Ironman and Booze

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IronBlue    pirate
03/12/2013 at 21:20
I was just wondering what people's tips are with regard to Ironman training and having a drink. I am a keen Guinness drinker and don't really want to give up!!!Any suggestions for benefits of not drinking. Anyone done one and had a cut off point ? Two months before, one, a week??
Pudge    pirate
03/12/2013 at 21:34

Isn't it always said that Guiness is full of IRON?

Surely there's your answer!

03/12/2013 at 21:34

Unless your likely to be at the pointy end of a race there seems to me to be little point in giving up something you enjoy. 

That said if you are not able to get up and go out and do your five hour long bike because of a thick head from the night before then you need to question your priorities. 

Oh and maybe ask Goldenboots for advice around drinking eight odd pints the night before a ironman........

IronBlue    pirate
03/12/2013 at 21:36
I am definitely not going to be at the pointy end. Point taken on the training though!!
03/12/2013 at 21:41

If you didn't drink for say two months before a race, is it going to make much difference on the day? I'd guess not, however if you use it as a target such as four hour bike and two hour run on weekend = pint of the black stuff or two it becomes a motivation tool

IronBlue    pirate
03/12/2013 at 21:47
I could put a pint on a pole just in front of my handlebars. There's motivation!! I don't think I'll give it up, but might be useful to cut down!!!
03/12/2013 at 22:02
Hell I had a Guinness half way round the marathon at last years Outlaw !

Not advocating getting sh!t faced every night, but a glass or 2 isn't going to kill you
03/12/2013 at 22:04

Surely it's a supplement right?

Duda the Mutineer    pirate
03/12/2013 at 22:10
Final RV wrote (see)

Surely it's a supplement right?

*nods in strong agreement with this statement.


04/12/2013 at 05:27

Horses for courses i tend to bin the booze during IM training as even 1 or 2 pints mske it harder for me to get up fresh and early to train, that said post race and off season bring it on

Hope    pirate
04/12/2013 at 05:47

Me too. I don't drink much anyway but when training I don't bother, it would mean missed sessions.... But then I get tipsy just looking at a glass of wine! 

04/12/2013 at 08:05

I stop drinking a week out from any race I want to do my best in, otherwise the eating and drinking is what I balance the exercise out with.

Cortina5    pirate
04/12/2013 at 09:09

Reducing alcohol is a way of reducing junk calories. Less weight to cart around 140.6 miles.

04/12/2013 at 10:27


simple as

if you like a drink there's no need to give it up, just moderate the volumes.  I've never given up the booze in any training or racing regime - but then as a old skool, dyed in the wool, rugby player, I would suspect I couldn't as it's part of who I am.


Cake    pirate
04/12/2013 at 12:46

Blue if it's any good I try to stop drinking the black stuff when on training is't not the beer that's the problem it's making sure you get up early to get the miles in. Makes that first 10 pints after the race all the sweeter.

Golden Boots    pirate
04/12/2013 at 12:52

Just don't try 10 pints before the race!!

meface    pirate
04/12/2013 at 15:24

I don't see what the problem is with drinking the night before the race - and I beat GoldenBoots!

Golden Boots    pirate
04/12/2013 at 16:49

at what... drinking or racing?

Rafiki    pirate
04/12/2013 at 17:08

GB - I don't think the beer was the problem - it was the tequila chasers that did it

Cake    pirate
04/12/2013 at 17:22

There was that snapp's as well remember.

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