Advice anyone?!

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11/01/2013 at 13:49


I am signed up for Olympic Distance slateman in May.

I have done two s[print Tris finishing in around1hr 36mins.

I have run for a few years now and regularly race 10km - half marathon distances. Best time for a Half is 1hr 51mins.

I am confident with my swim as train weekly and can already swim the distance.

 It is the bike that needs improvement. Well not the bike, me on the bike.

Any advice for traing would be apreciated. i have a hallf marathon in march and so am struggling to fit tin the bike around that. I know that running is my favourite over cycling!

Have looked at training plans....looks like some balance 3 workouts for each discipline a week?

Anyway what I'm asking I guess is, ideas/info for training for the bike as I am clueless!!!!


cougie    pirate
11/01/2013 at 14:14

Ride the bike ride the bike ride the bike.  Can you get out at the weekend and get a ride in ? Do you have a turbo ? Do you have access to a gym with spin classes ?

I'd not worry about specific workouts as such - just get out and ride the bike. 

How many miles a week are you running for the half marathon ? That cant take up too many hours surely ? Cycling takes longer to train than running so you need to find the time.  Train your weak points. 

12/01/2013 at 07:17
The slateman has a long steady climb out of llanberris up the pass a lot of the rest of it is fast and undulating
The run is a beast but great fun

My tips
Deffo get some open water swims in the lake is cold at that time of year the swim was shortened last year cos of the temp
Bike train as much as you can and practice running off the bike
Run training get in lots and lots of hills
Its a great race enjoy!
15/01/2013 at 22:09
Thanks Guys!
Very helpful advice. I have been out on the bike this week and enjoyed it, I'm still slower than I want but if I get the miles in hopefully that will improve.
There are plenty of hills round here so I will get on those for the the next few months.
I live near the sea so will be getting in the water soonish, will be sticking with the pool till then!
One other question.... How often do you brick train?
9Iron    pirate
01/04/2013 at 00:54

OMG big panic attack.....was in Porthmadog last week so took the bike to Llanberis to ride up the pass there!!! Got to withing 1k of the top and couldn't go any further - more hill training for me then. Knew I should have picked the pancake falt TRI down the road in Southport for the first one!! Is bike pushing allowed?

01/04/2013 at 08:08
Wait till you get to the first half of the run its epic!
My advice to anyone doing this is to get some OW swims in that lake was taters last year and that was with a very warm spring
Regards the bike the Llanberris pass is the biggie its a steady climb though if you pace it propperly its not to bad the rest of the bike is rolling
Slateman is an awesome race
01/04/2013 at 08:21
I am doing this race in May following a great experience at the Sandman last year. They are cracking races. Sadie, if it helps here is coverage from last year

As RB said, the climb looks manageable
01/04/2013 at 17:22
Thanks guys!
I'm getting out on the bike and feel more confident now.
I'm doing the Exmoor Beauty in a couple of weeks. That is 60 miles. That should be good training!
Looking forward to Slateman!! I will have a look at those clips from last year:0)

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