I can't swim 200m without stopping so at the moment it is a challenge! I see what you're saying and hopefully once I've sorted my swimming out I'll progress to longer stuff quite quickly but for a first taste of any multi sport event I thought it seemed logical!
Thanks all, appreciate your comments. Logically I'm aiming to start with the shorter distances and build up once my fitness/technique allow. I've entered a 'Go-Tri' event which is a "super super sprint" (200m/5k/2.5k) more just to see how it all works rather than a test of fitness (although I'll find a 200m non-stop swim tough at the moment!) The Triathlete's Training Bible appeals as DaylightR mentions it covers all distances. I have just completed a series of 1:1 swimming lessons. Previously I could only manage breast stroke and doggy-paddle but I am now able to swim front crawl. I will ask the wife to take some video of my in the pool so I can see how I'm looking and see where my technique can be improved. SwimSmooth also seems a good place to start.
As an experienced runner (2:47 mara, 77min half, 35min 10k) I'm now looking for a new challenge.... I've benefited hugely from running books in the past, Run Strong, Advanced Marathoning being particularly useful. Ideally I'd be looking for a good, all round book, which would include training plans aimed at novices. Swimming will be my weakest area, can just about manage 50m in a pool without stopping! So a book paying particular attention to building up swimming fitness from a very low level would be ideal. I'd happily get two or three books so one solely for improving swimming fitness in addition to a Tri book would be good. Appreciate anyone's comments and recommendations.
So the Cortanas offer enough support for longer runs? It will be interesting to see how noticeable the difference in drop is. I assume it's not a bad thing to regularly interchange between 4mm and 8mm drops during the course of a week...
The last few years I've been loyal to the Saucony Triumph since the Triumph 7. I've always got on well with these boys and I guess part of me thinks I should stick with what I know, however....
Does anyone have experience of the Saucony Cortana? Are these a viable alternative? I'm not quite sure where these trainers fit in the Saucony range. Are they suitable for longer distances/marathons?
I currently use my Triumphs for all running (short efforts, threshold sessions, longer runs) I race in lightweights but only for 10k distance or less. Could the Cortanas be considered an alternative to the Triumphs, or are they more suited to shorter the stuff?
Has anyone experience of both and could offer some comments on how they compare?