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At the moment, my swim sessions each week are a one-to-one lesson with a coach, and then an hour by myself practising what I've been taught. It's slow progress.
I have to say though, the coach I have been using is great, we do lots of technique work, and then the rest of the lesson is him telling me to "stop moaning, yes it is hard, get on with it!!" Which is just what I need
Thanks Andy and Mother Hen . My Oly swim time was 33min, so never going to set the world on fire; I am as you put it a fit, crap swimmer.
I have some fins, and they do give the legs a workout. My calves know they've been used. And I'm fully aware it's about technique. The slower I swim the faster I get.
I'll sort out some coaching.
AJ - I'm signing up for the Marshman. A flat possibly windy course that is a good excuse to try and stay aero for the whole bike. The Swash swim cut-off is what put me of Swash. Marshman is the BH weekend too.
Chilibean wrote (see)
Good for you, Steady! Bike skills seem such a good idea. Though it would help if I knew someone who cycled!
Good for you, Steady!
Cake wrote (see)
Chilibean wrote (see)Good for you, Steady! Bike skills seem such a good idea. Though it would help if I knew someone who cycled!
Very reassured by all this swim advice. I'm a really slow swimmer (1900m 52 mins) so I've gone back to basics and just booked some 1:1 endless pool coaching in TI. Plan is to concentrate just on technique for now and forget distance, so I might do 45 - 60 mins in the pool (as per Fink) but distance will be tiny. Hopefully come Spring I can reap the benefits and start to get some distance up. I'm tempted to still do one endurance swim a week to keep some swimming fitness and confidence up but don't want to imprint more bad form. My swim coach suggests 70 - 80% drills. Any thoughts welcome. Ta.
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Back from Dublin with a very pleasing PB just under 4 hours. Pleasing as a PB by 20 mins but also as the rain started pouring down as I collected my kit bag!.
A great marathon experience with a good crowd and on narrow roads at the end giving great encouragement. And of course post race Guinness must be good for rehydration and replacing essential nutrients.
Back home and Fink has arrived so I can read the theory and start planning, whilst I enjoy some recovery time!
I'm with most of the above on the swim trtaining and was going to replace some sessions with more bike, certainly during the base. I'm also at about 50 mins for 1900 and despite enjoying swimming and putting in effort to train/improve form I appear to have reached my peak! I also want to put in OW training as I suffer from the initial "claustrphobic" panic, aside from "keep doing it" any other advice for that?
I've looked at Marshman and its a possibility, just being a few hundred miles away and bank holiday weekend (I think) it might be a journey too far.
floreat salopia wrote (see)
I'm based in Manchester so have looked at Marshman but cba with the distance.
I'm considering The Beaver, May 26th. I would be interested in anyone's opinion of race and timing's in relation to The Outlaw.
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Beaver an option but a little later than others. I think I am going to go for Swashbuckler as marshman a little too far from the midlands as I have to work bank holiday monday (I know!)
Been building up the training over last few weeks and just concentrating on getting all three disciplines in reasonable shape before embarking on the FINk 'journey'!
I just did Dublin Marathon on Monday, so apart from being on the bevvy for the rest of this week, I am working overseas from Saturday for a week or so. My Outlaw training will start when I get home.
I'll need a sighter closer to home, but the lack of half distances around that time might leave me with limited options.
Anyone have advice on tackling this in May as a training block?
Following Fink to the letter is looking to be hit and miss for me due to the other things I want to be doing this winter. I want to try XC on top of the schedule. Is there scope to fit in that sort of training and weekend racing?
Edited to say well done Floreat, I hadn't read that ealier. My time was a tad disappointing at 4.10, but I offer no excuse, it is what it is.
I'll be racing XC over the winter months to mix things up a bit.I'm also going to be racing the Wokingham HM. The intermediate plan peaks at a long run of 1:30 (bar a single 2) in the first 20 weeks,so I'll still need to put in some serious (thinking 16 milers) to get into shape for the HM.
Having just looked at the running, Fink seems to be very very light on the long runs. A single 3:00 before the big day??
I guess the assumption is you can walk it if need be?
ShuffleB is doing the beaver, (already entered I think) and I'll be there to support.....
I htink its about 4 weeks ahead and thats an ideal gap
I think thier t-shirts say something like 'i licked the beaver' but that might be an urban myth
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I agree that the running looks a bit light on Fink, but maybe that's cos I'm used to mara training.
Run training for an ironman bears absolutely no resemblance or relation to training for a standalone marathon.