Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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27/03/2013 at 19:40

This is going to sound mighty strange but today was I think my first real swim workout ever.  Yes, that's after 3+ years of doing this.  Yes, that's after 2 Ironmans.  

It was my 3rd or 4th session in a group swim training group and I recall a comment I made last week to the coach (who's also been working with me separately since before Christmas), "Why do we get so much rest time in-between 25s, for example? I don't need that much rest time."  She replies, "Then you aren't working hard enough on the given distance."  So today, after about 1200 yards of various things, she has us do 20x25, leaving on 30 seconds.  

This was new to me, and I was told that we would start a 25 every 30 seconds.  I think to myself, "Hmm, I can do 25 yards in about 25-26 seconds normally so shouldn't be a problem."  Well, by about the 6th or 7th of the 25s, I was begging for a little rest.  I made all 20 but holy crap, I was wrecked.  Obviously, it's going to make me a better swimmer and I now know how to better push myself.  

M...eldy    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:04

Mathschick .. I thought exactly the same,ace soundtrack Will but not what I would call punk, love The Ramones 

Yanky that sounds like a damn good swim session!

I swam today as well, just the hour and a mixtures of 400's on drills and pace and anything else I could think of!

Off to Devon for the Easter break tomorrow but will look in when I can, planning on some nice bike rides hopefully !!

WildWill    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:14
Well Punk / New wave

Evening all ... A good day for me

LUNCH TIME
- 45min trail run at a steady 10m/m pace

PM
- 8k swim as 8 x 1000m .. Struggled with cramp the last 2k so they were a bit of the pace ... Also found I swim faster when there's another swimmer in my lane
M...eldy    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:15

You struggled with cramp when you did the 6k Will, time to relook at the plan ?

WildWill    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:19
But this time it it started 2k later ... So that's progress ... Method in my madness
WhizKid    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:32
8k swim you are some special type of crazy
M...eldy    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:34

Method my arse Willum  

 

WildWill    pirate
27/03/2013 at 20:40
I may do a couple of 10k swims this year .plus I've too almost 2mins off my 1000m TT tis month
27/03/2013 at 22:01

I'm obviously nowhere near as old as you lot. Never heard of anyone on the playlist. 

27/03/2013 at 22:02

I have ear ache. Swimming related I'm guessing. Any suggestions?

27/03/2013 at 22:35
Do your strokes with your arms, not your ears?

;-)
27/03/2013 at 22:55

I'm like dumbo in the water....

27/03/2013 at 23:15

Andy, look after yourself, a cold will give you enforced rest.  Hope you shake it soon.  Been to physio about the calf?

IY, good swimming mate!  I'm loving the tri club swim sessions now, really looking forward to open water swimming in May (once we've hacked a hole in the ice).

WW ... 8k.  Respect. 

M...eldy    pirate
28/03/2013 at 06:36
Spoons ... Ear plugs

Happy holidays everyone
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 ..

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/trainingplans-list.asp?l=1

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

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