I am more impressed when I see someone who is morbidly obese but is doing something about it, despite how hard it is for them (and the looks and jibes they get doing so) than for someone running past with a M. tattoo. When I set out to do an IM I saw it as a really big deal but that was only really because of my inability to swim more than a couple of lengths of the pool. I don't think having done one is a big deal at all now and it is within the reach of anyone who is prepared to learn how to swim properly and train consistently for 3-4 months.
First tri since IM Wales 2011 and my only tri before the Outlaw completed at Keswick at the weekend. Endurance is lacking but my Pirate kit which has spent 18 months in a drawer with the labels still attached was spot on and definitely got me extra support on the course.
I followed Fink Intermediate for IMW a couple of years ago but I am not hitting the hours this time around. I have done 9 hours last week compared to Fink's 12 1/2 so quite a bit short. Just need to get some longer bike rides in and if I can repeat todays run to work once a week going forward I will be happy enough. Doubt I can get out for 4 hours this weekend though. All a bit haphazard with no real plan.
I am thinking I might make it to the start line this year after the ignominy of withdrawing last year.
First long run today of 13.1 miles after a PTTD injury about 6 weeks ago and so far so good. Didn't do a single triathlon last year (and therefore didn't really spend any time on here either) and am quite a bit behind where Fink says I should be so have some catching up to do in the next 12 weeks.