Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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26/09/2012 at 10:01

Splatfink - bite the bullett.

I haven't done a tri before either but am enrolled for 2012 Outlaw full in July next year so that gives me 9 months to get upto scratch or close enough anyway.

Haven't swum for years but was surprised how quickly it improves to start with at least.  I try to get in the pool about 2 or 3 times a week at the moment to do drills and increase stamina - oh, and practice breathing which is my biggest problem.  3 weeks ago i couldnt swim 2 lengths without gasping for breath now i do sets of 10 lengths before i stop for a quick breather. its not great but its a definitie improvement.

26/09/2012 at 11:02

Well done Dodger - that's great news - and inspiring! I'm still not convinced yet though.. 

WildWill    pirate
26/09/2012 at 11:21
Splatfink wrote (see)

That's great! How long before he could swim 1.5k - and how many hours per week did he put in at the pool?

He trained with me for 1 hour per week witch rose to 2.5 in open water season

Plus a couple of 1 hour sessions on his own

I only allowed him to swim front crawl 

26/09/2012 at 11:26

splat - I only started doing front crawl in about April of this year. I am still slow, but can do 400m in about 11 or 12 minutes. At the moment I am only doing a couple of sessions a week - one of those is with a tri club. In the school holidays I tend to get more time to swim.

26/09/2012 at 11:44

Bloody Hell Mathschick - that's amazing! I timed my first 25 meter front crawl at about 40 seconds - about the same as my breaststroke - plenty to improve on. What triclub did you join? I had a look at absolutetri as they do spin and swim sessions at a nearby leisure centre. Its proving tough to find an open water session that doesn't conflict with my working hours though (evenings and saturdays). I'm not too worried about that yet - I'll worry in spring.

Wildwill - I hope I improve at the same rate as your friend. That's a huge gain.

26/09/2012 at 12:32
Is their enough time between half outlaw and full outlaw to make a decent go at both?

Hi spaltfink. Nail down the event and youll make time to train and this complete it ! Nothing like a deadline to drive action. I am going from 298lb couch to outlaw in the next 9 months or so. I can just about run 2.5 miles without a rest bike about 15 before collapse and swim? 200 before being recued. Adding 10% or so a week to those numbers should see me victorious -)
26/09/2012 at 13:38

Go SgtLard! That's incredible.

I'm almost convinced Cake...but still not quite. The last time I cycled 100 miles was when I was 21. I went from Nottingham to Liverpool over the peaks on a 3/4 size BMX with a tent. I did it in 4 days. 40mi day 1, 40mi day 2, a day off and then 20mi on day 4. My commute is 10 miles each way. It takes me an hour to cycle - for some reason I go twice as fast on the bike at the gym. Most recently I cycled 30mi in a day taking 3:40h. I'm enjoying my running but I'm getting significantly slower as I increase distance - from 10.5m per mile at 5k to 13-15m per mile on my last run coming back from 3 weeks out with a calf injury. I average 11 - 12 mins over 5 miles. I know I can improve significantly - I'm just not sure how quickly...


26/09/2012 at 14:04
Swam a mile when i was 21 - no training, just for charity and not too impress a fit bird i was stalking at the time

Biked 10m and 25m timetrials on k6 - even got a 3rd cat license and raced for halfa lap - not fun being dropped by the grey haired club and the women whilst desperatley not trying to crash at 40kph and take tem all out

Never got into running as i had learned to drive and bought a car. Still 20+ yrs later..

..aiming at outlaw 2013 then iron half and full ironman 2014 then iron europe - somewhere hot & windy. So on the way to outlaw will be a first aquathon, a first half marathon, a first olympic dist tri a first half iron and a first full iron. And a return to 14st buff (but now bald) body . The rest will drop into place in 12 months time, post outlaw and pre kit investment ( i deserve a flash bike after delivering 100lbs of lard and an outlaw t shirt before im 47. )

Oh, and I only started training back in mid august after months of talking about it. Havent told the wife the big plan yet- just getting fit dear
26/09/2012 at 14:12

splat - I joined GI Tri after meeting a couple of the coaches at a novice training day (I went to the novice training day as a result of entering a tri run by onestepbeyond (who do the outlaw and other tris)) and they encouraged me to join - they are very friendly to beginners and have taken me from not being able to do fc at all in april to being able to do it slowly now. where in notts are you based? I have met a few people from Mansfield Tri who seem nice.

26/09/2012 at 14:50

I live near Newstead Abbey. My work is in Nottingham though.

SgtLard - I take my straw cowboy hat off to you and your plans!

26/09/2012 at 15:21
Just my personnal big hairy arsed goals (bhag) splat. Imroughly folowing a prefink - the hard part is training so i focus 1 day at a time
26/09/2012 at 16:39

With a nudge in the right (?!) direction from folks on here I signed up for Outlaw 2013...have never done a tri before, didn't even have a road bike, though I could run/swim a bit. 

Pick an event, find a plan and you'll be away...The sheer scale of the task is less scary if you have a goal and someone telling you what to do! I signed up, bought a second hand bike to get me on the road, got myself a mentor and spent the summer working my way through the base bit of Fink's competitive plan, wk12 last week. Now enjoying a light week before deciding where to go from here training wise (any hints or tips much appreciated....more of the same I guess...?)

26/09/2012 at 17:00
Splat, coincidence, i grew up in Ravenshead till i was 15. Went to school at Joseph Whitaker in Rainworth.

You will soon build up your bike distance. Look at my blog, just over a year ago i managed a 12 mile bike ride. Did 4 x 120miles in a row last week. (i still ache mind you)
M...eldy    pirate
26/09/2012 at 17:54

Ducky .. depending on your goals for next year, given your recent cycling you could do a lot worse than look at a winter base plan which will give you good recovery time and a bit of structure to training

26/09/2012 at 17:57

Meldy - would you point me to a winter base plan for cycling please? I have a marathon training plan I want to run to. I don't want to do anything intense on the bike so maybe base training is the way to go. What do you think?

M...eldy    pirate
26/09/2012 at 18:00

Tortuga ... go to www.beginnertriathlete.com and look at their free plans, amongst them is a winter base plan and I beleive a bike specific one
Look at them all and take your pick
A lot of plans you will find start quite possibly too low in hours v distance, again dependant on where you are in your own personal journey you may want to start a few weeks in, if you are new to this lark dont jump too far ahead and if you do jump then repeat the weeks until the plans catch you up - this will all help with getting in to the habit of a routine and a structure if you are not used to it, if you are used to it the same rule applies and it will stop you from getting injured through over enthusiasm  

26/09/2012 at 18:46

splat - Mansfield Tri is probably close to you then. GI tri who I train with are in Bingham - we swim on a Sunday night at 8pm - 9pm and on Thursdays there is a run session at 7pm - 8 then swim for an hour.

26/09/2012 at 19:25

Thanks Meldy - font of all knowledge! I'm aiming for Outlaw as my A race. I'll have a looksee on beginnertriathlete.... bike plan sounds like a good idea to me, 

WildWill    pirate
26/09/2012 at 20:38
Evening all

Solid days training for me today

- Swim 4 x 400m intervals

- 18 mile (just over) multi terrain Run
- 20min Core and Stretch

***PS beginnertriathlete is going to release som new plans in the next few weeks
26/09/2012 at 20:43
1 hr swim, 70 lengths FC. First swim in over a week
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