Training for a shorter Tri

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09/04/2013 at 17:11

mikasa - I would learn the basics in the pool now, then go and practise in ow when things have warmed up a bit

3k swim for me today while the kids were playng in the leisure pool - wet days on holiday are a good opportunity for a swim

09/04/2013 at 18:35

Yes, I think you're right Maths. I need to get my arse in gear!

09/04/2013 at 19:48

Run tonight was so much better than last week!  I am going to give the getting up early to run a go on Thursday.  

Mathschick: 3km - good stuff! I think I have to do another long session on Saturday.

I may have persuaded husband that the speedy beaver is a really good idea for me to do  I mean he could do much worse than enjoying Belvoir Castle on a Sunny day, beer in hand!  Anyone else done any of the Beaver triathlons? 

09/04/2013 at 20:51

I have heard they are good and well organised. I wanted to do them this year but they clash with other things I have on. 

10/04/2013 at 14:51

Another lunch time run. Have taken Friday off and hoping to run bit further, about 4miles I think. Slowly building it up.


10/04/2013 at 17:35

Off to the pool to scare the old ladies with my shiney white legs! I am reading 'The Iron War' at the moment - anyone else read it?  I liked the bit about the research that had been done into the harden up area of the brain - kinda cool   Will try for 2km tonight.

WhizKid    pirate
10/04/2013 at 17:43
Yep I've read it, the details at the end for the race are awesome.... It does get quite sciencey in parts but very good none the less!
10/04/2013 at 19:37

Hey peeps, need a bit of help/advice. I'm really struggling at the moment. So tired all the time. I'm a nurse which means I do rotational shifts. earlies, lates and nights. Recently with no real breaks and no time really to eat or drink anything. I'm taking my pirate bottles to work to encourage me to drink. The problem is I'm so tired all the time that I'm blowing off training. This makes me grumpy and irritated with myself. I always feel better once I've been out but its often getting myself there. Anyone got some ideas on how to motivate, eat and train.

10/04/2013 at 19:42

MrsD - I guess the main problem is tiredness, which is exacerbated by the lack of food and drink? So try to make sure you eat something and drink during your shifts. Even if you just have 5 minutes at work you can wolf down something healthy - and I think the key here is having healthy food on you that can be eaten quickly, that way you won't just feel podged and crappy from eating rubbish. 

Fitting training in can be hard round shift work - maybe a quick 20 min run before starting a shift? With longer sessions planned around days off/shifts that aren't the horrible tiring night shifts?

10/04/2013 at 19:59

Maths, I think thats probably a big part of the problem... whacking down biscuits as a sugar fix to keep going. It does in the long run make me feel worse! I'm trying to do longer bikes and runs on days off. I'm wondering whether trying to get a more consistent sleep pattern would help aswell. Have requested not to have nights now until after the tri in May. Wish I could be like certain hardcore parties getting up at 4.30 to train!

WhizKid    pirate
10/04/2013 at 20:06
MrsD - I can directly relate too your situation, my previous job which I did for 3 years was as a breakdown recovery driver, I would often do 12-15 hour days I found it best too just ram in as much training as possible in the morning (pre shift so whenever that is) and always have a day off on my current rotation usually first day back on, I worked 6 on 3 off, and on your days off get a crap load of training in.... On food front I would always have a nature valley bar in my pocket, a apple as well.. Sometimes nuts, and in my bag it looked like I had robbed a tescos lol.... It's bloody hard but I managed to do a lot of races last year including a ironman while doing this training.... Best of luck
10/04/2013 at 20:09

maybe dried fruit like dates would be better than biscuits? I like the nakd bars, but they are expensive and dates and a few nuts would be better. A consistent sleep pattern would help a lot. I can get up at 4:30 because I have got used to it, and tend to get to bed about 10pm, around 6 hours sleep during the week seems to be ok - well I normallly snoooze on the sofa before bed so I probably get a bit more!

10/04/2013 at 20:23

Thankyou guys, the general gist is be more prepared and organised. Also, MTFU! Have to be up at 6 for early shifts so will try to get up then to train when on late shifts. Keeps sleep pattern up together and get the training in with time to recover before work. Will start to prepare food options at beginning of week also. They do say if you can keep it up for 2 weeks it becomes a habit...!

10/04/2013 at 21:02

Mrs Digger - total 0% fat greek yoghurt & some frozen berries is a good snack - the protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer - good if you're time deficient.  Or you could try a protein shake which essentially does the same thing - PhD Isosynergy 7 tastes good with almond milk.  Can you bike to work?  That would help fit training in.  I like 9 bars too pumpkin the best - a little on the sweet side but good.  I love the nakd bars as well but making them is easy peasy if you are into diy.  


