Having the time to train for an Ironman and the support of your family are vital for success. Without either you'll struggle or get divorced. It can be a selfish sport to train for with long unsociable hours. Now I'm a dad I try and get my long rides in on a weekend usually starting at 5am so as not to impact too much on family time. Or I run early during the week before anyone else is up.
Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run...
Worth keeping in mind that Tri's are an absolute bastard to get an entry for
Nonsense. There must be a dozen within a 20 mile radius of my house and most are in the region of £30 for a pool based sprint to £45 for a lake based standard. You just have to adjust your sights from one of the blue ribbon events to a local one. Anything with IM in the title however I agree, Kerrrching!
Anyway get thee to a swim club or tri club swim session. That's my only advice.
Personally I don't like running, can't do it and don't enjoy it. so next years challenges will be a couple of road centuries, at least one 3km open water swim and the sprint tri at the local leisure centre (Beast the swim, beast the bike, walk the run!)
Neil mate, back away from the crazy talk!
What you need is a good offroad, end-2-end ride. I don't know, like the Wales Coast to Coast?
I did the cycle bit of a super sprint relay triathlon, really really liked it.
I'm kinda tinkering with idea of seeing if I can do the supersprint all myself. Swimming is easy (ish), I used to do over 20 hours a week as a lad so I know my technique is ok I'd just need to get the swim muscles back, 3-4 hours a week will see me able to do the distance in a decent time.
Cycling is also easy, my commute in and out of work is 15miles each way, whereas the supersprint distance is 16km (10 miles) - I did struggle to up the speed as I'm conditioned to 50 mins and not 35 or whatever it was though, tyres made a massive difference.
Running however - I was a 100-200m sprinter and never had the stamina/ability to pace myself (sorry the wife) and my knees are a bit shot after years of sprints on hard ground (summer was sprint training and winter lacrosse). That's the one bit that's holding me back, the wife started the couch to 5k thing but has ended up going back to zumba and some boxing thing instead. I don't know if I should go to the GP for a look at my knees or a specialist physio type to assess them first. I like the thought of getting one done (triathlon) before i'm 40 (2 years to go) and using our relay time plus 50% as the target - I think would be possible except for the knees.
do an off-road, mtb tri. if you can ride well off road you'll do ok even if your swimming and running are not that good. i've done a few and find them more enjoyable/appealing than road events.
mrs nacho started tri's a year or two ago. She was a good swimmer from school and did a bit of running. Never really cycled. She started on a sprint tri, did a HIM this summer and wants to do a full IM in 2014. She loves it. Training time is quite difficult, especially as I want to ride as well and we have 2 young children. She is lucky as in I work from home so I get the kids ready for school she cycles/runs/ goes to gym in the mornings (probably 3-4 x per week) and I can ride of an evening. Saturday is family day, Sunday am she does a long road ride then I go out on my MTB.
It can be a bit addictive
I started (as many do) just trying to finish an Olympic distance event for my 40th. then started doing 4 or 5 a year
Got a bit better, helped by a swimming background - but pretty hopeless runner (15 plus stone prop), and now finish about 1/3 way through most fields
prefer the mtb events eg Coniston UK champs this year, as you can gain a LOT of time against the roadies off road - some of them really are appalling off road
losing the motivation now though. Get a bit bored of all the cr*p about go faster kit, and the cost of a lot of events is a bit of a p*ss take, plus still don't like the running. Can't bring myself to train really hard just to go a few minutes faster than last year etc.. more motivated by finishing than knocking 20 secs off my run split. if I could aim for an age group qualifier or something it may be different, but that ain't gonna happen
Getting back into my mtb roots i think
I always fancied doing a triathalon and then started training in 2008 and then got married and couldnt find the time.Then this year bought a mtb and entered the Craggy island Triathalon ,550m open water swim,18k off road ride and 8k over mountain run!It was fantastic ,hard work and i loved it i didnt even mind coming last as it was such fun and so friendly. The winner finished his whole race before i started my run but he was bloody quick ,do a small sprint one ,im doing one again next year
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It can be a bit addictive....
prefer the mtb events eg Coniston UK champs this year, as you can gain a LOT of time against the roadies off road - some of them really are appalling off road...losing the motivation now though. Get a bit bored of all the cr*p about go faster kit, and the cost of a lot of events is a bit of a p*ss take...Getting back into my mtb roots i think
Are we twins? Got into MTB because of similar reasons and preference for AR or XTT type events. I discovered how true it was that roadies (ie, me) are/were appalling off road!!!! My first XTT killed me - both effort and technique wise!!! Too many crashes in one race.
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