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Linky to excellent post on IM
Lee G on IM
I hope that I, and you, never lose that sense of wonder at these aliens who walk among us. I didnt know he knew Smiffy?Good piece and I am happy to be one of the few
It's a good read...
Whenever people asked me about IM, then said 'I could never do that', I used to reply 'of course you could, with some training and hard work.' I've changed my mind on that now; an awful lot of people couldn't do IM because it's beyond them mentally. Whether that's nature, nurture or a combination of both, I can only speculate.
Whichever it is, IM does require patience, dedication, self discipline, mental toughness and world-class time management as well as a degree of physical fitness by raceday.
Pops, we all mix in circles where fitness is the norm. In my email address book I have lots of Ironmen, a few Double Ironmen, a triple IM, two Channel swimmers, several sub 3 marathonners, lots more marathonners, acouple of racing cyclists, a former Junior World Champ triathlete, a couple of Arch to Arc-ers, at least one member of the 100 Marathon Club and lots of ultra-runners. I doubt that my non-fitness-obsessed mates have anyone who falls into any of those categories (apart from me)
It's definitely true that the same message is true of other sports, especially people like GUCR finshers and the like, who IMHO have done something far far harder (and way less snazzy) than IM.
However, like others I think it's important that although I also believe most people could do it if they set their mind to it and had a bit of luck with them, at the same time it is also true that starting is no guarantee of finishing, and sometimes the 'everyone can always do it' mentality might make it harder on those who, for whatever reason, have to DNF on the day, or miss cut-offs etc.
I don't feel like my single slow (but satisfying) IM makes me a hardcore alien athlete, and I'm far too wussy to ever attempt something serious like the GUCR, but it's nice to remember to feel proud anyway.
When anyone tries to congratulate me on IM I brush them off because I know too many people who have already done it lots of times or done it double or triple or whatever, same with any ultras I have done, I never think they are far enough!
Interesting views , granted the style is not for all.
For me it emphasised that the cut off is very important in the definition of the achievement .
Also it underlines the need to respect the race , many , many good strong athletes have DNF'd forgetting this.
The opening salvo about toeing up to the start line and the description of the real people were what grabbed me , the last paragraph I could have lived without , but I must accept that I am a western european and prone (though not as much as some on this forum) to cynicsm.
Crash Hamster wrote (see)
IM does require patience, dedication, self discipline, mental toughness and world-class time management as well as a degree of physical fitness by raceday.