Joining the pirates…… (go on you know you want to)
We are not a club, just a bunch of like minded individuals who like doing ironmans
Therefore there are no fees, rules etc:-)
As you see we hang around on runners world forum.
Most of the old / orriginal pirates have moved on as their interests moved on (some are still around though)…. But we get lots of newbies eveey year.
The only vague rule is to enter an ironman, introduce yourself, buy some kit, train and go do it
So you have bumped into a pirate, and thought, hey they are cool / crazy / so unfibut still doing Ironmanm and you think ‘yes! – I want a bit of that!
If so, read on
So How Do I Join
Well, the pirates are not actually club – so there are no entry fees and therefore its really easy to join!!
However we are a bunch of ironman / ironman wannabes who offer each other guidance, help and motivation etc. Most importantly we do a nominated ironman each yer as well as a various half IMs.
There, we all wear stupidly loud yellow kit, and support each other furiously
That’s where the spirit/ pirate ethos came from – supporting / encouraging those idiots who dared enter an IM despite varying levels of ability / fitness and injury.
We also see in the final finishers (usually a pirate) with beer in hand –
We hang out on the runners world uk forum- triathlon section. Piss taking / banter is all part of it, as is helping and encouraging those newbies who appear each year.
The only 3 things you need to do to become a pirate is:-
- join the forum (nickname required)
- enter a race
- buy some pirate race kit
I would start by lurking on the forum, and if you decide you like the vibe, then introduce yourself, and enter an IM!
It helps to do an ironman with other newbies / pirates. That way you are part of the journey, its easier to ask stupid questions, get help and advice and finally the support on the day is brilliant. It generally helps to be reasonably active on the forum (so people know who you are), have a sense of humour and not take yourself to seriously
Above all its supposed to be fun.
If you are into oly distance stuff, or are a ‘serious*’ athlete the pirates may not be for you
If you are enthusiastic and don’t take yourself too seriously (have you seen the kit?) then welcome
*No talent is required, but we have some kona qualifiers in the gang