I am withdrawing from SCR (w/ HIM Mallorca 2014 Race Report)

greg66_tri_v2.0
greg66_tri_v2.0 Posts: 7,172
edited May 2014 in Commuting chat
Many years ago I used to do triathlon. 13 years ago I did my last one - an Olympic distance, the longest I have done.

Then children came in the front door, spare time hurried out the back door, and priorities changed.

Until now. As of last night I am a paid up registered entrant for Ironman Canada 2013, which takes place on 25 August in Whistler, BC. I'm a triathlete once more. Unfortunately, there is a long road between here and the finish line.

There will be no more scalping. There will be no more SCR'ing. There will be only training. If you pass me, it will not be scalp. It will because I have just come off 100 * 100m free on the minute, or a week of centuries, or a tempo run to get by 1/2 marathon time down to the hour, or something equally implausible. Or. more likely, I'll be in a recovery week. Or even more likely, I'll be injured.
Swim. Bike. Run. Yeah. That's what I used to do.

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  • pangolin
    pangolin Posts: 6,544
    Good luck!!!

    My friend tried to convince me Ironman was a good idea. Then we did a 200k Audax together, and near the end I said to him "We've just finished the Ironman bike leg". He went off the idea.
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  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    I'll be the first to say it.

    MTFU.

    You will not be able to resist the call of SCR.
  • Wrath Rob
    Wrath Rob Posts: 2,918
    Can I refer you to Rule #42

    I hope they offer refunds!
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,263
    A bike ride shall never be preceded by a swim nor followed by a run.

    Them's the rules.








    Good luck with the mid life crisis
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  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    p.s. the course sounds fantastic, drop me a message for any IM training/racing tips.
  • Good luck with the mid life crisis

    Prances around in Lycra? Check.
    Buys a Porsche? Check.
    Enters an implausibly difficult physical challenge? Check.

    Greg, you're only a toupé and a dolly bird away from the full set.

    ;)
  • Cafewanda
    Cafewanda Posts: 2,788
    Good luck with that.

    I thought SCR could be incorporated into any training, surely?
  • Good luck with the mid life crisis

    Prances around in Lycra? Check.
    Buys a Porsche? Check.
    Enters an implausibly difficult physical challenge? Check.

    Greg, you're only a toupé and a dolly bird away from the full set.

    ;)

    A tattoo. You forgot a tattoo.

    Relax, boys. I *know* this is a mid life crisis. In fact, for the first time, I really understand what a MLC is and why we have them. I'm cool with it.
    Swim. Bike. Run. Yeah. That's what I used to do.

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  • mrc1
    mrc1 Posts: 852
    There's a 40 something in my gym that always wears/ensures are noticeable:

    1. Ironman watch
    2. Ironman rucksack
    3. Ironman t shirt
    4. Ironman tattoo on his calf
    5. Ironman hoodie
    6. Ironman towel
    7. Ironman wristband thing

    I asked him if he'd ever done a triathlon - he wasn't impressed.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,599
    mrc1 wrote:
    There's a 40 something in my gym that always wears/ensures are noticeable:

    1. Ironman watch
    2. Ironman rucksack
    3. Ironman t shirt
    4. Ironman tattoo on his calf
    5. Ironman hoodie
    6. Ironman towel
    7. Ironman wristband thing

    I asked him if he'd ever done a triathlon - he wasn't impressed.

    Haa!

    Enjoyed that one.
  • jonginge
    jonginge Posts: 5,945
    mrc1 wrote:
    There's a 40 something in my gym that always wears/ensures are noticeable:

    1. Ironman watch
    2. Ironman rucksack
    3. Ironman t shirt
    4. Ironman tattoo on his calf
    5. Ironman hoodie
    6. Ironman towel
    7. Ironman wristband thing

    I asked him if he'd ever done a triathlon - he wasn't impressed.
    Sheesh. What a tri-hard
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  • In fact, for the first time, I really understand what a MLC is and why we have them.

    Make your children cringe and give younger blokes a good opportunity to call you 'A sad old man'?

    A tattoo does sound pretty rocking, though.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,599
    Have you read The Sense of an Ending by Barnes?
  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    In fact, for the first time, I really understand what a MLC is and why we have them.

    Make your children cringe and give younger blokes a good opportunity to call you 'A sad old man'?

