Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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01/02/2011 at 12:53

Thanks for all the welcomes! 

There are quite a few Sprint triathlons in aberdeenshire over the summer listed in the aberdeenshire council website, I'm looking at one in Turriff in May.  I've no idea how beginner friendly it is going to be though, I don't know anyone who has done a triathlon before, never mind that one.  Is anyone here local?

I'm on holiday soon, but I've bought a triathlon book to read while I'm away and really looking forward to getting straight into training when I get home.  I guess I could get round ok at the moment, but I would like a reasonably respectible time.  I'm a confident swimmer but not a fast one.  Same with cycling and swimming actually!  I'm too quick to fall into a comfortable plod - I have no competitive edge.

 It's inspiring to read about all the great training you guys are doing!

01/02/2011 at 15:29
Oh no, Yersinia - you have targetted my achillies heel! I can't refuse a challenge like that - I'm a sucker for "I will if you will"!!!! I'll be seeing you on the virtual bike trail, 8am sharp!
01/02/2011 at 16:19

And we can come back with our wooden spoons to beat the rest of the threadsters into some hard training!

01/02/2011 at 16:34
Whilst polishing our halos for the rest of the weekend!
Razor51    pirate
01/02/2011 at 16:37

Yeh my Mojo is back and up and running  . Biked it to and from the gym today 10 mile done.

Swam 2k at the gym and felt pretty good. ( some of it with a pullboy)

Jevans...... well done on your swim, and your only jealous of our new trainers thats why you want some.

And don't you two dare come near me with them wooden spoons.

Good luck on your 5k challenge you two and no bickering with each other over who was fastest (we'll never hear the last of this threadsters)

Happy training Gang.

01/02/2011 at 17:29

Heh. It's challenge enough to get up and out that early on a February Saturday, without worrying unduly about speed.

What's the point of earning a wooden spoon, if I'm not allowed to put it to good use, eh?

01/02/2011 at 17:34

JEvaNs - a 1600m swim without stopping! In my dreams.

You've all done it again and got me going out for a run tonight when I was just umming and ahhing about whether to bother. Nice on gang!

01/02/2011 at 18:07
I'm gonna get out tomorrow for a run even if it's a quick 30 minutes I'm so frustrated doing these really early starts but hey ho it's work and pays the bills trying to get the wife to let me go full time athlete lol but she's having none of it
Edited: 01/02/2011 at 18:08
Razor51    pirate
01/02/2011 at 18:38

ST.........................Like you say it pays the bills so don't knock it,  I'm self employed and have no work this week   so managed to get to the pool taday, 2k swim and biked it there and back 10 miles.If nothing comes in tomorrow will go for a run in the morning.

30 minutes is better than nowt mate.

01/02/2011 at 19:03
Yes I agree, I'm self employed to so can't turn nothing down lol
01/02/2011 at 20:52

JEvaNs - the answer to your question - I fell over on ice on 17 Dec, broke wrist in 4 places, which is my reason for not being able to cycle properly, after so long in a cast after having had the bones manipulated back into place, my wrist doesnot want to flex as it should, also some nerve damage which the medics say will get better in time, so under physio to get full use back.

Went for a swim/rehab session as per physio instructions, did about 200m in total. Loads of backstroke legs only and some arm sculling movements. 
Some other pool users (read 4 obese women talking & hardly swimming) giving odd looks to me just cos I couldnot do full strokes with both arms, they even criticised a small group of learning disability kids having a 30 min swim with each one having a carer in the pool. Then they moaned about having 3 lanes for the proper swimmers, as if they were being held up in their own swims.
Well, what do I expect, this is the same council run pool where some people complained about  the military disabled from Headley Court using it before they got there own pool.

Once I am able to drive again I will go further afield to a friendlier place, or use the pool at a different time.

Glad to see everyone is managing to do some training.

01/02/2011 at 21:11

Ow CJ, that sounds awful.

And your fat swimming chatterboxes sound like they need drowning.

01/02/2011 at 21:31

They will get their come uppance when I get back to swimming doing FC really fast or my biggest revenge will be when I do one length of butterfly, I drown anything within 2 metres of my lane with the splashing, can't ever do more than one length though, its a tough stroke.

01/02/2011 at 21:38
Jevans, didn't cheat tonight...tomorrow may be a different issue!!

01/02/2011 at 21:39
Steady - Ow!!! I barely went out at all in December - most frustrating. Sorry to hear you were one of the casualties who braved it. And sorry to hear about your co-swimmers and their attitudes. Mind you, I moan about the aquafit classes when they take over the pool on Sunday evenings, and whilst I used to go to aquafit myself, I think that means I am allowed to pass judgement and confirm that it is a slightly lame form of exercise. It is why I started swimming - I wanted more from my 'pool' membership!

Razor - I knew someone would think I was just jealous! (I am!)

Yersinia - how far is your cycle? I'm going to be doing 10 miles each way. It's normally 48 minutes there, 54-56 minutes back. With a full day of work inbetween rather than a 5k race. Yikes. Still, my back tyre is nicely pumped.
01/02/2011 at 22:06

You win! There are a couple of parkruns I could try. The nearest is only 7km each way, but not a route I cycle regularly.

It's probably a good thing that the cycle should be relatively undemanding, as 5km is at the limit of my current running ability. I should get round without walking, but genuinely could come last, though probably not miles behind.

01/02/2011 at 22:10
It's going to be a good session though - as long as I don't get a flat tyre....! I'm going to email the organisers to see if it's ok to just cycle up and leave my bike at the start/finish rather than having to get over to the cycle racks across the road and then back into the park.
01/02/2011 at 22:17

Ooooh! What a great challenge! I'm a great fan of ParkRun (it's the only time I ever meet other runners) and am going on Saturday. But can't join you guys cos I will be taking at least one daughter so won't be cycling.

New Shoes! Yes they were great. Ran 4 miles in them this eve and they didn't rub Swam 46 lengths today too. Tried some 'drills'. No idea if I was doing them right but it was hard work so must be doing some good.

I have the same quandry about sponsorship. I love running and since I can't fit in any more hours than I'm already doing most of my races are 5k or 10k and they don't seem such a challenge cos I can easily do the distance. Am considering doing the Oly tri for sponsorship though. The does seem like a challenge!

Razor good to hear that your 'get up and go' came back! 

ST - tonight was my first run in three days and I was so desperate to get out there, I know that after a week I start going loopy.

Not sure what I'll do tomorrow. Got an awful lot to fit into the day and am trying to work out where I can carve 30-60mins to do some training. At least the workmen have now finished. We've had double glazing fitted on the front half of the house that didn't have any. I'm shattered from hours of cleaning a film of red dust from everywhere. But the house is now mostly clean. And best of all we have already noticed a reduction in noise and draughts!

01/02/2011 at 22:19
Jevans - at my ParkRun there are several who cycle and they all leave their bikes at the start/finish line
01/02/2011 at 22:23
Jevans-  i fell over walking home from the train station after work, if I had been silly enough to run in that awful weather it would be self inflicted and really pi$$ed off.
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