Iron Distance 2012 Training Thread

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

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02/03/2012 at 12:47

Whether it's IMUK, IM Wales, Outlaw, Challenge, The Brutal, Forestman, The Big Woody or you're jumping on a plane or a train to foreign fields, hopefully this thread can be as successful as last year's was. I really valued this as a melting pot for views, opinions, wibbles, hints, advice & experience. The "Fink for Outlaw" thread feels a bit narrow, so hopefully this can be a busy place to share your journey!  

So who's doing what this year?

slower: IM Wales

Edited: 02/03/2012 at 12:48
Slagiatt    pirate
02/03/2012 at 13:06

Grand idea Slower..

slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw

02/03/2012 at 13:25
Slower great stuff i didnt want to resurrect the thread as the Fink one popped up and i didnt want to tread on anyones toes, but it is a bit narrow and dosent seem to be generating the cross race discussion we had last year

I am up for Slateman and then Outlaw this year but am slowly coming back from injury at the moment hoping to start running again next week
02/03/2012 at 16:51

With Outlaw being early this year, there's lots of scope to do 2 events, isn't there. Looks like being a nice summer.

Lovely of you both to contribute, folks... although i'm worried about you dipping in, Max, tbh. You appear to be carrying some sort of injury curse around with you this year. I can hardly talk though. i've barely started 2012 training, but i've had more illness and injury in 2 months than in the whole of 2011.

So when's the fixie coming out?

The Silent Assassin    pirate
02/03/2012 at 16:58

slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales, but have got Manchester marathon first, then The Hairy Arse, oh yes plus the DIY half IM, possibly looking at the Thunder Run as well

Its only when you put them down on these threads there looks to be loads I'm doing this year.

Me and Mrs SA are out at Jodrell Bank Cycle sportive next week first event of the year, 80 miles, haven't been out the bike enough, its gonna hurt, been doing loads of running, 18 mile this weekend, last weekend did first brick of the year, 15 mile bike followed by 15 mile run.

Darkness    pirate
02/03/2012 at 17:12

Just the Outlaw Iron Distance for me this year and I am not following Fink other than to ensure my long bike and run are long enough each week.  Plan for the year is Beaver Middle, Outlaw, possibly the Thunder run with SA et al and then the Vit.  I will throw in an Epic Events 3.8k swim or two as well in  the lake district.

Haven't done a brick yet and haven't done a swim session of over an hour either.  Did a 10 mile run before work today which is the longest of the year so far and I plan to increase it by a mile a week going forward.  Longest bike so far is 3 hours but getting consistnet commuting miles in. 

Not too bad on the injury front though which is key and my weight is back down to levels not seen for 6 years which is helping the running and hills on the bike.  Decent consistentcy for a number of weeks now if less than massive individual sessions.   

slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw

Slagiatt    pirate
02/03/2012 at 17:30

On the injury front i've had ear issues that have pretty well kept me out of the pool for 2 months .. but back in the water  from today barring further issues .  Seem to have picked up a bit of a lower back issue after last weekends run.. but weirdly seems to ease off when training so bike and gym sessions have been ok this week ... will see how it feels on the run tomorrow. 

summary of training efforts year to date .

Swim , maybe 2 decent (more than a mile) swims this year 

Bike.. couple of longish turbo sessions, and an average of around 75 miles a week on the road, mainly comuting

Running.. Dismal .. longest run of 7 miles .. took 1hr 20 + ...  On a brighter note the longest id done before IMW last year was just over 10 miles.. and i only managed that the once a few weeks before race day.  So by that standard i am actually way ahead of plan   

The Silent Assassin    pirate
02/03/2012 at 18:13

For anyone thats not doing Outlaw, if you volunteer  (Pirate feed station) you get free entry into any of the swim events the day before Outlaw, I will be attempting the 5k one

seren nos    pirate
02/03/2012 at 18:33
SA..its after my IM....so not sure I will fancy a swim but will take my wetsuit.......
I would love to go back and do IMW but will leave that to 2013 i think.....

