Re-run of last year's thread for anybody doing any 2012 iron distance race
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
Grand idea Slower..
slower: IM WalesSlagiatt: IM Wales , Outlaw
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?
slower: IM WalesSlagiatt: IM Wales , OutlawMrs SA OutlawSA 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.
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 WalesSlagiatt: IM Wales , OutlawMrs SA OutlawSA IM WalesDarkness: Outlaw
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
Got outlaw lined up and hopefully thunderun with a few halfs and other running races this year but wedding 14th Aprial so thats the biggest thing planned. With look should have a few marathons and maybe a sneaky half ironman or two once I've setalled down and know what I'm doing (would a first)
slower: IM WalesSlagiatt: IM Wales , OutlawMrs SA OutlawSA IM WalesDarkness: OutlawCake Outlaw
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
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.
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.
Slagiatt wrote (see)
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 .
Thank you, I'm just in a strange place at the moment and being pulled in very different directions. I'll be there in some shape or form... (maybe as a rat or mole rather than kat, yes yes, we're all watching Golden Compass right now, great film)
I'll shake the black dog off my tail now we're coming into spring. Hopefully.
Ridgebackmax wrote (see)
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
I can't do that though, I'm too uptight.
I either race and do well or drop out, I can't just enjoy getting round and the history behind that is the fact that I come from a sporting background, it's been my life and career and my definition (rightly or wrongly, probably more wrongly now) of my self and self worth.
And added to that some things that have happened online with Pirates that I thought were friends but just seem to be driven by online communication and status rather than what's real.
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