tri novice having IM thoughts
My last job was 9-5 with 1hr for a run I mean lunchtime. I had time to run before work too. I didn't realise then how lucky I was.
I left to train as a teacher became totally absorbed, lost fitness, mojo and gained weight.
It's hard work changing that 18mth habit but I got my timetable for next year yesterday so I can plan now!!
If it is true that they are thinking of a half at Outlaw why not target that?
It sounds to me like stuff is full on for you with work and setting yourself up for something which could lead you to hate training.....ie knowing you need to do a 5-6 hr bike but physically not being able to do that and get the work you need to done....could completely demotivate you and lead to a DNS.
Just food for thought. Longer term work and training will become more manageable.
Half an Outlaw? What would you say when you finished?
HI Evil Pixie, I met you at registration *waves*
You can totally do Outlaw but I agree with what Happychap says above. You have to be committed and really believe you're going to do it.
Oh I like the idea of an Outlaw half ... wonder what you call half an outlaw?
*waves back at Pingu*
I really want to do an IM, Ideally it was next year to celebrate being 40 but if that doesn't happen fine.
Where would I need to be in Dec to says yes I can do this?
Or should I say when will entries close?!!
I guess I assumed the longest run would be like in marafun training and 20m (just over 4hrs for me) so 2.30 is much nicer!
what about for a half ... what distances should I look at for that?
*all excited again*
Not sure that Half-IM training is that much less if you want to compete but maybe is if you want to get round.
For an IM running doesn't get much above 2.5 hours on any plans. Anything more and you are fecked for the next session (the next day). So if you give up Saturday or Sunday for long ride with a 6am start you should be done by lunchtime. That leaves you one very early morning or evening for the long run. The rest can be built around. Can you fit any in at lunch time?
I do 9-5 with 1-hr for lunch which means school run at 8am 3-days a week and the other 2 I leave at 8:15. I get home at 6 and help with bedtime. Training starts at 7pm unless more beckons and tender deadlines sometimes leave me up till 2am. Some sessions get missed.
You could take the first 4-weeks of a training plan and do them in September (or now) and see how it works. This will give you a taste for what is to come.
You can do it, you just have to want to do it, and if you don't want to fit the training in then don't do it. There is a lot of training so you have to enjoy it.
meface I work at an academy and we do thing different! I leave home at 7 (when the gym and pool open so no use), get 30mins lunch (with the kids no dinner ladies) and get home at 6 (4 on a friday - looks like my long run day!) so what I would have to do is a longer training "Plan" or aim to get to a certain position before I start a proper training plan.
Henley is well expensive - why do they charge so much more (£350 I think it was) is it because they're "royal"?!
As others have said Pixie if you want it you can do it - but you do have to really want it. It's a very selfish thing and it's much easier with the support of your family. You have to stop making excuses and start making plans though! How about leaving home at 0600hrs a couple of mornings and swimming at a pool near work?
Pix, £350 is cheap.... check out some of the IM prices
Up at 5 seems to be the answer and compensate by going to bed earlier. You don't need to put in 20 hours of training a week - it is possible to train smart for these things as long as you are not trying to break 9 hours.
have dug out free union wall chart and I'm currently plotting school dates with husbands work shift to try and plan a get round middle distance in Sept. If that works AND I can maintain fitness afterwards rather than fade and die then I'm planning further!
When will outlaw open and how quickly will it fill up anyone?
PSC if £350 if cheap I won't ever do a "proper" IM
Pix if you want/need a mentor I am happy to help
Rio I may very well take you up on that ...
damn that makes it sound like I'm doing this .... hmmm
Of course you are
Message me when you are ready
Just been looking at a beginners plan on beginner triathlete.com and the swim session are given in distance but when working out the training time it's about twice my pace.
I know I am a slow swimmer, cyclist and err runner so do you do training for an IM by distance like a marathon or time? The bike and run are just set as time training not distance.
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