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IM50 – What is it about

IM50 is a community of people who are a stage of life where many significant changes can occur. Changes such as

  • Children finishing their education and moving out
  • Milestone birthdays such as 40 or 50, or 60
  • Retirement
  • Parents passing away
  • Divorce

In my case, I am 46, very overweight, and have recently gone through a divorce. I have had to do a lot of work over the last year realigning my vision for the future. Much of what I had committed my life towards, buying the family home, renovating, landscaping it, and building the ideal family life has disappeared with my marriage. I realised I had putting enormous effort into facilitating someone else’s dream, and not my own. I was getting more unfit, and more unmotivated.

I was to some extent inspired my my cousin, who had just turned 50, and in celebration of her birthday, trekked to the Mt Everest Base Camp. I to decided that I to needed a goal to work towards, especially to motivate my weight loss, as I was becoming increasingly aware that at 140kg, I was not going to age well.


Based on that, I decided that I want to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, and finishes off with a full marathon (42.135km). Given how much weight I need to lose, and the training required, I wanted to give myself plenty of time to do this, and with my cousins 50th Birthday present in mind, I decided this would be a good present to myself, so I would do it after my 50th Birthday. I decided to call this mission IM50, short for Ironman at 50. But I decided to put some more skin in the deal. I wanted to make a public commitment to my goal, and let the world know what I was trying to do. In doing so, I am hopeful that people will keep me accountable. I am more than capable of giving up on things myself, but I am very good at keeping commitments to others.
It also occurred to me that as well as the Ironman thing, IM50 could also simply represent that I am 50 (or will be). To me, 50 is a significant age. I expect that given advances in medicine I will live to somewhere close to 100, so 50 may well be the half way point of my life. I don’t see 50 as being old, and on the downward slide towards retirement. I see 50 as being in my absolute prime, with 50 years of experience that I can use to do amazing things. I am completely committed to the idea that I will achieve more in my post 50 years, than in the years before. I want to build a community who are proud to say IM50, and are getting after it!


How many other people out there may be stuck, and are trying to set out on a similar mission. Maybe not a fitness, or weight loss goal, but something else. Maybe it is a career change, starting a business, saving money, writing a book, starting a blog, taking a holiday? It could be anything. 


I want people to be able to share these dreams, draw on the information, knowledge and experience of this community to help in achieving these goals. A place where people can express themselves, and state the dream without fear of being distracted by the nay-sayers.

Where the community will ask “how is it going?”. Are you on track?”. “What can I do to help?”


Please share you dreams, goals and aspirations. We are here to help.

1 Comment

  1. Kate Bendall

    Love this! As someone who will land there a little earlier than you I can totally relate to this. Whilst I know it is not a “downwards slide to retirement”, I am acutely aware that retirement will be very unpleasant without some significant modifications to my physical state. The mental state has been the focus for a while and now it’s time for my tired, very large and very sore body to get some attention. So I am also committing to going on this journey with you and looking forward to whatever 50 will bring!

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