Mrs F, I'd totally forgotten you were coming . I've been reading the excellent reports from Epic Camp, and hope that Funkin's not too wrecked afterwards! When do they get back? It'll be great to see you.
Seren, Pingu, and all the others who have been contributing to this thread whilst I've been lurking, we'll all have a great Weekend. Really looking forward to seeing everyone.
My training was very slow off the mark and has been much more laid back this year, but i've enjoyed it, and it's been great not to obsess about it it, and skip sessions when I feel like it! I'm coming into some surprisingly reasonable form now, though may not have the base miles to hold out till the end. It won't be a winning performance, but I'm going to try for a podium place, which is a massive goal creep from where I was in early summer.
i hope everyone's last long bikes and runs have gone/ go well, and wish everyone a healthy, injury-free taper .
It is quite pricey. Part of my rationale was that "time is money", and I wanted to make sure that if I spend 15 or more hours a week training that they aren't wasted. It's hard enough to justify spending that amount of time.
Perhaps you could use a mentor to oversee your training and keep you pointing in the right direction?
PS Not stalking, and not awesome - just focused on a goal!
The Trilife, and it was £100/ month, I think, which included Training Peaks, email/text contact and a fortnightly 'phone call.
I've been going it alone this year after a late and slow start following a back and shoulder injury. I also wanted to get my life back, so have been training just according to how I feel, without any real commitment. I've missed Dean'a advice and support though, and am nowhere near last year's form, but that's fine right now. But I'm already thinking about next year (maybe sticking to 1/2 distance), and hope to start up again after this season's over.
I did my own thing for the first 18 months, but it took an online coach to persuade me that it was safe to run less and bike more. I was impressed by his ability to understand me, my history, and my lifestyle from day 1. I'm not sure i'd have got to Kona on my own.
So, a definite yes from me, but everyone's different.