Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:32

That's a step in the right direction Fraggle, here's hoping it continues that way.

Just got an e-mail from a mate who's decided to do IM New Zealand next year.  Envious? Moi?

IronCat5    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:48

Take it easy, but go out and get some headspace Fraggle.

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:22
DimTimTris wrote (see)

WW, you're a machine. Top training.


Tim .. it only seems like that, as i do almost all my training Monday to Thursday (13hrs this week) ... then have 3 days off ... its due to working away and long commutes

Rafiki    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:27

Will - do you think it works better that way - four intense days, then three rest days - instead of the standard 6 days? As you certainly hammer it in those 4 days!! Would you still do it that way even if you didn't have to for work reasons?

22/03/2013 at 09:40

Training's a bit chaotic this week due to busy family life.  But did a swim I was pleased with this morning, a mile in 40 minutes (including some faffing with goggles that have suddenly started leaking).  That's good for me. Included a 9 minute 400m, when I joined NEWT a couple of months ago I was at 10 minutes.  Progress slow but pleasing!

WW, interesting question from Raf!

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:41



Ive been thinking a lot about this as the moment. 

I consider myself quite fit ... and probably can 'out-beast' most people (even half my age) in my local gym on a hard endurance session ... BUT where things come apart is ... with age ... I need more time to recover than those same youngsters.

I am only in week 3 of my 20 week programme aimed at getting me a PB this year so this pattern of training works very well.

As the programme continues i will often add a 5th day (long or social ride OR 5-8mile tempo run) ... but for me I think 2-3 rest days works well .. I start each week feeling 'up for it'

saying that ... one thing i also introduce, as things ramp up, is yoga/stretching sessions and easy walks on my rest days to help activly promote recovery.

AND as always ... i tinker with things depending on how i feel

Edited: 22/03/2013 at 09:42
Rafiki    pirate
22/03/2013 at 10:04

Interesting Will - I've certainly found recently that as the mileage has ramped up (in week 22 of Fink at the momnet) I've performed better with 2 rest days. Like you I consider myself pretty fit, but I need that extra recover time due to my rapidly advancing years!

Perhaps we could write a new book 'Iron fit for Old Gits'!

22/03/2013 at 12:54
Iron Fit for the Masters Age Grouper. There's a way to pay off the mortgage.
22/03/2013 at 13:53

That's not a bad idea.  

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 15:13

We'll find out if my aproach works in July

22/03/2013 at 17:03
Do you go wth 2 rest days in a row RAF?
22/03/2013 at 17:45

fraggle - sorry to hear your news

my training has been poor this week for a few reasons but never mind, at it again from tomorrow

fed up with snow

M...eldy    pirate
22/03/2013 at 18:07

I tend to do the bulk of my training on my 4 days off and lesser sessions when I am at work, I can fit 1 session in before lates, a good day before nights and usually struggle after earlies ..  you find what suits & fits your lifestyle, and I am an old git too 

23/03/2013 at 09:03

Snow!  Which means ... mountain bike fun!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
23/03/2013 at 11:27

Snow!  Which means ... turbo!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
23/03/2013 at 11:28

I want to get out for a run, but it's not safe on the roads around here in this weather.  Everything will be back to normal next week.  It WILL.

23/03/2013 at 11:42

Interesting thread regarding training and rest days. I currently train six days a week although they're not huge long sessions. I'm never quite sure what to do for the best as more training=less family time=bigger guilt trip.


23/03/2013 at 14:26
Looks like I picked a good week to go back to Guernsey. Here on the island it's 13 degrees and sunny. I'm off for a quick sea swim with the Mrs, toddler and thermos in tow.
23/03/2013 at 16:38

Hope you had a good swim, ID. 

Had a fun MTB today, along canal and up to Folly Tower and back.  It was so muddy and slushy up there that I had trouble pedalling *downhill*!  Now in post-workout ache zone.

M...eldy    pirate
23/03/2013 at 18:41

Sounds ace fun Tim & Donkey ....less so Nursey !!

Have we seen a Fraggle today?

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