My bike training is the best I have ever done........so waiting for a fall now to stop me dead.....
M...eldy    pirate
02/03/2012 at 18:46
Slag - do you wear earplugs when swimming?
seren nos    pirate
02/03/2012 at 19:01
your text looks in the right place to me
Slagiatt    pirate
02/03/2012 at 19:30
kittenkat wrote (see)

Outlaw but I'm close to pulling out, not because I'm injured or can't do it, but because I've lost the drive to actually want to do it.

But I'm working through that with some sage advice from good friends.

We'll see.


what !!! and pass up the opportunity to hang out with the Pirate massive ??  surely not   .   Hope you get your outlaw mojo back soon KK .  
02/03/2012 at 19:50
Slow the fixies and MTB have been out all winter my road and TT bike havent hardly turned a wheel since Ironman Wales
KK my mojo is a bit down compared to normal so i have shifted the goal from sub 11 to have a nice day out with the pirate clan suddenly pressures off enjoying what training i can do at the mo and am gonna keep it unstructured and loose this year
03/03/2012 at 06:39
KK I hear what you say at the moment i am full of how easy i am gonna take it cos i am coming back from injury but its a fair bet i will thrash myself to death on race day
I hope you get your mojo back and your hearts not in it pull out its only a race gotta do whats rright for you not everybody else. I admired Lee the Peas decision to pull when she realised she just couldnt commit what was needed this year
OrangeCannon kona-5    pirate
03/03/2012 at 08:43
slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales

Decided this year to do Lanza as I always fancied it... Trying to go as well as possible so am trying to go for it and hopefully get into the top 15%..... I am getting tired at the moment though (I know that's the point of training)......
Outlaw was going to be the fast one
IM Wales as I enjoyed it so much last year I couldn't resist it

Lots of big weeks at the moment, just had 2 weeks easy for a half marathon but still feel hammered
Got a training camp in 3 weeks time - getting a little worried about that as well, ( you know, that mixing with proper triathletes, am I fast enough to keep up etc etc. I know I am but I never feel like it...)
Swimming is a bit static
Bike feels quite strong but no idea if I've got any faster
Running feels way stronger than last year
03/03/2012 at 10:53
slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales
Slimshady: Embrunman

Great idea to resurect this thread! My triathlons this year start with the Stowe Oly then Bala ( got to be better weather than last year!) and then Embrunman again.
Training is steady at the moment with nothing spectacular but some consistency. I am doing the Silverstone Half marathon next sunday if anyone else is there?
NV
03/03/2012 at 12:03
slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales
Slimshady: Embrunman
NV: Outlaw

Marshman as a warm up in early May. Not sure what else I'll do. I want to try to PB at half marathon off the back of the Outlaw fitness.

Just recovering from shoulder ligament injury after a crash on the bike. Back running again without too many issues, but not going to be swimming for a while yet. Thanet 20 mile race tomorrow if the shoulder continues to behave.
Edited: 03/03/2012 at 12:04
Hope    pirate
03/03/2012 at 12:11

slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales
Slimshady: Embrunman
NV: Outlaw
Hope: Outlaw

Really looking forward to it. Will be nice to a big Pirate one again.

Also doing the Marshman in May.

03/03/2012 at 16:04

Nice one STIL,   good thread. 

slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales
Slimshady: Embrunman
NV: Outlaw
Hope: Outlaw
Jaffa: Outlaw

It was always my plan to have a year off long distance tri this year,  then the Pirate ship setting sail for Outlaw made me think twice,  it should be a good party and I feel I need to earn the right to party so I've entered.  
Going to blag it off the back of no structured training though,  got a couple of marathons coming up in the next 7 weeks and then LeJog in 3 months time so that'll do.  My swimming is so gash that spending any significant time on that won't make a huge amount of difference.

M...eldy    pirate
03/03/2012 at 16:52
slower: IM Wales
Slagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
Mrs SA Outlaw
SA IM Wales
Darkness: Outlaw
Cake: Outlaw
OrangeCannon: Lanza, Outlaw, Wales
Slimshady: Embrunman
NV: Outlaw
Hope: Outlaw
Jaffa: Outlaw
Meldy: Outlaw



Also settling in for the Marshman/Outlaw combi and a few marathons thrown in towards the end of the year 


Coming in to March and the training is getting interesting and the weather is getting better  
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