HIM should I? DNS Or DNF?

I've got a HIM lined up for late August - Cotswold Classic 113. I've trained, but with a variety of excuses, family, work, just being idle and a bit crap I've not managed anywhere near enough. I've done a couple of sprints (pool and ow) and a couple of Oly. Would it be more sensible to knock it on the head, pick something for next year - maybe even aim for full IM and get a full on plan and a bucket of get up and go. I think I'd rather not start than either DNF or break myself. What say you?


  • As someone posted on FB regarding something different...

    You very rarely regret things that you have done, only the things you haven't.

    The Cotswold113 is a really friendly event and I am sure once you have started the camaraderie of your fellow competitors will pull you through.  

    The organisers want you to have fun and enjoy yourself and so they are not strict on cut-offs

    So I say 'go for it'.  What have you really got to lose? image

  • If you can't get your act together to do a half. Why do you think you would for a full ?
  • Go for it, you might supise yourself!
  • what dave said, and, if you paid for it - do it, you got a bit of time to get one bike ride of say.. 40 miles/2.5 hours, get that in the bag and everything else is a doddle, you might walk some of the run but it would be foolhardy to waste the opportunity to get some race practice in, you done an oly FFS - HIM isnt that bigger ask. when i did my first, and only half id only done 3 sprints. You my friend are overtrained compared to many in here

  • A HIM is always do-able if you start the bike at a pace appropriate for your level of training. If you haven't done many longer rides then take it steady and you'll get through no problem. It won't be particularly quick, but it won't be a DNF either. Start it like you're in a sprint and your lack of endurance is going to get painfully obvious.

    You've paid for it, you should try & get something out of it - like schmunks says, what have you got to lose?
  • sounds to me like you want us to give you a doctors note!


  • Spot on SA.....

    Suppose that's what sorts out the men from the boys, and the girlies from the women...


  • I'd say get out ther and get it done .. as its been said ... better to regret something you tried rather than something you didnt

  • Ha, Ha. Looking to pirartes for tea, sympathy and excuses not to race wont get you very far.

    I would say it depends on your motivators and targets. If you are scared of trying and failing, DNS.

    If you want the challenge then a DNF  and a load of learning's if the worst that can happen. For me it is always better to try and fail rather than fail to try. 

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    If you are not injured then just give it a go. Better to die trying (metaphorically) of course. No point going for a full IM if you can't prepare fully for a half.

    You never know, you may surprise yourself.
  • It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  • Thats my Mantra by the way.

    Its "The Man in The Arena"  Theodore Roosevel 1910

    Another one I like

    "Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far."

  • image i quite like 

    if your  not dead or injured, then HTFU and JFDI image

  • Tri-ing to fail is better than failing to tri (try).  In any case, given what you have achieved already this year, you won't fail.  Either take it a little easier or suffer a little more.


  • You've just got to do it.  The only reason to DNS is injury and it doesn't sound like you are injured; just under-trained.  Treat it as training

  • I wasn't after a Dr's note or tea and sympathy really. More a piratey kick up the arse image

  • Duly delivered image
  • Went out with tri club for a steady 50. Was really nice but I now have a very sore left knee.
  • Pmsl, zip up the man suit Matt image
  • Meldy has bigger balls - do it. End of.

  • I will do it.

    Any suggestions for last minute training sessions or is it just too late so do the best I can?
  • you still got 3 weeks yet - get fecking training - another long ride and long run this week and then take it easier, i normally get pissed before my big raceimage

  • 55 miles Saturday. Rather damp and hilly 52 solo today. Felt good image
  • Now I think you have over trainedimage training is over rated JFDI and HTFU is best.
  • ST...Listen to you......How many rest days this week mate.....image

  • Just the one rest day this week Razor image but it is only Mondayimage
  • Another 46 undulating yesterday on teh bike. Will be swimming over teh next couple of days and trying to get a run or two in - although tbh I think teh run will just end up as trying to get round in any way shape or form.

    I've started wondering now wht to wear? Ive been doing muy bike rides in bike kit but I've done all my other tri's in trisuits. Will teh tri chamois be thick enough for 56 miles? I suppose I should have biked in it before, mind you I was hoping to have the tt bike fit sirted but I still cant get over sprint distance without numb nuts so the road bike will be going.

    I've heard that its generally accepted to change for IM but thats a proper long ride - what about Half?

  • i dont even change for IM - just use long distance tri shorts (orca 226) and for half IM i would use my sprint suit.


  • Yep, don't change for IM, wouldn't even contemplate it for half. But that said I do most of my training in tri shorts.

    You will likely find no changing tent for a half so your hand may be forced.


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