A Sad Day :'(

I have just withdrawn from this years Longest Day Triathlon

A long term out of training, due to injury, and the struggle to try and get back has left me with no choice to withdraw fro the race.

My fitness, although considered good by my mates, is at the lowest it has been for over 2 years and I don’t have the time to get fit enough to even make it around this race by the date of the race

In short “I’m not a happy bunny”



  • Oh Will! *hug* Can you defer til next year? Or still have time to enter one which gives you a bit more time?
  • ((((((WW))))))

  • never mind mate... you can devote your attention to the 'real' Ironman in November!

    btw - are you getting the flight to Austria or not? the room's still there
  • CO - i cant afford to go to Austria - i've just changed jobs (So Skint)
  • Get a crate out, you must be climbing the walls
  • Jose.Jose. ✭✭✭
    Will, you don't think you could make it, just to get around.

    (I know that's a stupid expression to use with an IM, but don't know any other)
  • J - if it had been a half - i may have gotten round but no chance with a full

    I've asked if i can defer to next yr
  • Jose.Jose. ✭✭✭
    defer it if you can and then you should fix quickly a new target to forget this a.s.a.p
  • will - but you are still coming to Florida??
  • Sorry mate..have a shandy on me!
  • Florida is still a target - i hav until start of september to decide to withdraw or not

    i hope to have swim and bike bak up to part by the dedline - if i have i'll go for it and crawl the run if i have 2
  • good man!!

    ooh barkles, i haven't forgotten i've just not been able to get to the post office yet!
  • (((WW)))
  • Sorry to hear your rotten luck Will, hope you get back on track with the training soon.

    Sometimes it can be good to defer and take the weight off your shoulders. Before you make a decision you mind is in a bit of a turmoil and with me re FLM I was constantly pushing back into training to quickley.

    Hopefully your decision will give you some breathing space to take stock and have a proper recovery break.

    Good luck.
  • Just been told i cud defer or transfer to named athlete

    so i've defered to next year cos this is a race i want to do
  • ooo - you could transfer to me, will! I'd thrash that Daz person.
  • Jose.Jose. ✭✭✭
    with your waspy hat?
  • Chin up ww

    I too have had to 'alter' many of my plans for this year and am now in a situation where i cant plan anything.

    very frustrating.

    just try and get out when you can and enjoy the traning as opposed to giving yourself pressure, and build up over time.

    I know I am stating the obvious but the key word was ENJOY -
  • Wild Will
    I am sorry to hear your bad news. But dont be too hasty in not taking part - as long as you enter knowing that you wont be at your prime - you can still enter and enjoy the experience - and it will be a brilliant training session for when you are fit and rearing to go for the next event.
    Dont underestimate your ability to finish it either. The support alone at the LD will carry you around half of it and it is just such a wonderfully friendly race.
    Last year I took part in the race knowing that I wasnt anywhere near as well trained as I would have liked to be (partly because of injury and partly idleness) and the result indicated this - but not for one second have I regreted the decision to participate. To put in perspective how little training is required in the 4 months leading up to the LD 2003 I did a TOTAL of 72 miles running and only 3 swims. Plenty of biking carried me around the principle part.

    Uless you are physically incapable of finishing due to injury - I urge you to take part and enjoy it - YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I guarantee you will feel pig sick the day after the race if you DONT take part.
    Best wishes
  • LFW has a good point there WW. Last week I filled out a psycological assesment which was handed out at Chirk, it was on mental approaches to training and competing. Part of it was to filled out by someone who knew your (tri)work.
    My evaluation of myself was far lower than that filled out by the counterpart.
    Maybe if you put the crate back for a bit and
    ask someone else to evaluate your levels of fitness and performance (whose judgement you trust)before you say no
  • Other side of coin...

    I did an IM once on 3 weeks training (after 3+ month out due to injury) as I had bought tickets, accommodation, etc.

    It was one of the most physically, mentally and emotionally draining things I have ever done.

    I guess now, retrospectively, I am glad to have done an IM (it was my only one), but that day wiped me for a VERY long time afterwards. It was a really turning point in my journey away from sport at that stage in my life.
  • yes, finding the right balance would be the important thing
  • Pantman

    Some people come away from an Ironman like that after 12 months of training
  • stop whining and just do it its only a bloody ironman
  • Andrew
    I think that is what I was trying to say about 5 messages ago - but your choice of words is far more cuddly, friendly and positive than mine.

    Have you ever thought of becoming a sports psychologist?
  • mr motivator, thats me.
  • GodzillaGodzilla ✭✭✭
    Will - as the first person to respond to my first thread on here - waaaay back in 2002 - I give you this advice

    If you've made your decision to defer - stick with it, but be positive about it and use the time to train. Don't regret making a wise decision.

    Make the next one your best rather than this one your worst mate.
  • Have you made a decision, Will?
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