Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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11/02/2011 at 15:25

Bootsie - looks a great plan!

Vicki - Sounds good too, thanks for sharing your tips. Jevans - i count the same way as you do.

Well, the good news is it isn't broken! Yippee!!! The shadow on the x-ray is left over from when i broke it when I was two. Although still horribly bruised it isn't as painful as yesterday. So I'm not training today and will see how I am before ParkRun in the morning. If the running doesn't jar it I will go. 

Today was going to be a long bike ride. I just have one more week before half term. Having four kids off school, visitors coming to stay and a conference to attend I had pretty much ruled out any training more than 30mins. But then I only have one week before the duathlon and didn't want to do any long distances then either! Well, I've done enough to get round, but I reckon it won't be easy.

Off to plan a little girl's birthday party - see you later!

11/02/2011 at 17:24

Good news on the arm Chilibean.

11/02/2011 at 17:42

Blimey, we are all in the wars - arms, jobs, houses, blood vessels. Strewth! I'm giving you a group hug right now! Or should I say thread hug?

Is it the time of year? Hard enough isn't it when the weathers crappy, dark evenings, still broke after Christmas, potholes and trying to train too. I'm a tired bunny. Making silly mistakes at work - put my home phone number on a letter to parents of my school instead of the school's number! What a f**kwit.

September is a definite no go for me for the Snowdon event - brutal would probably be OK if I set my sights now and trained for it - 30 miles a day is doable if we took our time, but I guess that's the problem - there's bound to be a cut off time! I'll be working in Dubai then - the term at the college I am working at starts on Sept 11th, and i'm going over there on Aug 22nd.

Tips for training in 45 degrees C sun, anyone?

11/02/2011 at 19:07

IM training means I have to do long sets, such as 5 x 800m. Also, our tri club trainer puts together a diffferent set for every Tuesday session, it's always around 4km in total.

Send Dubai Dave a PM, he's bound to have some helpful info for you.

Edited: 11/02/2011 at 19:08
11/02/2011 at 20:29
Hi everyone how about this for thread outing we can choose the distance that suits then drink Yersinia pimm's
Edited: 11/02/2011 at 20:30
11/02/2011 at 20:35
So...(I fear I may regret asking) how far beyond race distance should one be swimming in training...?
11/02/2011 at 21:51
Oooo! ST that looks fun I'll have to get permission to come out to play on a Sunday but I might manage the shortest route at a very slow pace. Would we enter as a team?
Cortina5    pirate
11/02/2011 at 22:28


M..eldy has a team for the Chiltern Hundred. Just sign up and put PSOF as the team. There is a Chiltern Hundred thread here and a sportive thread here.

12/02/2011 at 00:36

Hmm. Much more affordable than your first suggestion, and some good birding on offer, too, though that could really slow me down.

Certainly not up for the gran, but the medio or corto might be possible.

12/02/2011 at 13:07
Thought we could enter a Chilli team, yes the price is good and medio looks good
Edited: 12/02/2011 at 13:13
12/02/2011 at 14:36
Ah, can't do early June. Husband's birthday and hopefully there will be a holiday involved.

Chili - hope the arm was ok this morning. Did you manage a Parkrun? So pleased it isn't broken, and hope it's ok on the bike.

Did a swim last night using the 200m and rest approach. Did a nice 400m warm up (sub-9 minutes) and then a few 200m sets resting for about a minute in between. I had a couple of sets struggling with my goggles, but the rest were good. I finished off with 250m and a pullbuoy, raising myself out of the water at the end of each length for a bit of a tricep burn set. I think because of the float though it was very easy lifting myself out, but I was just trying it out...
Anyway, 2.5k done in not much more than an hour and compared to my how-far-can-I-swim-in-an-hour session which is when I last swam 2.5k, I felt much more in control and less exhausted. Hooray for resting!!!

And this morning was a bike ride to make the most of the sunshine. I was supposed to catch a train up to the top of a trail, but the train was just pulling off as I got to the station so instead I cycled half way up the train and back. 25 miles done with some short climbs too. Didn't coast for too much of it either, and with my cycle to work this week too, I'm on 40+ miles on the bike this week! Shocker!

But I keep looking at this little bit of paper telling me how far I need to cycle in an HIM... and then run a half marathon afterwards... wibbling a little bit!
12/02/2011 at 17:21

I went for a 5 mile run this morning and it felt dreadful, the time was surprisingly good but my legs felt soooo heavy

I seriously need to work alot more on my running, as its my weakest im slightly concerned that i'll be going backwards on that leg in a tri lol!

12/02/2011 at 17:39

Hi everyone

Jevans - that sounds really good going! Very impressed.

Ahh, Vicki we all have days like that.

My arm is a lovely mixture of green and purple, but doesn't hurt as long as I don't lift anything heavy. So my big girl and I made ParkRun this morning

On the way home I called into Sports Direct (not been in there before cos I don't do shopping) and got some Karrimor cycling tights for £8 (full price £35) and shorts for £6 . Am very pleased, but I've never worn padded tights before and they feel like a nappy!

The Chiltern bike race is the end of half term holiday which we were taking off as holidays this year so I can do the bike race if others can. Otherwise I might join the pirate team. That will certainly given me an incentive to improve my bike fitness.

12/02/2011 at 18:21
Hi Chilli I'm happy to join Pirate team if that's what everyone else is doing which distance you looking at?

Vicki I've tried running for past 2 years some days I feel great and others not so great today I struggled with 4 miles but last week felt good and strong doing 10 miles I did did couple off road Duathlons and my second run felt better than my first???

Couldn't do park run this week cause of work and working next week to going swimming Sunday with Tri club and off work Monday so hoping for a LSR 12 miles is the plan cause got half coming up 5th March, was hoping for sub 2hrs but after all illness just hoping to get round lol

Chilli start fitness is a good web site for kit there own brand is good value to MORE MILES
12/02/2011 at 18:28
Talking of new gear... I popped into Halfords to look at their bike lights and ended up buying a multiway headscarf thing for under my helmet to keep warm for a fiver and a little Tribag to attach on the front of the bike frame for all the little essentials - I'm thinking snacks when on the bike - £13. A bit impulsive, but i think I'll use both things a lot.
12/02/2011 at 19:06
Hmm. Just realised that the Chiltern Hundreds weekend is not a good date for me. Shame, because it's a nice area, not too far to get to, and a do-able distance.
12/02/2011 at 19:08
Yersinia your so difficult to please lol you just don't want to part with your Pimm's
12/02/2011 at 23:12
Thish ish very true (hic).
13/02/2011 at 08:03

JE - great buy,  that scarf thingy is a buff, many of us pirates have two, a lightweight summer one and a winter one with a fleece lining. They are wonderful.

13/02/2011 at 11:53

You're right on More Mile stuff from startfitness - good kit and ace prices. I've got long and short sleeve tops, shorts and a tri top from them - dead good!

Bought some trainers from Sports Direct too - I was surprised at how big a range they had when I first went in. First pair of Nike's i've had, just breaking them in now! Lunarswifts in Grey/Fluoro Yellow, £20 cheaper than i'd seen elsewhere. Top!

Very stiff today - went out on bike yesterday morning, managed 48k in 1h40m, but went out too fast  - only noticed the brisk tail wind until I turned round to come home! Blew completely by 40k and limped home. Oops! Could hardly stand up when I got home. Silly boy.

Thanks to Dubai Dave too for the tips on running in hot places!

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