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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.


tallguy76by tallguy76Dec 16th 2010
I've been saying for a few months now that I wanted to do a half iron distance event to celebrate turning 35 and then a full ironman distance to mark the big 40 but as several former colleagues (and my wife) will testify, what I say and what I actually do are generally two totally different things !

This year I have taken part in 4 sprint triathlons, two duathlons at Castle Combe and two half marathons - and I think that the races took as long as the sum total of all my training. Not good if I want to survive the swim in Rutland Water and the notorious "Rutland Ripple" (not that it looks too bad on the map...) so now I've got the race booked I can start to look at the calendar and fit a few more races into the diary.

I reckon I will need to do a few half marathons - possibly Yeovil and Tewkesbury where I will hope to get under 2 hours after last years 2:03 - and a few long bike rides. It's a lucky coincidence that my parents live about 60 miles from where I live, so I can see a few weekends being spent riding up there to visit between now and September.

It has been suggested that being of a "slightly larger build" (a polite way of saying I'm chubby I think) than some triathletes will mean that I find the slower pace of the longer events more to my liking, and I can't get any worse than my result at this year's Warminster Triathlon where I was well and truly last. I only just got back before the presentation of the prizes !

So it's time to start researching some training plans and working out how I can become a Vitruvian.
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