Fatman to Ironman



  • My spit seems to have lost its 'de-misting' qualities.

    I'll check out the Zoggs. My open water training begins in a couple of weeks.

  • Morning all, london Marathon entry done. Despite the issues i had in 2006 thought i'd have another go. Train properly this time though.
  • Good on you, SD.

    Hoping Be Iron Fit will arrive today.

    What are the vet's thoughts on buying a tri suit?
  • "What are the vet's thoughts on buying a tri suit?"

    never seen a horse in one

    oh - that sort of vet!!

    well if you want one, why not?? suit or 2 piece - your call

    some advantages - you can wear it in all disciplines; no need to change; dries quickly; comfy

    some disadvantages - padding for bike is too thin for many; can be expensive; suits are difficult if you want a dump

    overall - get tri specific kit to do tri in
  • Cheers, FB. Think I'll buy one and stay off the All Bran
  • with my vast triathlon experience i'll agree with FB. image

    1 Tri & 2 Dualthons Tri-suit has been great. I wouldnt fancy spending more than an hour in the saddle in it though.

    I'll be doing a full change between disciplines at the IM 

  • Yes, the padding issue is, well, an issue. Has taken me long enough to find cycling shorts/tights with comfy padding, so not sure I want to change to something else. Still think I'll order a suit and see what it feels like.

    Yippee! Fink arrived in the post today. (Hubby - "Great! You're going to be fit enough to do the ironing" Funny man)
  • RE: Tri-suits/kits

    I think they're great up to about Olympic distance and maybe a HIM. HIM or longer, I'd take the time to change into cycling shorts and running shorts. A few extra minutes in transition is worth it if you're not trying to qualify for Kona or something else like that.

    I feel the same way about a bike fit (also a great investment). Sure, you'll be faster if you hold aero in that exact position the whole time but how many of us "regular guys" can do that? So I chose comfort over being aggressive in some cases.
  • Hi
    I have been thinking about giving this tri thingymagig ago for a while, been reading a bit and lurking around here for a while reading some other posts, and I am staring to think that perhaps I may be able to do an IM in 2013 (taking the maths classes from gastank, and I think that 2014 for him is a swear word).
    As soon as I get a job and the entries open for 2013 I think I will sign up.
    Having never done a tri before it is a little scarey atm.

    What would be a good first timers IM distance event?
  • 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathonimage

    Welcome aboard!!!

  • Welcome Robert.

    Like me, I think most on here are going to pop their cherries on The Outlaw.

    Nursey - I've read the first few chapters, love it. Thanks to whoever recommended it.

  • You're welcome I'm happy to take you all down with me regardless of which year!
  • gastank wrote (see)
    You're welcome I'm happy to take you all down with me regardless of which year!
    And that's why I'm running away to Lanzarote!! image
  • You may still get me there too if I can afford to bring old people...
  • Outlaw looks like a good one to start on, I had been thinking maybe IMW, to get a few extra months training in and it is probably the closest one to me, and could maybe take a caravan done there to stay.
    O well decisions decisions.
  • That's quite a contrast there RD, IMW is supposed to be one of the harder IMs...

    ... You need a new name, opening offer...


    And my favourite for students...

  • IMW is supposed to be one of the harder IMs...
    Thanks for the heads up, I will look to do Outlaw, perhaps I can wave at a few pirates as they pass me by too image

    ... You need a new name, opening offer...
    Argh more decisions
    Well BrokeButTri'ng made me laugh
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  • Morning all. Looks like a few developments here overnight.

    New forum name
    New Outlaw 2013 participant

    Best get your 'Be iron Fit ' order in
  • Ordered the other day on the kindle, to impatient to wait for the postman to deliver image Read it all too, and already sorted out a training plan to lead me up to trying to improve on my half marathon PB in Oct.

    First day of training plan was yesterday - started with a rest day. Can't start off too quickly image
  • I'm in to brake my IM duck in 2013 image was hoping this year but outlaw sold out sooooo quick. I know they re opened for 50 more places but I've not done the training so 2013 it is image
  • This is great. I'm going to have so many experienced IMen mentoring me for 2014.

    Started reading Be Iron Fit. All makes sense so far. And an excuse for more shopping - HR monitor.
  • By the time your in to your training you will be wanting the top of the range Garmin GPS running watch too...and one for your bike.... Too much shiney gear in this sport image
  • Already have a shiny Garmin GPS. I'm a kit magpie!
  • I have a Timex Ironman GPS the GPS signal can be a bit shakey on it, I so want a Garmin one now.
  • Garmin edge 800 on my bike & just got a Garmin forerunner 110.

    I used mapmyride on the iphone for my first 6 months of training. Does the job if your on a tight budget. I still upload everything to mapmyride site as well. I like the workout calendar. Plan routes on Garmin connect as its not as clunky as mapmyride.

    Last big kit purchase is the wetsuit. £100 budget for that. Should be gerting it on Monday, although cant try in open water as apparently the lake is too cold to open for swimmers

    41 mile cycle last night, 3.5 mile run tonight, shins are stinging a bit.

    Going to go for the competitive training program from the Don Fink book, although i will be perfectly happy just to finish the IM within 17 hours.
  • I have a Garmin 310. My 305 fell off the bike so I upgraded image.

    Next big purchase will be some bling wheels. I'm not sold on tubs for LD triathlon. I can't justify throwing away all that training and time and expense for the sake of a punctured tube.

    I'm doing Fink's intermediate, but only 2 swims per week. even that is a large amount of time.

  • Good name choice.... Who's next and where the hell is our other recruit got to?!? BudgieSmuggler where have you gone?

  • I think he's flown away.....

    And Roweena in the Lanzarote thread may need your help in the naming dept

  • Be Iron Fit (so far) has made me feel less apprehensive than I was. And I've just watched a wee video from Outlaw 2011 - very excited.

    Off to scour t'internet for a HR monitor
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