Iron Distance 2012 Training Thread

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

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Orca    pirate
22/03/2012 at 15:47

That's good (I think) Mrs SA isn't it?
Were they able to give you any timeline on when you could expect to see improvement?

Max, did you say Sea-Swim??? Good grief, it's a bit early for me, it'll be another month before I brave the great outdoors for a sea swim!
Legs feel good after this morning's massage but I'm enjoying my rest day. Have to do things like grocery shopping and throwing out anything that went green in the fridge while I was away this evening!

22/03/2012 at 16:12

Orca - no unfortunately she didn't.  Its a case of how longs a piece of string.   She was very thorough and keen to get me out there running again though.   Lets hope its weeks as opposed to months.

My next appointment is next Thursday and i have been asked to go for a run on the Wednesday night to "aggrevate" my sciatica.  Sounds harsh, i know, but when i see her the next day obviously in some discomfort it will give her a point to work from (if that makes sense!!)

22/03/2012 at 16:15
Yep sea swim we have the Slateman lined up in May and Lake Padarn is bl00dy cold. In May so we thought we would get acclimatised looking out of the trsin wingow on the way home and its lashing down at least i will have a wetsuit my freind swims all year round and thinks wetsuits are for wimps
22/03/2012 at 16:32
Mrs SA wrote (see)

The Physio seems to think my back problem stems from poor stomach/pelvic floor muscles which is tilting the pelvis when i run and causing the compressed nerve.  

Let me guess Mrs SA - it's tilted anteriorally? i.e. the opposite of when you tuck your butt under....

22/03/2012 at 17:41

Podds .... er ... yes i think so.   She got me to stand sideways in front of the mirror and look at my posture.  I was quite taken back at how curved my posture is.   She then asked me to tighten my pelvic floor muscles. It was amazing how such a simple exercise can dramatically alter your stance.

M...eldy    pirate
22/03/2012 at 18:01
Pilates really does have the answer to most things Mrs SA

Glad you have a direction now to go in  .... fingers crossed 
22/03/2012 at 18:28
A friend at work speaks very highly of Pilates Meldy ...... might be interested
M...eldy    pirate
22/03/2012 at 18:34
Definitely do it ... it will fast track your healing 
22/03/2012 at 20:57
Well the sea was feckin cold and lumpy so only 15
Minutes out to the lobster pots and back but so much more fun than the pool gonna get in again saturday and try to extend by 5 mins each time my new made to measure Snug wetsuit is a vast improvement on my old off the peg one if your in the market for a new suit Snugg really are the dogs danglies all my mates down here use them
OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
22/03/2012 at 22:53
ooohhh - i am excited!!

Im off on a camp on Saturday - cant wait
In the pirate tradition of always doing something new on race day........

- I have only ridden the tri bike for 45 minutes........It only got finished last week. 4-5 hrs of riding a day for 6 days could be interesting

Its the first one i've done so I am a little nervous.......(I am a pretend triathlete after all)
IronCat5    pirate
22/03/2012 at 23:17

Very exciting OC.

A quiet week with work, but still managed to do bugger all. Ran for 35 minutes, and 2 swim 30min sessions. To cap it all off the hotel didn't have a bike in the gym .

Luckily I got to the airport way early and popped in to the posh Hilton, waved my loyalty card about and got access to their gym. It cost me a $10 tip to the concierge to watch the car for an hour. I may get some sleep on the overnight home.

The heat in Boston has got me thinking about how hot it could be on the day, and what extra measure might need to be taken. Arm coolers, P20 etc...

I'm also beginning to wibble about nutrition. I'm doing the marshman as a warmup, and want to do that as if it were the big day. So almost a month to go and I have no idea what I need to scoff/drink on the bike to survive.

M...eldy    pirate
23/03/2012 at 00:15

Cat, P20 would be good, I think most of us use it and it seems to last most of the day ...

