My other alternative is go for LCW and if that goes well, take a charity place for IMW as it definitely will have sold out by then. If LCW goes badly then nothing lost. I keep toying with the idea of a coach but I really can't afford it so I'm thinking of maybe 1-1 swim lessons over the winter, plenty of sea swims next year, and hammering a TrainerRoad plan over the next few months on the turbo as they seem to get good feedback. When the good weather is out in going to hunt out hills.
Has IM Wales not sold out yet???? My determination to not try again until 2017 is starting to waver reading all this!! I've already booked accommodation 'just in case' and my hovering finger is feels it has unfinished business!!!
Thanks for the advice Seren - I just need to not let my heart rule my head and wait a year, work hard, and nail it in 2017. The more I think about going for it tho, the more I want to go back next year!! I could do with it selling out quick!!!!
I had a coach when I went for IM Wales in 2014. I did like having a coach, but it wasn't cheap and he has since put his prices up. I must admit I felt a lot fitter going into IM Wales in 2014 when I had a coach, than for IMUK without one. I have the same issues in the commitment to a tri club as my other half does not get the whole ironman thing at all, and I think took me at my word when I said 'Never again!' after Bolton! So if I am going to train for Wales, I will need to make sure it doesn't eat too much into our time.
I do find Sufferfest pushes me, and TrainerRoad. Maybe I'm not doing enough sessions. I've not followed a specific plan, just randomly chosen sessions. I definitely think I do a lot of junk miles on my long rides though so will need to seek out hills.