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...very interesting (and encouraging thread!) thanks for Boinging it!
First IM (and tri) will be IMLZ in May 08...currently:
Swim...had been able to do 60 lengths very slowly....currently able to do 2.5k (very slowly!!)
Bike...have done around 20 miles or so in the past until I fell off my bike in heavy traffic and scared the bejeebers out of me...haven't been on a bike for 3 years until recently...now able to do around 35 miles at around 15 mph.
Run: 3 marathons, 3 half's...shockingly slow pb of 5:13 marathon...is there any hope!!
12 months before IMA2007:
Swimming - strictly breast and back stroke only, could also do a bit of side stroke. No front crawl unless head was completely out of water all the time.
Bike - mostly commuting to/from work - total of 26 miles max. Didn't own a road bike. Had to borrow one from my uncle until the work cycle to work scheme kicked in.
Run Marathon PB of 3:14
IMA - swim 1:41, bike 6:27 run 4:38 (shockingly bad for me) Total 13:01:07
What would I do differently? More long cycles with a run at the end. Nothing I had doe prepared me for the way my legs felt when I got off the bike.
Swim: I could breast stroke but not crawl and hadn't swum for several years. It took me weeks to be to do 50m and a long time to start feeling that I wasn't about to drown. IMDE was about 1:33; IMA was 1:18.
Bike: used a crappy old mtb for commuting (about 5miles each way) but hadn't been on a road bike before. was pretty slow at first - 12-14mph. IMDE was 6:22, IMA was 6:00 (but slightly harder course).
Run: average runner but doing it for quite a while. Marathon PB 3:36. IMDE was 4:45, IMA was 4:15 though the improvement was really because I was better on the bike rather than a better runer.
Swim: Couldn't swim front crawl 25 meters
Bike: Hadn't even owned a bike in 15 years much less ridden one.
Run: 3:16 marathon pb.
Not done a tri yet, entered Bala IM Nice 6 months before the event
Swim: er well ok held breath for 10 metres, then stood up coughed spluttered and basically looked stoopid
Bike: got a bike 2 months ago - keep falling off it and am pretty carp
Run: running 18 months - fell mainly. Done most of the lakeland races, off road mara and 2 ultra's (1 52miler) so got the long slow shuffle sorted.....just have 6 months to work on the rest!!
running was ok sub 1:30 for a half mara, thou longest run I did in the year of IM was 14 miles.
Cycling pants. its was april (IMUK aug) before I managed more than 17mph average on a ride and that was only an 8 mile job.
Swimming was truly rubbish. 50m was beyond me, turned me into a huffing puffing splash making machine, Doggy paddle would have been quicker.
Swim:- Hadn't been in a pool for ages, couldn't do a length of crawl - still can't without a wetsuit but why worry.
Bike:- Occasionally (like maybe once every 2 months, if there wasn't a 'Y' in the day, and if the sun was shining, and it was downhill with the wind behind me) commuted 2-3 miles.
Run:- You're having a laugh here aren't you! Hadn't run for about 3 years. I could just about walk to the bus stop on a good day.
I think I can safely say I wasn't prime Ironman material.
Managed to train occasionally, learnt to swim a bit better, did a couple of longish bikes, and I am now a racing snake - well not quite, but I did enough to get round.
I saw Calf and can confirm he was pants , then he went and kicked the arse of my time. Harumph's unconvincely
BTS is a Leg end or is that Legend nuff respec!
swimming: county standard, university squad, swam channel twice
cycling: had completed Race Across America and Race Across Australia, semi-pro mountain biker, worked as a cycle courier
running: completed 35 marathons, average time sub-2:45
how did you end up being a fat git then Candy?
at least you're consistent in always being a git though.
I haven't seen you since you were a fat git, so my humble apologies
lol! of course not, I'm past the critical age and sadly I seem to have started shrinking
I could have sworn I was 5'3" but now I'm only 5'2"
I'm still hoping to become a lean mean racing machine though