Jump to content
Peter

How many Ironman / Iron-distance have you finished

Recommended Posts

What I I guess I'm a bit surprised about, is not how many have done a large number of IM's, but how many have only a small number. I guess at times because trannies seems a bit IM focused at times, or maybe I'm feeling that wrong?

 

But there are a few here I thought would have bucket loads under their belt, so it caught me a bit by surprise.

 

Saying that, I don't know why I'm surprised. I'm dying to do one and don't know if I ever will. I know there's no way I can afford it and know there's no way I have the time to commit to it, and that while my family wouldn't say no as such, I wouldn't really have their support, especially once training really had to kick in with long rides and runs.

 

So it really shouldn't seem that much of a surprise to me, cause I get just how big a commitment it is to do one, let alone one a year, let alone more than that.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, yes I know I didn't post how many I've done. Started 9, finished 8.

Took 20 years to get that lot done.

I find the long rides boring. The swimming and running no problems. But more than 4 and a half hours on the bike and I'm bored senseless.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, yes I know I didn't post how many I've done. Started 9, finished 8.

Took 20 years to get that lot done.

I find the long rides boring. The swimming and running no problems. But more than 4 and a half hours on the bike and I'm bored senseless.

 

Yep, ditto - which is why I've done a bit of a mix into ultra trail runs. If there was some terrain around here it might be different - but the same flat loops through the grapes or the wheat is a bit tedious - especially as I train alone.

 

My secret weapon (yet to be tested) for Busso is I have converted my MTB into a CX style bike. (Specialised Hardrock that I put a road front end on) From my place I can pretty much hop on an off-road trail, and between that and dirt roads reckon I could get a return ride along the river of over 10 hrs if I wanted! The downside is it's an out and back, but there are a few alternatives I can take to mix it up. And the trails along the river are pretty interesting (thats an advantage of living in Victoria, where the public purposes reserve allocates complete public access along the river, 60m wide.

 

I'm going to alternate that with a weekend road ride on my race bike. Should be mentally tolerable then!

 

Haven't swum since Husky in Feb - but going to have to get in the water after my 100k to start training for Busso! I'll only have 8 weeks of swim opportunities.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find the long rides boring. The swimming and running no problems. But more than 4 and a half hours on the bike and I'm bored senseless.

I think I've been lucky where I live. I head straight out on to country road, with great scenery. For me, a 200km ride goes something like this.

 

Start early, and ride the first 30km through farmland over rolling hills. Start the climb up Mt Mee while still dark, and watch the light of the near full moon on the clouds below in the valley. The sun comes up while riding through the mix of bushland & farms across the top of the mountain, with the view of the rising sun over Moreton Bay, and sunlight hitting the Glasshouse mountains.

A hair-raising descent down to the bottom of the mountain, then rollers through to Woodford. By this time I've probably had a dozen cars pass me in 3 hours. Then head up Peachester, for a long gradual descent down to Beerwah. Pace work along the old highway till Burpengary, then head east to the coast. First the canals at Newport Waterways, then beachfront road for 15-20km through Redcliffe, Sandgate & Shornecliffe.

Then I head west to go home (usually with a tailwind at that point), and after a few km of suburbia, hit the bushland and climbs again for the last 20km.

 

Lots of different scenery, lots of different conditions, and lots of enjoyment. I love my long rides. I just wish I could get out there sooner.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

4 Forster

6 Port Mac

3 or 4 Busso (bit hazy there, will need to check)

1 NZ

 

Had another 2 DNS (NZ and Nice) and 2 DNF (Port Mac and NZ)

 

Will probably do Port Mac next year and maybe even Kona if I jag a legacy spot. One can only hope.

 

Biggest problem at the moment is being injured for 11 months. Would love to be able to run again, although walking for 7 hrs with Ratdog at Port Mac is probably the most fun you can have standing up...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a special part of the world you live in there Ex. I've done small portions of the ride you've described (without the climbs but I plan on doing them one day) and you are very spoiled when you consider how close you live to a major city.

 

Goughy, keep the dream alive mate. Even though we were fully immersed in the triathlon scene and wanted to do IM, we made a bit of a pact to wait until our daughter completed year 12 before embarking on our first. That's exactly what we did and it worked well for us.

 

As your kids get older they require less of your time and attention and, a lot of the time, don't even want to be with you! That may well be the time for you to shift some of your focus and devote some time for you.

 

If it doesn't happen, so be it. Despite what a lot of people say, ironman doesn't define you ;)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ExH, my 200 km rides are very similar to yours. Ride along the bike path for 40 kms and look at the expressway. Turnaround and repeat 5 times.

 

FM

Edited by Flanman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ExH, my 200 km rides are very similar to yours. Ride along the bike path for 40 kms and look at the expressway. Turnaround and repeat 5 times.

 

FM

I'd go insane.

 

Even my 30km commute has 14km of bush/farmland, and 1 "mountain".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ex,

I used to ride some of those roads when I lived in Brisbane. You're right, very good country to ride through.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

23 and not counting - fractured tibia (leg) on Tuesday :(

Roxii needs to sort out a dislike button.

