Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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14/05/2013 at 13:12



IronCat5 in the Hat wrote (see)
Hallam Blue wrote (see)

This is very revealing: a thread called "Training for a Shorter Tri" and everyone seems to be signing up for Outlaw. 

Two questions:

i. Is this inevitable once you've entered the dark place that is Tri-world?

ii. Why am I looking at the Outlaw website?

Essentially yes. Nowadays Triathlon = Ironman (*or Iron distance). Then you learn that your family don't recognise you and you have more kit that normal clothes. Then you do sprint/Oly distance but absolutely smash them du to fitness. Then you realise you're spending the same time training for an hour race as you did for IM.

Then replace your normal wardrobe because none of it will fit the iron shape you

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14/05/2013 at 13:26

Time is an issue for me (I am sure many folks the same) and OH and children do get cross with me already! My eldest (8 year old) said to me yesterday "I just want to watch some TV with my Mum" - clearly I don't sit down with him at all. Bad Mummy!

Some good news - I am an Aunty again as of 6:30 this morning! Yay! 6lbs 6oz name to follow!

Do you think an IM or perhaps HIM is realistically within my grasp? I'm not expecting to break any records! Also when it comes to marathons I have heard quite nasty things said about people who run marathons v v slow and therefore are told they haven't actually 'run' a marathon - is that the same for IM/HIM?

MC you see the seed you have sewn?!

14/05/2013 at 14:03

Thanks Cake that is reassuring and sounds right up my street. I sort of have a short, mid and long term plan. Initially I just wanted to complete a triathlon which I did on Sunday and I LOVED IT! Such a lovely experience - much less hustle and bustle than a purely running race. So I thought couple more sprint tris this season and possibly next. I'm hooked!

Then phase two buy a wetsuit (having borrowed one to see if I can cope with open water first) and perhaps move to olympic next year.

Then to have a range of Tris ranging from Sprint to HIM over next couple of years.

Once my boys are a bit older and don't need babay sitting (or could train with me) then a full IM might be possible.

I'm really pleased to say that my 8year old is going to do his first triathlon in June - I might not be very good at playing with my boys or doing homework but at least I seem to be having a positive impact on their views on exercise.

14/05/2013 at 14:16

Apologies for not welcoming ST back *blushes* - I too have no appendix and just a natty little scar to pove it ever existed. I am one of the newbies but have now completed 1 sprint tri and am pretty much a convert!

14/05/2013 at 16:52

emma - I am at the slow end of everything and have found triathlon much more accepting of that compared to running events - every triathlon I have taken part in, even the club relays, I have been encouraged and cheered on and no-one has made any comments about being slow/last etc. Pool based sprints could possibly be the best events in this respect as the slow people go first and there are loads of people as slow as me and I still finish before the fast people start, no-one is really aware of people beiing last etc. This is inevitably going to be different with open water tris where  us old women are the last to start and I am probably going to be one of the last to finish. I am pretty sure no-one is going to care much though and so long as there is someone at the finish line all is well

14/05/2013 at 16:53

oh, just back from the nhs physio, who was great and reckons that I have a tracking issue on the knee and that if we get this sorted then that will sort most of the pain I am getting. 

14/05/2013 at 17:55

MC great news about the knee.

My 2014 plans are on hold, was going to go long for my 50th, but FiL is taking up so much time the HIM training has been affected.

My quad hurt during swimming, so will take it easy in Pilates tonight. All training now is focusing on making sure I am in one piece and fit for the race and practise the nutrition side which I can make be mistakes on.


14/05/2013 at 18:10

*Flies across the room and flings arms around ST for hugs and kisses!* We've missed you soooooo much. So thrilled you are back with us Sorry to hear it has been a tough year but congrats on your new business. So have you found your trainers? Where are you starting from? We'll soon get you back on track.

Emma, I'm mum of 4 kids, two jobs and studying for a degree and have to be some what realistic. Like MC and Steady I'm at the slow end (marathon time is 4hrs 55) and finding time to fit in the hours training for an IM is simply not possible. Fortunately my hubby and kids will join me for some runs and bike rides.

But I would quite like to be part of a team again like I did at Outlaw in 2012. Maybe 2014 I'll find a cyclist (my weakest discipline) and then I can do the swim and run.   Steady did that last year and was amazing.

14/05/2013 at 18:11

Oh, yes, did 1 mile swim today.

14/05/2013 at 18:12

can't believe it is only a couple of weeks till outlaw half and I haven't even been in OW yet this year and not really done many long long rides. Oh well, what will be will be, I'll give it my best shot

hopefully I will get to six hills for some ow on saturday and have another 40 mile-ish ride this sunday, that should be enough? then I guess it is taper time. And I have never actually tapered for anything before

14/05/2013 at 18:30

Thanks Guys for support nice to see so many friendly faces still on thread. 

I enjoyed doing the middle distance race (wild Boar) think i'll stick at that for now. Need to re-build fitness and confidence before uttering the word "Ironman Race" now have I got time to be fit for Wild Boar this year??? 

14/05/2013 at 18:33

ST - you definitely have time to get ready for it and it would be great to finally meet you after the mess I made of not getting to Rutland

14/05/2013 at 18:37

Hi Chilli  I was writting when you posted. I'm right back to before the start of fitness hoping to do a 1 mile run soon. Thinking of doing a week of 1miles then see after that. 

14/05/2013 at 18:39

You doing Wild Boar then Mathschick? 

14/05/2013 at 18:45

ST if I can do it you can do it you have flash bike porn!!

Good news on the knee MC I had that when I was a teenager after I got hit by a car when I was cycling home - taping it up and the exercises worked  

Tough run today - rain check, tired legs check, big girl panties on check - head down and just did it.

14/05/2013 at 18:46

yeah, I haven't actually paid yet, OH was made redundant so I needed to wait really till he got a job before spending more cash on my 'hobby'. He has a new job though so just waiting for payday. Thinking about Nottingham half marathon too in September, not sure if it is foolhardy to pay for a running event though at the moment. With it being a big city half though, I could probably walk at a fair speed and not be last even if I can't run it all, but am hoping to be running those distances again. 

14/05/2013 at 18:48

Hi SIBC are you doing Wild Boar then? Where you from? You done many Triathlons? 

14/05/2013 at 18:48

buttercup - have to admit I enjoy running in the rain. Don't like the thought of it, but enjoy it when I get out and do it

14/05/2013 at 18:49

Can't believe it two days back on with no training since November and already talking about doing Wild Boar in three months lol

14/05/2013 at 18:52

ST - that's what happens when you come on the forums! You have to stay away from threads like 'fatman to ironman' or you might suddenly find yourself signed up for an IM

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