Iron Distance 2012 Training Thread

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

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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?
23/08/2012 at 22:08

Not sure yet about the pasta party was going to see what the general concensus was - but probably 

Weather looks a bit iffy over the weekend - have a good training weekend everyone!

24/08/2012 at 11:15
The weather here in Cornwall is awful and the F of D forexcast looks pants so just in case we are in for snother Bala 2011 i am taking waterproofs and warm kit and my touring bike so Slim no pressure if i get a faster bike split than you on my clunker with mudguards and rack
24/08/2012 at 12:57

Good luck for the weekend, fellas. Hope you have a very cool time down in the boonies. Pressure on you, Slim!

Hoping to make some running progress this weekend. Swim last night (rubbish - as usual) and hoping to get clear from work early enough to enjoy a ride this afternoon. Then a couple of long runs tomorrow and Sunday before a killer brick on Monday. Happy training, peeps .

The Silent Assassin    pirate
24/08/2012 at 13:01

Tired swimming on Wednesday, but got ambushed by the breast stroke mafia.

Back on the bike Thursday, legs still feeling the 100 on Tuesday, but a few short sharp hills and one drawn out climb (the one on the Jodrell Bank thingy from earlier in the year, Muffin Top will know which one I'm on about)

Felt better going up some of the climbs than have done, so the training must be getting there

Running tonight

Good luck to those racing this weekend



Edited: 24/08/2012 at 13:02
24/08/2012 at 17:31
Back from a 100 mile ride out to North Wales with a fair few hills thrown in mainly around Delamere forest. Followed by a 3 mile run.Legs are heavy now though.
Iron Muffin    pirate
24/08/2012 at 19:46

Good work Bobby. It is lovely riding round Delamere, the scenery should have helped a tad.

Feeble in comparison but I have just done 45 mins on the turbo. It has been gathering dust so thought I would finish the week with a blast. Glad I did, it was almost enjoyable.

SA, great riding this week, it sounds almost like a holiday training camp. I do recall the hill, it was long as I recall but the gradient steady and company great.

24/08/2012 at 19:50
Slim pressures off mate sorry but gave up after 4 gridlocked hours on the M5 as with the traffic report saying it was rammed all the way to Bristol we needed to spend a penny and ended up an hour and a half stuck in Sainsburys Yeovil carpark traffic was a total mare coming up and the motorway was virtually empty on the otherside took us 41/2 hurs to get to Taunton and 2 hours to get home
Sorry mate first time i have DNFed a race on the motorway the day before
M...eldy    pirate
24/08/2012 at 20:01

Blimey Max that is some traffic build up, couldn't you have cycled  

24/08/2012 at 20:42
We did discuss that option it was a total mare we expected the usual herd crawling into Cornwall for the bank holiday but it was the other way round
Gonna go and cycle the Cornish Way on sustrans 3 tommorow as a penance
25/08/2012 at 20:34

Max - just back from the LW.  Sorry to hear what happened but i guessed it would be traffic.

I will write a race report very soon but it was a great event, much as I imagined it. The weather mostly held for us doing the LW .

A great event  

26/08/2012 at 07:03
Cheers Slim glad it went well, i beasted myself with a tough 6 hour ride on the Cornish way with my crosser/tourer really hilly route stacks of rain and two punctures! I need better tyres absolutely cream crackered today
M...eldy    pirate
26/08/2012 at 07:29

That certainly was punishment !!!

26/08/2012 at 11:02
We did have cake n coffee tho so not all beasting
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