As the thread title suggests I want to do an Ironman. Everything about it appeals to me, the challenge, the idea of pushing myself to the limit and the motivation of an immense target to aim for. I'm interested in people's opinions on the best strategy for becoming an ironman. I don't mean training plans and nutrition, I mean did you build up, doing a couple of sprints then a couple of Olympics then maybe a 70.3 or two before taking the plunge. Or did you just say "To Hell with it!" and throw caution to the wind and enter a full ironman event? And if you did how did it go? I'm interested because I'm tempted to do the latter even though my swimming is poor at best and I've never cycled anywhere near 112 miles! So let me have it. What are your opinions and experiences?