Ironman Wales 2013

Conquering the dragon beast ...

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MTri    pirate
03/04/2013 at 10:48

My training is going OK, I'm targeting Challenge Vitoria first, which is six weeks before Tenby, and currently in week 4 (Rest week) of a 20 week plan.  All sessions have been hot so far, although the bike sessins have been predominantly indoors.  

Generally using the rollers, but with a front fork stand, and hopefully it'll show some improvement when I actually get out ontot he roads proper.

Swimming is coming along, took six months off swimming, having read somewhere that de-training and then getting back could reap benefits.  Techniquie wise, I've improved, catch is better, and breathing more controlled.  Endurance wise, it's a challenge, but slow steady progress, so no real concerns.

Running, going OK, odd niggle every now and then, but a recurring injury.  Need to get some new shoes from somewhere, but struggling to find any in stock (Newtons), and don't want to move away from something I know what works.

Challenge is going to be recovering, re-building and tapering again during the six weeks between two big races.

03/04/2013 at 20:53
Hey CTpotato, totally agree, my greatest worry has been family life, work ( I have an hr10 commute either way etc and am getting quite OCD about making training. As I work up in Buxton I'm hoping to put the bike on the car and get some good sessions in on the hills to break my legs in.

Getting some open water coaching soon in notts hopefully and listening to some sports hypnotherapy at night. I swear that's what got me through my swim meltdown.
03/04/2013 at 21:18
Should also add I was doing my hr run in zone 2 hr which means I'm currently at about 6 miles an hr... Was plodding along my normal route listening to some lovely tunes when this svelte machine flew past me showing me a clean pair of heels with an Ironman 70.2 t shirt flapping gracefully in the wind. At 17stone and 6'2 I'm never going to be svelte lol but it took every ounce of my being not to bin the HR session and race the bugger lol. Sad thing was I think he was on a HR session too.. He seemed to glide like an apparition
03/04/2013 at 21:42
I think you could make a whole lot of money printing t-shirts with 'I'm in zone 2 please pass' on the back, same with cycling jerseys.
03/04/2013 at 22:17
I think you're right
MTri    pirate
04/04/2013 at 08:23

I'll take one of each 

04/04/2013 at 08:23

I'm afraid that I'm ol' skool and I have no idea what intensity level Zone 2 is? I will drag myself into the 21st century one day and get a HR monitor but, for the time being, I quite like my oblivious state. I'm confused enough with looking at my training plan until I'm cross-eyed and working out cycling and running routes on Google maps

http://chasethepotato.wordpress.com/

 

seren nos    pirate
04/04/2013 at 08:37

like the idea of the t-shirts..........

We have had a number of new memebers in our running club and when i go i run at the back to keep my heart rate low........

so they are really suprised when we have a cross country league race or a race and i actually race it as I'm a lot faster than they realise.........it suprises me too that i haven't lost all the speed by running slowly all the time

04/04/2013 at 11:37
I've been interested that I run at the top cusp of mine 161BPM as much S possible and the fact that my mile splits are consistently dropping over the same route by 5-10 seconds each time I run. I feel loads better and much fitter.. Despite eating like a horse lol... I've never consumed so much meat in my life!!
06/04/2013 at 06:35

Had an incredibly hard 61 mile bike ride yesterday. The loop was fairly hilly which I found to be fine but the wind was a killer, genuinely one of the toughest bike rides I've ever done. I'm gutted as the weather over the weekend looks a lot better! 

http://chasethepotato.wordpress.com/

 

06/04/2013 at 06:47
I'm not looking forward to mine... Though I have bought a lot of new shiny riding kit and have a lot of winter mountain bike clothing to keep me toastie. Can't believe I'll be into week 9 of Fink plan next week, but am really looking forward to getting my teeth into some higher heart rate intervals... I know the zone 2 stuff is important for base fitness etc but it does get slightly tedious. Anyone been brave enough to get into the open water yet?
06/04/2013 at 07:02
Chris James James wrote (see)
Anyone been brave enough to get into the open water yet?

 

Not yet, the lake I hope to go to doesn't have sessions until the end of April which is a blessing in disguise as just thinking about outdoor swimming makes me shiver.

06/04/2013 at 07:09
The Silent Assassin wrote (see)
fat buddha wrote (see)

and that was just after I parted ways with Silent Assassin who had found out 5 weeks before the event that he had a place (no idea how he'd missed noticing it!) so he was sorely undertrained for it.


but even in those 5 weeks I did get 3 runs of 18 miles and your idea of lets have a bimble round was erm slightly different to mine, it was around 22 miles when the wheels came of proper.

 

 

Chris James James wrote (see)
I'm not looking forward to mine... Though I have bought a lot of new shiny riding kit and have a lot of winter mountain bike clothing to keep me toastie. Can't believe I'll be into week 9 of Fink plan next week, but am really looking forward to getting my teeth into some higher heart rate intervals... I know the zone 2 stuff is important for base fitness etc but it does get slightly tedious. Anyone been brave enough to get into the open water yet?

 

 

TBH it may seem boring but most of your racing in Wales will be in zone 2....and that will seem bloody fast at mile 24 of the marathon.

06/04/2013 at 08:42
I bet!
06/04/2013 at 10:56

Please tell me you didn't cycle 61 miles in week 7 of Fink in the 2 hour long ride slot or else I am going to feel hopelessly inadequate and may well just give up now.

06/04/2013 at 11:32
Lol... I'm off out in a bit... I'd top myself at that pace
06/04/2013 at 11:40

Did my long ride already today 2 and a bit hours of hills, lovely sunshine but I swear I had a headwind all the way around a circular route.

06/04/2013 at 16:41
Just back off mine, 40 miles of glorious sunshine... Could it actually be spring???
07/04/2013 at 10:21

Good training all. Not convinced spring is here yet but I live in hope!

There's a new post on my Ironman Wales blog called Return of the Bling, have a look. 

http://chasethepotato.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/return-of-the-bling/

 

07/04/2013 at 10:31
CT that sounds like pure murder in the cold, I've ordered some clip Ons... Only thing between me and the perfect aero position is 20 yrs of playing in the front row and the Guinness fuel tank which is ever shrinking but still in the way!
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