Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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11/01/2014 at 13:02

Nutrition is something I do actually know a fair bit about and I really don't agree with Slimfast shakes etc (lots of sugar, not a lot of nutritional substance) I think it's better that you're off them now Buttercup . The other product looks a bit more useful, but there's no nutritional break down of what's in it on the link - it does depend what you want the shake for but if it's weight loss, ingredients like sucralose, dextrose etc won't be very beneficial, but again this depends when they're taken. 

If it's a bit of muscle you want to build with certain shakes, I'd just stick to a basic whey but bear in mind that to gain muscle you usually have to be taking enough of your macros to create a surplus in calories - so you won't lose weight - although there is a shed load of conflicting views on this due to the complexities of building muscle/burning fat.

I'm really rambling here but just thought I'd warn you 

11/01/2014 at 13:13

Was focussed this morning biked to gym, did 5k park run on the treadie, 5k on the arm cycle machine and 30 mins z2 cycle, then biked home.  The 5k run was not z2 but I managed to run 11kph for 10 mins, 12kph for 2.5mins, 10.5 for 8 mins and I even tried 13kph but that was too hard out for me and I could only keep it up for around a minute  I want to move most of my race pace to between 5 and 5.30kpm so have to have some of these tempo balls to the wall runs more often

Well done Mikasa!! and good job with the training everyone this season is going to be awesome!

11/01/2014 at 13:39

Well, everyone seems to have been very active this morning.

MC - atm, couldn't do what you've just done! Well done!

I think I did the parkrun tad too quickly for my current fitness/coming back from illness as got that chesty cough again. Not been for the bike ride yet but just had a lush lunch and just letting that go down first.

Beanpole - I do kind of agree with you regards to shakes, but don't know that much about them so was just wondering. I've never dieted as such but now have a lot of weight to lose. I did once try a slimfast shake but thought it disgusting and binned it after the first sip,I just could not drink it.


11/01/2014 at 13:49

Another well done mikasa, shame about Garmin and the cough but always good when someone posts that they're happy with the results of their efforts.

MC loads going on there, great going.

Buttercup - good stuff,  you're another one that's making me look idle.

I just had a small bike bimble this morning which was fine, and tomorrow Fink says I'm supposed to have just an easy 30min run.  I have some events ahead I need to think about though including the half in March, and although my legs aren't feeling very fresh I'm very tempted to add to Fink's suggested length of run.

11/01/2014 at 13:57

Beanpole I lost around 27 kgs having that and a banana for breakfast - it was more about negating the nausea and keeping me satiated until morning tea when I have 0%fat greek yoghurt and fruit and a salad and more fruit for lunch.  This was when all I was doing was biking to work and doing two sessions of body pump a week.  Now I need a bit more of the slow release carbs in my diet so have added quinoa etc into my salads.

Here is the nutrient list for the shake BP:

11/01/2014 at 15:05

I only managed 33 minutes of swimming this morning before giving up feeling awful and returned home to bed.

I have shelved the idea of a bike ride this weekend. Will have plenty of rest.

Well done on the Parkrun Mikasa and your efforts also Buttercup.

11/01/2014 at 16:38

think I will stick to porridge for breaky! 

11/01/2014 at 17:27


11/01/2014 at 19:24

I was in the pool for the first time in ages. I swallowed a lot and my neck hurts but its good to get back to it. My legs were rubbish. 

Take it easy Steady, keep going everyone else. 

11/01/2014 at 22:48

Take Care Steady. Well done to everyone else.

I was race director at park run this morning so no miles for me. I have managed to survive a pyjama party with a houseful of 9-12yr olds though!

12/01/2014 at 09:49

Pete - well done on getting back into the pool.  I love to be there but I always feel a bit odd going back after a break.

Chili - excellent endurance skills, I hope it was all as much fun as it sounds.

