Dreaming Of Magic


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Post Race Blues

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 22:24

For big endurance races, you have built it up in head as it approaches as a major event. Que stress, worry etc. everything to get the emotions going. Then race day happens. Win, lose or draw, afterwards you are physically and mentally drained. In the days after, you feel empty, your focus has been and gone. Nearly always feel down after a big event. Weirdly though, after last years Outlaw (my first IM distance), I was buzzing for weeks afterwards. At the finish of a marathon or such like, i never get the 'never again' feeling. Always want to come back and do better. At the Outlaw, after finishing, i ended up spending 90 mins in the med tent with heat stroke/exhaustion etc and said never again and i meant it. Am i back for more this year, of course i am!!! 

Is IMUK / IM Wales worth the money?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 21:37

To add, i'm sure OSB is a money making organisation, but genuinely felt they they put on the best race possible, for the athletes, with great attention to detail.

Is IMUK / IM Wales worth the money?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 21:32

I did the Outlaw last year and loved it. Big enough event to give it a great atmosphere, but small enough for the support to be personal. Lived up to all of my expectations. If IM UK is in a different league, i'd love to know how, why etc. Outlaw was just so good, just had to go back again this year.

When it's raining......

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:18

Also, put your T1 gear in a bin bag to keep dry until it is needed. Did an oly tri last year and T1 was wetter than the sea i had just come out of!! Towel and talc to stand on to dry feet were totally sodden. Talc in tri shoes (on pedals) was a paste. It was july though, so not cold.

When it's raining......

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:12

I am already here at the campsite. Water temp 13-14 degrees. Wanted to swim Wednesday evening but no session on, so ran round the lake a couple of times. Cold, windy and choppy, so glad i didn't swim. Biked some of the course today and a tad windy. Think we are in for a tough day. I am using this as a training race in prep for the full Outlaw, so i will put on top of my trisuit, either a short sleeve cycling jersey and/or a gillet, thin arm warmers and gloves. Also, i will use toe covers. Tri shoes and cold wet windy conditions mean very cold feet, which i hate. Been hot in the sun here, the last two days, so fingers crossed for Sunday.

Recommend me a Tri Book

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:24

Iron War is a must read. Not so much for training plans or advice, but more for the mental and physiological side. 

Also, with those PBs, a super super short tri is not really a challenge, just saying.

Ironman 70.3 to Full Ironman in same year?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:43

Very do-able and you don't HAVE to do mega hours of training. Most time consuming session is the long bike, so get up early at the weekend and get out the door at 6am and you can do 100 miles and be home for lunch.

Tri suit advice

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 22:49

Start Fitness have an own brand range called More Mile. Decent quality for less than half the price of the main brands. One peice £30, two piece £20 (10/10). Good starting point. 

Outlaw Half

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 20:46

The climb you talk of is only a few hundred metres long. It's a blip on an otherwise flat to undulating course with, on the main part, pretty smooth roads. 

bad swimmer

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:45

Same boat as you when i started. Entered a OW std dist tri and could only swim about 100m before i had to take a rest. I think i did 7 swim sessions before the big day and was bricking it. I built up by doing sets of 50m and then resting 30 seconds. 25 sets, so 50 lengths total, then 30 sets and so on. Once i was doing some volume, the swim fitness built enabled me to swim further without resting. Managed the 1500m swim without resting, so it just needs some solid work. Agree lessons will help as well.

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