I'll be doing the 5K swimathon and a DIY Oly and Half at home as I'm skint and spend too much time doing teacher stuff to afford weekends doing tri stuff
Seren I've only really done 1 proper long ride which was my half - SIS drink and a mini malt loaf per lap (4 laps) or per hour 'cos I is slow
I did the L2B ride but that was stop start, bacon roll standing in field, stop stop start, chocolate in a field etc
I'm planning to do the DIY half and the chiltern 100. other than that I will be on the look out for some more cycle events in Bedfordshire area and either some local shorter tri's or swimming events involving open water swims.
I'd like to maybe do a sea swim event sometime next year to decide if a sea based ironman is a possibility for another year.
does anyone know if the lake at Holme pierrepoint is open for swimming at all other than for the outlaw and 1/2 outlaw? I might take a trip up to to take a look at the bike course one weekend and if I could suss out the lake too would be even more worthwhile
honk I believe one of the tri clubs uses Holme
Forgot I am also doing a 52m sportive in April which is a 9m ride away thereby giving me a 70m ride!
Thanks Pixie, a quick search showed that there were coached sessions available last year on a Wed or Fri evening for £10.
friday night swim followed by a lap of bike route on a Saturday sounds like a good plan if they do similar next year, anyone else fancy this? just an idea at the moment, will need to get organised with a suitable date nearer the time.
there are some cheap sportiffs around if you shop about. Also worth keeping an eye on the audax site - it's a bit like LDWA but for bikes. Lots of long beards and mudguards so you will look a bit of a nonce if you turn up on a TT bike. But on a regular road bike you will fit in and can get some extraordinary rides for very little money.
I'm doing some DIY (at home) long bricks and 1/2ish IM distance days. I would love to join SA's group, but his gaff is bllody miles away from me so I will support from a distance!
Thanks, PSC, Audax site looks good, Pencilled in a couple of possibilities.
PSC.i forgot about the chiltern 100 but will have to see the date as have a half ironman on june 2
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.
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?
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.
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 .
I need to spend some time sitting down and working out a training plan that will encompass everything I want to do next year
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!
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
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!
PSC SO glad you just said that about the bike 'cos my speed is crap. Ok on the turbo just crap on the roads!
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