Tri again

If at first you don't succeed and all...

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14/05/2013 at 12:25

Hi all, I am new to these forums and I am going to (not hoping to) complete an iron distance triathlon in 2014  I completed the hathersage hilly in 2007 but then stalled and stopped.

This time is different as I gave up the booze just over 5 months ago and now have the determination to succeed. Giving up alcohol was the hardest thing I've ever done (even more so than the tri). I reason that if I have the determination to give up booze then I can train for a complete an iron distance in just over a year. I have been training for just over 3 weeks now and I feel amazing.

I am currently reading Andy Holgate's book 'Can't Swim Can't Ride can't Run' and it is a real inspiration. I have also started a blog as I think it will really help my motivation.

I'm hoping to meet some like minded people on here, as nobody I know has any interest in anything that involves effort


14/05/2013 at 13:48

Hi Cake, I'm actually Leicestershire based but likes the look of Hathersage Hilly because it looked hard! lol

Thanks for the links, I quite like the look of the open water swims as that is something I haven't yet done. 

I'm thinking that my first one this year will the City of Birmingham Triathlon (Olympic Distance) in July. Just need to wait to get paid to be able to pay for the entry 

14/05/2013 at 13:58

Oh, if anyone is interested, this is the link to my blog.

I'm sure these get posted all of the time and people are sick of them but here it is anyway.

And just for the record, Ironharris is in no way a cheap take off of Ironholgs (ok ok, I couldn't think of anything else and I thought it sounded good! So sue me! lol )

14/05/2013 at 14:01

Just wait til Holgs agent gets after him 

Blue Steel    pirate
14/05/2013 at 14:08

A fellow newbie! Hi, the ironman bug must be catching! I'm also looking at completing one by the end of 2014. I was thinking about a blog to record my training! Is it useful?

14/05/2013 at 14:11

Gulp, I think I'm more scared of a pirate than an agent. Unless the agent is also a pirate..??!!  hehe

14/05/2013 at 14:13

Hi Blue Steel, I only started mine today so I'm not sure yet. It did feel good to unload though. Give it a shot, it's free after all on wordpress

Doner Kebab    pirate
14/05/2013 at 14:30

the end of 2014 is a LOnnnnggg way off 


14/05/2013 at 14:53

LMAO - Well the ones I'm looking at are in August and September next year so not that far off, although I suppose with enough effort July wouldn't be out of the question. I'm wanting to do a half ironman in the first half of next year which should give me a good base

Blue Steel    pirate
14/05/2013 at 15:02

Snap! It looks like we have the same plan. 

14/05/2013 at 15:03

it's only May, what are you going to do for this year ? 

Blue Steel    pirate
14/05/2013 at 15:07

A few sprint tri's this season, Chester marathon in October and east to west coast ride in August! That it so far 

14/05/2013 at 15:08

Loads of free time then 

14/05/2013 at 15:37

Good, some other people considering the same sort of schedule as me!

A couple of sprint tri's this year, half marathon end of the year, half IM in early summer, then rouding off the year with either Outlaw or Henley next summer 

14/05/2013 at 15:48

I'm going to be doing the city of birmingham olympic distance tri in July which will be my first olympic distance, then hopefully 2 more olympic distance tri's before the end of the season. Not sure which ones yet though. 

Blisters    pirate
14/05/2013 at 15:50

So then.

If you can't swim, you'd better learn. You have loads of time, but none to squander.

If you can't bike, you'll be needing to buy one. Use it regularly until your arse doesn't complain.

If you can't run a marathon, you're loading up your plate with challenges. Being a running forum, I understand that this is most people's entry from on here. Expect a bit of bias, especially from me. (wink;). First year runners pull injuries. The physio is your friend. Well, they certainly will be quite soon. Having said that, one of the most technical reference books on the subject referred to the IM marathon as being more like a long hike.

It's a long haul, it's not easy, and I know jack sh-t. I'm a wannabe too. My training "plan" was 18 months and the summer has arrived mighty quickly.

Come on in, join the mad house, the water is lovely.


14/05/2013 at 15:55
Blisters wrote (see)


Come on in, join the mad house, the water is lovely.


Well unless its open water then its just plain scary!! 

14/05/2013 at 16:35

I can swim, just haven't got a great technique (yet). I have my first coaching session tonight with one of the best TI coaches in the UK. Luckily he lives in the same town as myself which is perfect.

I have a bike, it's only a carrera virtuoso road bike but it will do for now. I did a 17 miler on Sunday and 12 miler yesterday so I am slowly getting there with that one. 

The last half marathon I did I completed the day after I was made redundant (granted, this was 4 years ago now). I had only trained for about a month and I got well and truly p****d the night before. It was an afternoon race and I woke up determined that I was far to hung over to do it and had a pizza for breakfast / lunch. An hour later my mate came and picked me up which meant I was doing it. I ran it in 1 hour 35 minutes, which considering the lead up to the race was less than 'optimal', I was actually quite pleased with the time. Running is my best discipline so I'm pretty sure that with a few months training, I can easily do a marathon. Now a marathon at the end of a 112 mile ride, after a 2.4 mile swim may be another matter entirely 

I have also just realised that I have said that my first tri was 2007 when in fact it was 2009. I have done this both on here and my blog! Quite where I got 2007 from I do not know, what a numpty! lmao 

14/05/2013 at 19:09

Hey Gravity....The Full Boar events are in the shire - just around the corner if you will!! They do a sprint, an oly and a HIM distance between June and September.   

WhizKid    pirate
14/05/2013 at 19:42

My awesome piece of advice for you would be too ride your bike everywhere and do some big rides, also using a turbo trainer (buy one) is helpful even for times when it's not raining as it can improve pedalling, as well as specific interval training which is easier to do in a controlled environment.

dont fall into the trap of thinking a ironman is easy to do, it's hard, I've done them so have plenty of other people, if someone says its easy they are lying, it will push you physically and mentally (more mentally in my opinion)... consitency with training is the key, and keep manageable goals.

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