9 August 2009 15 Comments

Could you do an Ironman?

(updated March 2016)

Yes, of course you could.

If life were that simple then I suspect many more people than the 100,000 plus people


15 Responses to “Could you do an Ironman?”

  1. redbikes 9 August 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    Highly inspiring. I think I might try for a half iron man next year. Yep, i’m happy to be just half a man!


  2. John Sutton 9 August 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Good place to start. Checkout Ironman UK 70.3 (Wimbleball, Somerset) in June. Super tough bike course. The Vitruvian in early Sepember is a much faster course and well organised (Rutland Water) but enter early as it fills up. The Beaver triathlon (based around Belvoir castle) has a great reputation, although I’ve not done it. Lastly the Bala Middle Distance is also on an excellent course (tough run). Let me know which one you put down for!


  3. Simon Lewis 9 August 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks John. Excellent article. I am really seriously considering an iron man either next year or 2011. Having done marathons and sportives, I know I have it in me. I just have to learn to swim properly. I can do a length without stopping but not well. Would you suggest lessons? Just not sure where to begin.


  4. Swim Coach Finder 10 August 2009 at 3:28 am #

    Great blog piece. Another tip would be if you swim more efficient, you will go faster and have more energy later in the race for the bike and run.


  5. John Sutton 10 August 2009 at 9:12 am #

    @Simon I never had swimming lessons and just built up my swimming over time trying ti improve efficiency by reading articles etc. However, in hindsight I really wish I’d started out properly and got lessons. Swim Coach Finder is definitely right, if you have a really efficient stroke, you will save energy for later in the race – see the lessons I learned from my Ironman in “How did my race plan work out?”


  6. austinslide 10 August 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Excellent blog John. Reassures me all the more that I can do it next year.


  7. David Williams 16 August 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    hi john, just thought l would say thanks for the “just ridden bike course” blog you did before the ironman, l live a long way from bolton and was unable to ride course,l finished in 13 hr 59 min, and had great day, cheers dw


  8. John Sutton 17 August 2009 at 8:48 am #

    No problem, David. Glad it was useful. Well done on finishing – did you sprint to sneak in under 14 hours? 🙂


  9. Paul Goddard 22 September 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Hello again John, couldn’t help but hi-jack your forum again. Once again another honest and inspiring account. Just thought I’d put my experience in as this is a forum I would point any aspiring IM to. Let me take you back to 2 August 2008. I had had my bike, a Scott Speedster S60


  10. John Sutton 22 September 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi Paul, hijack to your heart’s content! I agree completely with you – Ironman is all in the mind. I found it tough enough to do the run with no mile markers, having no watch for the entire event is the stuff of Ironman nightmares!


  11. Buck 22 July 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Again, thanks. My first ‘standard’ (half Ironman) distance triathlon this year was in Cornwall. My first open water swim. In the sea. I wish I’d have read this first.
    I panicked, waves in my face, took on lots of water and really thought I was going to drown. I was pulled out behind a kayak. 🙁
    They let me do the ride and run, even though I was already DNF, but I was so gutted.
    Which is why I have issues with the swim.
    It’s good to know you had it and overcame it.
    I agree with the point of your post. Less than a year ago I was working towards my ambition of running a half marathon.
    Here I am, two days from the full Iron distance!



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