Another Ironman journey
gastank wrote (see)
somehow in my quiet suburban life running at 6 seems for more normal than shooting zombies at 3am
Hello DK, good to see you posting again. I have been missing you and a bit worried.
Have you got any jobs going?
Respect to those of you brave enough to take on the IM distance within a year of starting! I've been trying to get brave enough to enter an Oly in the summer ... and then I come on here and see folk planning a 2013 IM from scratch!! I love the idea of doing IM but, having experienced how draining a marathon is, I just cannot imagine starting one when you've already swum 2.5M and cycled 112M!! You guys must be nuts. At the back of my mind I harbour a thought that I should do IM before I'm 50 (2016) ... but it seems silly and I never take the thought very seriously.
I did a sprint Tri last year and it was one of the most enjoyable events I've taken part in ... so I've been considering the dark-side of Tri as my running has been floundering all year due to injury. I improve as I go from swim to bike to run, so I think Tri could be a "glass full" type of event where I can look forward to improving fortunes as things progress (as opposed to the impending doom of a marathon). I can swim a mile in the pool front-crawl (40ish minutes) but it's not pretty ... and I have a "cyclo-cross" bike for commuting (5M each way ... longest ride ever is only 23M). Running is a bit better - I've cracked the 40 min 10K barrier and have a 90 min HM ... marathon last autumn was a classic case of dying at 20M and I hobbled in at 3:32. So, I've been considering a July Oly triathlon ... but not actually entering it ... and then I visit here and see the JFDI attitude and realise that either I'm a wuss or you guys are nuts. Or both.
I'm all for the banter of getting everyone signed up, but I do think it isn't a decision to be taken lightly.
Like NurseR I have 2 kids (4 & 6 too). I travel a lot for work, so can train as much as I want when away. When I'm not away I have to cram everything in to the remaining time. I train before the kids are up, or after they're in bed, or at lunch where possible. I spend the weekends doing long rides and long runs, wishing I was at home with the family.
My wife works p/t so it has made life a little easier, however she is now topping her hours up, which means that schedulling needs to be planned at the beginning of the week.
She's used to looking after the kids when I'm away, but it is a little unfair on her to do so when I get back so I can train. I have pre-emptively retired from IM after Outlaw, until the kids are a lot older. It's not fair on them or the wife.
For those of you in similar positions please think carefully. Fink recommends a 'family meeting' where you explain what you want to do and the time it will take. I think to those that are not as involved as us, it means nothing. Telling people you'll be training 12-15 hours a week at some point means nothing until it actually happens, when life gets in the way and plates start to get thrown.
There are ways around this of course - a turbo allows you to stay in and train whilst freeing up t'other half. Same with a treadmill (though I don't have one). Swimming could be done during the kid's swimming lessons. We did a shift change at one point. I swam, she arrived with boy for his lesson, we all swam, I took the boy home. She continues her swim.
Don't go in with blinkers on thinking it will all be OK. Keep your eyes open and be flexible. Once I stopped worrying about doing the plan to the letter life got easier. Communication is key.
If it wasn't for the iron support I get at home, I couldn't do this.
Hope this helps!
SausageDog wrote (see)
Told my wife i was doing an Ironman next year.Discussion done.
With you on that one Cat. My kids are 5 and 7. I work 42 hour weeks with an additional 42hr a week on call. I am roughly following Fink and I'd say the first 10 weeks were not too bad to go with. Not so go the next 10 however nearly 3 weeks of it was taken up with a holiday. I am now in the bigger weeks of Fink. I can't contemplate doing some of what he suggests, not just for time but for physical feeling. I ran 16 miles yesterday and have had a good rest day today. The day before I did a 4 hr bike. Following the letter I should be doing 5 hr bikes with a 1 hr brick and then that long run the day after. No chance. So I've taken some of all the 3 programs and made it fit my life keeping everyone happyish. Must admit, shift work helps for a few weeks when I am off during the week but have to play about a bit when my days off are at weekends. All about work/life/family balance.
Anyway, on the day I'm in the camp of pain is only temporary, success last for ever/winners never quit, quitters never win ( unless injury is a factor, just put my excuses in now!!!! ) and put the chimp in the box for today, he's not your friend and he can be beaten!
Nurse R. I couldn't have got any where near the training in that I have done prior to my 2 starting school full time. Your time will come
I'm doing my first tri in September, although i've caught the training bug and am thinking of booking one in earlier! Need to learn to swim properly though. Lessons start next week!
After reading Ironholgs' book (in pretty much one sitting!) I'm considering IM in 2014, the year i turn 30. Will see how i get on over the shorter distances!
Well done HB.
It is scary how addictive it is. I was going to do the IM in 2014 a week ago. Thats mysteriously changed to a year earlier now!!
I cant get enough, i dont stop thinking about Triathlons or training.
When i started cycling last June, my 1 goal was to complete the Norwich 100 in 2012. Back then i couldnt envisage actually completing a 50 mile ride let alone 100. The event is now 5 weeks away.
Although i've never done a century ride (78 is my max) it no longer seems daunting or even that difficult, in my head. It's now just a part of my IM training.
Within the year my goals have changed slightly.
I feel my years are no longer simply ticking away, as i go through the mundane motions & daily grind, i have goals & ambition again. It makes me feel alive. Happy days. God bless triathlon & signing up to nutty stuff.
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