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Just looking for some advice.
I have always said that when I turn 40 I would like to complete and Ironman. The only problem is that this is imminent and would like to contemplate it next year namely IM Wales. The reasoning for this is I have cheered many competitors on over the last couple of years, and always dreamt of doing it myself, but there are a couple of things stopping me! Will I ever be fit enough to complete an IM?
I have had a chequered history, I have remained sedentary since October last year when I completed my first marathon, lets just say it wasn't quick, but I did finish it. Running has never been my strong point, that's why I decided to enter it, (but did miss all my long training runs due to final professional exams etc), but did it anyway, not the best strategy I know, but when my head is in the right place my body will follow - even at 11st 7lbs!
I have only dipped in and dipped out of Triathlon as I am not very quick, but that could be down to my fitness levels, I haven't been fit since my teens when I used to be a competitive swimmer.
My analysis of it all - I only want to get round and finish, I think I would be okay with the swim (although it is a sea swim ), bike at the moment - I have never done this sort of mileage on the bike so it seems a tall feat, but I also don't really like hills, but that could be down to my weight (I have been told I can train for that and make them my strength instead of my weakness), and running well I don't like running now, but hopefully that will come in time, but I will never be a fast runner. I am more of a plodder as I am heavy footed.
I have, last week got back on the horse, and hired a personal trainer and found that I am quite enjoying exercise again even though it is killing me - I also need to shed around 2 stone, but hopefully I can do that before even entering anything.
I would welcome anyone's thoughts, advice as to whether this is a viable option for someone that is starting off from no level of fitness.
Oh BTW my husband asked if there was an easier option, but since I live in South Wales I feel it maybe better to do this one due to logistics and I don't perform well in the heat etc.