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

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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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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?”

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

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

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  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

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  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? 🙂

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  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

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  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!

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  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!
    Buck.

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