IMUK 2013 Bonkers!

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11/03/2013 at 11:54

Bones, well done mate with the cycling. The way you are going you will probably on for a 6hr bike. 

Timmy - Just let me know when you intend to come up and we could plan a lap or two.

Re course reccies have a look at the tritalk forum there is a dedicated IM reccy thread on there.  

11/03/2013 at 21:25
Great training bones, and the warm weather training sounds good.....lanzarote maybe!?!
Everyone sounds like doing well.
Had a nice rest day just a nice hubbie wifey swim/ jacuzzi while kids were at girls brigade, just the job!
12/03/2013 at 06:07


Sheephouse at the weekend.  

12/03/2013 at 06:10

I'm off for my swim now. Happy training all.

12/03/2013 at 09:27

Some great training going on by the sounds of things

I took part in the Bolton Hill marathon on Sunday it was vary cold and windy making it even tougher but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was passed by a cyclist on the flat bit at the top of Rivington Lane at about 11am give or take 20 Min's just as a gritter pulled into the lay-by. Was it you Stephen?

12/03/2013 at 14:49

W2r - no mate it wasn't me. I was out early doors and back in the house just before 11am. The group I go out with meet at 07.30am, so its always an early start.

Are you up for a couple of laps at some point?      

12/03/2013 at 21:08
So that's sheephouse(nice pic kav), my first encounter will be in August, hopefully snow be cleared by then but weather in this never know!
Be great to meet everyone and be getting to know the course but I'm just a bit far away down here in torbay...missing all the fun!
Got a nice 5 mile run dodging incoming waves along seafront tonight (much fun!) an a really god mile swim.
10k Race this saturday, looking forward to that....just need SPRInG!
12/03/2013 at 22:56

Yes Stephen I'm up for that and would be good to meet up. I try to get out most Sundays so just give me a shout.

The beach sounds like a great place to train TT

13/03/2013 at 09:10

Morning All


Thanks for the pic Stephen, that looks a bit cold up there, hopefully ,most of the snow should be gone by August!.

Bike to the pool, 60 lengths then back on for a furious cycle into town, loads of Police around the bus lanes today nicking all the cars who think they are double deckers!

The sun is out and it feels so much warmer, well its 2 degrees so it is warmer!!

14/03/2013 at 21:18
Ok, with base training nearly at an end....would anyone care to take a stab at there estimated finish times that no doubt we are all running through our heads! We could have a guess now, a guess after build phase then maybe a few more guesses nearer the time.
I'll kick things off.....
Swim 1:50
Bike 8:20
Run 4:40
Total time 14:50 plus transitions, cups of tea etc, ill go with final time 15:30!
Whilst on, anyone know if the garmin 910 has a duathlon setting?....or shall I just leave it in one mode an let it carry on??
15/03/2013 at 06:49

TT - I am going to train to try to achieve the following -

Swim - 1:30 ( Subject to how I adapt to open water)

Bile - 6:30

Run - 4:00

With transitions and contingencies, total time  = 12:30 hrs.  

I'm going to chose a wetsuite this afternoon. The Endurance Store have some big reductions if you buy pre order before April.

At the end of week 10 I will have done an average of 12hrs 20mins per week. All is going well, but I do need to start building more rest days into the schedule.

Have a good weekend everyone. 85 mile bike planned for Sunday.

16/03/2013 at 19:09
Good going kav, and good targets.
Bike is still my biggest headache, I just can't get my head around enjoying it ( mainly the turbo!), hopefully some better weather will help my outlook. It would be nice to do a ride and have some feeling in my toes by the time I finish! ( this has never occurred for me.....yet!).
Be interesting to estimate times in another 10 weeks after .....BUILD phase!
Felt rubbish yesterday so no turbo, felt rubbish this morning ( some bloomin bug going around), but got myself out at 6.30 am for a flat 30 mile ride at ave 15 mph so that was good for me...happy!
Then I had a 10 k race this afternoon, still felt rubbish but enjoyed it until a big puddle (it was mostly off road), where I love running straight through but twisted ankle and went flying face...knee...arms all straight in! 2 blokes taking pictures didn't ask if I was ok, just said " yep got that!".... Oh well, walked off ankle for half minute then had a strong finish! All good fun, must get final time!
Hope everyone's having good weekend, ....come on better weather!!!
17/03/2013 at 20:10

Freezing cold and wet today in my neck of the woods. Did the IM loop again as part of my ride and SHL including the road was covered in snow. My feet were like blocks of ice.

On a positive note, it was a good ride out with over 4hrs in the saddle, so happy days.

Don't wish to put a negative slant on proceedings, but the bad weather is set to continue through this week and into next. It's not making the bike training any easier.  

Anyway here we go with week 11.  

17/03/2013 at 23:09

Southport and back today 59 miles, luckily only about 5 of them was wet.

18/03/2013 at 18:57

Woody -  I ride with a group from the Wigan Triathletes. The Sunday ride was changed on the morning due to the bad weather over Clitheroe / Longridge, the planned ride. We ended up doing the IM loop with a with another 40 miles added. Therefore I wasn't able to let you know about the route change in advance.

Sounds like you got a decent 60 miler banked. 

19/03/2013 at 22:51

No worries Stephen I didn't get out until late on Sunday chances are I wouldn't have made it in time.

22/03/2013 at 07:22

Lovely weather again!

Duathlon this weekend...WAS looking forward to it, bugger off rain!!

Cortina5    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:26

Enjoy TT. Wrap up warm, throw a jacket on in T1; slow down and enjoy it. I saw enough foil blankets and hypothermic people at last weekend's du to last a lifetime!


AndyB99    pirate
22/03/2013 at 11:35

EYUP people....sounds like training is all going really well for you...wish this snow would feck off.

Big changes for me and Ironman has to take a back seat this year so i'm out of Wales.

short story is the company i worked for went tits up with the loss of over 1000 jobs...mine included....been doing a bit of contracting to keep the wolf from the door but i've landed a brilliant job as the technical manager for EMEA area (for an irish company doing optical networking equipment)....its a bit of a dream come true and i've truly fallen in the river and come out with a pocket full of fish....but sadly...the travelling will mean i wont be able to train for IMW the way i wanted i've pulled my entry and will be giving the money i get back to charity to do the 3 peaks challenge!!! so its not all bad!!

i'll still keep an eye on this thread and those of you who have been in touch personally please continue to ask if you have any questions.

MrsB at the moment is still planning on racing IMUK so we'll still be out on the course for rides if anybody wants to join us

22/03/2013 at 20:02
Hey Andy..blimey nightmare but like you say looks like come out with the fishes so sounds like good news, must have been a tough in between time though.
Sorry to hear your pulling out of Wales IM.
Enjoyed reading your blogs on your previous IMUK's v helpful and advice along the way.
Good luck with the new job and although we haven't got snow down here, we just have heavy wet/windy stuff I concur and wish it would FECK orffff!
May still have a few questions along the way??....?? and good luck to mrsB!
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