Outlaw 2013

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meface    pirate
17/12/2012 at 21:14

See you at the Tanners - no entry on the day again this year so remember to book. Definitely value for money. Did 5:43 last year which was a PB by about an hour but it was a very quick route (flat & good dry tracks). Expect I will be back closer to 7 this year.


PSC    pirate
18/12/2012 at 02:08
Already entered so see you there.
18/12/2012 at 08:35

thanks for the tip about audax PSC - think I might have a go at the 100s that are near Nottingham/Alfreton as they are close to me does it matter if I am a bit rubbish?

Nurse Ratched    pirate
18/12/2012 at 13:47

Finally, after being floored by the bubonic plague for the past 10 days and having done the grand total of 30 minutes running in the preceeding *muttermuttermumble* weeks, training has started.  Wooooooo hooooooo! I am feeling quite excited.
30 mins in the pool yesterday, just been for a 30 min run and will turbo tonight. 

18/12/2012 at 14:16
Great news Nursey! Are you starting from the beginning or just picking up from where you left off?
Nurse Ratched    pirate
18/12/2012 at 14:27

Picking up from where I left off.  I'm doing a variation on a theme of Fink (!) but not right from week one - I feel that would be too much of a reduction from the level of training I already do, so I've gone a wee bit below the volume I was doing before the Black Death struck.  Not that it was anything remotely hardcore to start with.  I think Leanda is fairly safe .

18/12/2012 at 17:03

I need to spend some time sitting down and working out a training plan that will encompass everything I want to do next year


PSC    pirate
18/12/2012 at 21:32

start by trying to be realistic about what you are trying to achieve...  sub10 will require stupid amounts of training... but try not to target the cut offs.  Don't overcook the training otherwise family and friends will abandon you as a tri-bore.  Make a rest day a weekend day.  

I still think training is overrated.  It's far too cold to be out on the bike.  Swimming in the pool is dull.... so running wins then with the occassional turbo ride as recovery!  

On on

19/12/2012 at 11:54

my aim is merely to be able to finish within the cutoffs, once I have managed that then I can think about bettering times

just looked at that sentence and the word 'merely' and realised that most people I know wouldn't even consider entering or doing any of the training so I guess there is nothing 'mere' about any of it

PSC    pirate
19/12/2012 at 21:15

but that's where you are wrong Maths....  you don't need to kill yourself to get to the finish line, but you do need to be realistic and you do need to put in some reasonable training. But we are not pro's so keep things in balance...  It might be that you have a bad day (it can happen to anyone), but generally an IM is very achievable with some decent fitness and a strong mind.  keep the faith...  talking this far out is great.  It's the goons who enter with 2 months to go who will struggle as they won't have the  training foundation that we all have.

And remember it is all about the bike.....  my first IM I was training at 14mph.  Speed didn't pick up for ages... but I raced at 19mph. As Brad the Sideburn said, if I can do it then anyone can!  

seren nos    pirate
19/12/2012 at 22:22

mine was averaging 12 mph  on the road.but i did do all my long rides on my own.........I would try and not do all your long rides with a friend or with a group as ypou can be pulled along and then when it gets tough in the race you are not used to having to battle on your own.......

i was riding faster for wales in training but still managed to fail on the day........

so the better you train the more leeway you have incase things go wrong...

PSC    pirate
19/12/2012 at 22:26

tragically 'on the day' stuff happens... but generally speaking it doesn't.  Lots of slow training typically leads to good racing.  Training on your own is better than training in a group - as Seren rightly says, you get pulled along in a group.  IM is about your own efforts, not those of the big-quadded-macho-type at the front of the chain gang.  Any twerp can ride for hours looking through the lycra at the crack in front of them.  Only aspiring Ironmen can ride for 8 hours on their own and still cook dinner for the family when they get home!  

20/12/2012 at 08:06

I am glad you have said that about training solo as I will be doing just about all my bike and run training solo - it is just easier to fit it in and still get to see the family that way. If I head out alone I can go really early, rides with the tri club don't start till 9 or 10, so they take most of a precious weekend day which leaves OH and kids sulking! I think it develops mental strength too, which has got to be a large part of the day - being able to carry on when you feel tired and fed up

is it naughty that I am posting on this thread when I am not doing the ful outlaw this year? run section as a relay team but I am doing the outlaw half by myself! I am guessing no-one is going to get upset about it!

20/12/2012 at 08:21
mathschick wrote (see)

is it naughty that I am posting on this thread when I am not doing the ful outlaw this year? run section as a relay team but I am doing the outlaw half by myself! I am guessing no-one is going to get upset about it!

And if they do get upset bollox to them

Britrisky    pirate
20/12/2012 at 08:24
No, because you'll be doing Outlaw in 2014!
20/12/2012 at 08:31
Britrisky wrote (see)
No, because you'll be doing Outlaw in 2014!

certainly am

Cortina5    pirate
20/12/2012 at 08:58
mathschick wrote (see)

I think it develops mental strength too, which has got to be a large part of the day - being able to carry on when you feel tired and fed up

The mental side is a huge part of the day. You'll learn to box the chimp - probably by going out for a huge 7 hour loop on the bike, and having a mental wobble about half-way. Just man up and get on with it. MTFU is a very overused phrase around here, but that it pretty much what it boils down to. Nothing is impossible, and if you make it to the start line, the war is almost over, just a minor skirmish to win

Nurse Ratched    pirate
20/12/2012 at 10:40

 I am feeling hugely inspired!

seren nos    pirate
20/12/2012 at 11:19

earlier thisyear i went out at 6 pm for a bike ride........it was to be an all night ride and i left my car with my mother incase of mechanicals...............i cycled all the way to church stretton 80 miles away..... it was around midnight...............i turned to return home and the heavens opened............it was freezing driving rain that soaked you to the skin........and I had 80 miles to cycle and i was already tired .........

but each tiem i thought of phoning my mother to pick me up i talked myself out of it and i arrived home 6 or 7 in the morning..............I think it was that ride that gave me the strength to finish the double

so much is in the head

Rafiki    pirate
20/12/2012 at 11:28
seren nos yn canu wrote (see)

so much is in the head

Ans its soooo frightening what's in your head!!

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