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28/03/2013 at 06:47
Hi everyone, I normally post on the mums running thread but in the last year have been lurking on the tri threads...........I'm looking for advice from you guys as have been offered a free place on the highland warrior tri at the end of May. It's held in Fort William and is a 1.2 mile sea swim ( 2 laps), 56 mile road bike & 13 mile run. The only ( large) problem is I have never done any OW swimming yet ( but it was this years plan!!) & my only two tri's I have completed is last September & last weekend, both 400 metre pool swims!
In the past I have completed 3 marathons ( slowly) and in Jan. I did the strathpuffer24 as a solo rider.
I just don't know if I would manage it or not, what do ya reckon??
WhizKid    pirate
28/03/2013 at 07:55
Running free you will be fine best thing too do is get down too your local open water swimming venue and get practising... Sighting is very important! And build up to at least 2k in the pool as well as this will bring confidence! Best of luck!
WildWill    pirate
28/03/2013 at 08:01

Hi and welcom Runnin' Free


It sounds like you have a good base, but what is your fitness level like at the moment?


The first thong i wold say is have a look at a gouod miidle distancs paln, something like this one ..


Its a 20 week plan and you only have 8 ... so look to se if you can adapt it to your needs , so you may need to do somethin like week 6,8,10 then 12 onwards sort of thing


Then I would aim to get in som olpen water training in as soon as sencible ... probably going to be begining of may looking at the long range forcast





28/03/2013 at 08:10
I know I can swim a mile in the pool, I have done it a couple of times since Christmas in about 42 mins.
Fairly fit at the moment as did a 24 hr MTB event end of Jan. and was building up my cycling for a sportive end of May. Run a few times a week but mostly with the buggy or intervals on the treadmill.
My aim was a full ironman maybe in a few years but maybe this will be the push I need. Just worried about swimming in the sea, what if I can't do it and panic, oh and the cold, dark, deep, freezing aspect slightly worries me!!!!
Will have a look at that's plan later thanks WildWill. Thanks. Kids to sort out now.....
Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/03/2013 at 09:25

Hi runnin' free. "... the cold, dark, deep, freezing aspect slightly worries me!!!!" You can't possibly be any more scared than me, so if I can manage OW swimming, you can too! Get yourself along to a group session, where you'll be looked after, and you'll be fine.

I was in the pool yesterday for the first time in a fortnight, and it showed! Doing a 90 min long, steady swim tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.  My knackered shoulder isn't very happy, so I'm torturing it with some tennis ball massage.

WildWill    pirate
28/03/2013 at 09:30

Just an intervals run and some stretching befor work for me today.


Got my long drive home this afternoon

28/03/2013 at 09:36

Hour on the bike 8 til 9.  It's stupid cold out there.  I love seasons, but I've had enough of this one.  Sun, please.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/03/2013 at 14:47

Quick question - on the bike, what do people carry for dealing with p*****res - cartridges, pump, or both?

Ironholgs    pirate
28/03/2013 at 15:09

Both - 2 cartridges in seat bag and micropump in monaco pocket - small, don't weigh much and extra piece of mind.

Thankfully never been unlucky enough to get a puncture in a race.

28/03/2013 at 15:13

As above for me too.  I also carry a small bit of thin cardboard (part of the box a tube comes in) just in case I manage to damage the wall of the tyre. 

Slot the cardboard (or energy bar wrapper) between the tyre and tube and it should hold for long enough to get back home.

28/03/2013 at 15:22
Flip I haven't even attempted to change a tyre, I'm a typical woman who is rubbish at things like that but I shall have to learn I guess.
Nurse Ratched - ( im guessing your a nurse!!!??? so am I!!) I know I think it's the thought more than anything else. There is a tri club about an hour from me but don't think they start OW until another month or so, will have to check.
Tried on a wetsuit today............
Rafiki    pirate
28/03/2013 at 15:27

Both for me too. I use a micro-pump to inflate the new tube a tadge - makes it easier to seat in the rim when you first put it on. Plus, if the CO2 fails, you can just about get enough air into the tyre to make it rideable wiht a small pump!

Good idea about the cardboard ID - I might use some of this months Tri 220 mag for that - can't think of a better use, can you Holgs?

WhizKid    pirate
28/03/2013 at 15:56
On my TT bike I only carry cartridges 3 just in case I managed to thread one or something stupid! On my normal road bike I carry a micro pump too however I don't fancy sticking 100+ psi in with that bad boy!

Being a ex car mechanic I've made a few interesting bodges at the side of the road, namely a very buckled wheel being beaten with a large rock... It got me home but sadly I needed a new wheel! One thing I would recommend is carrying some quick links, if you have a SRAM or shimano chain (both can work on the same drive chain but campag can NOT) as I have t had a chain snap on a road bike touch wood but I have on a mtb... Make sure it's the right one e.g. 8,9,10 speed etc.

Holgs not getting a puncture in a race is about the only not too have happened too you isn't it! I wouldn't fancy a carbon seat post wedged up my bum for 56 miles
Edited: 28/03/2013 at 15:58
Ironholgs    pirate
28/03/2013 at 15:59

ha ha I guess I've just been lucky with punctures

The carbon seatpost is not something I EVER wish to repeat.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/03/2013 at 17:28

Holgs, I loved the photo of you holding the knackered seat and smiling.  How long did the smile last for ...?

28/03/2013 at 17:32

He was smiling cos of where it'd been wedged.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
28/03/2013 at 17:35

5 mile run this afternoon, dead on 50 mins. 

Steak for tea 

28/03/2013 at 19:06
Evenng all. Swapped my rest day to today as still feeling a bit shitty. 10 days off work now

Welcome runnin. Best advice is sign up for an Ironman now, buy a copy of 'Be Iron fit' & crack on. Sounds like your further ahead with your fitness than a lot of us 2013 cherry popping ironman candidates. good luck.

Now off to find some pleasant images to look at & wipe away ones of Holgs with a seat post wedged where it shouldnt be
iron fraggle    pirate
28/03/2013 at 21:05

*still* suffering from this sodding virus - every time I try and do some training, I feel really awful the next day    Am off to Cornwall tomorrow for a few days at my mum's, so hoping to come back recovered and raring to go - and not *too* full of pasties

no internet connection where we're going, so I'll see you on the other side

Cortina5    pirate
28/03/2013 at 22:13

Godspeed Fraggle!

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