Ironman 2011 Training Thread

Wales/Outlaw/IMUK/Henley etc wot u doin? hows it going? newbies very welcome

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11/12/2010 at 18:48
Right here we go again
I am currently struggling with illness and injury and motivation so to get my mojo going its time to resserect last years training thread, so pop on introduce yourself if your a first timer and share how your trainings going, any questions or worries chuck em on here and one of the resident ironman gurus should be able to help
I am up for IM Wales this will be my 5th IM, I wasn't going long in 2011 but just couldn't resist the sound of this race
11/12/2010 at 18:52

I'm a newbie and hope to complete the Outlaw in July. Training not going well so far. It's mainly the swimming - I just can't do it. I feel like I'm drowing all the time and haven't yet progressed to swimming without a nose clip - which I'll have to get sorted for open water swimming - which fills me with dread I have to say! Trying to stay positive though and now have a plan to follow which should help with the focus and direction! Looking forward to hearing how everyone else is going!

11/12/2010 at 19:01

Iron man distance virgin here too, infact a triathlon virgin full stop.

I'm in the Outlaw but will be entering Lakeside and a few others before hand. Can run and bike, swimming is alot of thrashing for not much result. Got my plan, so enjoying the last few weeks before giving it my all.

Never thought about a nose clip Joolze

Thanks for this thread RBM, This is going to be fun!!

11/12/2010 at 19:09
In january 2009 my buddy couldnt swim front crawl (and didnt own a bike) we spent quite a bit of time in the pool with me the first couple of weeks messing around in the deep end holding our breath on the bottom as he used to start hyperventilating when he stuck his face in the water he completed IMUK that August cracking the swim in 1:40 it took him a while to loose the nose clip in fact i nicked it if you have a mate go swimming and learn off them if not get some lessons in as early as possible and you will be fine do not worry about open water swimming at the moment just get your stroke sorted great site here
regards open water the Outlaw has got to be one of the most benign open water swims going almost like a big long outside pool so do not fret to much on that score
11/12/2010 at 19:12
We had a great time on here last year with lots of first timers cracking their first Ironman hopefully a few will log on to share their hard won experience
11/12/2010 at 19:18
First time for me too. Just fancy being an Outlaw
11/12/2010 at 19:20
Joolze and FF - pop into the Carp Swimmers Thread as it's full of hints, tips, advice and support
seren nos    pirate
11/12/2010 at 19:22

Hi Joolze...............I can not swim at all without a noseclip apart from old lady breaststroke.........

Out of interest why do you have to learn to swim without one for openwater swimming..............I have done an ironman and 3 half ironmen OW with a nose clip as well as a few shorter ones............

I have started mybtraining this week............8 hours done and managed to run and cyke in the ice and minus temps...........also managed all 3 swims which is amazing..luckily they are only 30 or 40 mins long at the moment.........

just ordered a dolphin MP3 player from my mam to me as an extra christmas swimming to help with the boredom....

11/12/2010 at 19:29

Hello all, completely new to triathlon. I've entered a sprint distance for May, and have just signed up for the swim leg of Outlaw as part of a relay team.

I'm very, very excited

11/12/2010 at 19:30
The reason I weaned my mate off one is if it gets kicked off in the swim its another thing to deal with better not to need it in the first place.......but as with all things horses for courses
11/12/2010 at 19:33
Welcome Sarah and Madlot
Seren let us know how you get on with the MP3 could be the answer to my 60 lenghts and I am out of here boredom problem
Cornish Digger    pirate
11/12/2010 at 20:00

Another IM Newbie here.Planning on Outlaw but haven't entered yet.

Hi RBM!!

Have done 3 sprints trisover 3 years. Not good at swimming and not doing any (yet), local pool closed till after xmas. Running OK and Bike, trying to turbo but get bored after 30mins.

Just bought some new gloves and leggings today though so can get back on road if its not to icy.

seren nos    pirate
11/12/2010 at 20:10

Ridgeback....I swim with a spare noseclip inside the arm of my wetsuit in races...............Had a terrible time in an olympic swim when I lost it so take a spare now...........

i really cannot swim without one.......

and I can't swim very far without either a wetsuit or a pullbuoy..............was chuffed that I managed 800m yesterday without a pullbuoy.............have bn#never managed more than about 1200m at teh hight of my training last time

11/12/2010 at 21:54
Thanks for this - your IronmanUK training thread for 2010 was what got me thinking about doing an ironman myself. Have signed up for the Outlaw so hopefully get to meet a few others on here.
Training wise: the moment running is mostly jogging, biking mostly sight seeing and swimming, well the less said about that the better. Although I can swim (I've done a few mile/1500m swims in the sea) it's pretty awful. I've seen a video of myself in an endless pool and I look like I've been Tazered or something. So, looking on the bright side, I have plenty of opportunities for improvement. Hopefully this thread will give me the motivation I need to get myself off the sofa when skies are grey. Roll on July 24...
11/12/2010 at 22:01
I have just got a bike and a mate who can teach me to Breathe while swimming, want do the I'm but next year going for Olympic tri to start with a plant for 2012. It's the time needed for training that worries me. Hoping to get sorted with swimming to 2k fairly quick while the weather is carp and go from there.

Looking forward to it!
11/12/2010 at 22:02
Not a plant for 2012 - a plan for a Im or him
11/12/2010 at 22:17
Hi Tri hamster and Malc
glad it motivated you Tri. Good to see lots of first timers, ask santa to stick a copy of this in your sack
have a good read stacks of good tips on saving/making time

oh and also ask santa for one of these

for those early morning sessions
Razor51    pirate
11/12/2010 at 22:32


Was planning on starting my first with a sprint, work my way up to a half in 2011 but all the newbies seem to be jumping in at the deep end (exuse the pun) by going for the full IM distance. So I will have to see how the finances are in the new year, if ok will proberbly sign up for the Outlaw.That's it I've said it now.Could only do 50mts FC in the summer but now up to 400mts, bike is ok just need to get more hills and distance, the run I'm up to half marathon distance about  9min mile pace. Hardest part is cramming all the training in alongside work, will have to start getting up at daft o'clock I guess.

Good luck to everyone taking part in your events and stay injury free in your training.

12/12/2010 at 08:16

Morning Razor

welcome to the journey stacks of pirates have raced IM as their first tri so no problem there get the training in wrap your head round the idea that it is very do able and you will crack it

Well my road to recovery took a knock felt good got up early to get some mountain biking in to find daughter has got my vomiting bug so staying close and playing nursemaid as Mrs RBM is at work might get out later still another days recovery wont do any harm

12/12/2010 at 08:19
I like this thread. This could be good for me
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