So you complete an Ironman...

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WhizKid    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:35

It is a personal achievement too me and me alone, I don't jump up and down and tell people I've done a ironman, unless they ask. The feeling of being a ironman too me will be lifelong, it's a amazing achievement too me anyway, and the feeling is still there long after the pain has faded

20/05/2013 at 20:36

Do people here think you ( me ) are ace ? 

My Motorsport mates think I'm a wanker for swapping 300 bhp for me power 

It won't be on my headstone 

Edited: 20/05/2013 at 20:37
Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:37

How much does it matter to you KK?

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:41

Personally, I have massive respect for anyone who has achieved it.  In short, I do think they are 'fucking ace' actually.

Its not so much the doing of the ironman itself, but everything that has had to go before it, such as training, sacrifice etc.

Ill be milking you all for all the advice I can get once I really get going with mY training. 

 

Edited because RW and iPads are feckin shite...

Edited: 20/05/2013 at 20:43
20/05/2013 at 20:43

I get your point. People are constantly trying to do a marathon to impress their friends. Then, that's not enough. Back to back marathons. Three marathons in 3 weeks. An Ironman. A double Ironman. People are so sad when they do these things. I don't think they do it for their own satisfaction but they are trying to impress people. Run a sub 17 minute 5k? That's tough but nobody will give a shit. An Ironman, oooohhh that's impressive!!

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:46

Or maybe they don't do it to impress their friends...maybe it's for other reasons?

20/05/2013 at 20:49

My ego doesn't need massaging 

20/05/2013 at 20:50

No, Podge. They come on here and say"oooh I'm doing 3 marathons in 3 weeks, any advice". Just attention seekers, looking for approval. 

WildWill    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:50

Frankly I don't give a flying f**k about what any one thinks ... I do it cos I enjoy it. The fact that I have done it always feels good when I think about it .. I have an extremely stressful job and to me it is a release from thr crap I have to put up with day in day out.

infact I still feel good about the very first triathlon I ever did .. An that's along time ago

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:51
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)

No, Podge. They come on here and say"oooh I'm doing 3 marathons in 3 weeks, any advice". Just attention seekers, looking for approval. 

Who is they?

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 20:56

Why is short and hard, better than long and slow?

Some folk prefer one, some the other. I would have said there's a 'culture'.

20/05/2013 at 20:58

Can't compete with the 14 year old pissing all over you in the 5K? Easy just go into an elitist sport where they can't compete finacially. I get Wild Will who sounds genuinely like he has a love of the sport. But them? Them who come on here. And to be fair it's not usually an Ironman. More the multiple marathon brigade. The attention seekers. The ones seeking approval. Be like Will. Do it for youself.

WildWill    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:00

frankly I think the desire for short and fast is arse .. I'm much more interested in endurance as more of a challenge.

my running club would like me to take up veteran 100/200m sprinting as this is where I woul be good.

and as far as the price ... I used to spend more on beer before I took up tri than I evere spend on tri .. It's nowt but an excuse

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:01

Wow, well since you put it like that...

And all this time I've simply been doing what I do so that my mates think I'm the dogs bollocks.

20/05/2013 at 21:04

I'm not aiming this at you Podge. It's them! I don't get that vibe from you at all. You seem okay enough. 

20/05/2013 at 21:05

Interestingly for me, having run at a national level on the track over 400m back in the late '90s, people seem more impressed with the slow and long nature of the IM distance.

If I'm honest, the 400m training historically seemed much harder than the IM stuff with it causing a lot more pain, suffering, vomit and injury than the slower stuff I now happily enjoy.

Hey, it's the Ironman myth.

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:08
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)

I'm not aiming this at you Podge. It's them! I don't get that vibe from you at all. You seem okay enough. 

Well, as long as it is 'them', and not 'me', that's fine.

Ill console myself with the fact that I'm considered "ok enough" 

WildWill    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:10
Pudge wrote (see)

Wow, well since you put it like that...

And all this time I've simply been doing what I do so that my mates think I'm the dogs bollocks.

I think you are bollocks mate ... Oops I mean the dogs bollocks 

Pudge    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:13
WildWill..... wrote (see)
Pudge wrote (see)

Wow, well since you put it like that...

And all this time I've simply been doing what I do so that my mates think I'm the dogs bollocks.

I think you are bollocks mate ... Oops I mean the dogs bollocks 

Probably right first time Will... 

MTri    pirate
20/05/2013 at 21:14

I do it because I need a focus, a reason to get out and do something, and since I've been training regularly, I find it an excellent way to relieve stress.  Colleagues go for A beer, I go and exercise. 

Took a year off from Tri in 2012 to see if I could get some speed, it failed, as I broke. Back in Tri this year and the variety is making all the difference again, being able to swap disciplines because IM not feeling right for one is just what I need. 

I think I missed the buzz and anticipation of an event, and the cameraderie you only seem to get in Tri, especially IM, so much so I volunteered at one last year.

2 1/2 IM distance races for md this year, and yrs, I got the ink as well, shallow, I know, but it's more than just an mdot, it's a story board of my journey, and sometimes I just look at it and think of where I was what I've done and it makes me feel good. 

My training has also inspired my wife and daughter to do events, so more positivity.

 

 

 

 

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