Thanks Rocco, you and my coach appear to be of the same mind, hence a speedy 1hr bike this morning, except my garmin went flat so no idea how I did. I seem to have hit one of those challenging patches of training but will persevere.
I'm kind of bending the rules being here as I'm doing IM Barcelona in October, eek.
But I've kind of found my home on this thread with you lovely lot and don't want leave it. I have tried to do the full at Outlaw in 2013 and was too slow on the bike so very nervous and my times for all 3 phases are still nip n tuck. I do have a coach and I'm doing the training so hopeful that I will make it this time.
I can hold 15mph up to 80 miles regularly on the bike currently so as I say close but not quite close enough. I'm not helped that Barcelona is a 16 hour cut off and it's the bike time they shorten. But then they do that as it's an easy flat course so it should be do able.
Anyway I've got our local clubs DIY half on Saturday to look forwards to, my current plan is survive the swim and run and smash the bike (well smash it for me!) Not the most sensible plan I grant you
I got my morning run in today before the heat kicks in and I'm off to the lake tonight
Oh forgot, I survived my first ever sea swim but only did 400 meters so lots more practise required there, it was a lovely calm evening but I arrived 30mins late due to work and in a complete stress over being late so it wasn't quite the ideal prep! Next week I have permission to leave off early so hoping to be a lot better.
Bike is also having another overhaul, discovered that my sit bones are wider than my saddle, the top reach is still a bit long for a good TT position so new stem ordered and had my cleats repositions so I should be able to put more power down?
Does that half sound like a plan? I really have no idea I just keep moving forwards.
Made my swim but on the 20 mins bike my back tyre burst. Since I'm special and run tubeless and had just used my spare on the front wheel 2 days earlier because it had worn out; I now had no spare and no chance of getting one. So lots of rushing around and managed to get old worn out one setup on the rear wheel. But that took so long it scuppered my Saturday run.
Sunday 5 mins into flat out in fens and rear tyre is squirting sealant all over me and bike; but some how tyre seems not too have lost too much pressure so thought rude words and carried on. First aid station both tyres noticeably down so borrowed stirrup pump and pumped them up and then got on with it . Lots more rain and just slugged it out , got to 80 miles holiding 15mph average then turned into the headwind all the way home and got the horrible experience of just watching my time slowly slip away, took me 8hrs 24 mins 12 seconds including stops. Moving time 8hrs 13 so still didn't manage it. Learned lots and coped fine with the rain, just need to get fitter and quicker I'm pleased with how I coped and the effort I put in, I can't see how I could have done better with my current fitness. So just the sea swim to go , fingers crossed