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Posted: Yesterday at 07:36

Slim, great to hear you're coming!


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:10

Mrs F, I'd totally forgotten you were coming . I've been reading the excellent reports from Epic Camp, and hope that Funkin's not too wrecked afterwards! When do they get back? It'll be great to see you.

Seren, Pingu, and all the others who have been contributing to this thread whilst I've been lurking, we'll all have a great Weekend. Really looking forward to seeing everyone.

My training was very slow off the mark and has been much more laid back this year, but i've enjoyed it, and it's been great not to obsess about it it, and skip sessions when I feel like it! I'm coming into some surprisingly reasonable form now, though may not have the base miles to hold out till the end. It won't be a winning performance, but I'm going to try for a podium place, which is a massive goal creep from where I was in early summer.

i hope everyone's last long bikes and runs have gone/ go well, and wish  everyone a healthy, injury-free taper .

online coaching is it worth it?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:57

It is quite pricey. Part of my rationale was that "time is money", and I wanted to make sure that if I spend 15 or more hours a week training that they aren't wasted. It's hard enough to justify spending that amount of time.

Perhaps you could use a mentor to oversee your training and keep you pointing in the right direction?

PS Not stalking, and not awesome - just focused on a goal!

online coaching is it worth it?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:37

The Trilife, and it was £100/ month, I think, which included Training Peaks, email/text contact and a fortnightly 'phone call.

I've been going it alone this year after a late and slow start following a back and shoulder injury. I also wanted to get my life back, so have been training just according to how I feel, without any real commitment. I've missed Dean'a advice and support though, and am nowhere near last year's form, but that's fine right now. But I'm already thinking about next year (maybe sticking to 1/2 distance), and hope to start up again after this season's over.

online coaching is it worth it?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:18

I did my own thing for the first 18 months, but it took an online coach to persuade me that it was safe to run less and bike more. I was impressed by his ability to understand  me, my history, and my lifestyle from day 1. I'm not sure i'd have got to Kona on my own. 

So, a definite yes from me, but everyone's different.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 12:24

Really sorry to hear your update, SA, but it's obviously the right decision. I hope a break will get your mojo back too.



Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:46
Stay off the caffeine on the bike - you'll need it on the run.

Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 14:34

Ah, Kritter - fancy meeting you here! Shall we start a thread on how to run faster off the bike....? Might help with the sub-12:00.

I think the swim may have been changed because of the other swim events later on, but that's just a theory.

RTN, I've done IM Wales a couple of times before, including when you were there. I love the local support for this event, and you really don't need any superhuman qualities, just the ability to hang on in there!

Well done on having the presence of mind to grab a bottle to take home!

Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 11:08

Hi, yes I'd forgotten about the running out of water bit.

And what did you think about the huge amount of alcohol in the recovery tent? I wish my race fee had been put towards adequate fluids out on the course, and it's dangerously irresponsible to encourage people to refuel with alcohol after that type of event. I thought at first it must be alcohol-free, but no!

Anyway, taken as a training session it was OK, and I just used my own supplies (2 bottles on the bike plus an energy bar and gel, then a 500ml bottle Luc sport taken on the run). Like you, I learned plenty, despite this being my eighth middle distance event, I think.

Sorry to hear about your shoulder, and I hope it settles soon. I've still got IM Wales in September, and then this winter I should really learn to swim! Next year will be IM-free, so maybe I'll join you at the Cotswolds Classic, if that's a half.

Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:29

Hi RTN, and sorry I didn't see you.

The organisation was even worse than expected, and F3 have a dreadful reputation! The bike course modification through a long stretch if roadworks was a pain if you were stuck in a convoy, and the "feed station" was a joke. The average bike time couldn't have been 1:30, though - I'd guess more than 3 hours, so don't worry about your time!

my biggest fume was about the last-minute swim course change which they tried to pass off as planned ("now, as you all know, it's a two-lap swim......") and didn't explain adequately. Fortunately as a woeful swimmer I could just watch where everyone else went!.

I struggled a bit on the towpath stretch of the run, and heard complaints about the feed stations (wrong place, too close together), and while I agree, it didn't affect me.

overall, I had an ok race which reflects where I am training-wise this year, ie very average. However, if I had been racing seriously think I would have been pretty upset by the shambolic organisation!

any more racing planned this year, RTN?

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