    A tattoo does sound pretty rocking, though.

    it could read

    "I used to be cool, now I'm just trying to hard"

    Good luck though, I've thought about doing a triathlon (I know its not Iron-man) and one of my mates is trying to convince me, two problems though, I hate swimming and I hate running.
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  • jedster
    jedster Posts: 1,717
    Good luck Greg,

    I think the iron man is utterly bonkers. The good thing about being a slacker is that I am planning to do an olympic tri as my concession to MLC and don't have to get ridiculous like you. Bloke I worked with did an MLC iron man. Except he had to learn to swim to do it... (shakes head)

    J
  • mtb-idle
    mtb-idle Posts: 2,179
    rubertoe wrote:
    In fact, for the first time, I really understand what a MLC is and why we have them.

    Make your children cringe and give younger blokes a good opportunity to call you 'A sad old man'?

    A tattoo does sound pretty rocking, though.

    it could read

    "I used to be cool, now I'm just trying to hard"
    Good luck though, I've thought about doing a triathlon (I know its not Iron-man) and one of my mates is trying to convince me, two problems though, I hate swimming and I hate running.

    That would be the perfect tattoo, especially with the spelling mistake and all that. Reminds me of this...
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  • FoldingJoe
    FoldingJoe Posts: 1,327
    Have you read The Sense of an Ending by Barnes?

    Great book - still not sure who the young man was spawned from... ;)
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  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    You mad fool!

    Let me know if you want any company on those long winter training rides.
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,560
    When I saw the thread title I thought you may be wimping out DDD style. Good luck with it, rather you than me.
  • andyb78
    andyb78 Posts: 156
    Best of luck!

    If you manage to crack the hour for the Half, let me know how! :lol:

    Although I'm with iPete - I give it a week tops before you're chasing people down who've had the temerity to pass you....
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  • So, former star retires from racing, announces that he's competing in triathlons from now on. The story sounds familiar. Just waiting for the doping stories to come out now.
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    I don't do SCR but I do sort of know the feeling. There are times when I'm riding slowly to try to do that "HR below 70%" training thing and I'm always now worried I'll be passed on my commute - and, really stupidly, only because I've never been passed. There are times when I wish someone would pass me. Who cares?? Nobody! Except that horribly competitive part of me.
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  • sketchley
    sketchley Posts: 4,238
    You can't withdraw from SCR it doesn't work that way.... You will just be a bigger target when practising your TT position on the commute.

    Good luck btw.....
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  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    I will say it again
    Swimming is only required should your boat be torpedoed

    Running is only necessary if you are being chased, even then you only need to run quickly enough to stay away from your pursuer

    No good can come of this, actually cancel that, YES crack on please, I need to laugh like a drain when you tell me you've got rat syphillis from open water swimming and exploding feet.
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  • anton1r
    anton1r Posts: 272
    Good luck with the IM training fella, I've a mate who signed up for IM UK 2013 (but he's currently injured... oops).

    I can only imagine how beautiful/inspiring the route for IM Canada is going to be.
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  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    mrc1 wrote:
    There's a 40 something in my gym that always wears/ensures are noticeable:

    1. Ironman watch
    2. Ironman rucksack
    3. Ironman t shirt
    4. Ironman tattoo on his calf
    5. Ironman hoodie
    6. Ironman towel
    7. Ironman wristband thing

    I asked him if he'd ever done a triathlon - he wasn't impressed.

    buy this:

    Iron%20Man%20Issue%20126%20Classic%20Cover%20-%20T-Shirt-500x500.jpg

    wear it in the gym.
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  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    So, former star retires from racing, announces that he's competing in triathlons from now on. The story sounds familiar. Just waiting for the doping stories to come out now.

    Gregstrong.
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  • Wheelspinner
    Wheelspinner Posts: 6,607
    On a few occasions I've ridden my bike upwards of 180 km in one trip, and not once do I recall getting off thinking "what I need now is to go running till my feet bleed and I lose control of my bowels".

    Nor on the single occasion I ran a marathon did I cross the finish line thinking the experience would have been much improved by starting the day seasick with a gutful of salt water followed by an eternity hunched over some freakin' aerobars attempting to digest Gatorade and carbo gels.

    But good luck anyhoo. After your last ride report from Canada, I look forward to the race review!
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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Good luck with the mid life crisis

    Prances around in Lycra? Check.
    Buys a Porsche? Check.
    Enters an implausibly difficult physical challenge? Check.

    Greg, you're only a toupé and a dolly bird away from the full set.

    ;)
    Real men, who fire lead filled bullets, like me go through a proper midlife crisis. Enjoy your handbags when you reach yours, boys!

    FTFY

    Good luck. You just wanted an excuse to buy a TTbike didn't you?

    ITB just went out and bought his, he's a real man.
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  • bobinski
    bobinski Posts: 570
    I have a friend who has completed an Iron man riding a fixed gear bike.

    He IS mad :)

    And you may be a little crazy to do one too, but good luck with the training!