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Britrisky    pirate
12/11/2012 at 22:52
Here's a question - I may have the opportunity to go to the Falklands for two weeks in April. I'll certainly be able to run there, but probably not swim and definitely not bike - would my training survive??? Is it Falklands or Outlaw, do you think?
Doner Kebab    pirate
12/11/2012 at 23:25
You'll be fine, even if you just do enough to maintain your aerobic fitness it'll be ok, if running loads is going to risk injury just run hard or do a tempo run once a week, a long run and a couple of easy ones and you'll be good to get back where you left off
PSC    pirate
13/11/2012 at 06:56

2 weeks will be absolutely fine... and I bet they have some form of exercise bike on the islands.  I would grab the chance to see the Falklands first hand.

PSC    pirate
13/11/2012 at 06:58

Just to be a bit provocative... 30 weeks is too long!  Keep the base training going and work on your weaker areas, but focussed hard training over 16 or 20 weeks is ample IMHO.  I've tried the 30 week programmed approach and got bored with 10 weeks to go and basically stopped training.  I would be interested to hear what others who have completed 2+ IM events might have to say on this too....

13/11/2012 at 07:44

You may actually find that 2 weeks of not being able to bike & swim means you are re-motivated when you get back...and it puts some real fire-in-your-belly to nail your next few rides etc. 

Just use the time to thrash yourself on your running.  Simple!

13/11/2012 at 07:51
You would have no argument from me there PSC, but as a iron distance virgin and natural worrier, personally I don't want to be in a position where on the start line I have not done everything I can. The Fink structure gives me that (in theory).

Would be good to hear what others think though
Cortina5    pirate
13/11/2012 at 09:20

I hear what you're saying Stanners. I knew that if I followed Fink and gave it my all, I was going to be at the start line prepared. However Fink is too long by about 10 weeks IF you have a good base already. OC always recommends finding a training schedule you can do 7/52.

The weeks between 20 and 27 were the hardest. I was tired physically and mentally and had had enough really. Then taper kicks in and it gets worse - you have the energy but no where to put it. Cue arguments about nothing at home.

Brit - from what I hear abou the Falklands you might do more walking. It can be a tad windy. I guess it depends who is hosting you? If it's private you might find a gym. If it is HMG then you might find the facilities are pretty good.

Britrisky    pirate
13/11/2012 at 10:39
IronCat5 in the Hat wrote (see)

Brit - from what I hear abou the Falklands you might do more walking. It can be a tad windy. If it is HMG then you might find the facilities are pretty good.

Good practice for Outlaw, then - if its like last year? Yes - HMG (T.A. annual camp), but have to see if work will give me the time off first ...

Britrisky    pirate
13/11/2012 at 12:58

Marines? Are you kidding? They'll make mincemeat out of me!!! I'm only T.A., you know!!!  I'll ask around ...

13/11/2012 at 13:57

marines? oh, brit, yes, you must train with the marines don't pass up that kind of opportunity

flyaway    pirate
13/11/2012 at 14:49

Brit - dont bank on being able to train there. April is heading into winter in the Falklands, and it is incredibly exposed, ridiculously cold and windy like you wouldnt believe. What running you manage to do may be a flat out battle against the wind. There is a gym, but stationary bikes are the wrong geometry. The pool was undergoing refurbishment this year, but that might be open for you with any luck.
Dont discount the length of flight and the jetlag either - ease yourself into it gently.

I think you should go if you can, as it may be a once in a lifetime experience, but personally, i would count on doing nothing in the way of specific training while you're there. Anything you get is then a bonus. Couple of big training weeks before you go, and plan for not being able to train while you're there, and its in no way a disaster - after all, people get ill, and lose a week or two, and still make it to the finish line.

13/11/2012 at 15:09

I think Flyers has hit on something there.  Make sure that you train in such a way that you need a recovery week anyway, that's week one and then you can either have double recovery week or a light week for the second week.


M...eldy    pirate
13/11/2012 at 19:55

I've been to The Falklands and agree with Flyers, you are entering their winter period and the weather will be verging on the appalling .... there is (surprisingly) some stunning scenery so running will be good, Mousers is also correct in as much as you train so that the first week is a recovery week

I would also say that unless times have changed, which is very possible since I did National Service then for very good reasons you will get very little down time so dont bank on getting too much training done

All things considered, its an opportunity not to miss and not one that will interrupt Outlaw training if you are smart

13/11/2012 at 21:10
Do keep in mind that when Meldy did National Service it was bows and arrows and the fleet used sails and oars.

M...eldy    pirate
13/11/2012 at 21:38

I can still deliver a killer blow you know !!

13/11/2012 at 22:53

Bearing in mind National Service ended in 1960.  

Only saying!  Nothing to see here, move along now!  

13/11/2012 at 22:59

*comes out of lurking to snigger*


Dustboy    pirate
13/11/2012 at 23:12

Meldy admits to National Service? Crikey. I think even Plum is too young for that...

PSC    pirate
13/11/2012 at 23:17
Or is Meldy an Argie?
seren nos    pirate
14/11/2012 at 07:40

Not sure about the falklands.but i'm feeling freezing here today.......and its mild.......not sure whats going on.must be because i'm reading about snow and ice.

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