Hi Everyone! I've been watching the Outlaw thread with interest and wondered is anone on here doing IMUK 2011? The general consensus is that Outlaw is the better event (certainly cheaper!) but for some reason im drawn to the IM event (maybe it's a newbie thing - but im facinated!) So I've preregistered for IMUK2011 and wondered if there was anyone here that wanted to share training tips/ advise along the long training plan to the race itself! After a couple sprints and aquathons i completed my first olympic distance tri last weekend and absolutely loved it - had the time of my life! Broadly targetted 3hrs and come in 2:42, which included a 43m 10K, which i was delighted with. Been facinated with IM for ages and now i really have it in my teeth that it's what i want to do. I have completeed a few marathons in average time(3.50) but this will be a whole new challenge I dont yet have a training plan - it's a full 12 months away, but currently train 8 - 10 hrs a week, I'm very fortunate with the sea on my front door - i can swim OW twice a week! Good workout too with the tide/ currents! Looking forward to sharing in everybody's experiences in the pain and joy in the comming months!
FB don't be soft - loads of folks swim in the sea all year round. HTFU.
Mr Z - welcome to our mad world.
Thanks for the welcome - always amazing at how friendly these boards are!
What's the consensus on a good level of off season training to maintain? 6 hrs? Got the cross country season approaching which will be a fun way to maintain competitiveness
+1 on going abroad for your IM experience. They really know how to do them over there. Regensburg will be awesome.
As for keeping your fitness going - I keep running and cycling - just not the swimming. Er even when I'm training I dont really do much swimming...
Cross Country will be great for you.
Another +1 for going abroad, went to Austria in 2007 for my first with the Pirates, racing abroad is completely different - much better support and organisation
I am planning on keeping swimming 4-5 times a week during the winter, OW will stop for me in a couple of weeks to return to proper training in the pool. It is easy to keep ticking over up until Xmas, then you might want to start adding some structure for your summer IM.
I said if I was tempted....
Promised TLS no more IM's.. I'll be taking photos tho
Andy - wow, to miss by 14 mintues - must have been soul destroying! You certainly have my admiration for even contempating it again!
Sweetfeet - i'd just made the massive assumption that it would be in the same place at the same time of year, although they have opened prereg and you'd hope that they would let you know id there was change of venue ect. They have opened entry for 70.3 to be held at Bolton - so i'd assume the IM would be at the same place
Think you will find 70.3 UK is still at Wimbleball, not Bolton
Wimbleball Lake Country Park, near Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9NU
They are probably right, but they have done it so can tick it off. Having started doing this sport, and being from the UK, it just feels right somehow to do the event in your own country if you can. I plan to do it in 2011 for this reason. Longer term I want to add to my list of Euro IMs...
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