Iron Distance 2012 Training Thread

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

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Iron Muffin    pirate
19/08/2012 at 20:20

I have IM Wales envy  Really chuffed training is going well for those entered.

I love Schwalbe tyres,They look brilliant with coloured stripes and are so easy to get on and off in the event of a puncture. I had a back wheel puncture at Outlaw and lost less than 20 mins (I know that is still crap but I was chuffed)

19/08/2012 at 20:31

Thanks for the encouragement, folks..... but I reckon the reality is that IM Wales is going to nail us . Great work SA. Those two hilly centuries should be just the job. The Ultremo ZX are nice. Not as sexy looking as a Conti tyre but a heck of a lot easier to change.

Interesting what you say, Slim. I've felt it tough to be one of the few doing their race at the very end of the season after everybody else got "up for it" earlier on. It's felt a little isolated.

A very heavy-legged, 6-mile, recovery trot tonight to finish my week. 16 hours logged, with not a bit of "junk". I never trained anything like this last year. Hope it pays off !

The Silent Assassin    pirate
19/08/2012 at 21:03

STIL can you get over here one day?

I have a ride, macclesfield to buxton, then buxton to Ashbourne, Ashbourne to leek, which has a hill a hill that climbs for 2 miles at a steep gradient, if you can do that then Wales can't throw anything worse at you, then leek to macclesfield stopping of to climb Rujard lake.

I have also never trained like this before, it better be worth it

 

20/08/2012 at 12:02

I'll have a look at diary, SA, but I doubt it. I'm away for the next two weekends with the family, so I'm going to struggle. I might be riding past your way on the 2nd Sept on the way over to Nottingham for a party. If it makes sense for you to do some of that route too, then it's be great to hook up.

Your ride also sounds far too horrible, mate .

bburn plO.dder    pirate
20/08/2012 at 12:21

Awesome training guys, you are both so going to nail it .

I am definitely going to sort out my wheels/tyres. I have just got the cheapies that came with the bike, so this is probably the route of the problem. The owner of my lbs is on holiday for the next couple for weeks, but as soon as he gets back, I'll get his advice and sort them out.

Did Clitheroe sprint tri yesterday. It's a tough course, 400m pool swim, 30km hilly bike and 6.5km trial run. I beat my time from last year, taking 15mins off the bike leg, so well pleased with that. Run and swim times about the same, give or take.

Mr plodder completed it too, his first ever tri. he loved it and can't wait to do another, but did say how hard he found running off the bike. I think a few brick sessions may be required.

20/08/2012 at 14:08

Nice work, Mrs P. Many happy memories of Clitheroe and the brilliant countryside around there.

On the basis that you haven't mentioned that you beat your other half.... ought we to assume the worst????

bburn plO.dder    pirate
20/08/2012 at 14:30

Of course I won , faster in all three. He didn't mind me beating him in the run and swim, but he was a bit pee'd off I did a faster bike time.

Clearly I'm not admitting it to him, but it was probably closer than he thinks, I think he faffed a fair bit in transition, and the timing mats were arranged such that both transitions we included in the bike time, but I'll leave him to figure that out for himself

Overall 2hrs 12mins for me, 2hrs 24mins for him

Iron Muffin    pirate
20/08/2012 at 14:55

Go bb plodder, great time and good win over Mr P.

bburn plO.dder    pirate
20/08/2012 at 15:31

Tee hee, I must admit, it felt good.

OW swim for me tonight. I'm going to concentrate on trying to swim in a straight line, it's not something I can do yet without the bottom of a pool to follow

Iron Muffin    pirate
20/08/2012 at 16:26

Enjoy your zig zag swim.What events are you thinking of for next year?

Slower and I have agreed to wait until after Wales before making any plans. I am struggling for motivation wothout a date in the diary.

20/08/2012 at 19:33
1900metre swim this morning and an undulating 25mile cycle this afternoon
done.Got a long 100mile cycle planned for my day off on friday
bburn plO.dder    pirate
21/08/2012 at 09:18
Iron Muffin wrote (see)

Enjoy your zig zag swim.What events are you thinking of for next year?

