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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
26/09/2012 at 21:08

I bashed one out tonight . 6 mile run in 44mins. Wanted to get the legs moving a little after all the base bike and swim work towards Sunday`s first tri. A windy 18.5 miles on the bike last night, got up at 6am, it was lashing it down, went back to bed with my `i`ll do it later` hat on. 

IronCat5    pirate
26/09/2012 at 21:08

Nothing today. Was going to swim, but couldn't be arsed! Have just realised I won't swim Friday night as Mrs is out.

Turboing tomorrow.

Racing sunday at the Dorney relays. Last OW of the year. Brrr! The 5km at the end will be my first for 1.5 weeks. I'll know if my ankle has recovered OK on Sunday.

Edited: 26/09/2012 at 21:12
26/09/2012 at 21:18


I`m doing the Oly at Dorney on Sunday. I`ll look out for you.  I`ll be the one stressing over everything.

IronCat5    pirate
26/09/2012 at 21:21

Look forward to seeing you DOM. I don't have club tri kit so may pirate up, and I think the weather with require the v warm pirate jacket.

Are you local to Dorney?

26/09/2012 at 21:30

Not local. I live in Worthing, West Sussex.  I will look out for the Pirate kit.


27/09/2012 at 08:20
Splatfink..I hadn't done a triathlon of any distance before entering the outlaw and I've only just completed my first sprint distance.

Ihad swimming lessons on June and now I can comfortably swim FC for an hour but its all about techinque so you want to be getting it right..you don't want to be doing length after length with poor techinque.

I've not found the cycling too hard just build it up slowly and youllbe fine.
27/09/2012 at 12:38


had to visit the quack today as i was up half the night with bad knee pain.

Turns out i have Ilio Tibial Friction band syndrome (runners knee). Apparently no more running, swimming or cycling for me for the next couple of weeks.

Someone suggested i get a foam roller to massage the muscle. Already doing the RICE business. Any other advice so i can be back on the bike asap please?

Norwich half marathon in November so need it sorted before then

Rafiki    pirate
27/09/2012 at 12:44

SD - Cake's right - a couple of weeks off may well heal it this time - but you need to find out what caused it, so it doesn't flare up again. A physio or decent sports masseuse should be able to help. I had the same thing with Achille's  tendonitis until I got the root of the problem.

27/09/2012 at 14:47

SD - I saw a physio about mine this winter & it's all fine now (presented as back pain).  He recommended the foam roller which hurts like a good 'un but does the business.

Also, do some ITB, hip flexor, quad & hamstring stretches a couple of times a week to strengthen the area around the ITB.

Didn't stop me exercising though - I never listen to advice from people who tell me that!

M...eldy    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:21

What Gavo said ....

Not sure it would restrict cycling tho ??   Certainly wouldnt hurt to do some light spinning IMO

As you were plebs 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
27/09/2012 at 17:39

What gadget do I need to monitor my cadence on the bike? My wee Cateye doesn't seem to do it. Can I get something that will work with my Garmin? 

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