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10/03/2013 at 22:24

Apologies if you're on 'Ironman Journey' facebook page as I've just posted this there too, but I'd like to see what everyone's opinion is! 

Has anybody recently (or anytime actually) changed from a 'normal' running shoe, to a zero drop shoe? I got a pair recently as I was told they'd be great for my running style. However, I'm getting calf pains during and after my run, it feels like I've Just started out running again! I've done a bit of research and found out it's quite common. People who have them/have tried them, how long was it until this calf pain wore off? Is it worth swapping between my new shoes and my old shoes until this pain goes?

Cortina5    pirate
10/03/2013 at 22:32

I had something similar when I started running. Within the first few weeks I'd become a midfoot striker. Pain went on for maybe a month or so. It's the body working muscles it isn't used to using. Take it easy and don't overdo it. Keep swapping between then wean yourself off the 'normal' shoes.

Ironholgs    pirate
11/03/2013 at 08:40


Hope everyone is well and that your training is going great.

11/03/2013 at 12:49

Here's my week 9 update...

Britrisky, 3 hours on turbo!  My kneecaps would explode out of sheer boredom!

M...eldy    pirate
11/03/2013 at 17:16

Budgie I would advise a LOT of calf strengthening before changing styles and whilst changing styles and as with everything, nice and slowly.  I you are planning a long run then try and do an out and back in new shoes before carrying on in the old shoes so that you can hold a better form before getting tired. Aches and pains are to be expected but dont let them turn into strains or tears.

My legs were trashed after yesterdays bike efforts so today I did lots of kick drills in the pool and then spent a long time rolling them in the gym afterwards

Busy old day tomorrow with a Tri training camp .... hopefully not in the snow!

WildWill    pirate
11/03/2013 at 17:41

Been up since before 4am for work (330mile comute) ... time to call it a day ... and try and motivate myself into doing some training




M...eldy    pirate
11/03/2013 at 17:52

Thats one hell of a commute Will !

11/03/2013 at 21:21
Evening all.

1 hour coached swim tonight. Another bunch of swim issues identified & the drills to rectify them added to my forever growing list of shite swimming techniques.
11/03/2013 at 21:35
Good write up Tim. Have i mucked up my Fink plan then. I increased my swims to 3 a week in week 6??
12/03/2013 at 08:25

Andy, week 10 the build phase is where it starts, but a few extra swims are good  

Cortina5    pirate
12/03/2013 at 08:56

SD - any time spent swimming wil benefit you on the big day. You'll get out the water earlier and start taking on nutrition earlier. And you have longer to bike and run cut-offs, not that you'll need them.

I had a great swim last night. We've had a natural reshuffle of lanes, so my lane has a few more new people in it. Which makes it easier to 'drive' the lane and keep to the RIs, meaning more swimming in each session. Though it's one of those decisions - front of my lane or middle of next lane up?

WildWill    pirate
12/03/2013 at 09:26

I only managed to get 75min spin plus 15min core last nite ... so i need a good day today 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
12/03/2013 at 09:51

Did some yoga last night, for the first time in far too long, and it felt great.  Am still feeling the benefit this morning, so will make an effort to fit it in much more often.

Club run tonight

iron fraggle    pirate
12/03/2013 at 10:11

still sat on the sofa watching crap tv and feeling rubbish here

M...eldy    pirate
12/03/2013 at 18:47

I have been on a Tri training day today and I was in the fastest swim group and everything!!!!

iron fraggle    pirate
12/03/2013 at 19:50

  top going Melds

am getting over the lurgy, hoping to go back to work tomorrow and maybe get out for a gentle ride at the weekend

M...eldy    pirate
12/03/2013 at 19:56

Keep an eye on HR if you are out and about .... 

iron fraggle    pirate
12/03/2013 at 20:05

yes mum!

M...eldy    pirate
12/03/2013 at 20:10

Low intensity stuff and no heroics  

12/03/2013 at 20:36
Told my man flu to shut up, i'm training for an Ironman!

Necked a Beechams then did a 45min bike/15min run brick tonight. Snow kindly held off all day till i set off on my bike.
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