Just a quick note on Ibuprofen when I did my ultra the doctor for the event told me not to use as they can raise your heart rate quite alot but this is not everyone some use without any problems my advice for what it is worth dont use anything you have not tried before the day.
Lets not forget what this thread is all about - it's not for debating the rights and wrongs of going for a 'finish before cut off' time, it's about supporting those who are not the front runners.
Support is the most important thing in my eyes wether you can finish it in 8 hrs or 16hrs 59mins 59 secs what a fantastic achievement something to brag about me thinks. if you don`t feel proud of yourself after what we are all GOING to do what can you.
They were not in a team they entered as individuals from a department at work, yes they were resonably fit, but nothing spectacular, they just focused very hard on the 12 weeks of work and it worked for them, I realise that most on this thread are looking for a steady time and I was not suggesting everyone who trains for this long will get these kinds of times, it was in the magazine and the experts say it can be done i dont for one minute think you can go from nothing to Ironman in 12 weeks you need some base as said, but if you are short of time, I was just looking at what I have read and trying to make a suggestion it would be a shame to have to pull out but that is down to the individual you know how fit you are and it would be a very foolish thing to take this kind of event on if you are not fit enough.
The new Triathlon magazine which replaced Triathletes World has a 12 week program to get ready for the Ironman, looks quite intense, but a team of folks I have spoken to a work, who have done the Outlaw did it on 12 weeks of training and they all completed it in between 11 and 13 hours, you need to be able to Swim 400 non stop, cycle around 2.5 hours and run 1 hr if I recall correctly and you are ready to take on the 12 weeks.
Just a thought I am thinking of doing it as I am struggling with work/ weather at the moment so doing what I can over the next 8 weeks by then the days will be longer and the weather better.
I am the same I would like to think I could complete the Outlaw between 14/15 hours but I am too doubting myself my swimming is terrible in my eyes did 700 metres in 19 mins yesterday and that is the most i have done nonstop.
The one thing I have learnt over the years of running ultra events is take one day at a time dont look any further ahead that that day what with weather shifts and family life you can get too hooked up on whats in front of you and start to panic, I am no expert in triathlon and am very new to the game but I am at the moment following this line and try to feel good at the end of each day with what I have done and not what I havent because the worst thing you can do is try to make up for what you have not done that causes injury and ilness I know that from bitter experience, trust yourself and believe in yourself and you will succeed. I set myself a list of things I personally what to achieve before the day and as i do them tick them off for eg swim 2.5 miles, cycle 100 more than once, try all my kit out well before the day ans so on, I did this two years ago when I ran across the desert it gave me the confidence to know I can do these things, my body can cope, then all you have to do is put them together, may not work for everyone but it does for me.
I agree with alot said in this thread as I have proof over the things I have done it does work as alot have said stick to Z2 it does seem slow at first but you do get faster and quicker than you think, keep a diary it helps for the future because you can see where things really started to click.
good luck everyone no one on here will fail with all the support and advice from people who have done this before we will all succeed just beleive in yourself pick the bits that work for you and go for it.