Fink for Outlaw 2012

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15/10/2011 at 10:57

JEvans - if you don't enjoy biking I think you've made the right decision.  The only thing I would add is to ask what sort of bike have you got?  I didn't start to really enjoy biking (and I mean really really enjoy) till I got my road bike as opposed to a hybrid.  I might be wrong but I think you mentioned you are riding a hybrid at the mo?  Just something to bear in mind for the future thats all and good luck with the rest of your training.   I think a relay option might be good for you, (or helping at the feed station of course).  

Edited: 15/10/2011 at 10:59
15/10/2011 at 13:52
Thanks Soupy. Yes, I'm on a hybrid... And missed out on a free road bike the other week. I am hopeful that a roadbike will help my enthusiasm, but I also know I will want to invest in a new one too and we don't have anywhere to keep multiple bikes and I want to spend my money on running kit next year I think. I easily spent £300 + on swim and bike this year.
15/10/2011 at 15:04
JEvaNs I got a good deal on mine it's only a Raliegh airlite 100 but it does the job was £300 well worth investment I think. May even give you a confidence boost If you have been a good girl Santa might get you one
adbru    pirate
15/10/2011 at 15:58

Hi Guys,

Just lurking at the mo, going on holiday this week so will order the book when i come back but can you explain something for me please ?

on the 'just finish' program the swims are listed as #18 and #19 , are the breakdown for these in the book or can anyone give me a hint as to what it means until the book arrives ...?

cheers

Darkness    pirate
15/10/2011 at 16:11
Yep all swim sets are set out in the book, but unless you are an ex Olympic swim star I think most wont be able to finish them in the allotted time. I never used them to be honest.
15/10/2011 at 19:40
On the swimming side of things, I was planning on just going to go to my tri club session once or twice a week as they do structured sessions and it would save me trying to work out what all the sessions in the book want me to do...! And in Spring I'm going to swim in the river at least once a week
15/10/2011 at 19:48
JEvans, I am planning the same thing.  The club swim twice a week and one is endurance in the 50m pool and one technique so I shall be sticking with those session and if I have time for one of my own, then I will chuck one in.  I am not that great at working out for myself what I should be doing....even when I do read books.
15/10/2011 at 20:01

Here you go Adbru

#18. 200 warmup, 8x50 drills, 5x100 (with 20 sec rest at wall inbetween), 8x50 drills, 100 cool down.

#19. 200 wu, 8x50 dr, 4x125 @20 sec, 8x50 drills, 100 cd.

Hope that helps!

mmmm, really do need to get out on my road bike and try it out properly now my marathon is over. But like Jevans.... I really don't like going fast on my bike, nor riding on roads! 

IronCat5    pirate
15/10/2011 at 20:11

I seem to be confused. I didn't think there was an alotted time for swimming? There is an assumed hour on the totals per session, but the plan just says 'SWIM'.

I must admit, I'm bored of 2 sets of drills already. I'm going to get swim coaching and see what they recommend, and join a tri club for similar.

15/10/2011 at 20:20
Thats the point of the Fink plan Cat it's all timed, as i said in an earlier post the swim sets are near on impossbile to complete in the hour and you either do what you can in the time or finish the set however long it takes...which for me is a rather long time.
VT'd    pirate
15/10/2011 at 20:58

I could never follow such a training schedule to the letter, and I'm sure that isn't the point.  I enjoyed the book and not for one minute do I t doubt the authenticity of its claims or the experience or sincerity of the author. 

However, everyone has different lifesyles and pressures and to attempt to follow each and every step becomes a chore in itself.  I intend following the essence of the intermediate schedule, keeping within the increments in overall 'volume' and stepping up in intensity and duration as advised.  What i actually achieve within my sessions is down to whatever my clubs are doing on the day.

It shouldn't be too difficult for me to apply the principals Fink lays down as my running club already structure their week around 3 running sessions (intervals/tempo/LSR).  My new tri club do drill sessions with a coach on the poolside as well as winter MTB/trail running and my cycle club's weekend ride outs will cater for my road sessions.

From that I'll have to pick what I need to ensure I fit into Fink's schedule.

That's my theory today anyway.  As I disappear up my arse trying to apply it I'll shout for help.

IronCat5    pirate
15/10/2011 at 21:18

Apologies FF - I'd forgotten it was all time based. And having looked at the book I'm sure there are mistakes in there.Even the just finish is expecting 30 minutes for a 1 mile workout with drills.

I'm aiming for the intermediate plan, but working through the just finish swim at the moment, and it is taking an hour. It's the drills that do it.Feck. Mrs Cat5 is a fast swimmer (compared to me) and she would struggle with30 minutes for a mile

I think I'll just keep plugging away at the swims. I'm sure the time will reduce per session after some time.

16/10/2011 at 18:12
I'm hoping that I can enter The Outlaw next year and then finish the season with another go at The Vitruvian.

Will have to train more consistently this year. Will join the local tri club as they do a run/swim session on a Monday, the local running club meet on a Wednesday and I could swim afterwards again. The tri club have OW sessions on a Saturday morning and a number of people cycle there and back as well (about 12 miles for me).

The commute would be 20 miles each way which is probably too much to start with.

Did a 100km ride in March this year and wouldn't mind doing that again as well.

Mind if I join in too ?
16/10/2011 at 18:25
Welcome to the gang M,oFo. I'm planning Outlaw then the Vit too. 
16/10/2011 at 18:29
That was my plan too...

The flipside of being a bit disappointed with myself is the elation from not spending hundreds of pounds just on entering these things....

Looking forward to winterswim though. Will be a good motivator to get me in the pool.
16/10/2011 at 18:38

Entry costs are a good point JEvans.  Vit entries will be opening before too long and it ain't cheap.  Not even paid for Outlaw yet. (sigh). 

Darkness    pirate
17/10/2011 at 08:47
Soup Dragon  wrote (see)
Welcome to the gang M,oFo. I'm planning Outlaw then the Vit too. 

Me too!
17/10/2011 at 13:07

Another steady training week for me, total 7 1/2 hours with only 2 rest days, legs felt very heavy yesterday towards the end of my 3hr bike ride, my quads were not happy with me. Im not sure if it was the cold weather or the hills,.

I managed a reasonable 16.8mph average speed which i was pleased with, it was certainly more upflat than Outlaw

17/10/2011 at 15:04
Only did 5 hours training last week.....I have a very long way to go before next July!!!
17/10/2011 at 15:14
That's 5 hours more than me, my exercise consisted of walking from the car to the office although I did climb the 205 steps to the top of King Alfred's Tower with my son on Saturday afternoon...
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