Does this make sense?
His mind's going now, he's repeating himself! Next it'll be his bladder and then he'l end up like Golden Boots! Meldy, you'd best apply the antidote soon! Or maybe not, for the amusement factor!!
Nice to see a similer plan for next year that I had in mind.
I have a nook - The non-runners Marathon Trainer (Whitsett) which I originally started 4 weeks before I did the Sprint Tri (July 8th - last minute decision!) Having read it I think the training plan is good but wondered how to incorporate the Tri work. I too have the Fink book which I prefer to Going Long (Friel) and the Ironman books but I thinkl I have information overload!
I am itching to get into the 12 + hrs a week training but can you start at that amount of time training if you take it as base training or would you have to build up the hours over time? I'm rather impatient to jump in but worried about injury or illness.
I am hoping to get into London (VLM)( if not will try a charity place) so I think there is plenty of time for training up to that but am I being over ambitious going for Ironman from beginner? (Thinking of Lanzarote or Florida - somewhere warm - I prefer heat). I am 44 but I say beginner as I haven't done any serious training for 20 yrs. I am slim (under 9 stone and size 8), have got horses, dogs and kids so I would consider above average active. Family think I'm bit mad but even they think I could do it and I feel with proper training and advice I can't see why not.. Starting to ramble now - the main thing I'm questioning is can I jump into the Fink (or similar) training program from pretty much scratch (I did finish my Tri after 4 weeks basic running, 3 swim lessons and couple of rides out on bike). 9 months to marathon in April ? Lanzarote is May - er maybe not - Florida or Cozumel Mexico in the Autumn??
Could also do Chester (5 miles away) this October as well? but thats crazy
O.rangeCannon I came, I saw, I knitted wrote (see)
I like the idea of a basic repeatable week..... But you need somewhere to go. its 14 months to henley.....
It is repeatable in format but it does develop. The long runs progressively get longer and the bike rides too.
Thanks IronCat5 that's given me permission to just do it! I can easily do bike hr in Z2 and I can run for an hr but not sure if I'm constant Z2, but yes I can do swim for well over 30 mins - easy hour.
Think I will get my diary right now and mark in the plan! I need a kick up the arse this week - after tri over a week ago I took last week easy and I've not done ANYTHING yet this week - (doing my accounts).
consistency tops everything, plans like Fink work, not because they're good but because anything done consistently will yield improvement, especailly in slower athletes (of which I consider myself one).
There's no magic weekly plan but I like the fact there's no consecutive run days (leads to injury) there's lots of things you can do to make sessions interesting and more specific such as hill reps, big gear work etc.
Whilst I don't like Fink or off the shelf plans - I do think if you have the flexibility within your schedule to follow one, as part of a group, then you'll be more likely to stick with it over the months than purely DIY approach unless you're of a strong mindset.
You'll find that you'll be able to hit your run goals whilst doing IM training purely as you'll be much fitter due to the increased volume.
Best of luck.
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