2old - maybe regarding the cycling, going to work on core strength which should help. I'm enjoying the downtime, getting outstanding diy done and finally getting round to watching game of thrones series 5(only a year behind). Neither but making plans but will let you know when entered. Sub 3 and the rest if your recent sprint tri is anything to go by you'll be smashing your 10k PB.
2old - Good to see you getting some warm weather training. You''ll be fine at the Oly. Coke I presume was the full on version to give the much needed boost. No post race blues just very happy and proud to have completed it. Think the gel issue caused me to struggle for energy and not running for 5 weeks could n't have helped. Toughest and slowest by a long way, imagine the worst last 4 miles of a marathon but for 26 miles. Not going to do an Autumn mara, my hip is still at me, so going to give my body a break and try and get stronger. Probably a spring marathon and looking for another "Ironman" next summer.
AA - Keep ticking over hopefully the hammy will recover soon. If you decide to to an IM next year, one tip - every time you cycle run off the bike, even if its just a mile or so.
Felt washed out all last week , just a lot of walking including a trip up Pen Y Fan on the hottest day of the year, at least it was clear at the top so views were great. Started my S&C this week and first time back in the pool (dull)
Job done I am now an "Ironman" . Early start and at the Lake by 4, only 130 taking part in the full IM and some just doing the sportive bike ride.
Swim - No dramas, a few bumps at the start but kept it steady, when I climbed out I was in shock when my watch read 1:26 ( target was 1:30 to 1:40) and the announcer confirmed it over the tannoy I was smiling so much
T1 - bit of faffing as per, put my short sleeve cycling top on 5 mins.
Cycle - 2 rolling loops of 56 miles , bit of an annoying wind for the first half of the loop, first loop in 3:10(very happy), ditched the cycling top at half way but then started having belly issues, finding aero position very uncomfortable, stopped taking the gels and relied on energy bottles. Difficult miles from 60 to 85, but then hit the pace again, second loop in 3:24, so total time 6:34 so all good.
T2 - soon as I got off the bike saw my supporters but felt the heat at the same time, was about half one so getting warm.
Run - Knew from the the start is was going to be tough, not the normal legs after bike feeling, just hard to run and struggling for energy. It was going to be a long one when I started walking after the first mile, was a a pretty low point. run is 5 loops of 5.2 miles you collect a band every loop but it is quite cruel as you run/walk down finish chute nearly get there and do a u turn back out, so when I saw my daughters after the first loop they saw the state I was in and gave me a massive lift. Ran/walked the next 3 loops and power walked the last(it was quicker than running and hip was hurting when I ran), aid stns were a godsend water over the head and flat coke never tasted so good. Run done in 5:19 and I have never been so happy to cross the finish line.
Finished in 13:28:44 and I am so happy. Feel very washed out/sore today, lost 4kg during the race.
aa - yeah I use Gatorskins. Heard the same they were the best but never had problems with other brands.
2old - Love my indoor bike in the winter, heard very good things about the watt bike.
Only a 3k swim for me this week, resting stretching and some core work to fill the remainder of the week. Well its 2 years since my first swimming lessons when my coach told me not to bother with triathlons til 2015(yeah I was that bad), the pledge at the time was Ironman before I'm 50, it's come round pretty quick, registered and ready(i think) for the 226, no nerves as yet they''ll probably kick in at stupid o clock tomorrow.