Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 14:43

Is a flex not different to a bend?

Swimsmooth is also talking about the reach and not the pull   

23/01/2013 at 15:01

Was thinking about this in the pool today. Before now, I have followed the Mr Smooth advice with finger-tips over the front of a barrel and flexing my wrist but today tried to keep them straight. Really not sure which is best as my whole stroke is pretty rubbish.

The good news is that I had shoulder surgery in December and have today swum 500m. Not very far in the greater scheme of things, but it's a good start on the road to recovery and Ironman.


Edited: 23/01/2013 at 15:02
Rafiki    pirate
23/01/2013 at 15:10

Smoothswim says its talking about the initial catch, which suggests to bend the wrist. The piece you posted from  Triathlete Europe says don't bend the wrist durng the catch.....which is what confuse little old me. Either way I'm still crap

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 18:37

Either way I am still awesome   

M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 18:39

To clarify for those pondering, there will always be a difference in styles and advice as shown above, but I do think that they agree on the main muscle groups so once you can isolate them and use them properly then you begin to make inroads ... the lower your legs the more drag you are having to pull though behind you, if you wont work on your core and position in the water then you might as well be swimming in your pyjamas  

23/01/2013 at 18:45

Blog update if anyone wants to be bored out of their skulls


23/01/2013 at 21:20
Doing ok there Yank, good luck with the Tri.

45 min run tonight, followed by an hours swim. Unfortunately i'd forgotten all the advice in the posts by the time i'd got to the pool, so just swam up and down for 84 lengths holding people up.
M...eldy    pirate
23/01/2013 at 21:35

As long as you were making someones life a misery then that sure counts Sossige !!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
23/01/2013 at 21:57

Swim swum this afternoon, 1hr15min on turbo tonight

I am now off for a hot bath with Holgs and a glass of wine 

24/01/2013 at 10:35

Nice to have your back IY, your spreadsheet is both a source of joy and pain now I'ma acutally using it.

Joy because it'd dead easy and works like a charm.

Pain because it points out in no uncertain terms that I've been a slacker of late, although at least I can tell I'm an all round slacker rather than avoiding any one thing!

24/01/2013 at 12:07

Speaking of that sheet, the Budgie Lewis told me it had some errors so be sure to cross-reference with the Fink book now and again to make sure you're doing the right workout.  He might have an error free version that he fixed himself.

24/01/2013 at 16:17

Meldy - Swam at lunch and spent much of the 2k really trying to focus on engaging my core throughout the stroke. 

"pull in the belly button, enagage core, head lower in the water & take a breath in the bow wave" - simple really

Things were much easier  10 - 15 years ago when I ran nothing but 200m & 400m on the track!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
24/01/2013 at 17:32

1 hour treadmill run done.

I think I may have to do some investigating of running shoes, mine are rubbing my instep (left foot only).  I had this problem with a few pairs I tried when I first started running, and it took me a while to find the right pair - Mizuno.  However, when I bought my current pair, whaddyaknow, the design of the Mizunos had been tweaked for the latest model and I couldn't wear them.
Maybe I just need to try some different insoles.  Or tape up my foot, although I do put a dressing on it and it doesn't seem to help. 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
24/01/2013 at 17:40

Lindt dark chocolate with wasabi. 

Weird, but so yummy.

24/01/2013 at 17:46
"Some of you may already know, but just to confirm, you will all be starting the Virgin London Marathon from the Green Start, along with any celebrity runners. "

Had the above note from the VLM organisers today, bonus.
24/01/2013 at 20:09
Crikey, didn't know I was even doing the London marathon.

Nice one sounds fun, expect to see you on tv
M...eldy    pirate
24/01/2013 at 22:31

Nice one Donkey!  

I swam too, shoehorned in a 45 minute session before work - same again tomorrow with a 30 min run before hand if I can get out of bed in time

Nursey, can you not buy the old model shoes any more?

Nurse Ratched    pirate
25/01/2013 at 12:26

50 mins in the pool, 70 lengths.  Oh, and Ask Meldy triumphs yet again - no moisturiser, no leaky goggles 

M...eldy    pirate
25/01/2013 at 15:52

Damn I'm good  

Swim for me too - no counting today, just swimming

Ironholgs    pirate
25/01/2013 at 15:59

Today is "3 run Friday" - an hour at above normal effort at 6am this morning. A 30 minute ankle deep trail run in the snow at lunch, and in a hour it will be a 20 min, gentle, slip, slide in the snow home.

90 min run tomorrow and a 3hr bike on Sunday to round out an 11hr week for week 1.

Nurse - hope my being there didn't spoil the bath and the wine

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