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Hi Clairey! Welcome. Great to have you join us. Sorry, I was typing when you posted and missed it.
Umm, I'm not very experienced, but would deffinitely advise you go to for a base. How much running have you done so far? Or are you building from scratch? Many find a run/walk programme helps best. They have some beginners training programmes in Runners World site. I used the Bupa one.
I'm similar, Clairey - fine on the bike, but a carp runner. I ran a couple of years ago but lapsed, and am just getting back to it, and have managed a slow and steady 5K for the first time earlier this week.
I'm wanting to consolidate at that distance before building up a reserve of being able to run further when not in combination. After that I may up the intensity slightly, but don't want to overdo it. I don't think I'll be ready for real bricks for a few weeks, although I always cycle to the pool and back, and will probably do quite a lot of runs in parks that are a bit of a distance, so I have to cycle to them too. So I suppose those sessions are semi-bricks.
Oddly, I didn't get the jellylegs in my only triathlon - maybe I wasn't giving it enough welly, or maybe it's just because the cycling is relatively comfortable for me.
H Gang.............Went for a 3.5mile run tonight and felt absolutley knackered, felt slow and leg weary .
Breaking in my new trainers which are structured for my pronation so that could be the reason I fell leg weary, will be ok when i get used to them.
Jelly beans are easier to eat on the go because there not as big as jelly babies and I prefer them ( cos you can stick a load in your gob at once) lol
Did my first brick a couple of weeks ago, when I got off the bike I made to go one way and my legs decided to go another, finished up on my arse, luckily no one saw me because I was in my garage.The neighbours think I'm mad any way running, biking and swimming if they saw me fall over it would confirm their suspicions lol.
Welcome aboard Clairey.
The bike-run thing is a funny one I find. In my first sprint Tri I felt ok, but really heavy legged and like I was going really slowly - which was fine. Then they reckoned my run time was sub-25 for 5k so I decided their course was short because there was no way I was going that fast - I wasn't up to that kind of time for a 5k generally, let alone as part of a Tri.
Next time I did the same course (last August), a similar thing happened. And in training when I have done some (short) bike-run sessions, I've found my legs wanting to go faster than I expected them to. It still feels weird, but it seems to work out nicely for me at least!
I wonder if it's the momentum?
I'm the same.. i really feel rubbish on the bike-run transition but my run time is always much better than it feels.. wierd isn't it!
I have 16 weeks to my Sprint tri from Sunday.
I think I'm going to try to make myself a training plan today. Nothing too ambitious or inflexible, or I'll never keep to it! But maybe incorporating ideas of focus weeks and drop-back weeks.
16 weeks would split rather nicely into four four-week cycles, eh?
So. Next week. Week 1, I think I'll make it a swim focus week. It's also Winterswim 800m week, which is just a tad above my race distance of 750m.
So I'm aiming for 3 swims, with 800m time trials and then some drills on two of them, with the third being a more leisurely affair. Plus two 5K-ish runs, circuit training and one decent bike ride. There will be a bit of incidental riding to the pool and circuit class, too.
Eek. Sounds like quite a lot, typed out like that.
bootsie wrote (see)
make one of your 5km runs a cycle off the bike.. that will help
I don't understand what this means.
I'm not sure I'm up to that yet - Monday was the first day I've managed 5k in isolation since getting back into running this year after some time out. I think that in this first phase I just want to be conservative, and get so that 5k is comfortable and normal for me. Hopefully in phase 2-4, I can improve on that base.
The distances for the swim and cycle legs are well within what I can manage, so in those I can push it a bit more.
Will if you get into trouble it's the sign to the marshells that your about to die matey.
Yersinia wrote (see)
bootsie wrote (see)make one of your 5km runs a cycle off the bike.. that will help
Bike a bit and then run. Think brick sessions already covered reading back but just in case this is what they are. Beware the wobbly legs.
Not sure about replacing one of the 5k sessions in these very early days - I think I need the time on my legs. But I might manage to tack a 1k on the end after a cycle ride or after riding home from swimming.
Hey, that last would be a mini-tri all on itself! Albeit with a nice hot shower in the middle.
I think there might have been a run-through spritz coming out of the dock at London, but I forgot to pack my shampoo and shower gel into my wetsuit.
I was too busy thinking of the nice cup of tea and a biscuit that was waiting for me in transition.