commit and push forward and work towards my first IM.  I’m presently listed on a provisional team for next year’s Outlaw (running) alongside the magnificent duo of Cake & Ultra Bookie, and my target for the solo Outlaw is 2015.

I’m 50yrs old, married and in Derbyshire, which where I am gives me access to a great countryside network to run in for which I'm very grateful.  I

Luckily, even though I’m still pants at stuff and don’t have the natural attributes for athletics I’d have liked, I do have other things going for me, including a very supportive wife who lets me spend both time and money, and good friends amongst whom are some lovely RW folks who I’m lucky enough to get to meet and have fun with from time to time. 

I love running, well more run/walking at the moment out on the longer distances in the countryside.  Daytime, night-time it’s all good  -  which is useful as I backed off due to some overuse injures early in the year that threatened a couple of important start lines I wanted to make, and so at the speeds I presently move at, being able to run by headtorch is a must.

Swimming is something I had to get a coach for to get past years of 25m splash and splutter stuff that because of ignorance of techniques, I never thought I’d get past.  This year I neshed out and went for breaststroke to get me through my first go at a sprint tri, but it’s hard on my more playful knee and I’m now starting again from scratch to develop my front crawl.  The thing about the coaching is it changed the relationship I have with swimming and now even though I’m still rubbish – it’s an absolute labour of love. I’ve gone from not seeing how I’m ever going to get past my weaknesses, to understanding the mechanics and believing I’ll be fine once I get technique/timing sorted out.

That leaves the cycle stuff, the backbone of the tri – and the thing that I haven’t yet learned to love and haven’t really tackled head on.  I don’t have much of a cycle background,  I’ve still hardly touched one for 35yrs and I’m not really excited to be in traffic on a bike – it’s a thing I have to (and will) conquer.  On the up side, I have a decent enough road bike (it goes by the name of Capt. Jackson), I've also just bought a modest but well reviewed turbo-trainer to help when the weather is forbidding to make the most of the Winter months, and am just about to add a cadence sensor and sufferfest video (Hell Hath No Fury seems favourite) to bolster those workouts.

I don’t suppose that comes across as much of a base, but amongst that lot above are things I’ve learned that have given me the confidence to go forward.

Edited: 17/08/2013 at 13:58
17/08/2013 at 14:03

*Waves* Im in the Leicestershire - you are welcome to come play in my backyard!!

17/08/2013 at 14:28

*waves back* Hiya Buttercup and thanks 

17/08/2013 at 14:31

Helloooooo!!! *waves enthusiastically*

Where in Derbyshire are you?? I'm just south of Chesterfield!!

17/08/2013 at 14:47

Ooh  hi Ir0n Little Sister *bounce bounce* not far away then, I'm not far from Alfreton.

17/08/2013 at 14:51

Ah, I did live in Alfreton for a year!! There's a good pool at the leisure centre that I use! I'm in Tupton! 

And don't worry about the "IrOn" bit!! Most folk on here refer to me a Lil Sis!! 

Edited: 17/08/2013 at 15:04
17/08/2013 at 15:13


I am in Nottinghamshire

17/08/2013 at 15:14

*Mounts rescue and deprogramming operation*


17/08/2013 at 15:28

Thanks Lil Sis, that helps  I'm normally shortened to DS.

HIya mathschick, great, I've had a few fun races through Sherwood.

Mr Puffy wrote (see)

*Mounts rescue and deprogramming operation*

Hi Mr. P. *waves*  it's okay everyone is very friendly, just not a word yet about where they keep the cheese and I don't know what day the bins get emptied.  I'm sure all this stuff will be in the welcome pack though.

17/08/2013 at 20:02

hey ds. im up in buxton but do a few rides out towards you so if you ever fancy a ride about shout up 

18/08/2013 at 07:46

Hi nozmonster and thanks   That's something for me to look forward to that when I get a little more comfortable and experienced on my bike.

Cake    pirate
18/08/2013 at 12:46
Mr Puffy wrote (see)

*Mounts rescue and deprogramming operation*


 mmmmuuuuuaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrr!!!!! To late he has gone to the darkside never to return. 

19/08/2013 at 20:29

Now I really must get that swim arranged that we talked about!

20/08/2013 at 06:03

Cheers SuperCaz, that's going to be fun.

20/08/2013 at 18:16
SuperCaz wrote (see)

Now I really must get that swim arranged that we talked about!


The Dawn Shadow wrote (see)

Cheers SuperCaz, that's going to be fun.

Swim! What swim?? If it's local & OW I might be interested!!

20/08/2013 at 18:49

Seriously?  Would there be interest in an open water swimming weekend?  I know of two locations close to camp sites and I could probably find a few more elsewhere in the country if people were interested.

I'm reluctant to post anything publicly on here as the sort of locations I have in mind are better suited for small numbers of people - maybe up to about 20 tops, so I don't want the whole world turning up. They would be rivers rather than lakes, so no lifeguards or safety precautions.  Everyone would be swimming at their own risk and looking out for each other

If there is interest then I would look to arrange something for the beginning of next season May or June as I'm running out of weekends this year.

20/08/2013 at 19:28

*bounce bounce* That sounds like a great offer SuperCaz, thanks.

Edited: 20/08/2013 at 19:28
20/08/2013 at 19:32

Depends on where & when!! PM me some info & I'll have a wee look!! Assuming of course I'm allowed!  

Lee the Pea    pirate
20/08/2013 at 19:39

Hi DS - with Cake and Bookie looking after you, you're definitely doomed, eh, I mean in safe hands, and will never be forced into doing the full distance  Never *coughs*

SuckitupButterCup wrote (see)

*Waves* Im in the Leicestershire - you are welcome to come play in my backyard!!

Have you got a sandpit?  Can I come play too?  

20/08/2013 at 19:47

Lil Sis, of course you'll be welcome. 

*waves hello to Lee*  IM's do have a Love Station don't they?

Edited: 20/08/2013 at 19:48
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