Armwarmers?  I am assuming you are a delicate flower where sun is concerned?  I think I would most definitely overheat in those


Food, drink ... it really is individual but for starters I tend to use water and gels on the bike and grab a few bars or banananananas as a top up and at my <<couh>> pace on the marathon I have got by with coke and bananas again, I suffer from sleep deprivation afterwards if I take gels all the way through the run and personally I am not sure they are neccessary (for me)

Many others will have other strategies 

M...eldy    pirate
23/03/2012 at 00:15
although I will add with a UK based event I am more concerned with staying dry and warm 
23/03/2012 at 06:08
Cat dunno about arm coolers if it is hot but sun cream especially around the neck and shoulders slather the stuff on before the bike and a light breathable running cap are deffo a must IMHO
Rrecovery session of a light 40 min run and east swim for me today before a busy weekend of training, bike maintenance and ferrying the kids around
23/03/2012 at 07:09
Cat - I bought de soto arm coolers last year and they helped even on the long rides. I am paler than a pale thing and I'm allergic to p20. I also managed to get a sunburn scalp through my helmet.
Dubai Dave    pirate
23/03/2012 at 07:11
The thought of a sea swim in the UK just now is horrifying, Not sure how I will survive at Marshman... time to man up.

A difficult week work wise, conference in town brought some of the London office out, who all wanted entertaining, que late nights, too much alcohol and rather limited training, still they have all gone now and so despite little sleep I races the last sprint tri of the year, 750/21.5/5 and managed a 4 minute PB for a 1-11 finish. Was gob smacked at a bike split of 38 mins at an average of 23 MPH. Non wet suits swim was cold...... 21C!!!!. Will ride at dawn
23/03/2012 at 07:26
DD nice racing!
I dream of 21 degrees actually once you were in it wasnt to bad no icecream head or owt like that, peeps down here swim all year round no wetsuits (not me i hasten to add!!!!!)
VT'd    pirate
23/03/2012 at 07:37

I was looking for OW swim clubs in Northern Ireland this week and accidentally googled the Irish winners of the OW endurance championships in Russia (or somewhere near there lol).  It was 'only' a 450m swim, which caused me read further. 

Turns out the 'pool' was a rectangle hacked out of the sea ice and the water temp was -1 degrees C.  Wetsuits are banned and the Irish team managed to beat all the favourites from the Baltic and Northern European countries despite having to train at home in a 'balmy 4 degrees'.

Edited: 23/03/2012 at 07:38
The Silent Assassin    pirate
23/03/2012 at 08:25

After a good 20 mile run on Sunday, have done nothing since.

Monday was rest day

Tuesday I felt very fatigued so took an extra rest day

Wednesday work was mental and didn't finish till late

Same on Thursday

In work today at 06:00 which meant the alarm went off a 4:30 this morning and can't see me finishing till 17:00, will hopefully get 30 mins on turbo followed by short run and then kick on again over weekend.

 It was all worth it, to Mrs SA trying to remain upright on her new gym ball!!!

23/03/2012 at 09:26
WildWill.... wrote (see)
LUNCH TIME
- Swim - 2400m
- tried to push the pace a bit but failed ... 48mins


Tried one of your time trials last night, WW & clocked 49 minutes, so if we ever swim together, please don't wee too much in your suit as I'll be somewhere in your slipstream. It could have been 48 or 50 mins tbh, because after 75 lengths my counting got skewiff. Mightily impressed with myself because I usually lose count by 12... the swimming being easier than the sums . It's left me really wheezy and sneezy though. Does anybody else suffer an Attack of the Killer Mucus after a decent sesh in the pool??

Excited for you with your camp, OC. I love the idea but I don't think my lifestyle would support doing one.

I won't try to add anything clever to your nutrition question C5. I drink lots of fluids all the way through, try to scoff a bit of energy product periodically on the bike, then gels & water on the first half of the run, before my body demands crisps and flat coke for the second half.

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