Alcohol and Ironman training

What does everyone do?

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BluePeter    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:00

During training for my first half marathon last year I didnt drink for 1 month prior to the race, during my first marathon training I didnt drink for 2 weeks prior to the race...

I am fully immersed in training for Outlaw but I dont seem to have cut down much on drinking. I work shifts so when I am on nights no drinking so there is always a natutal break each month...When I do drink it is relaxing time with Mrs BP and especially now during IM training I think if I didnt we would both be much more stressed.

I'm not sure if I will have a break before Outlaw...if I do maybe 3 or 4 weeks. I know training wise it would be much better if I didnt but emotionally/to keep me sane I think it is helping

What is everyone else doing/what does everyone else normally do during IM training?

BP (not officially an alcoholic)

PSC    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:03

the odd drink isn't going to kill you!  Relax and train to live, not live to train.  Its a hobby FFS.

29/04/2013 at 14:07

Man Utd managed to draw with Arsenal on Sunday despite a two day bender from Monday night.  So I wouldn't worry about it.

29/04/2013 at 14:07

+ 1.   It's meant to be fun 

29/04/2013 at 14:10

I rarely drink, so IM training makes no difference to me.

I have some friends who decide not to drink at all when they are training (so that can mean up to six months off) and others who cut down a bit and others who carry on as normal.

Sometimes it makes a difference what their objectives are.  Are you intending to win the race?  Or your age group?

You're a grown up, I am sure that you are capable of making a reasoned decision.  If it's not making any difference to your ability to train, then it's probably not a problem.  If you can't do your long bike rides because you're still bolloxed from the night before, then maybe it is.

I agree with PSC.

BluePeter    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:10

I'm not worried as such maybe my post came across like that, I am having fun Just wantI'd to see what everyone else does during training as well.

Iron Pingu    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:12

I've had a couple of erm rather large nights out in the last month and I've got Lanza in 3 weeks.  Probably wasn't the best idea but I did have a bloody good laugh!  No more mad nights out now though till after Lanza but I'll still have a glass of wine on the weekend.  I think lack of sleep is worse that having a few drinks ....

29/04/2013 at 14:13

I had a few lagers yesterday which was the first time in a few weeks. Since I'm following Fink so Monday is rest day , Sunday is usually the only day I'll have a drink and it's usually lager  now a days as anything else is too strong.

Pudge    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:14

I was wondering the same myself actually.  I've never gone out of my way to avoid alcohol when training for a marathon etc, and it's never done me any harm, but as I gear up to start training for an ironman, I was beginning to wonder whether I should be more conscious about alcohol intake.

But then I read IronHolgs book, and if Dave can still have a session on the Guinness whilst training, and still complete an ironman, then bollocks to it, so can I!

PSC    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:19

a couple of beers won't hurt you BP... the biggest issue is dehydration - so going out on a big bender and then trying to do a long run the following day probably won't feel good.  Sleep is another issue, booze can spoil sleep patterns apparently!  Not sure how that works as I fall straight asleep after a few glasses of red!!

Like everything in life - in moderation is fun.  

Now if you are at the pointy end of the field then perhaps some abstinance might be a good thing........

29/04/2013 at 14:20

Eh.....  Don't use me as an example...


i do cut back in the week before a race, Saturday I only had one beer and a small glass of red as I was racing yesterday 

Edited: 29/04/2013 at 14:21
The Silent Assassin    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:20

Idecided 4 weeks ago no drinking till after Outlaw, I lasted 3 weeks and the need to have that down / relaxed time become to much and gave in last weekend

We try and make it once a week after all training is done on Sunday


29/04/2013 at 14:24

give up alcohol just because you're IM training??  are you having a laugh??  

OK - moderation won't do any harm, the occasional bender won't hurt either (bar the following day!), but to give up completely is unncessary in my view but if you want to, then that's your call.

the night before Outlaw in 2011, a few from around these parts had a piss-up and managed OK - well, most did......

29/04/2013 at 14:26

Do you mean 2011 or 2012?

(Or maybe both??!??)

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:28

I tried completely stopping the alcohol.

It was a shite idea.

I like a drink.

Life's too short.


I don't drink much anyway, bottle of wine a week.  And I always have more drink free days than drinking days each week.


Rafiki    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:28

Interesting the rate of responses to this thread in such a short space of time, and all with more or less the same answer  



Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:29

Drinkers with a triathlon problem

29/04/2013 at 14:32
M..o.use wrote (see)

Do you mean 2011 or 2012?

(Or maybe both??!??)

ooops - 2012...

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:34

 That'll be the Korsakoff's 

Edited: 29/04/2013 at 14:38
WildWill    pirate
29/04/2013 at 14:41

In Switzerland in 2009 ... we drank the bar dry of beer a few days befor the IM

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