Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:02

You're hardcore

Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:02

M...eldy    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:03

You luvs me really   

Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:06

Suppose I really just wondered how far I can stray from the plan, but I'm thinking that since I have no option but to jiggle it around, it's getting the hours in that counts.
As long as I don't try my ususal 'run before I can walk' approach.

M...eldy    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:21

Just make sure the intensities are mixed .. dont do all or nothing, keep a lid on it 

22/01/2013 at 20:33
Brick session done. Snows melting really quick but found it almost impossible to ride through some of the deep slush tonight.

Hopefully most of our snow will be gone by the weekend.
Ironholgs    pirate
22/01/2013 at 21:07

Couldn't be arsed with the turbo tonight, so headed out for an hour of starry, icy solitude on the backroads. 580ft of climbing and an average hr of 133, made for an hour well spent.

22/01/2013 at 21:19

going to have to get arsed for a turbo session shortly.....  rather be looking out at a starry night from a beach in the maldives......


Ironholgs    pirate
22/01/2013 at 21:23

Almost full moon, clear skies, the fells illuminated with snow - just looked amazing

But granted Lancashire isn't the Maldives.

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 07:20

Morning team

Its dark.

Ironholgs    pirate
23/01/2013 at 08:20

Morning your ladyship....and everyone else.

It was dark yes.

23/01/2013 at 08:39

Had my 2nd Masters Swim class yesterday and given the snow, only me and the coach turned up.  While very grateful for the 1-2-1 tuition, I took a bit of a beasting on the physical front with what seemed like length after length length.

As per last week, much of the focus of the session was on bilateral breathing, something that's starting to come together although at times I still manage to try and take a breath on my weaker side when my mouth has yet to sufficiantly clear the water .

I'm still needing to work on my body position in the water.  The hips are still too low.  I supose it all comes down to practice and to totally missquote Mr Merckx I need to just get on and "swim the lenghts, swim the lengths, swim the lengths."

IronCat5    pirate
23/01/2013 at 08:52

Good effort ID.

Morning all. Can't decide whether to turbo or brick tonight, or run this morning and brick tonigh...hmmm.

Ironholgs    pirate
23/01/2013 at 08:56

so many choices Mr Cat.......

Well done Donkey.

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 09:07

You need to find your core Donkey ... that'll help with getting the hips higher

23/01/2013 at 09:20

Thanks Meldy - that's what the coach yesterday said too. 

The more I think about it, the more my arms (mostly deltoids, triceps and lats) ache.  Shame I've nobody around (apart from here and a very indifferent OH on instant messenger) to moan at.

In all seriousness though, my "sagging hips" beacame very aparent when we used a pull bouy to focus on the catch phase of the stroke.  When using the bouy, and quite unsurprisingly, my position in the water felt much better and I was really able to "glide" across the water.

I'm not too keen on overusing the pull bouy though as I fear it could become a crutch to mask my dropping hips.

Sooooo much to think about

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 09:24

I think its on the Tri Europe or the 220 website or similar this week that talks about the pull and finish phase of the swim and isolating the muscles needed ... i'll find it for you as it might help to visualise

Use the pull bouy by all means so that you develop some muscle memory but dont (and she wont mind me saying) become like Seren who struggles to swim without

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 09:27

The most powerful part of each stroke is the underwater pull. Many triathletes are challenged in the water because they are not getting the maximum amount of forward propulsion with each pull. Incorrect arm movements under the water can steer you off course, cause shoulder pain and waste energy. An easy way to understand the correct movement is to imagine drawing a question mark on the bottom of the pool with your fingertips.

Check out Part One of the Swim Stroke Series (The Reach) Here

• Relax your fingers underwater and allow a small gap to form between each. Similar to holding your hand out the car window to catch the air.
• Finish each underwater stroke with your arm close to your body and your hand next to your thigh.
• Utilize swim-specific exercises in the gym, such as pulls with resistance bands, to build stronger “pull” muscles.

• Bend your wrist at the beginning of the underwater stroke. Keep your wrist strong and straight.
• Let any part of your arm cross under the centerline of your body.
• Flick your hand out of the water during the finish. Instead, lift your elbow right before your hand reaches the surface.

Step by Step:
Catch the water by letting your elbow pop up at the beginning of each pull while your fingertips angle toward the bottom. Keep your wrist strong and unbending. This motion will naturally force your hand and arm to sweep outward, away from your centerline.

Pull your arm back by rolling your torso toward the arm anchored in the water. You will feel your lats, pecs and upper-back muscles engaged.

Finish each stroke by letting your arm naturally sweep back toward your body as you lose power in those large muscle groups. Your triceps will take over and push your forearm and hand toward your thigh. Do not push your hand out of the water.

Tennis Balls: Hold a ball in each hand and swim freestyle. By canceling the force on your palm, you can feel how important the rest of your arm is for creating propulsion.

Hand Paddles: Grasp the paddle upside down without using the straps and check that the top of the paddle extends past your wrist. When you swim freestyle, the paddle will prevent your wrist from bending as you catch the water.

Single Arm: Use fins to make this drill easier. Place one arm at your side and swim a lap only using the other arm. This will allow you to concentrate on the complete stroke. Watch your arm underwater to verify that it is maintaining the correct position.

23/01/2013 at 09:46


Thanks for that.  Will read and digest in more detail over lunch after I've been out for my 1st road based jog since my ankle operation back in mid November of last year.

8 x 2 mins (at 10.5 km/h pace) with 1 min walk between sets.  Fingers crossed the ankle holds up and I avoid the ice.

IronCat5    pirate
23/01/2013 at 11:37

I read that too Meldy. Thanks for posting it as I'd forgotten too.

I had some stroke analysis and I am now undoing bad muscle memory.

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