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Never compare

I was chatting to a few guys in the gym last tonight and this story came up so I thought I’d share it here.

No, before you get any ideas it’s not that kind of comparing.

Anyway, a few years ago I ran the London marathon. At the same time that I was training for it I was working with a client that had recently completed an ironman triathlon. So naturally when I was on the phone to her the conversation regularly got round to training etc.

After the race I was talking about it again, in particular saying that I wasn’t too pleased with my time (4hrs 31mins).

– “Four and a half hours is my best marathon time,” she said.
– “Really, oh okay,” I said, feeling a bit better about my time after all – I mean she’d done an ironman.
– Then a pause
– “Although the only marathon I’ve done was at the end of the ironman.”

So the upshot was: she’d swim 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles … and then run a marathon as quickly as me.

As I say, never compare!

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