What is the obsession with Ironman?

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18/08/2013 at 21:24

A genuine question! I have the upmost respect for those that do ironman, but after browsing this forum for a while, it seems that ironman is kind of all people are interested in. I just wondered why?

Personally, I would never do an ironman, because I know it would be utterly horrendously painful and I would perform terribly. I can understand the satisfaction of finishing, but I think I'd get more satisfaction from doing shorter events, that I would enjoy (as I wouldn't be on deaths door) and that I could try to perform well in. I'd rather get a decent time at sprint or olympic distance than a terrible time at ironman.

Just wondering....? Thoughts?


citizen 146    pirate
18/08/2013 at 21:28

I joined up after working my way through the various distances and getting to the point where an ironman finsh was a possibility. I met some pirates at my first ironman and they were such a great bunch that I jumped on board

citizen 146    pirate
18/08/2013 at 21:28

work beckons

18/08/2013 at 21:38

Coz it floats my particular boat nuff said

Calf    pirate
18/08/2013 at 21:41

its the new marathon......which is also a horribly painful thing to partake in.

18/08/2013 at 21:41

Ha, fair enough.

What I mean, is there is a massive proportion of people on here that do ironman compared to those that do shorter distances. I thought this was strange! Maybe it's just for the hard core 

18/08/2013 at 21:52

it's way beyond me - as it is most people. enough said......

18/08/2013 at 22:01

 a pair of marathon running runners world forumites decided to do an ironman - as it couldn't be that hard.  They had the idea that any runner could do an ironman with a years training

They succeeded, had a laugh while sporting a pirate sticker on a home made bento box, and inspired thir forum budies to follow them. - the runners world forum pirate ship of fools was born

9 years later and the ethos has changed a bit - anyone can do an ironman if you want it enough, have a sense of humor,, and do the training.

so thats why this forum is IM dominated - the forum is still dominated with pirates and they are mostly interested in IM.


18/08/2013 at 22:12

Thanks O.rangeCannon, great explanation.

Thinking as one with no Ironman ambitions that I should go and hide in the naughty corner of the forum (not worthy). 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
18/08/2013 at 22:27

As OC has said I there is a heavier leaning towards Ironman on the tri forum here as that's kinda what captured peoples imagination and its stuck to an extent. 

You could say the same thing about marathons, there is a whole forum on RW devoted to marathons, there isn't one for 10k or 400m.

I guess Ironman has become a new goal for those seeking a new challenge?  That said its not to dismiss the goal of getting faster over shorter distances but for myself trying to get faster has and usually leads to injury.  I cant see that my body would cope with running a 40 minute 10k or doing a sub 60 minute sprint tri but who knows.

I think Ironman also has a draw as it creates a cammaradorie you don't get from shorter distances, Ironman becomes more of an event/experience as opposed to sprint or Olympic tris where people rock up at 8am race and are home for lunch.

citizen 146    pirate
18/08/2013 at 22:30

that just about covers it, pesky work

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
18/08/2013 at 22:31

I will add that there is no way those doing shorter distances are any less worthy than those doing Ironman.  There are threads here (albeit less) for those doing shorter distances, newbie swimmers etc.

Those at longer distances (and I include myself) should possibly do more to get involved and encourage those just starting out on the shorter distance threads.  Not least as they could be fresh meat for persuading to do an Ironman

BluePeter    pirate
18/08/2013 at 23:12
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

  Not least as they could be fresh meat for persuading to do an Ironman

doesn't starting a thread mentioning IM posted on the Triathlon Forum indicate some sort of commitment to doing one in the near future...

Blisters    pirate
18/08/2013 at 23:23

Even if they don't know it yet.

It took me 5 years (I think) between first lurking on the cr@p swimmers thread to actually doing something about it. But then it was into the deep end with both feet and a commitment to get back to marathon fitness, do some biking, and learn how to swim. Spending some dosh on an entry fee rather focusses the mind.

3 weeks to go.

cougie    pirate
19/08/2013 at 00:45
It's just a really big challenge to me. I started not knowing or even believing that I could do it - an Olympic wouldn't give me that challenge to just finish it.
Each to their own though. I'm sure shorter races can be just as hard.
BluePeter    pirate
19/08/2013 at 01:43

Ironman is a brand, but I'm not sure that is the reason for people wanting to do one. As Cougie said, for me it was about the challenge...but then again I have 'only' done an Ironman distance event (Outlaw) which isnt an Ironman branded event

Are you saying its not worth it for the people who take 16hrs 59 mins 59 secs to complete one as they are not 'competing'? Or that its not a challenge for those people?

citizen 146    pirate
19/08/2013 at 01:58

if you do it til you break, and break trying , you are an ironman to me

WildWill    pirate
19/08/2013 at 07:24

if you do not for also find the shorter distances "utterly horrendously painful " your not pusshing hard enough 

purpletrilady    pirate
19/08/2013 at 07:36
Flob wrote (see)

From what I have read it is just a brand thing and people want to be able say rag that  they have done one. Probably the same kind of thing as the london marathon, its just about  saying you've done it, but finishing it is nothing like actually competing-  IMHO And that applies to any people don't finish in 1.5x the winners time.


5/6 days training; 10-15hrs week; long solatory bike rides in the cold and wet ; tackling my fear of OW. All for bragging rights; I can think of easier ways to do that


The Silent Assassin    pirate
19/08/2013 at 08:20
WildWill wrote (see)

if you do not for also find the shorter distances "utterly horrendously painful " your not pusshing hard enough 

So agree with WW, if I'm not puking at the end of a sprint then I haven't pushed enough

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