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Apologies in advance for my naivity I guess borne out of, well...naivity.
Background (bear with me)
I'm 49 years of age (told everyone that already). I ran the London Marathon 6 or 7 years ago and hadn't done too much running until March this year. I subsequently joined a running club and have since run several HMs and quite a few shorter races. My aim is to run sub 4 hrs at the Dublin City Marathon and I'm confident I should be thereabouts.
I have long been interested in triathlon, distance especially, but never had the time or committment to step up to the mark. Now I have some spare time and made that personal committment, I hope I am in for the long term.
I have earmarked Outlaw 2012 as my debut event, competing under the pirate flag, although I'd like to work through a couple of tri's including a 70.3 as warm ups/testers.
Question (Hope you are still here)
My local tri club begins its winter training on Oct 8 with MTB and trail running brick sessions. Should I throw myself at it in order to get as much bikework in as I can (I have never really owned a bike as an adult until recently). My fear is that it might adversely affect my shorter term goal of a sub 4 marathon that same month.
It seems quite a fearful question, but I need to take good advice from the experienced if I am to get through the early stages free of self imposed injury.