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So how does one go about training for an Ironman? Are our RF Ironmen coached or self-coached? What's the lo-down?

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Ride lots, run lots, swim enough to be able to go 2.4 miles.
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you really did sign up for IMLP '06, didn't you? 8O
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First step: Go get your head examined.
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I am a coach, but I have a coach for IM training.

Sheldon
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Do it now before you have kids.
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I'm kind of sort of maybe possibly thinking about potentially planning my midlife crisis for when I'm 40.
Ironman: Lake Placid 2019.
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First you have to learn how to swim. This is a huge obstacle for me since I'm afraid of pool water over my head. Oh and it would take me 8 hours to run a marathon if I didn't die after the half.
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A good iron is the key to be a good iron man


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That is actually why I'm thinking 14 years out. Right now I know I don't have the time or money anyway, but I do have to learn how to seriously swim. I can splash around enough to not die in the first few seconds and can sort of swim a little bit, but nothing that would give me any sort of confidence to, say, go swim to that raft. The bike, while I don't own a bike either or ride, I see as less of an issue (not to dismiss the challenge involved in training for the bike, but I think it would be easier for me than the swim).
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Find a race you can do in a wetsuit. All you need to do is flap your arms for 1:15 and you're done. Don't worry about form, worry about someone kicking you in the chin.
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I need to go to some stroke classes and/or that total immersion stuff before I could think about any tri. I'm no joke 35 lbs up and probably a couple inches taller (and 11 years since) my last swim meet. You forget things

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:duh:
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A coach is a huge help. I have an online coach and she has a coach. She just turned Pro this year after winning IM Age Group National Champion in Lake Placid in 2003.

It is best to build up through the distances. Nothing beats experience.
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I would think the bike is the easiest part.
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