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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.

New year, new me ?

tallguy76by tallguy76Jan 11th 2013
Well it has been 16 months since I completed the Vitruvian in 2011, and the sum total of my physical activity since then has been one run/swim session with the Frome Tri Club, a half hour run around the village, 2 km lunchtime walks with colleagues at work and the 6km or so that has been covered on Salisbury Plain when I have been out shooting since October 2012...not ideal for a "triathlete", let alone a couch potato.

I started a new job in June of 2012, and thanks to that have also seen my overseas travel increase dramatically. My love of food has therefore become a bit of a poisoned chalice - 2 weeks in China last August where I ate at proper Chinese restaurants at lunchtime and then a variety of restaurants near the hotel in the evenings saw my trousers getting a little tighter for the return flight home.

Following this with two trips to the USA in fairly quick succession - Memphis with their BBQ ribs and pulled pork, and San Francisco with the Kryptonite sandwich (google it if you don't know what it is) - hasn't helped in the slightest, and getting onto the scales last week showed that I have put on a stone in the last 6 months. I was already pretty heavy before but the time has come where I MUST do something about it.

I've therefore added my name to the book of people at work who "weigh-in" on the scales in the despatch area on a Friday morning, and by attempting to cut back on my calorie intake I have lost 1.5 kg in the past week - without doing any exercise. It's a start and a promising one, although I'm not looking forward to the grief I am bound to get from my knees when I start running.

Sadly my bike has been gathering dust in the garage for the past year - it hasn't seen the light of day since the Vitruvian - and there isn't any space in there for the turbo trainer so I will have to make do with running over the winter.

The next step in the journey is to enter an event or two over the next year, whether 10k, half marathon or sprint triathlon. I've still got 3 and a half years before my deadline for competing an Ironman so there is time to build back up to that slowly.

Will I be any more successful this time around ? Only time will tell.
Bishmanby member: Bishman, Jan 14th 2013 23:24
If you're local to Frome I saw that there's a new pool based sprint triathlon there this August - why not try that? Looks quite fun, and they're putting the emphasis on new/novice athletes so might be great as a first race back. I'm going to give it a go considering I work part time in the town a couple times a week and could check out bits of the route as part of my commute. And it's a bargain at 30! Here's a link to the entry: See you there?? :-)
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