Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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iron fraggle    pirate
23/04/2013 at 13:39

Good luck Donkey! my kids are older so I can leave them for a an hour or so while i run or bike, i guess a turbo and dreadmill may have to be the answer ? or babyjogger so you can take one of them with you while you run? 


loving the sunshine today; am going for a run later while No2 son is warming up for diving, and I may have to dig the shorts out of the cupboard (and also apologise to the residents of Reading for the sight of my brilliant blue/white legs  )

Rafiki    pirate
23/04/2013 at 13:42

That's an intereting article ID - some of it makes sense! I like the bit  about the running, espcially as I've been inmjured unti recently so upped the bike to replace runs. I'll find out if it works in a little over 3 weeks!!

23/04/2013 at 15:17
IronDonkey wrote (see)

Has anyone any advice or experience of training for the full distance in similar circumstances?  I'm really interested in seeing how people cope with the training, the lack of sleep etc etc.

ID - I've kept an eye on this thread as doing my first IM distance event this year (9 weeks and counting...) and have a three and a half year old son, and daughter just turned two. Have done three HIM's in last two years whilst working full time as a bit of background to me!

For various reasons, my other half and I took the leap of both leaving work to re-train in other walks of life... has this presented the perfect opportunity to go for the full distance? I am now a stay-at-home dad, and I train in the evenings when Mrs MTH comes home from work as she wants time with the kids. Suits me, and then once a week (in the week) I go for a long bike ride whilst a set of grandparents have the kids for 3/4/5 hours; and train early morning, and late evening at the weekends to leave time for all of us on Sat/Sundays in the day.

What has struck me as under-estimated is the 'extra training' you get pushing the pushchair, carrying kids about, chucking them around etc in addition to your normal training (I follow Fink - but would definately cut this back to 22 or 24 weeks if did this mularky again)

Only my thoughts... and may be a load of rubbish as haven't completed the distance yet!

23/04/2013 at 17:02
Ive stuck to Fink pretty much bang on until a few weeks ago. I had to change the days around & ramp up the running to get ready for VLM though. I havent done the Fink swim drills or running in different zone business.

Difficult to say if i would do the same again until ive completed the IM. Although ive got Slateman in 4 weeks time, will probably be a good test on how my fitness has come on.

Definitely think the first 6 weeks was a bit pointless as i was already doing more than that anyway, so reducing the plan to 24 weeks wouldnt be a biggy, unless you were starting from nothing.

I'm know expert though.

Walking a bit easier today, although stairs are still a bit challenging
Nurse Ratched    pirate
23/04/2013 at 19:42

Just a thought SD ...




23/04/2013 at 20:08
Yes, just what i need
WildWill    pirate
23/04/2013 at 20:33
Evening all

Wk 7 D 2 for me

- Swim ... Including a 2k TT @ 52 strokes per min ... 38:44

- 2hrs spin
- 15mins core
24/04/2013 at 08:39

One hour run yesterday morning inc 5 x 3min hard.  Then a great swim with NEWT yesterday evening.  Feeling good this week, back in the saddle.

On Sunday I'm doing a recce ride for Blaeafon Triathlon.  Hills?  No, cliffs.

24/04/2013 at 17:11

Riding up cliffs DTT? That sounds exciting!

So, I'm Ill again... Is anyone else getting ill a lot ever since they've been training more?

It's getting really frustrating, I just don't know how to sort my immune system out. I take multivitamins, eat well and sleep well but I still come down with something every few weeks or so it seems.

Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do to help at all? 

24/04/2013 at 18:06

I did Ironman UK last year and man was it an experience! No less because of the fact that I did it with a broken toe.

I've written some advice on how to deal with the day here:


WildWill    pirate
24/04/2013 at 20:40
Evening all

Wk 7 D 3 .. For me ..

- 50min spin ... Intervals session

- 30min spin ... To de-stress after work
- 8k swim as 8x1000m ... About 9mins faster than last time .. And no cramp this time
24/04/2013 at 21:28
Well done Tim, have fun Sunday

Hiya Budgie, what sort of ill? Man flu etc? I seem to have had a sneeze or a sore throat since January. Sounds like your doing all you can to stay well.

Maybe you should pop and see the quack.
M...eldy    pirate
25/04/2013 at 01:19

I was going to pop in here and update my swimming prowess but then looking at Wills splash session its going to look like 3 laps of a paddling pool

I am a tad busy, normal service will be resumed shortly  

25/04/2013 at 09:06

50 min ride yesterday, ave 18mph!  Then a brick run.  And I was out at 7:00 this morning for an hour on the bike, busier at that time than I thought but a good way to shake the cobwebs. 

25/04/2013 at 10:58

The Blaenafon course is an interesting one, there are a lot of times when you think how the hell is there another hill?? And by the end it just feels like you have climbed about 10 times more than you have gone down.

I hope the weather is good for you DTT as it gets blustery up the top, I was managing 4mph on a flat into the wind last week on the course. and it has to be the worst road surface I have ever seen... have fun

25/04/2013 at 12:33

Just returned from the South Africa IM but can't report too much on the race as I (and my dad) got food poisoning at Joburg airport which laid me down for 3-4 days.

I watched the race from the hotel sun lounger; the swim seemed fairly choppy with some of the competitors saying there was quite a bit of swell further out.  However, conditions were perfect for the bike, not too much wind and the sun out. The course is relatively flat and fast and the times reflected this. Re: the marathon, many were finding the heat difficult, but again, apart from one hill up to the university, the course is flat with fabulous support throughout.

Port Elizabeth is very cheap, the hotel was great value and, as a season opener, it seems a great IM to do.  I'll be back!

25/04/2013 at 12:52

Gutted, unlucky

WildWill    pirate
25/04/2013 at 13:25

Sorry to here you were ill Sue


Thusrday is a short day for me, so ...

Wk 7 D 4 was ...

 - Swim ... 1800m of drills (and to loosen my shoulders after last nites long swim)

- Spin .. just short of an hour including a RPM class


Edited: 25/04/2013 at 13:26
25/04/2013 at 13:34

BBT, I'm doing the Blaenafon route on Sunday for the first time.  I've driven it, even my car found it hard.  Still seriously considering mountain bike, but will probably man up and take the road bike.  

25/04/2013 at 22:24

2100m swim in an hour tonight with the Tri club.  Feeling good!  If a little weary...   

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