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Right okay. Any Leeds folk who know where I can get some tips? I'll start googling again!
The expense is a major concern be honest. When I commit to something generally, I'm willing to putin as much of my time and effort as possible. Money though, being a student, it not naturally forthcoming. I'd love it to be, but thems the breaks. I'd initially said I'd wait till I graduated to jump into Tri, but if I can scrape through now, I'm sure it will make me appreciate all the nice things I can buy much more, when the time comes that I'm actually earning!
Leeds and Bradford Tri - really friendly club. I'm in york and a member of LBT.
I'm afraid I'm contracted with the gym for another 6 months.
And you're right, it will save me a fair packet! Aside from that, I also have the Uni gym, which soon will boast a pool of its own.
As for LBT, looks good. Might have to get my backside down to join... eeeee this is exciting!
I'm an engineer and I was raised with metric. As the Ironman seems to be more Imperial based, I decided to convert to Imperial.
I'm a mixed up soul, really.
Yeah, you're right on that one, it's a bit clearer. Forgive my complete idiocy when it comes to this kind of stuff, I wouldn't say I'm slow on the uptake, but you guys have a bit of a headstart!
How far do people train in the pool? I mean, if I can do 2km without much problem... I appreciate open water must be harder, but how much so?
Well that's rather encouraging news! Am I right in saying the open water season is drawing to a close now? Might have to put off the wetsuit buying until next year...
I've found the IM 09 Virgins thread. Is there one for 2010 yet?
The amount of time to spend in the pool depends on how quickly you lose the will to live, frankly .
Getting some OW time is worthwhile because it's probably the only chance you get to train in a wetsuit without children laughing at you, and because swimming straight without the benefit of the line at the bottom of a pool is harder than it sounds. And because some of us (me included) found the first OW experience a little unnerving. Panic attacks are not unheard of, even amongst experienced pool swimmers.
Thanks fb. I must say I'm overwhelmed by the patience of people on here. I thought the internet was full of nasty people and the kind of people who comment on Youtube videos...
I might get a wetsuit now, and look into getting a decent bike for Christmas...
OW has it's own challenges. There is no line to follow so many of us zig zag (you've got to practice sighting, ie looking where you are going). The cold is also something that you need to get used to - not that it is cold at the moment, but certainly colder than a pool. Access to open water can be a problem too - FB and I are both close to the sea, others may have to use lakes and these have issues as may be shared with other water sports so only available early morning etc. To use the lakes near us you need a permit - to prove you can swim! LOL. Also if you are going into OW, it is advisable to have another person with you incase you get into dificulty.
Now stop asking questions and get out and train!
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Besides, I finish placement in a week... then the madness will reach full scale.
Crumbs does that mean you are about to start final year???
God help you, its all still a blur to me
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Crumbs does that mean you are about to start final year???God help you, its all still a blur to me
Not exactly, I'm on an integrated Masters, so I have two years left. That is, unless I seriously screw up this year, and leave with a Bachelors! How I intend to hold down the degree, the tri, and the not-found-as-yet-but-probably-vital part time job... I don't know.
You only live once....
So after a couple of swims thrown in with my runs I'm feeling a little buoyed by confidence. I might actually be able to make this stick. The next step is a bike. Now I haven't biked in a while with the exception of stationary bikes, and my confidence is not the highest of all time. Last time I rode on the road, I nearly got hit by a cement mixer! Also, I've never really got the hang of gear selection, and think I might be making life difficult for me in that respect too.
Does anybody have any tips for a terrible cyclist? (bearing in mind I haven't splashed out on a bike yet)
Open water cold! Lol when I was diving we would be in the water at 6am at Stoneycove get the first dive in all year round. THere was nothing worse than at 10mts when you couldnt equalise and you had to pull the sides of your hood open to let some water in.
THAT I think I'll give a miss! Went for a run this evening, was nice, but it had stopped raining by the time I got out. Are there any pre-requisites for entering an Ironman?