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Irondream




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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:59 am    Post subject: My 1st Ironman Reply with quote

Hi I am after some advise I would like to do an Ironman but have never done a tri before could I train and do that as my first?

I would like to do an Olympic or 70.3 first but a couple guys I have spoken to say that it's not worth doing unless it's an Ironman!

I spoke to a guy at Parkrun last year who had a Weymouth Ironman top on and I asked him if he had done the full or 70.3 and he looked at me and snarled as if I had just insulted his mother and said full of course - not a very friendly guy.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, who is this??? Reveal your true identity Clap
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

full distance or fool distance???
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ignore those that say its ironman or nothing. Also people who think that ironman is much harder than other distances probably didn't try hard enough in the shorter distances.

Plenty of people do an IM as their first event. My personal advice would be to build up. Unless you have a significant background in either cycling or running then building up the level of aerobic and muscular endurance needed for an IM will take a long time.

You don't have to start with sprints, then standard then 70.3. My first proper tri was a 70.3 Pick one of those, maybe add an oly distance in to get used racing and the on the day stuff. Once you have a decent season or two under your belt and some middle distance races done then look to IM.

This above is all assuming that you want to take up triathlon with the ultimate goal of doing an IM. If you just want to be a one and done to say you have done Ironman then year just enter one, train and see what happens - but you are going to be blowing hundreds of pounds just to enter.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkieR had a friend who did the fool distance as his first. Tombstone
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An Ironman at ParkRun...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
An Ironman at ParkRun...


Had the tattoo to prove it
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
Tin Pot wrote:
An Ironman at ParkRun...


Had the tattoo to prove it


a park run tat?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's marker pen...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A guy from Work did IMUK this year. Pretty sure that was his first tri.
He did it on a alloy road bike, no aerobars, standard wheels etc.
He did 14 something and was delighted.

His training plan involved a 100 mile ride and a twenty mile run a few days later, he stuck to set heart rates so he was always going to finish.

He plans some shorter stuff next year too improve speed and then go again in 2019.

Ten years ago I knew a shifter, 2:40 VLM. Great cyclist, and his first 1500m pool swim was 25 mins and he got faster each outing.
I think he did Austria... he wanted 10 hours...!
He never finished.
On a drip before T2.

I am told he did a low 10 hour time at Maastricht ? This year.

It can be done.... it's just what you want out of it and what you've done previously.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:


Ha!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
hammerer wrote:


Ha!


them legs need waxing luv Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great feedback guys. I'm currently sat at 21 stone but hopefully the weight will start to drop a little quicker now I'm eating less Mac D's. The swimming is one of my main concerns tbh I'm stronger at breaststroke but I can do a few lengths of my local 20mtr pool front crawl so need to improve unless I breaststroke 2.4 miles.

Somebody mentioned tattoo's - I was thinking of getting the M dot tattoo next month as an incentive to complete an Ironman next year - what do you guys think?

Also somebody I know has had an Ironman tattoo done after Outlaw so I'm a bit confused???? Also is it right to get an Ironman tattoo if you have done a 70.3? I may wait until Ironman add Olympic distance to their calendar then that will be a quicker easier way of getting my M Dot tattoo then I will be an Ironman.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irondream wrote:

Somebody mentioned tattoo's - I was thinking of getting the M dot tattoo next month as an incentive to complete an Ironman next year - what do you guys think?

Also somebody I know has had an Ironman tattoo done after Outlaw so I'm a bit confused???? Also is it right to get an Ironman tattoo if you have done a 70.3? I may wait until Ironman add Olympic distance to their calendar then that will be a quicker easier way of getting my M Dot tattoo then I will be an Ironman.


I gave you the benefit of the doubt and answered your first question. But now I know this is a wind up.
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