Apologies in advance for my naivity I guess borne out of, well...naivity.
Background (bear with me)
I'm 49 years of age (told everyone that already). I ran the London Marathon 6 or 7 years ago and hadn't done too much running until March this year. I subsequently joined a running club and have since run several HMs and quite a few shorter races. My aim is to run sub 4 hrs at the Dublin City Marathon and I'm confident I should be thereabouts.
I have long been interested in triathlon, distance especially, but never had the time or committment to step up to the mark. Now I have some spare time and made that personal committment, I hope I am in for the long term.
I have earmarked Outlaw 2012 as my debut event, competing under the pirate flag, although I'd like to work through a couple of tri's including a 70.3 as warm ups/testers.
Question (Hope you are still here)
My local tri club begins its winter training on Oct 8 with MTB and trail running brick sessions. Should I throw myself at it in order to get as much bikework in as I can (I have never really owned a bike as an adult until recently). My fear is that it might adversely affect my shorter term goal of a sub 4 marathon that same month.
It seems quite a fearful question, but I need to take good advice from the experienced if I am to get through the early stages free of self imposed injury.
Thanks for the replies Meldy and WW, not remotely what I was envisaging, but bang on the money.
I think you are both probably right in that my focus has to shift. I never thought of it in those terms and I guess I was thinking get the sub 4 out of the way then tune into Outlaw.
It would have to be Outlaw as my 'A' mid term goal and the Dublin Marathon (31 Oct) as another stepping stone.
I've never found that cycling affects marathon running, with the obvious proviso of not doing 112 miles immediately beforehand. Your marathon training will all be done by then anyway, and some MTBing would at least stop you doing anything non-productive like a 20 mile run 2 weeks before your race. OTOH not doing these particular MTB sessions won't affect your Outlaw at all.
They shouldn't be all-out sessions anyway, you're building a base on the bike at this stage. Use them as starter sessions, then you can then use the weeks following your marathon to start increasing the mileage as you won't be running much then anyway.
All sterling advice.
I'm sure my trepidation stems from the fact that, as Meldy and Dave point out, by the time I'll be almost there with regard to my marathon training, I'd be introducing a different platform of training. I don't want to be picking up silly avoidable injuries, and even though Outlaw might be my new prime target, I am already in a decent frame of mind and shape for the DCM.
I also don't want to miss those early brick sessions as it's a good opportunity to meet my new club, shake things down and ask some questions of myself.
Thanks again folks.
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