IMUK 2013 Bonkers!

Just made decision....!

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17/11/2012 at 11:46
Cheers red dog, just got back from the pool.

Managed 2 hits of 10 lengths with 10 secs breather, yeah definitely feel like I have work to do on my arms. Don't think I catch water but can't seem to get the stretch right yet. Good advice on centre line, will give that a go next time. Think I am getting to grips with breathing so I can try and work on other bits. ( still swallowing some water but hey ho!)

Do any of these swimming aids work? Pull buoys and other stuff??
Red_dog_chris    pirate
17/11/2012 at 12:22
I don't tend to use them so can't really say. I was an ok swimmer but never put head under or breathed properly so I got a few books and really taught myself. I guess as you are. I am a little faster than I was but can do distance much better now. I am pretty average I supose. I might try a swim clinic in the new year but they are expensive.
Red_dog_chris    pirate
17/11/2012 at 12:26
What I forgot to say was I learnt how to correct most of my swim technique but a lot needs tweaking. So technique correction and drills are a good place to start to improve. Swim smooth or total immersion are good resources.
Red_dog_chris    pirate
17/11/2012 at 12:26
I don't tend to use them so can't really say. I was an ok swimmer but never put head under or breathed properly so I got a few books and really taught myself. I guess as you are. I am a little faster than I was but can do distance much better now. I am pretty average I supose. I might try a swim clinic in the new year but they are expensive.
17/11/2012 at 12:34
Yeah, got total immersion from a mate who has done bolton, he taught himself solely from this!
Great book, reading this as I go along,
Trying to make myself like the rocking ship going through the water, rather than the flat bottom boat! Think this may be where I might cross arm over head...too much rockin!
18/11/2012 at 20:23
Hotel booked!

Blimey the rooms are going or...more to the point GONE fast!

I can relax a bit more now safe in the knowledge that I have a room ready to sleep in for a few hours at least on the Saturday night!
AndyB99    pirate
19/11/2012 at 17:21

hey red dog you know entries are closed for IMUK now dont you?? unless you're planning on a charity place

 

Tyler...a pull bouy is good...as are neoprene shorts.....keep your body in the right possition.....dont pull too hard....swimming is technique not power

20/11/2012 at 06:53

I am seriously considering withdrawing from IMUK 2013. If anyone is interested or would like my place then please PM me.      

20/11/2012 at 14:39
Stephen - I would be very interested. I have tried to PM you but it says you don't allow them. Please PM if you do withdraw.
20/11/2012 at 17:44

Rocco - Tried to PM you, but it says that you do not allow them, there must be an issue with the system. Anyway, my e mail is skavanagh54@yahoo.co.uk. Drop me a line with your contact details etc an we can get the ball rolling. I will need to clarify with IMUK what the process for a transfer entails, but they do allow them. I will contact them tomorrow.        

20/11/2012 at 17:52

Rocco - Just had a proper look at the terms and conditions and read this -

 race entries cannot be transferred to another athlete.

 I'm sorry mate.

 

20/11/2012 at 17:54
Rococo will just have to enter IMWales then
Red_dog_chris    pirate
20/11/2012 at 18:40
AndyB99 wrote (see)

hey red dog you know entries are closed for IMUK now dont you?? unless you're planning on a charity place

 

Tyler...a pull bouy is good...as are neoprene shorts.....keep your body in the right possition.....dont pull too hard....swimming is technique not power

Oh Bugger for some reason I thought I had until Jan  . Back to the drawing board trying to find an iron distance. Wales is out for me because of the date.

£1000 is too much for me to chance raising for imuk, I did Outlaw last year and only raised £360, so having to cough up £1000 is perhaps too much for me to chance. Anyone any ideas for Iron distance events? I am thinking of doing the Ultra (£199.00) but it is the first year so not sure how good it will be run.

20/11/2012 at 18:49
Stephen - thanks mate for looking anyway. I missed out on getting a place by the time I looked into it this week. Another year perhaps. Might be worth emailing the organisers to see if you can swap anyway, you never know.

Dave - You're determined to get me to enter IMWales!
20/11/2012 at 19:25
Well, stop messing about and grow some
21/11/2012 at 19:52
Ok, exercise bike on eBay, elite supercrono turbo ordered!!

I have bitten the bullet due to lots AND LOTS of advice!
21/11/2012 at 23:01

Why train when you can buy kit?!

It's still v quiet for me on the training front. This week's running has been 40 mins at 9:45 min mile pace. and biking was a 60 minute turbo. After further shoulder physio today I'm allowed to do 20 lengths in the pool at the weekend. It's meant to be at 50% effort, but I've no idea what that means, as I feel I need to be at least 75% effort to stay afloat. Sadly, even after that the difference between minimum effort (to stay afloat) and all-out makes about 2 sec per length difference. 

Red Dog - thanks for the tip re technique. Will check it out during my 20 lengths on Saturday...

Wales is a great event. There were worries that this year's race would be a pale imitation of the first one in 2011, because it was no longer under Activity Wales. It didn't have quite the same feel this year, but the local support and special Welsh magic made it fantastic once again. The sea swim is in an atmospheric bay, the bike course is ranging and tough, and the run is just tough (not to mention short!). Do it if you can.

22/11/2012 at 13:05

I've entered IMUK after crashing out on the second lap last year.  The split transitions aren't really an issue, unless you haven't got a car to drop the bags off on the Saturday, and the atmosphere was great, alot better than I thought it was going to be.

Doing South Africa and Lanza before then so in training now.

Train well and safe ...

22/11/2012 at 15:02

Hi folks, I'm popping my IM cherry at Bolton next year too.  Done a couple of marathons this year, swimming progressing slowly, bike OK but need to increase distances.  Also working on some proper strength training, at home cos I hate the gym.

I'm training pretty consistently right now, aiming to start Fink in early Jan.

Be good to have so many newbies at IMUK next year! 

22/11/2012 at 20:57
Hey DTT, nice to have you back on!
Is the swimming coming on ok? I have now had a few lessons and am loving the swimming! If I get nothing else out of the IM apart from a new found pleasure of swimming I will be v happy!
Ended up buying my mates Specialised Allez bike which has made me wish I could be biking every day!
Yeah I spent the weekend catering fink plan to fit with some of my current training and try and fit a marathon in April hopefully. Not sure if I will go for a half IM as training, may opt for a standard distance triathlon and a DIY tri based around my local half marathon!
Got my full plan to start next week, but I have allowed 2 wks at chrimbo for basic stuff ( not full on) and left myself a few weeks 'buffer' to allow for illness or unexpected unexpectedness!
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