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Can I be an Ironman by 40 ?
Can I be an Ironman by 40 ?
Having taken part in several pool based sprint events since starting out in 2009, I wanted to celebrate turning 35 by completing the Vitruvian in 2011...with a long term goal of completing an Ironman by the time I'm 40. I'll keep track of the trials and tribulations here.

Exercise !!!

tallguy76by tallguy76Jan 28th 2011
I must be ill, because this morning at 07:30 I was arriving at the local sports centre with a rolled up towel, my trunks and goggles !

I had popped in briefly the other evening as I dropped my step-daughter off for a swim with some of her school friends to ask whether the centre offered swimming lessons for adults. Yes, I can swim - the 400m of a pool based sprint triathlon isn't a problem as I can manage 10 minutes of breast stroke - and there are points in the past where I have swum a mile or more. The summer of 2007 was one such occasion - outdoor pool in the south of France and I had the sunburnt shoulders to prove it !

However, front crawl is something else entirely. I don't ever remember learning to swim crawl when I was at school. I do remember changing rooms that smelt BAD, and freezing cold water in the old Victorian swimming baths in Gloucester, but nothing about the actual swimming lessons.

In a small pool (the 12m pool in France or the 16m pool at Newent Sports Centre) I can manage to swim a length of crawl without breathing, but it's very tiring and there's no way that I could swim like that for more than a few lengths before I was totally exhausted.

Anyway, back to this morning...I was told that there was a swimming coach at the centre who could offer coaching for about £19 for a half hour session, but she was at the pool 4 mornings a week as the lifeguard at the early morning swim sessions and could give me some hints and tips from the side of the pool - at a cost of £3.20 for the session. Now who could turn down the opportunity of saving almost £16 ? Not me. And to cap it all, if I join as a member a £20 a month payment would give me unlimited swimming - so just 2 sessions a week and I'd be saving even more money.

So I've been in the pool for the first time since the Newent Triathlon in September last year, and it might only have been 20 minutes but I managed 500 metres swimming a mixture of crawl and breast stroke and got some pretty useful tips from the lifeguard/coach into the bargain. Now it's just a case of getting down to the pool more often and getting the time in the water.

And to finish the day on a high note, the postman delivered this month's Triathlete Europe magazine and what do I find on the front cover (aside from Julie Dibens) but the promise of an article on how to train for a half ironman in 16 weeks. Sweet !

No where did I put my bike shoes and heart rate monitor....?
 
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