Ironman Wales 2013

Conquering the dragon beast ...

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16/04/2013 at 17:04

Hi all, hope all is well and training is going to plan. I've got a cold (again!) so I'm taking an unscheduled rest day and looking forward to an early night.

I've posted a new entry on my blog, so please have a look:


MTri    pirate
22/04/2013 at 08:57

Training seems to be going OK, hitting all my sessions, and last week should have been a good week, in theory.

3.8km pool swim Friday, 2 mins quicker than the same distance a week before, ao a plus.

17km run Friday evening, and also Sunday morning, nice and hilly, felt strong all the way with no issues, so a plus.

73km bike on Saturday, felt OK'ish, but boy, it was slow, 3:35.  I know race day everything is quicker, I'll have a few more months training in my legs, there won't be stops at lights etc, and I'll be able to eb on the aero bars for longer, as won't have to watch out for car doors etc as much, but since swapping to a TT bike, it just seems to be taking a while to get really used to it, so I guess it's down to muscle adaptation to the different position.

Might also have been down to doing too much Friday evening, 17km run, 3.8km swim, but just looking back over recent sessions, and I'm not quite where I'd like to have been.

Anyhow, sorry for the ramble, need to look forward, and be positive, all sessions generally being hit, and no real niggles.  Onwards and upwards

seren nos    pirate
22/04/2013 at 09:10

when ever i do a hill at the moment i keep pushing as I always have IMW in my mind


MTri.those sessions look good from here,.and as you say a long time to go till the race

MTri    pirate
22/04/2013 at 09:21

Yeah, cheers Seren, just a little confidence knock, don't normally get them, but still a while to go.  Only concern is I've got challenge Vitoria 6 weeks before Tenby, and it's my main goal, so also need to recover and train between the two.


all will works itself out

seren nos    pirate
22/04/2013 at 09:27

my A race is 9 weeks before...and i need more recoverey than you............I suppose it depends on what you wnat to get out of Wales......I just need a finish ......but i will spend my time between the two carefully...

for now I just loved cycling yesterday in the sun.........made such a difference

MTri    pirate
22/04/2013 at 10:10

Sun did make a huge difference, positively warm at one point, and even overdressed

23/04/2013 at 07:43
The sun and late evenings really add a feel good factor eh! Anyone following Fink had to juggle days. I've had some last minute stuff crop up at work this week and have had to swap tomorrow for today.. Feels weird only getting one session in after a rest day but I literally can't get to the pool in time. Got to try to get used to these aero bars too at some point I reckon... Everyone still feeling strong? Got all their races mapped? I've got a weeks holiday in Greece coming up so plenty of swimming lol
MTri    pirate
23/04/2013 at 10:35

After the little 'blip' of the weekend, back in the pool last night, and felt good, nice and relaxed, lomg strokes, good breathing, and real plus.


Run tonight, or maybe bike, see whatthe weatehr does

24/04/2013 at 09:29
I had a total melt down in the pool today, really don't know what happened.. Couldn't get into it, have realised my weak side really is weak and felt shattered After shifting my breathing to that side. Felt panicked the works... Hope this doesn't develop into a mental block!!
Slagiatt    pirate
24/04/2013 at 09:41

CJJ .. i think everyone has sessions like that .. i know i do .. some days you feel you belong in the water , others you seem to suck in a lung full of water with every stroke . Stick with it .. stay calm , it'll all come good

seren nos    pirate
24/04/2013 at 11:00

agree with slag.........

I ran today and hopefully its the return of my running mojo.

24/04/2013 at 21:08
Cheers guys, just back from my run, finally feeling strong, maybe tomorrow will be a dolphin day!
11/05/2013 at 13:37

All quiet on here just got back from Greece where highlights included getting lost and turning a 45 min run into 2.5 hrs in bad heat.. Getting chased by dogs and lots of sea swimming. Just dropped my first brick in back in the UK and felt strong so the greek heat has helped the tired body! How are we all getting on??

11/05/2013 at 15:13

Almost at the end of week 13 of Fink, surprising myself with some of the stats I'm getting, average speeds & distances covered in the alloted times, feeling tired today, did a 3 and a bit hour ride with 1200m of climbing and a 30 minute run to end with, horribly windy today as well.

11/05/2013 at 17:28

Good luck with anyone doing Ironman Wales. If anyone needs any local info or help around race time then let me know as its almost on my doorstep so happy to help in any way ii can. 

MTri    pirate
11/05/2013 at 21:34

All ticking along nicely I think. No real Niggles. Most sessions being hit. Enjoying the bike, and riding lots of hills, just haven't got any long rides in, and no real speed in the bike. 

Been using the turbo, and getting used to the TT bike on the rollers. 


12/05/2013 at 18:11

Been hill walking in Yorkshire this weekend. Not really orthodox tri training but hiking for 23 miles/8 hours in sleet, rain and wind up three very big hills was tough and excellent training for Ironman.

MTri    pirate
12/05/2013 at 20:24

Time in the feet is time on the feet. It'll all be a benefit

16/05/2013 at 22:05

Just come back from a brutal sports massage... Gonna feel it in the morning but boy was it worth it!

MTri    pirate
23/05/2013 at 13:38

Off down to Tenby on Saturday, and plan on a quick swim at North Beach, first OW swim of theyear, and a test to see if the wetsuit still fits

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