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Hi Folks, Unfortunately I can't make Outlaw next year as I'm doing IM Austria which is the same day. However I'm also planning on following Fink so can I join too please, pretty please
IM Austria will be Number 3 for me with IM Switzerland in 2009 and a 2 hour improvement at IM Regensburg earlier this year. Right, I'm off to read back from the beginning to see what I missed.
Ah, all caught up now. I would reiterate what Henny said. 30 weeks is a long time so don't be too gung ho on the training just now as the last 10 weeks before the IM is when the volume really goes up with Fink, and the last thing you want is to be facing 5 or 6 hour bike rides in May being mentally shot to hell.
I burnt myself out completely on my first IM. I met my goals for the race but I didn't enjoy the journey. Little Ninja was 100% correct in saying that it really is about the journey. I ended up taking most of the 2010 season off despite being fitter than I'd ever been but came back last year full of vigor and had a great race. I followed Fink's tip of training early mornings. Worked a treat for me even though I hated climbing out of the bed.
At the moment, I'm swimming with my masters club and doing some "Insanity" and "P90X" workouts just to get a break from running and biking. I'm doing a little mountain biking and that's it. I'll start some very easy running and biking in another couple of weeks before starting the Fink plan. I'll probably go 2 weeks early so will start on the 21st of November.
how about just finnish, but add sesions / inc volume of the long bike / run sessions if you are feeling good.
(it really depends onthe time available as well as your current level of fitness.......)
ps this is now the official newbie / general IM training thread for 2012!
Yay! - puts stake in the sand!
1:10, 5:30, 3:30 + t1+t2... oh bugger thats 10:15ish!!!!
sub 10 sounds a great target but I don't think thats acheivable this year.......
ffs look at the time i just spent nearly 2 hours catch up reading and looking gordo at links from OC - the internet is a time thief.
FF - they would be great improvements in your previous times - is your nutrition of the amphet variety
my goal times are not so grand - i suppose a 90 minute swim would be pushing it unless i get some lessons or join masters, my vit bike split was 2.46 so maybe a 6 hour split ? surely is going to take longer than twice as long? and a run split of 5 hours i would be over the moon but 5.5 to 6 is more realistic i think, so that leaves a 12.5 to 14 with t1 and t2 which is quite a large time frame but ive posted it now so i better do it . at the end of the day if i finish under 15 i will be happy, if i dont i will look at it as getting value for money
im not starting fink atm as i got rutland mara still to come so am leaving biking on a back burner for a few more weeks - still doing a bit of turbo, time permitting, and i dont really want to drop my training hours that much or OC will catch me up
hope to see cake at worksop hallween half - any other pirates doing it? or rutland for that matter?
Completely "off topic", but I have just spent half an hour trying to get Stone Roses tickets, only to realise that it's the same weekend as Outlaw.
What a numpty, good job I didn't part with any cash
I too am going to follow the FINK program. What do people think about what program to follow? Did a Marathon this year, olympic tri's in the past and a few 100mile + rides over recent years. Hiwever havent done much cycling and swimming in the last year as concentrated on the marathon.
Spent the last 6 weeks getting up to speed on the bike and in the pool and going to carry on doing all three regularly over the coming months. Was thinking of going for the competitive but with a busy work life am thinking of the intermediate. What are peoples opinions? My ego is having trouble not taking on the competitive program lol!
I had similar problems last year in deciding which one to go with. In the end I bit the bullet and went with competitive but I have to confess, I'd say I only got about 80% of weeks 15 to 25 in but made sure I hit the key sessions. It worked OK for me.
My stake in ths sand. Well I blew my targets completely out of the water this year so I'd be delighted with the same swim and the same run but I'm doing Austria and the bike is supposed to be pretty fast and I'm hoping with some good consistent bike training to get the bike to about 6 hours. I mightn't get anywhere near it but "Aim for the stars" and all that good stuff!
Whichever programme people start on, it'll feel pretty easy at first. It won't feel like IM training. If you're a runner the runs will be easy; if you're a biker the bikes will be piffling. But you'll be getting used to doing two workouts on some days, and getting into a rhythm and before long you'll be well into it and it'll be getting more challenging.
Orca - sub 6 - GO FOR IT!!!
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AH - re your last post - do you think there would be any point in me dropping training to such a relatively low level in the first few weeks considering I alrdy train 12 + hours a week and do 2 or 3 workouts a day .
DK - it depends if your really looking to follow the programme or just fit it into your current schedule....Fink sells it as training for people on a time budget...if your able to train three times a day then this is not you....there are loads of programmes out there maybe they wouls suit you better?
I work awful shifts so i have to take my training where i can get it. So i use the book as a guide...but my main aim is to cover the three long sessions and everything else is a bonus for me