Ironman Recovery

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13/11/2003 at 16:04
Hi guys!
Need some advice re ironman races and, more specifically, how much it takes out of you in subsequent weeks......I know some of you are dead experienced at the full distance.

I've just started looking towards next year and listing events. Normally I don't have a problem with a run of sprint tri's every 1-2 weeks. But I really want to do a full ironman next year.

Prob is i was pretty keen to get stuck into the longest day on 18th july as it's a handy venue, easier course and cheap (in comparison!). But having checked this date I have also noticed that I have the london tri the week after - I've already spent a shed-load of cash to enter this.

So is 2 weeks enough time to recover from the ironman, and build up enough energy to put in a good personal performance in london. want to do well in both.

cheers
daza
13/11/2003 at 17:03
I think it really depends Daz.

I think you'd have to treat London as a bit of fun and see what happens.

I was able to do a pb for Olympic distance at London seven days after Ironman Switzerland, but not sure it was a particularly wise thing to do. I had entered both without realising and didn't want to waste the money I'd spent on entering London.

I decided just to enjoy it and felt very good on the day. One thing's for sure, Olympic distance is a breeze mentally after an Ironman.
13/11/2003 at 17:09
cheers rich. i may look for other options - are there any french ims?
dont really want to travel further out/by plane.
13/11/2003 at 17:26
Ironman France is the weekend of 26-27 June, so timing would be ok. Its known as one of the tougher races though, but supposed to be very good.

You could try Austria which is late June (I think) and very flat and I've heard good reports about it. Flights to Klagenfurt are cheap as chips, if you book it soon they'll probably pay you to go!
13/11/2003 at 17:30
Austria 4th July.

Just seen on their site that South Africa are definitely getting a full Ironman in spring 2005. One for the diary.
13/11/2003 at 17:31
Cool, will look into it. My only concerns are my bike (I would have to dismantle and but in a bike case I guess) and the fact I have fear of flying :O( ha!
13/11/2003 at 17:40
You could always drive then, Austria's not that far. A mate of mine drove down to IM Switzerland and camped down there, had a great time.
13/11/2003 at 17:46
When I win the lottery I'm going to buy you all a Forum Ironman Bus, fully equipped for international travel.
13/11/2003 at 17:47
With unlimited champagne and a dance floor in the back?
13/11/2003 at 17:54
Daz,

Me & the Mrs did IM France in '02, and drove to Dover - ferry to calais, then 6 to 7 hour drive the other side.
We stayed 2 weeks in Gerardmer - a beautiful place.
If you want any info let me know.
As far as recovery goes - I reckon it takes me a good 3 months to be fully recovered from full IM - 3 to 4 weeks for a half.

Paul
13/11/2003 at 18:07
If it's a triple decker perhaps they could manage to install a pole...
13/11/2003 at 18:23
I like the way this is heading. Keep my fingers crossed for the lottery on Saturday.
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
13/11/2003 at 19:47
I'd agree with Paul, full recovery after an IM takes a while to be race fit again. Mr. IW tried to take on a sprint event just 6 days after an IM - swam o.k. but had lead in his legs on the bike and the run really hurt. Took him a lot longer to recover from IM than it did me, because he didn't rest when he should have.
Having said that, RichardM also has it right that recovery is individual. I can usually manage to race tri and road races most of the year, and take a 6-to-8 week break
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
13/11/2003 at 20:57
around now
14/11/2003 at 11:24
thanks guys!
i've decided (for the time-being) to stick with LD followed by london 2 weeks after. i'll just rest first week and keep the legs moving the second.
however, ill look into france, switzerland and austria.
actually - which is the easier of these as far as the bike profile is concerned - anything to reduce chances of a bad-back
:O(
WildWill    pirate
14/11/2003 at 11:30
I intend doing TLD as a get round exersize asn to see how it feels : so i can help refine my taining ....


.... Then I can race and try to do my best in IMF

(Well thats the plan)
14/11/2003 at 11:40
good plan Will!!!

Any chance of an TI swim update? hows the drills going..?
14/11/2003 at 12:04
Daz,
I'm doing Austria next year and think the bike course is the flattest of the 3 - with a flat run also...
As already mentioned flights very cheap - we booked for the wednesday before the race with Ryanair and it was 55 quid for 3 of us one way..
14/11/2003 at 12:06
Daz as CC said, Austria is the flattest by miles. Switzerland and France both have tough bike profiles.
WildWill    pirate
14/11/2003 at 14:10
MMmmm - early days on swimminf front - i've been i'll for a bit so have only had 2 pool sessions since my course - i think it'll be end of year befor i notice changes - but easy swimming now only takes 12-14 strokes to get up the pool
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