Mallowpuff    pirate
12/01/2014 at 11:17

Time for me to throw my hat into the ring here. Originally wanted to aim for IM Wales this year, but it's not going to happen for various reasons, so I'm staying focused on my first proper year of triathlons. Did a sprint last year (not that you'd use the word sprint to describe my performance), and a standard distance as part of a relay (was down to do the bike, but ended up doing the run as well when our runner had to drop out).

So this year I'm aiming to get a couple of sprints in, a duathlon or two, and at least one standard distance. For the duathlons, I'm planning on the City of Durham Duathlon, as it's just down the road, and possibly the Sun City Duathlon over at Sunderland. Sprints will be the First and Last of the Summer Tri events over at Holmfirth, and the standard I'm entered for so far is the Ullswater Triathlon. Got my eye on the Newcastle Triathlon too if I can get myself into the idea of swimming in the Tyne through the centre of Newcastle...

As far as training goes, I've been getting some turbo sessions in over the Christmas break, and been swimming 3 times per week. Slowly working on building my running up, and got a fitness assessment at my new gym today so will be getting some training plans from that geared towards my goals too.

12/01/2014 at 12:36

Welcome DB!

Well today is a rest day and welcome at that.  Chores got done and breakfast ate and that's about it!  I think my nutrition has gone in swings and roundabouts this week - need to be more focussed this week and get it right.  I have tweaked the training plan too so it can fit better into my time-poor schedule so hope that it all just fits into line better.

Aiming for 3x runs, 2x swims, 2x cycle, plus commuting.  

Edited: 12/01/2014 at 12:49
12/01/2014 at 13:06

Welcome Durham Biker, I think the idea of being allowed to swim in the Tyne through the town centre is good and different not many people will be able to boast that they have done it. I did the GNR once many years ago just for the experience. I have always fancied doing the Thames Swim from Hampton Court to Kingston, it is local to me and you are not allowed to swim in the Thames as it can be very dangerous.

Hoping to restart training onTuesday.


Razor51    pirate
12/01/2014 at 16:49

Binned parkrun yesterday as it was chucking it down and didn't fancy running through all that mud   Ran 5.5 miles this morning  in the frost, tough first mile but got going eventually, sticking to Z2 to get my endurance back and I'm averaging around 9'40"-9'50" so happy with that.  I really must get back in the pool, not swum since september, oh and get back on that thing with 2 wheels that's hanging up in the garage 

Well done everyone, lots going on out there.


Mallowpuff    pirate
12/01/2014 at 16:58
Well got in a couple of 400m swims today. First was about 9min 5secs and the second was about 8min 50 after spending some time thinking about my stroke. Average stroke count on the second set was 11 per 20m length. Loving my new 910xt!

Then had my initial fitness assessment. Currently weighing in at 105.8kg at 182cm so plenty of room for weight loss. Resting hr and blood pressure were all fine, and lung capacity came in at "excellent" at 760l/min.

Focus now is to get the weight dropping and build up the running and cycling miles whilst improving swim technique. Need to practice turns too.
12/01/2014 at 17:17

welcome Durham Biker

well done to everyone training. I turboed instead of running today - because I didn't get up in time to go for a run and had to stay home with the kids. Got masters swim tonight

12/01/2014 at 17:46

Welcome Durham Biker. Great to have you join us. I used to live in County Durham and I have to admit I would probably think twice about swimming in the Tyne!

Cake    pirate
12/01/2014 at 18:04

Tyne I think could be a little muddy.  *waves to DB*

 Afraid I've had anouther lazy weekend this weekend should have started my modified fink plan but been buzy couthing and stuff.

Buttercup. From what little I know the milkshakes won't effect lean muscle if you want to lose weight and stuff you could always be checky and message sarah on farsebook. She's buzy making muffin's right now or would show her the post's. 

12/01/2014 at 18:42

Welcome DB!

Our bike ride never happened yesterday, found it difficult to breathe because of the cough  and bf was very tired as well. Thankfully much better today and don't seem to have any after effects. Went for a little bimble in the pool,only did 460m as there were lots of kids diving into the pool from the side lines and just couldn't be asked. Nice 33m pool though. Need to sort those swimming lessons out...

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