Is this a mad way to start?

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Nam
17/09/2007 at 09:35
17/09/2007 at 09:38
I admire your barmyness, go for it. I assume its a fair way away yet? 
Ultra AJH    pirate
17/09/2007 at 09:40

Good luck KK!

Now you need a mountain bike and a road bike!

Ultra AJH    pirate
17/09/2007 at 09:42
There are no reviews of that last DVD, so I cant get it.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/09/2007 at 09:47
I think books are ok for background information but many are very anal about training methods and over complicate things.

This is all fine if your one of those people that likes to read up in minute detail or if your a top performer already looking for that extra edge. However for a newbie id say your best sticking to a basic plan to begin with.

As already said the one that Mel followed last year looked a very good plan.

Or as Candy said, its not rocket science, 3x bike & run witt (1x short intervals, 1 x medium tempo and 1 x long slow), add 2-3 techinquie swims and you wont go far wrong.

17/09/2007 at 09:52
candy's IM training mantra still sticks in my head and is my method

swim a bit, bike a lot, run a lot

you an get over-anal in training and provided you put the load in and have some reasonable chance of making the cut-offs then an IM is doable - but there are many other factors that play a big part - nutrition, health, course, weather etc...

if you enjoy training to plans - fine; if not - just do lots of training and work on your weaknesses
kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 09:54

Thanks guys, I'm still shaking

MM - it's in June so I've got to get out of plaster and train from zero to ironkat in not many months.........

I need to book some accommodation I guess?

ImRio    pirate
17/09/2007 at 09:58

KK you are soooo brave. 

Must admit I am contemplating this one too.  Not got finances to enter it yet though

kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:05

I feel confident about the run fb, it's the other 2 that need work. I've just emailed the coach of the local tri club and asked him if he wants a challenge...

kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:09
Rio, I'm skint....... but will work on that...... I've managed to pay the entry fee but will scrimp and save for the rest......
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:10
Credit card Rio
kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:10
so I need a cheapish but good bike.... oh dear....
17/09/2007 at 10:11
"triathletes" will probably tell you that it's impossible. the accepted wisdom is that you have to do a year of sprint distance, a year of olympic and a year of half ironman first.

don't listen, it's b*ll*x. one of the main ideas of the pirates was to stick to fingers up to this attitude (which is 50% from weediness and group self-doubt, and 50% from people who HAVE done it trying to big themselves up to newbies).

before IM Austria this year i counted 50 pirates who'd gone from rank beginner to ironman in 9 months. there must have been a good 15 or 20 more this year.

so we were right, the anal tri ponces were wrong, yah boo sucks to them!
kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:11
How much am I looking for paying for a bike guys?
17/09/2007 at 10:12

_two_ fingers

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:12
Do you have a budget in mind?

Ideally you should look to spend £500+, you need a fairly decent bike to stand the rigours of all the miles you'll be doing.

In the £450-500 mark Trek 1000 and Specialized Allez are both excellent bikes.
kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:12
and hopefully I'll prove you right again candy and DV will
17/09/2007 at 10:13
or three fingers and a toe for one with disk wheels
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:15
Around the £4500-5000 mark the Scott Plasma and Cervelo P3C are good bikes
kittenkat    pirate
17/09/2007 at 10:15

ok, I'm coming into some money which basically will be used to pay off things but if I stop drinking and starve the cat, I can prob scrape £600-£900 for a bike.

Will accomodation and flights cost a bomb?

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