normally i say the swim is the easy part in a wetsuit....but IMW can be a real bugger of a swim.....and the bike is one of the toughest on the circuit......I know it beat me in 2011
so i would say get your arse into gear and get some swimming lessons and then get your arse on the bike and ride it until your are to sore to even stand
it is possible to do it from notyhing but you have to put a hell of an effort in...its not a course you can just blag
Hi yellowbeard, welcome, Im not sure I agree with Running Postie entirely but you have a big hill to climb and need to pull your finger out NOW.You need swimming lessons first, the breathing, timing is part of the overall stroke. You will need to be a reasonably compentent swimmer to cover 2.4 miles in the sea and come out still feeling reasonably good.The bike course at Wales is tough, one of the toughest of any Ironman course, if youve not got endurance 'in depth' youll get eaten for breakfast. How many miles a week are you cycling a week on average at the moment, ideally you'd be putting in at least 2-3 rides a week totalling 60-80 miles, building total weekly mileage to about 150 peaking around 200 in August.Im not bigging up the challenge Wales presents for no good reason, I DNF'd there in 2011 and know what its like if youre not ready for the course.You dont say anything about your background, have you done any endurance races before, half marathons, cycle sportives?Have you got a training plan?
there are two sides of the pullbuoy arguement...........the one is you should rarely use it and get your positioning correct and swim properely....
then you get people like me who just can't get their legs to work or get in the correct position so I do all my traiuning with a pullbuoy and do not use my legs at all in the swim.........using my arms and concentrate ion getting my catch correct........this is very similar to the buoyancy given by the wetsuit so I can swim openwater ok.......
major problem is that i can't do pool triathlons as i can't swim properely without a pullbuoy..........but I'm fine for Ironman and well within the cutoffs
right..as you are already fit then you should be fine with some work.......the swim is the one to crack then
good luck.....be great to see you at IMW
I've only ever done two triathlons and both were Iron distance so not sure why you think that is such a bad idea Jamie and both done in less then 13 and half hours.
If its something you want to do Yellowbeard then put the effort in and give it your best go, it's the only way to find out if your good enough. Oh and see you in Wales
Yellowbeard, with your running background you will clearly have some good endurance and sounds like youre building the bike training nicely. As has been said, keep building the bike distances, get a few hundred milers in,a few brick sessions in and you should be well on the way.Swimming will be the key, sounds silly with it being the shortest of the shortest disciplines but a good or bad swim can have a big effect on your day. You need to develop a good efficient stroke, you therefore need some one to one lessons with a swim coach. Sounds like youve got that in plan now.IM Wales do a long course weekend when you do the swim, bike and run on different days, looking at the website http://www.longcourseweekend.com/ its 14th July. Could be worth you doing the swim and run to get your eye in before the IM in September?
jamie tardi wrote (see)
I personally think its a good idea too get some race experience before hand, just my opinion, it's not my race after all! Best of luck
Id agree, doing a warm up race, even if a sprint gets you some experience of around transition, racking etc, youll have enough to worry about at IM Wales so having some prior experience may help? You could look at doing a 1/2 IM, treat it as a long training day and dont race it if in the 6 weeks prior to IM Wales.
Flat Foo..ted wrote (see)
I've only ever done two triathlons and both were Iron distance so not sure why you think that is such a bad idea Jamie and both done in less then 13 and half hours. If its something you want to do Yellowbeard then put the effort in and give it your best go, it's the only way to find out if your good enough. Oh and see you in Wales
Ditto. Two tris, both Iron, both done and dusted before FF.
Well i wouldn't want to shatter a young boys dreams now would i SE.
How much of a kick up the arse does anyone need to do some exercise?
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