oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

getting started with stupid questions and a goal

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26/09/2012 at 18:26
Lol - trying one on or buying off the peg is a risk, but i am thinking my visit to yeovil is fortunate
26/09/2012 at 18:39
Lots of tri shops sell off at this time of year, I got one for nearly ??200 off last October
29/09/2012 at 11:27
Ok, another run down - seemed to have hit a plato as 5k in 38.02 so thats three in a row in the last three runs. Im doing 40 mins without walking now so splits are 12. +/- 45. Long run tomorrow -going 75mins ( hoping to hit 6miles )

Hrt monitor is ok but not sweat tight it seems- ran with it tied to my shorts and its fine whereas it dies after 30mins on my wrist-a screw is missing so of to watch shop for repairs. Polar did tell me they wont service it but would make me an offer on a new one LOL
30/09/2012 at 12:03
Just blasted out my long run 75mins, 6.1 miles - just beatiful with no walking !
Now off to pub for wifes bday treat. Ill be skipping pudding!

Must try and get a weight check
30/09/2012 at 12:35

sgtlard, well done how you manage to skip pudding though, I don't know. I have no self control for things like that. Hence why I am still overweight despite loads of training I guess

Blisters    pirate
30/09/2012 at 17:39

Regards wetsuits, Sgt L, a snug fit is important. I would be anticipating that (how might I put this politely) you are going to be a different shape in 6 months time. Losing a stone or more will make a significant difference, and a hired suit gives you the options of getting a smaller one each year. At Tri UK they are £35 for the hire, and just £50 end of season. They even let you buy the one you hired.

Meanwhile, I'm playing about on ebay and the general internet as we speak. 2XU T:2 new for £115, Orca S4 £125, Foor classic £100 (or is it £75 if you phone the shop?).

30/09/2012 at 23:09

no need to put it politely.  If i'mnot a different shape, Ill be a sad fat loser. Dropped 6lbs - but gained some muscle, shapes changed and im runnin ( 1hr15mins today )...something I wasnt doing a month a go.

going to rent one in april and buy one next october - ready for ironman events 2014 along with a flash bike and other bits n bobs.


Blisters    pirate
30/09/2012 at 23:29

Now that sounds like a sensible plan.

Well, as sensible as any zero to hero plan can possibly be.

Congratulations on the run. I found through trial and error that there was a particular distance/time/pace of run that was optimal for weight loss. I'm not going to refer to my distances here, but under 45 min, no wt loss. I was just drawing off the energy in the blood stream. Over 2 hours, counter-productive, as whatever I'd just burned off I was so hungry I'd often over compensate during the rest of the day.
60 to 90 minutes, the difference was measurable. It was at a steady pace and ate into the long term larder. Don't confuse instant weight loss (that's all fluid) with long term though. You need to replenish the lost fluid. Within a day or two the fluids will be stable and you'll see the difference then.

I'm not saying that the other distances/times are a waste of effort, they all have places in the overall programme. Just those were my optimal burn sessions.

BTW, I've just bought a wettie on ebay, it claims to be new, £88. About half price.

04/10/2012 at 14:24
Awsome service at triuk

Rent before buy, trial in their flow pool

Bikes to die for, fitted and built to order or from the peg

Treadmill analysis for running

Thankfully, i left the plastic at home but picked up some elastic laces.

Cool laces- made my trainers into slipons that stay on - no more laces comming untied half way through my run!
04/10/2012 at 14:31
It's a start, but I thought the whole point of tri was to spend massive amounts of cash on sparkly things
04/10/2012 at 17:39
I bought kit in Aldi last week
Blisters    pirate
04/10/2012 at 21:17

Me too. I tried out the cycle top and that was spot on. The rain jacket has yet to be tested. Call me a wuss.

05/10/2012 at 14:28
Blisters you're a wuss
07/10/2012 at 15:01

some nice training in the bag with a long run today and a bit of swimming. ( Really need to do rather more swimming - so I will ).

Been window shopping ~ tt bike, computrainer, silly wetsuit, garmin910 ..... wife didnt freak. ( SO, thats a big red flag isnt it. She knows something, and I'm about to find out how much its going to cost )



Blisters    pirate
07/10/2012 at 15:26

I'm sure that you don't need a fully fledged time trial bike just yet. Remember that it's all about the engine. There's usually bike sales in January when manufacturers are thinking about the new ranges and bike shops are trying to shift anything. Even Halfords have come up with good deals.

Wetsuits, similarly. £100 should do it comfortably.

Meanwhile, get to work on that engine.

07/10/2012 at 16:41

Im sure i dont too, but its best to set expectations early...

More engine work lined up!
07/10/2012 at 21:53

mmmm..... interesting swim session. coach set a time trial to allow us to benchmark progress...

9.06 for 400m, 4.20 for 200m ...... a line in the sand.


Blisters    pirate
07/10/2012 at 22:09

There was sand? Did you swim off the beach?

Er, I must now admit that 9:06 for 400m is faster than me. Have you done a lot of swimming in the past Sgt?


07/10/2012 at 22:25

not for a very long time and only for fun. like I said previously somewhere in the forum. I once swam a mile for charity, but that was a lifetime ago. I've not swum? lengths for 15yrs or so until a month or so ago...when I did 2 lots of 50m


09/10/2012 at 16:21


I need to get tumble turning and bilateral breathing sorted with a relaxed rythm/pace to make that 400m work for me.  7 weeks to go to my first event. Im not nervous. I just have to pee a lot. 

silly question.  when racking the bike (* as I have only 6 months to go to get this right ) where do you leave all your bike nutrition etc ? Indeed, what stays with the bike in the transition area and what goes where ? 

silly question 2. when attending a race without support ( family etc ) where would you leve essentials like car keys, wallet, mobile, money as you swim/bike/run around the countryside ?

now, tomight a brick session and I missed my long run so I'm thinking making the brick 30z2Bike QC 60z2Run rathern than 15z2Run as per the plan ?

wasnt impressed with going long - a little too fuzzy and more of a vehicle for joe friels protege coach ( its his book, not friels ). not that a book matters anyhow.  perhaps I need more decisive direction.

swim smooth book seemed very fluffy - must be about 30 pages of real content begging for video material - which of course is what it is ( a pitch vehicle for dvd's and plastic training guides and coaching workshops etc - even if poorly executed )

wife is almost on board with the whole long distance tri thing. ( im not sure she really understands how far 140.6 miles is, bless her )

and work is providing a coach for me about me. might just abuse that oppourtunity to work on the mental side.

my blog is almost ready to roll....integrated comments with facebook, and needs some phots, video's and oh. content worth an audience.  rather cleverly, its pre existing domain, with a twitter account at 8000 followers and utube and facebook. ( marketing geek, guilty as charged - I am considering abusing my access to a big brand facebook page 500,000 followers - to drive traffic to the blog/twitter - nothing works like a big blast of free publicity.  OOOOhhh and the domain name is partially the same as the tri club sponsor! Ill just have to rebrand myself here to match

Found my copy of training lactate pulsrate by Janssen. a hugely geek analysis fest. still dont understand any of it, except you can only work so hard, and just beneath so hard is great and just over is dire.

lastly, how to make best use of my swiming without a coach? got my CSS of 2.23 for 100m which will improve with tumble turns, bilateral, rythm, technique and conditioning.  So thinking hard about a beep trainer thing or going all in for garmin so I can upload the splits ad all that nonsense - 


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