start slowly and build up your fitness level and aerobic capacity. sure, you probably need to lose some weight as well to help but with the right approach to eating, starting a fitness regime and saying to yourself that you want to do it, you'll get there.
the main battle is in the head. if your head is with it, the body will follow.
and for (maybe) motivation - I saw a guy at the Leeds age group event recently who was doing the supersprint event which was the last event of the day. he was last out of the swim and I saw him off on the bike to a big cheer from all around (I'm a race ref so was there to see it all). if he was less than 25 stone I'd be amazed - he was huge. but he was out there doing it so chapeau to him.
recently got back from Leeds myself after a very busy weekend
great to meet a few of you and sorry I couldn't spend more time having a chat but I had things to do (as you can guess!)
the team of TOs we had there (50 in all but not all involved in the BTF events) had to go beyond our normal remit of "rocking up and getting on with things" to "rocking up, sorting shit out, getting shit sorted to the best available less smelly shit, and getting on with things". as you can imagine we were not best pleased with how the weekend went as there were lots of things that were not right from so many different angles.
on the +ve side - the TOs, moto crew, all volunteers, (most) BTF staff, ITU crew and Leeds City Council did a cracking job
on the -ve side - Ironman have come out of this with bloodied noses, kicked shins and a shredded reputation.
IM were the event organisers following their takeover of Lagardere last year, and of course Ironman/WTC then themselves were then taken over by a Chinese company. so in the last year the BTF and ITU (plus other bodies) have had to deal with 3 different sets of "organisers" from the same contractor, all with different views/ideas etc. was never really going to go well eh??
suffice it to say, there will be a big shakedown on the weekend from all concerned and we will see what comes out of it.
the organisers have now done their job, it's now up to the Officials team (50 of us) to deliver the events. our role isn't purely rules based but to ensure that - whatever the difficulties (and I think you know what I may be hinting at here ) - everyone gets a great race.
there will be challenges all round but fingers crossed it all goes well for all concerned
I'm off to Leeds at crack of sparrows on Friday morning - see you guys there