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27/02/2013 at 21:55

For this year's IM, I thought perhaps I was ready to jump to a more serious training program after using a modified "just finish" type program for the last 2 years.  So I decided to give the Fink Intermediate a go.  I've changed my mind.  I'm 25 weeks away from IM #3 and already feeling time crunched and a bit overwhelmed.  Maybe it evens out later but I can't handle being that far away from my big race and doing 2 hours of training on a Tuesday. 

I've created a rudimentary Excel sheet with both the Just Finish and Intermediate programs side by side and will be using some combination of the two over the next 24 weeks.  I'm afraid that if I'm already feeling frazzled, I'll be absolutely cooked by the middle of the summer and will end up hating triathlon.

27/02/2013 at 22:05
Must admit, following the Fink competitive plan i have had a few days when i've felt absolutely beat. Normally after the weekends. Mind you, ive had to incorporate extra running intomthe plan for London Marathon as well.

I guess i will notice the benefit of pushing myself now when taper down pre events. Hopefully
27/02/2013 at 22:21
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Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/02/2013 at 08:33

I was going to bike this morning but it's been very frosty here overnight, so I think I'll leave it for a few hours until these rural roads have seen some sun.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/02/2013 at 10:36

Ok chaps and chapesses - foam roller purchase question.

Am deciding between this one and this one.  Who has used these, and can tell me what, if anything, I get for the extra £17 I'd pay for the Triggerpoint?  Happy to fork out the extra cash if it's a vastly superior product. 

Cortina5    pirate
28/02/2013 at 12:09

I got a blue foam roller from my local sports shop for £10.

Rafiki    pirate
28/02/2013 at 12:31

Nursey - they look fecking painiful!! I'm with Cat, cheap one from Amazon for me - which also happens to be blue - but does the trick!

28/02/2013 at 13:08

Quick hour on the bike targetting some hills in prep for Blaenavon Triathlon.  About 15 miles inc 900ft of climb.  More work to do...!

Cortina5    pirate
28/02/2013 at 13:14

Rumour has it that the foam colours are related to the ouch factor - white/blue/black.

Nice bike Tim. I've heard it's a killer tri!

iron fraggle    pirate
28/02/2013 at 14:07

Good swim for me this morning, did just under 36 mins for my mile, which I haven't done for years    I think the kettlebells upper body strength stuff is helping

run late while no2 son id diving, then swim & bike tomorrow

28/02/2013 at 14:10

I have a cheap blue foam roller, the trouble is with it is that it has gone soft in the middle so doesn't perform as well as it did, and tbh I haven't used it thaat much. The ones you have linked do look like they would be better in the longer term

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/02/2013 at 14:59
Rafiki wrote (see)

Nursey - they look fecking painiful!! I'm with Cat, cheap one from Amazon for me - which also happens to be blue - but does the trick!

There's a lot to be said for a little pain Raf 

Good biking Tim and good swimming Fraggle.


Edited: 28/02/2013 at 15:02
Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/02/2013 at 15:24

29.1 hilly miles biked in 2hrs 14min (at least, I think it's hilly).  Would be a tiny bit quicker if I could get the bottle out of the cage to have a drink without having to stop .  

iron fraggle    pirate
28/02/2013 at 15:58

it'll come with practice nursey

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/02/2013 at 16:56

I wouldn't bet on that Frag!

M...eldy    pirate
28/02/2013 at 19:07

Nursey .  as BBT has alluded to, the cheaper the roller the less density, I believe its the Fit66 ones that are quite good?

40 miles on the bike for me, 4 layers but it was very nearly spring  

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
28/02/2013 at 22:11

I have a triggerpoint Grid foam roller.... really hurts! 


WildWill    pirate
01/03/2013 at 10:53

At physio at lunch time ... see what he says about my knee ... fingers crossed 

01/03/2013 at 11:36

Hope it goes well, Will.

Got a question for you all.  Strength & conditioning -- what do you do, and how much?  I do some exercises in the house a couple of times per week, but feel it's nowhere near enough.  I hate gyms ... but thinking about fitting a gym/weights session in on a Friday morning (and maybe a swim afterwards too).  

WildWill    pirate
01/03/2013 at 11:48

in the off seasion i do a fare bit, mix of weights (high rep/low rest), core/body weight stuff. insanity etc

At start of program it drops to 1-2 sessions per week (Insanity type stuff) plus occational core work at end of tri specific session

then to 1

then non as i get close to my A race

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