Pop goes my lurking virginity but...
I started out almost two years ago with a beer gut Wayne Slob would have been proud of and a lifestyle to match. Challenged by a friend to do the Ilkley Tri (good local sprint event) I trained non stop for about a week and staggered round in just under an hour and lit up a fag almost on crossing the finish line. Unfortunately for me (and my family) I had caught the bug!
I have now given up smoking, nearly packed in the drinking, can pop out for a quick 10K before dinner and know I'll be back in less than 50 mins, feel good, can keep the weight off (I have lost about 2 1/2 stone) and last September I crossed the finish line at the Monaco 70.3 in 7 hours 46 mins.
Aitch, if you want to do an IronMan, run a marathon, run a half whatever, get out and do it but be sure to have booked the next few years off as you will not want to stop! It is the crack cocaine of exercising. You would benefit from doing different exercises other than just running as it not only fools your body into thinking that it is being pushed but it keeps the interest up.
Paul, IS is right. Doing the IronMan thingy is a phenominal way to loose weight. If you have been running/cycling/swimming at the same pace for a while try changing your sessions. Join a local tri club and do a few speed sessions and you may find that your plateau stops. I went through the same thing at about a stone and a half and found that training differently worked to both increase my speed and accelerate weight loss.
IS, well done. IronMan France for me in 2009 and aiming to knock a decade or so off my time for Monaco in '08. Addicted? Moi?
I hope that y'all don't mind my ramblings
Posted: 30/11/2007 at 11:42