+1 with too much weight! sugar is my nemesis, and actually wheat really doesn't do me much good either. all the weight i'd ever lost i regained last year (mainly because i was a lazy bee-atch), but i've lost 7lbs so far, and should manage another 7lbs before the big day* I know i'm just running, but tbh my weight is making it fooking hard, so i need to sort it out as much as poss before the race, and keep going so i can get next year's plans underway.......
*i.e. Outlaw relay, i'm not getting hitched!
And next year's plans being ...?
For once.I really do not know what my focus is for next year.............I need to change focus each year to keep some degree of motivation..............maybe ultras again
something connected with hills for me next year, I think - I need to get better at them (running and biking, that is). Getting a head start with Snowdonia mara in autumn ...
A couple of hilly sportives, perhaps - IM Nice is a step too far though, methinks
Just getting to the start of an IM is on my list For next year. This year I will hopefully resurrect some of my Outlaw training and enter the Monster Ely half and end the year with a GFA at Venice mara.
seren - mountain maras = the way forward
You lot are mad. I'm going to have to stop hanging around here. Thats why I'm doing this ironman in the first place
Just had a good swim. No further than last time and no longer in the water but I was able to function after so HPP better be warmer and I might cope.
They assure me sighting is easy because you follow the side of the lake. Better be true. You should see the shape of the 5 sided figure I swam today on the garmin map. Looked like a lovely star! No wonder the lap covered over 900m
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And next year's plans being ...?
Well, i quite fancy doing IM Western Oz . BUT..... i need to lose lots of weight and get strong first, otherwise i'll end up with another DNF, and i don't want that. So if i've made really good strides towards goal weight / better core strength etc. by the end of the year, then i'll sign up for IM WA when it opens in December. Cripes, i've gone and said it now, EEEEEK!
My focus will definitely NOT be IM!!
I always thought I'dlove training for an IM - I always loved marathon training, but this has been too hard, too much time, too miserable, and too teetering on the brink of injury for my liking.
Next year will involve fell walks with OH, other non exercise related hobbies, and continuing to do these things I enjoy, but in more sane quantities so I have more time for other things!!
Lee the pea...I always fancied the look of busseltontool....mainly as my lovely little sister lives in Perth ansort seemed like a good excuse to go and see her.
Maybe I'll just go and have a holiday instead!! Mind you. - they do have a half IM there in about may I think. Maybe that's moremay style!!
I think I've overcooked the training actually - done too much, all quantity and absolutely no quality, got slower and slower, and as a result I feel less fit instead of more.
I have no speed, and have done no events or races as I'm too worried to taper or try and go fast.
K9, it sounds like you might be a bit overtrained, and need to rest a bit! don't overdo it in the taper period either, you'll not lose fitness, but you could pick up an injury which could totally scupper your race,
yeah Busselton is lovely. I lived in Perth for a year in 2003, loved it, so it would be great to go back. Actually when i was there, a friend was training for the City to Surf race which i think is about 12K? Anyway, i remember thinking 'OMG i could never run that far' so it would be funny to go back for an IM, hahahaha
Lee - I think I must be overtrained! Yet I don't really feel unwell or overly fatigued - at least, not out of proportion anyway.
Ive just got slower and slower which I can't get my head around!
I want to taper now!!
Anyway - I actually think I will 'taper' my cycling as I have 6 days in the alps in mid June cycling which will be tough I think - so will rest up until then, try not to overdothat in the alps, and then return into the proper taper...
Running I'll press on with for another 2-3 weeks as I need some miles in my legs and I've only been able to do 20-25 miles at best per week.
Actually, looking through my fetch log...I seem to have done 23 rides of 90 miles or more over the last 12 months.
K9.i haven't managed 25 miles running on any of my weeks............and i think you have done a hell of a lot of cycling...and we all know your swimming is strong as you love that......
take a long taper.....the hard work has been done..............arrrive at the start line fresh and ready to go....if you arrive at the start line without injury you will have a brilliant day
25 miles per week isn't an average, it's a peak, and I've only managed 2 or 3 runs in any one week. A longer run easily bumps the weekly total up.
Ive also only cycled 2-3 times a week, but have done a fair few time consuming long Saturday runs.
I know we all have busy jobs andtether commitments, but I feel as though there isnt much time left over these days!
And I'm SO into my cooking, baking (and eating) and don't have time to experiment!!!
Jesus christ K9!!!! I think it is safe to say your cycling training is fine! Defo cut it back if you're overtrained. It always seems great to do so much, but if you overdo it, you'll jeopardise your race. also, don't judge your own efforts against anyone elses - no point. It is your race, no-one elses, so don't overdo it to try and keep up with anyone etc., as only you will suffer. I'm not saying you you're doing that, but saying it mire. A way to say it is okay to ease off if you've done enough and are in danger of overtraining
Ah next year I turn 40 and have a ranch holiday in the states planned, that will do for me Hence the rush to get this IM madness done and dusted this year.
K9 sounds like you have the endurance in the bank cut back on the volume and start to up the tempo for the next few weeks but make sure you recover from the previous before you do another fast session, then get a nice 2 to 3 week taper in , job done
Lee IM Australia nice! Roth for me, Bruv and the Cornish gang next year if Aussie don't happen you are welcome to join our happy gang
Thanks all...I think you are right.
The girls I'm off cycling with in the alps are all faster but don't do the distance - that will serve as tempo sessions!
Hey - when I say I've done all those long rides, that's partly because I did a big cycling trip in NZ in November - and I built up endurance for that. I never really thought of any of that as 'training'...it was just cycling!!
Missed all the good weather due to family matters so decided to go for a ride with Horse, 15 mins in it started raining and didn't stop all through the ride, feet and hands were wet through and freezing cold (14c) managed 30 miles with avg speed 15.1 mph so happy with that and things are going well training wise
K9, my brother lives in Bussleton and has just competed in the Busso HIM, only problem is it fills up really quick.
Lee, my brother set up the running club in Busso and has now just organized The Bussleton Marathon for September if your interested.
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