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
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! 

22/08/2012 at 10:13

Mmmmm..... Embrunman looks proper cool. Especially the lil plastic cups you get to carry, like the egg n spoon race at school . Not sure I'll race next year though. And if I do... it'll be pancake flat.

Max is doing intervals, I think, Slim. Sea swimming round Cornwall to Bristol, picking up his fixie and then hammering home (the hilly route). Sets of 10 . Be afraid!

8-mile trot pre-work today. Very wet round here still. Soggier than a teenage boy's sock. Off to Dublin tonight, so unlikely to do much else before Friday. Have fun! 

The Silent Assassin    pirate
22/08/2012 at 17:40

enjoy Dublin, I know I did last time over there


22/08/2012 at 17:50

Evening all.

Yes, Muffin, I'm doing Wales - this year I know what I'm up against!

The reason for the fairly high volume of long stuff this late in training is that I got a quite behind during the Olympics - I absolutely loved being a Games Maker, but each event took up a whole day(Road races x 2, Time trials, Triathlons x2) and it didn't fit too well with work and keeping the home going!! So I'm doing a bit of cramming, but taking inspiration from Wiggo, Lizzie, Al and Jonny as I go..... 

Tapering really does begin after the Bank Holiday, but running before biking before swimming, and keeping a much higher total volume right through to the final week than I would for a marathon.

Looking forward in the meantime to hearing about the Little Woody .

22/08/2012 at 19:11

Slim my  I phone blew up so been off line all week been same as you had a bit of a downer on training if you were down here you should have gave me a shout could have shown you some good swim places

I am so laid back about LW I am thinking of taking my cyclo cross/touring bike if the forecast is grim and cruising round 

The swim is vaguely worrying as have had about 4 breif swims since Outlaw still its gonna be fun do we have to take our own nutrition or are there feed stations?


Iron Muffin    pirate
22/08/2012 at 19:23

Woody and Wales envy from me. Sounds like training and planning going well. Joddly, you sound really organised - impressive.

When can I start reading about some taper madness?

22/08/2012 at 21:02

Max - I'd like to say that my I Phone has blown up but the only thing that could happen to my brick is if it sinks ( or is placed in a museum) !

You have done three more swims than me since Outlaw but like you I am pretty laid back and what will be will be.  My family are now making the trip but Bruv is not as he's just moved.

I think they supply SIS drink and gels at the feedstations on the bike and then all sorts of different things on the run.

I'm planning on arriving mid afternoon on the friday to miss the BH getaway if i can

See you there  

23/08/2012 at 20:49
Will be there around 4 ish going to the pasta party?
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