Slower and I have agreed to wait until after Wales before making any plans. I am struggling for motivation wothout a date in the diary.

Not sure either.

I promised after Outlaw that I wouldn't go long again until 2014, because of the training (long bikes being the hardest to fit into family life), and I think 2013 is going to be quite a tricky year for me work wise. But I have said I will do the Outlaw run as part of a relay team.

I'm doing London Oly distance on 23rd September, but after that nothing booked in at all. 

My training has been all over the place, I am really missing the structure of working to a date and a plan. And I've gained about 10 pounds grrrr!!

I'm going to need something in 2013 to train for, maybe a half IM, and try to work on getting a bit quicker, and improving my technique (esp. swimming).

Do you think you'll do another long distance event next year? Having you got your eye on anything?

21/08/2012 at 10:15

Great training going on here.

Well done to all those cracking out the centuries still - and that was a cracking pace, STIL, the other day! 

One more long ride for me next weekend (100) though a couple more of 5 and 4 hours are due before I can really say the bike taper has started. At least the last long run is coming up on Bank Holiday Monday, so I'm looking forward to the last few steps of that one! 

The Silent Assassin    pirate
21/08/2012 at 16:13

Well that hurt, a lot

zig zaging the pennines

100 mile super hilly ride, 12 % hill that lasts for 1.8 miles had me swearing

got to 95 miles and the rain came down big time

speed was not good and I do think i'll be chasing the cut offs, but I can still feel the 18 mile run in my legs, come race day I will nicely rested and with closed roads and new tyres and with the right weather am hopeful that my speed will increase just a little

take away and wine tonight

long swim tomorrow

 

Iron Muffin    pirate
21/08/2012 at 16:17

Joddly, are you in for Wales?

BB plodder, my thoughts are similar. My main aim for the momemnt is getting my youngest started and settled into school.I had planned to learn to run in 2013 and go long again 2014.

The one event that I really fancy is IM Sweden.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
21/08/2012 at 16:38

I told myself after Outlaw last year that I'd take a year off from long distance, and I've ended up with two this year!

Fitting in long rides is definitely the hardest bit.  I probably haven't done quite enough since Outlaw, I managed 100 in Mallorca but nothing that long since.  Lots of hills though, and I won't loose basic endurance that quickly.  IMW could still be a bit of a shock though!

The one event I really fancy is Embrunman.  Or IM Cairns.

21/08/2012 at 17:08

Great work, SA! Chuffed for you to get such a hard ride under your belt successfully. Must be a relief. Well done mate.

You're built for the hills, Dave. I'm expecting to see you going past like a racing snake at least a couple of times as I trundle along like an old tractor.

Sounds like you're squeezing some serious riding into the last few weeks Joddly. How long are you planning to taper for?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
21/08/2012 at 17:27

STIL, problem is if I come past at the wrong moment (near the top of a hill) you'll do what Barley did to me at Outlaw and come freewheeling back past me as I try & get some speed up on the downhill!  Even tractors come into their own in the right conditions.

Razor51    pirate
21/08/2012 at 17:28

3 1/2 mile run for me this morning, (only 3rd run since  buggering my leg up in May) slow to start with but getting easier now the leg is mending...

BB.....well done at Clitheroe and well done to OH (you've got him well and truly hooked now).....

CD......My brother lives in Aus and he's done IM Cairns twice now and he is going back to do it again next year, he loves it. I think it used to be a Challenge event but it changed to an IM event this year.

21/08/2012 at 18:09

Next year is a long way off but I am definitely planning on Embrunman again next August.  It's the 30th anniversary of the great race so should be good!  

Joddly - how's your training been going?  Sounds as though you're on track- I'd forgotton you were doing IMW as well!

Everyone seems to be going well - sounds a tough ride SA but I'm sure it will stand you in good stead on the day

Anyone seen Max?  I bet he's in full on training mode to tan me good and proper at the Little Woody....honestly mate you'd beat me riding/running backwards! 

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