Re-run of last year's thread for anybody doing any 2012 iron distance race
bit worrying with my 1 swim a week then!
It's one more than me this week SA...
My post outlaw hibernation is officially over.
I have decided to focus on core strength, weight loss and running for the next couple of months. First gym session for a year yesterday has left me in agony, please no jokes or tickling today as my abs may implode.
Nice one Max, - I went out for a 12 mile run this morning which went well so all looking good for the LW!
I slept and watched the Time Trial in La France
Have fun supporting Rio .. give the Pirates a huge cheer from me
Certainly is ... you wont miss them!
That's my running club's marathon out of my system, but not out of my legs. My quads are buggered this morning. A tough two lap hilly run in high humidity and pestered by thousands of biting flies all the way round.
Now that's done I can get concentrate my biking for a couple of months. A few long sportives coming up and I want to be strong enough to enjoy them as a day out.
Half Ireman on radar now and my training partner has found a streak of form, mainly due to the heavy interval sessions she's been getting on her bike. I've been told I going to get spanked on the day .
1.9K swim, hope the course was long as in trianing have been swiming 45 mins, hoping to go under that for race, couldn't believe 1:05
Bike 67 miles in welsh mountains average 14.5 mph found it tough and had problem with fuel, at the aid stations giving accerade, which is disgusting, so had to whole 2nd lap on half a bottle of lucozade sport, lession learnt.
run 2:31 run out and back X2 along the sea front.
pleased overall but my time was sh1t
Comedy tan lines a plenty today
now know where the training is needed for IM wales
Same race for me. Word from a Garmin-wearing friend was that the swim measured just over 3km in the end. Not the end of the world when you're there for an IMW training day! The marks of the course were a pair of kid's armbands with a dishcloth tied to them, so sighting was a challenge. Heaven knows how far I swam, but time was below par... even for 3km.
Bike was glorious. Awesome route, scenery and raod surfaces. I did a recce last week, so I expected it to be tough. Good news was that I recce'd the wrong hill (shit-fer-brains) so the race was more gentle than expected. Practised all my IMW pacing tips on the ups/downs and they worked. Just need to chill my beans on the flat bits, as I went too hard again, as per LCW Tenby. Food station was ace! Like a bring and buy sale. Just the bottles of Accelerade Soup on a table, and a bunch of nanas having a chat. I think you were supposed to get off your bike, take you box of scones, or home made jam, and go exchange it for a bottle. Time was good too.
Run was.... erm... well it was 13 miles along the seaside in the sun. OK but a bit dull, and weird to run past spectators in your pirate clobber to the accompanying sound track of complete silence (perhaps I heard some sucking of false teeth as I trundled past). Happy enough with 2:07 but slightly below par compared to overall finish time.
So 7:22 overall, which put me 58th. On a bit of a downer, because I can't help but notice that I'm very ordinary at this triathlon lark. This was a hard, hard race, but it wasn't Iron distance, so I feel no sense of achievement in having done it. It's a distance you're supposed to race, not just complete, and I was slow. My body shape looks all wrong for this lark and I'm having a little re-think this week about what to change going forward. Still committed to doing IM Wales though.
I don't have a finish time!!
the results say pending, does that mean I'm stil going?
I loved your report STIL. Honest and straight talking, as usual. Don't get a downer at this stage as your peak has yet to come. This is a sighter not the main event.
I'm fecking useless at this lark, but I feel I have found something that keeps me from becoming a middle aged couch potato. I know I'll never feature, and I have accepted my limitations, setting my targets accordingly. It means I can be realistically competitive in amongst fellow plodders.
I'd say to you, (but with my vast experience of 1, my thoughts might be worthless), that you should keep your realistic targets private. If you hit those and finish in decent shape then you'll know (and you are the most important here) how good a race you had. Improvements can only come after as you can work on the areas you weren't happy with.
For now, I'm only looking forward to reading how good you feel and how ready you are. You'd still beat me on the bike 999 times out of a 1000, but that's not really something I'd go boasting about lol.
Good racing guys. I know exactly what you're saying STIL and I had the same downer feeling after Outlaw where my ordinariness (is that a word!) was so evident. However what's the alternative - give up this tri lark? I just thought about all the fantastic experiences I've had during training and racing which I would never have if i had not discovered tri. As VT'd says it stops us all becoming middle aged couch potatos and after all, we are achieving things which others ( the majority) can only dream of. keep the faith!!
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