I only managed 1500 metres tonight - I got to the pool and the class had been cancelled and the pool barrier had been removed so it was 50m not 25m  Nevermind I put my big girl panties on and concentrated on my form and getting to the other end!  

10/04/2013 at 21:40

Hi Mrs D

Although I haven't been in your position I do know what it is like to be far too busy to fit things in. Food wise I would go with the others suggestion of pre-planning. (But I'm bit of a control freak and like everything sorted up front)

Make a master shopping list of good healthy food. Make two sets of meal plans. The kind of meals you can make at home and the kind that you need to take with you. You need some starchy carbs but most of your diet should be veg/fruit and protein.

Yogurt, fruit, seeds with a spoonful of museli.
pot of mixed nuts and dried apricots, dates, figs
fresh fruit, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, celery sticks
Make up the basis of a salad the night/morning/afternoon before and then throw the rest of the ingredients in before you leave for work (tins of tuna/sardines work well here)
when cooking a meal at home make an extra portion and stick it a pot in the freezer/fridge for you to take to work with you.

It does take a bit of thought and planning initially but with a master list you don't have to re-create it all each week. And you will feel considerably less stress at work when you know you are eating well.

In our house with my four girlies we have Saturday Sweetie day. I cook loads and we always have a excellent balance of healthy meals with homemade cakes and puddings. But hubby and decided to restrict the eating of sweets, chocolate and sugar (until our girls reach secondary school when we won't be able to enforce it any longer!) Some grown ups have a similar system where they restrict goodies to the weekend. So they don't feel totally deprived but do feel disciplined.

As for the training, Mu suggestion would again be like the others and try to do it when you first get up if you can.

Let us know how you get on we will all be most fascinated to hear what works for you.

Cortina5    pirate
10/04/2013 at 21:56

MrsD - what everyone else has said. You'll have to train pre-work, then put up with being tired all day. Buy a slow cooker and throw the stuff in it in the morning, then your food is ready in the evening.

Get a food flask and take porridge/soup to work.

Track sesion tonight taken easy.

Razor51    pirate
10/04/2013 at 22:12
15 miles on the bike tonight with Horse, nice and easy 14.8 mph avg, not managed to swim yet this week, work got in the way yesterday and today I got to the pool only to find I'd forgotten my trunks (dickhead), :-[ will try again again tomorrow.
Cortina5    pirate
10/04/2013 at 22:47
Razor51 wrote (see)
15 miles on the bike tonight with Horse, nice and easy 14.8 mph avg, not managed to swim yet this week, work got in the way yesterday and today I got to the pool only to find I'd forgotten my trunks (dickhead), :-[ will try again again tomorrow.

You know what happens if you forget your kit....

10/04/2013 at 22:55

Turbo session tonight was a disaster. Got started then realised I had left towel indoors, so got off fetched it and restarted. 10 mins in, over the sounds on the MP3 player heard strange noises from back of bike. earbud out, definitely something odd. Got off, looked prodded, poked fiddled couldnot find anything wrong apart from if I shifted into the far end of the cassette, then either the back dangly bit hit the spokes or it just sounded odd. Had put gloves on and realised smothered in black oil, so took bike outside and gave the chain and rings a quick wash.

Mr Steady came in and fiddled some more, seemed to be OK so long as didn't change gears much. 20 mins of turbo, then decided to call it a day and go and cook dinner. Moral is don't get cocky and think that changing a wheel over is good practice when it seems my mechanical curse can strike at any time. Hope to be able to go back to road wheel for my long ride at the weekend.

Razor, I forgot my towel once, still did the swim and used an item of clothing as a towel instead.

11/04/2013 at 07:12

MrsDigger, I know how you feel.  I'm up at 5 to feed the horses and chickens before work, I get home around 6.30, have some food and back out to check the animals.  I sometimes struggle to get my ass out and run/cycle/swim.  I found that having a buddy helped.  If I was particularly unmotivated, I'd arrange a run with him then I'd have to go.  Also, sometimes I just do a 3 or 5k run or just 20 minutes in the pool.  It makes me feel better.


I've still got my off road tyres on my mountain bike and I was thinking of changing them to road tyres this weekend in preparation for my first tri in a week or so, but after reading SteadyCJ's comment, I wonder if I just leave it alone.  It's working now, it might not be working after my cack-handed attempts to change them...

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