Edited by Kenneth
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I've been lucky where I live. I head straight out on to country road, with great scenery. For me, a 200km ride goes something like this.

 

Start early, and ride the first 30km through farmland over rolling hills. Start the climb up Mt Mee while still dark, and watch the light of the near full moon on the clouds below in the valley. The sun comes up while riding through the mix of bushland & farms across the top of the mountain, with the view of the rising sun over Moreton Bay, and sunlight hitting the Glasshouse mountains.

A hair-raising descent down to the bottom of the mountain, then rollers through to Woodford. By this time I've probably had a dozen cars pass me in 3 hours. Then head up Peachester, for a long gradual descent down to Beerwah. Pace work along the old highway till Burpengary, then head east to the coast. First the canals at Newport Waterways, then beachfront road for 15-20km through Redcliffe, Sandgate & Shornecliffe.

Then I head west to go home (usually with a tailwind at that point), and after a few km of suburbia, hit the bushland and climbs again for the last 20km.

 

Lots of different scenery, lots of different conditions, and lots of enjoyment. I love my long rides. I just wish I could get out there sooner.

You forgot to mention the bogan qld drivers almost taking you out a couple of times

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You forgot to mention the bogan qld drivers almost taking you out a couple of times

For some reason, I rarely ever have that problem. It may be that I ride on my own, to the very edge of the road, or the routes and times I ride, but no, they generally aren't a problem.

 

ps: Except around Caboolture/Morayfield, but you can hear the banjo music coming up from behind. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

My secret weapon (yet to be tested) for Busso is I have converted my MTB into a CX style bike. (Specialised Hardrock that I put a road front end on)

 

That's a secret weapon :scared: it's like taking your Swiss army knife to a gunfight :sleepy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For training AP. To keep me interested and riding. Explore some new ground but still a race bike-like position

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No way! What happened mate?

Unbelievable.... Was on my sons school camp and they were doing surf skills. I was catching a wave and going across it and one of the kids was coming straight into shore. Rather than cutting across them I did the responsible thing and jumped off and when I hit the sand I knew I had done some damage. Apparently that beach's sand is very hard packed.

Surf was at Coffs Harbour - Jetty Beach and surf was an easy 2 foot.

 

When I was back up on the grass laying down with an ice pack on I looked up and saw a sign - "Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club". What a great location they have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Surf was at Coffs Harbour - Jetty Beach and surf was an easy 2 foot.

 

You should have hired a jetski off Pete, it sounds like it would have been safer!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For some reason, I rarely ever have that problem. It may be that I ride on my own, to the very edge of the road, or the routes and times I ride, but no, they generally aren't a problem.

 

ps: Except around Caboolture/Morayfield, but you can hear the banjo music coming up from behind. :)

I think the key there is you ride on your own

Got far less chance of upsetting anyone riding on your own, unlike the inconsiderate bunches that bloke up the roads and piss all motorists off including me

Cheers

Ivp

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For training AP. To keep me interested and riding. Explore some new ground but still a race bike-like position

Jonas Colting is a northern European triathlete. He does EXACTLY the same thing so he can ride through winter. Winter in Sweden or Finland or something.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

6 from 6 for me.

 

Port x2

Busso x2

Roth

Switzerland

 

Moved to middle east 4 months ago so not sure if I am done with IM or not. Huge tri scene here but haven't got going myself. Young family, number 2 on way in a few weeks, new job, new country, haven't the time at moment, plus I don't think I have the motivation & discipline to train at 2-3am like people do here. 4am starts are hard enough for a 3hr ride in the blistering heat.

 

Might try get back for Worlds at sunshine coast next year, seems a more achievable goal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok, yes I know I didn't post how many I've done. Started 9, finished 8.

Took 20 years to get that lot done.

I find the long rides boring. The swimming and running no problems. But more than 4 and a half hours on the bike and I'm bored senseless.

Exactly why I'll most likely never do another. Riding longer than 3 hours bored the fark out of me.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

4 from 4 in Port Mac with the 5th entered for 2016. (2012,13,14,15)

I have no problems with the training, my family has no issues with my hobby, im not quick and am happy to miss a session if life requires without feeling like I've lost a leg.

I will do #5 at port next year and then sit back and make a decision with the family as to what will be next, it WILL be more IM's just a decision as to the locations.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

entered 9

 

Port 2006-2012

WA 2010

NZ 2012 ** Cancelled due to Steely entering :smile1:

 

offered cheap late entry in to Port 2012 after NZ non event...had bike trouble first time ever in a race and by the time I hit the run was CBF...stopped in front of my accom and borrowed phone to call wife to tell her I was stopping.looking back now it was easy to pull the pin but that 1st time at Port in 2006 only way I was stopping was in an ambulance.

 

for 7 years I managed to do at least 1 of every tri distance from super sprint to IM never trained enough for the longer races but loved it all ...all done now.

 

favourite distance and race probably Hell of the West...2/80/20

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...