Posted: 04/08/2011 at 12:46
All the above, especially about family support, plus
1. Live on your bike - commuting, shopping, riding to the pool etc. Just get the miles in, especially the 'dirty' ones when it's cold/windy/hilly.
2. Do a few medium length runs first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, having ridden/run the previous evening. It's hard to replicate the second half of an IM marathon, but persevering when you feel like sh*t is part of it. take these really steady. I do them in the spring, with a camera.
3. If you feel you have a tweak/niggle sort it out, don't try to push through it - a day off now may save a month off down the line.
4. Until you're staring the IM in the face (about 2 months before for me) don't 'train' - just 'play out with your mates' as much as you can. I find it hard to focus on a goal so far away, but am always up for a run/ride/swim with my buddies.