Iron Distance 2012 Training Thread

Re-run of last year's thread for anybody doing any 2012 iron distance race

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28/06/2012 at 09:22

I'm going up on Saturday , hoping to be there at around 1130.  Max your bruv has my mobile number give me a ring on the sat. have a good trip up tomorrow  

No more training for me. That's it!   just packing now

28/06/2012 at 12:26
Will do Slim he is tapering in Holland at the moment so that probably involves beer lots of
28/06/2012 at 14:12

Short turbo this morning, quick 4-mile trot over lunch with Muffin Top (her last run prior to The Biggie on Sunday) and a long turbo tonight while she is out on a stress-relieving meal with "the girls". 2.5 hours on a work day is going to feel very rewarding. Then I'll need another 2.5 hours over Friday/Saturday to hit my volume target for June. Ought to be easy, but travelling to Nottingham on Sat needs thinking about.

Sooooooooooo wish I was doing Outlaw with you all!

28/06/2012 at 17:20

Yoga tonight stretching deep breathing and trying not to think about nottingham for 90 minutes.


29/06/2012 at 10:50
Ridgebackmax wrote (see)
Will do Slim he is tapering in Holland at the moment so that probably involves beer lots of

Beer and cheese......

29/06/2012 at 10:53
flowerpower wrote (see)

Yoga tonight stretching deep breathing and trying not to think about nottingham for 90 minutes.


Bloody hell, RBM has knocked you into shape.

Nottingham 90 mins, I am thinking more on 13 hour plus on a good day

03/07/2012 at 12:57
Orca wrote (see)

 I'll be thinking about you as I slog through the Austrian IM course. Good Luck All!

So what's your news, Orca? I heard that you finished OK... hope that's the case

Congrats to all the Outlaws. It was great to witness your races and I'm massively respectful of you all.... from Winners, to completers, to those that gave it a crack but didn't reach the finish line. Hope you're all feeling proud today.

With "IronMuffin's" Outlaw successfully and gloriously completed (although she's feeling the Post-Race Blues big time today), it's over to the ugly half of the team to deliver my sde of the bargain! 3 weeks until The Hairy Arse in north Wales, and less than 12 until IMW at Tenby. Planning to train hard until the Sunday before the race and taper for just 1 week. Anybody think that's especially stoopid?

Consensus around our table at the post-Outlaw piss-up yesterday was "you look like a right gimp on your profile picture". Hope the new one makes me look less like a man who lives in a cage in the basement with a leather mask on.

03/07/2012 at 18:08

hi all

Im new to this page but am about to do the ironman  uk in 3 weeeks when should i taper?? hope ive done enough training ?any advice on nutrition ?

03/07/2012 at 18:21
3 week taper 1st week 70% of your max 2nd week 50% last week very easy just to keep stuff turning over lots of sleep and keep to a fairly good diet in the last week works for me
03/07/2012 at 18:28

My only issue after The Outlaw is all the bites I have around my neck, wrists and feet/ankles!  I have literally been eaten alive    That will teach me to spend so long in the swim.

Didn't get the time I hoped for but I will always be a completer and maybe i had ideas above my station.  

Great weekend though and thoughts are already turning to what next?  

04/07/2012 at 09:24

Morning All

I was wondering if anyone's got my top (pink and grey lycra hoodie) and (blue) arm warmers? I chucked them at the pirate support group on the run just before the finish chute bit.  Daffy seems to think the pirate lady with the labbie might have them? 

If anyone does can you pm me please? If not no worries - it'll teach me to be more organised in the future**

** disclaimer: at shorter distances!!

05/07/2012 at 07:50

Up at "sparrow's" this morning to go running hill reps. Any of you Outlaws feeling pangs of loss for your training routine might smile at that one and enjoy a few more days of recovery before you throw yourselves back in .

Feels like I ought to have a high intensity sharp session of hill reps on foot and on the bike, as well as the longer hilly ride at the weekend. Really enjoyed it

15 mins warm up on the flat
10x2-min intervals on a sharp incline
15 mins warm down

I'll stretch the middle bit out over the weeks ahead. What do you think? A sensible workout?

05/07/2012 at 08:31


This thread's going to go a bit quiet now we've had Outlaw. It was difficult not to feel a tad envious of folks' tapirs in the last couple of weeks, and now there's a lot of people in recovery mode. 

Well done to all who started Outlaw - the wind made it tough, and times were slower than expected (plus the bike course was two miles longer than last time). I didn't hang around afterwards - it would have felt wrong, having taken the relay-slacker option.

Despite just doing the bike leg on Sunday, I've gone down with a lurgy so it's a quiet week for me too. Shouldn't be a problem with more than 10 weeks before IMW.

STIL, your plans sound sensible, though as a cautionary tale I gave myself a tendon injury by doing reps up too steep a hill just before last Autumn's Ballbuster. The hills at IMW aren't steep (esp as I think they've taken out the section down through the castle) so might you be better with longer intervals on a less steep hill?


05/07/2012 at 08:45

Hope you feel better joddly!

Jetting off to Germany for Roth in a few short hours!

05/07/2012 at 08:53

Thanks, and Good Luck, WW - have a great time!!

bburn plO.dder    pirate
05/07/2012 at 09:07

Good Luck WW, enjoy

After Outlaw on Sunday, I am definitely feeling a bit lost with my training routine.

I got a massive WTF from Mr plodder on Tuesday night when I got Fink out "just to have a look when I can start training again".

I did a nice gentle session with some core and upper body work in the gym yesterday, and I think I'll do for a swim this lunchtime, work on my front crawl technique, with no pressure of a race looming.

Everybody keeps asking, "what next?", answer, "I don't know!!"

05/07/2012 at 09:13

Good luck WW, look forward to hearing all about it!

Good to see you at the weekend Joddly hope the lurgy goes soon 

STIL, - I personally find hill reps too much of an injury risk for my delicate pins. It all depends what your goals are I suppose.  i will always be a mid-to back of the packer and so knocking a few minutes from my time is much less important than staying injury free and allowing me to actually do the event.  Mind you, what do i know?...with an over 5 hour marathon leg at the Outlaw!!  

05/07/2012 at 09:27

Hi Slim, I'm sorry that Outlaw didn't go too brilliantly. I do think that the wind on the bike leg, which we generally think of as fast and flat, took much more out of us than anticipated. Which meant arriving back at T2 in no shape to start a marathon (or have a shower and eat a pile of lasagne, in my case !)

05/07/2012 at 09:38

Wishing you a safe trip and a fantastic race, WW. Knock 'em dead!

Thanks for the feedback, folks. Really appreciated. Perhaps I'll save the steep hill reps for the bike, and do longer, shallower gradients in my running. Running is my "limiter" so it's the one I get most twitchy about.

Was talking about that Outlaw wind with Muffin yesterday when she was out on her first post-Outlaw trot with me. It must take a lot of mental re-programming when you've been looking forward to the bike leg for ages on the basis that it's flat, fast and smooth...... and then you get there expecting a certain pace/PB and it blows a bunch of old boots and hail in your face. I spectated at the entry to T2 and didn't see many happy bikers.... even at the pointy end. I wonder whether some people got caught out on the expectation that it might be easier than it was?? 

05/07/2012 at 09:52

The pain in my hips tells me it was pretty hard.....


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