Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:07
I started triathlons this year too, and like you I like to give everything my best shot. I de died that the best way to do that would be to build up gradually and get used to racing different distances. This year I did a sprint and Olympic - starting after a spring marathon. I also did a few other running races. Next year I will do a few more half marathonsk Olympic distance tris and hopefully one or two half iron distance tris. From that point I will decide if I am in a position to give a good account of myself at a longer distance.
This might not be a fashionable approach - and very different to what many on this site choose to do - but if you are injury prone and struggling with the bike and swim training then a slow and steady approach to training may be better. I guess my main difference is that I don't necessarily see an ironman as my final goal (which is where I differ to most) but I like racing and always want to go as fast as I can - even if I won't win, which I know I won't, I'm not ever going to be fast enough, but I like to be sure I can race rather than survive, I would never want a race to be the final destination, or do something that injures me for a season and as such my approach works for me. Some of my friends are very different to me and wouldn't take my approach, but I felt it was something worth suggesting.