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Orca: Austria IM, think beautiful location and blue lake, its stunning. Well organised but attracts the cream cos its fast.
Swim, clear blue water lake, start on the right beach its less frantic than the first one you come to, swimming out to first turn is easy as the turn buoy is huge, next leg is easy keep church in front, third leg is into the sun aand I never did spot a marker to the canal entrance just followed the feet in front, last 900M up a 20M wide canal, all the mud and weed gets a bit stirred up. I would recommend a swim over to the canal entrance to get a marker in your mind, I didn't and went way off course.
T1 changing area was very crowded without enough benches.
Bike course is flat for first 40K then smallish hill, the larger hill comes up around the 60K mark and takes some effort, long non technical descent back to T1 then around again. Some beautiful views across the lake and later on alpine meadows. Second time up the hill folks were off and walking. Total of 1700M of climbing as per my garmin.
Run two laps, down to the lake then back beside the canal all the way into town, all the support is concentrated around the finish area and in the town centre. Flat as a pancake.
Thoroughly enjoyed myself, only gripe was that they had run out of large finisher shirts by the time I finished and I was nowhere near the back.
If your traveling with kids / family I would recommend the Wahaha resort about 20 mins from town on a further lake, great for kids and has a 50M pool. Otherwise stay in town.
One week to go before the 30 week countdown.
Everything in place........
Have I missed anything? (other than the obvious need to actually swim, bike and run!)
Now for the final offical 'non training plan' weekend. Pizza, red wine and christmas cake baking here I come.
Cake, what an idea. Will sneak the kids a gaint box of Jelly babies before I leave for a bike ride on Sunday. OH can then watch them fizz and crackle on a sugar rush and I will get extra admiration for how I cope when I get home.
Campsite????? No booking needed, good buddy with a house in Notts. Goose down and a doubel bed for me xxx
Well, after a 5 month wait, I have finally finished my 2011 race report!! As you'd expect after such a wait, it's a bit of an epic...I've also collated my 2010 report and all the plans, tips and useful resources I've collected over the last 2-3 years and put them on a new website. It's aimed at offering good advice for either the novice Ironman or someone who's new to the Outlaw. I'll also be blogging my way to the 2012 race on this site!!
I've now paid up for the Marshman too. Officially brassic.
Timmy G - that was a good read. I'm between the euphoria of signing up, and the excitement of starting training. I now feel sick and worried. Cheers!
It's all good!! It's the sick and worry that make it such a good achievement!!
Good blog Timmy - very inspiring and helpful. I've signed up to your members page but you really do need to get some black n yellow kit you know.
Also want to say thanks to everyone who gave so many tips for completing IM at last night's bash. I had far too much to drink so its all merged into one so can't remember who said what but it was useful, specially about holding on to belief.
SA - I'd love to join in on your home made training half IM next year. Sounds like a good plan.
Back for a snooze for me now - not because I've been out hard training but because I'm so fragile and I never want to look at a glass of white wine again.
Competitive Programme (Long one)
Monday - rest
Tuesday - swim #1, run 0:30 hrs in zone 2
Wednesday - Bike 0:30 zone 2 quick change to run 0:15 zone 2
Thursday - swim #2, bike 0:30 zone 1
Friday - run 0:30 zone 2
Saturday - bike 1:00 zone 2
Sunday - run 0:45 zone 1-2
Total: 6 hours
That's odd! I'd posted another message first but it disappeared!
Oh well..... the 40 weeks doesn't start until next monday, but for those who are starting a week early or need a reminder of the kind of thing we are supposed to be doing
Just Finish Programme (Short Hours)
Tuesday - Swim #18, run 0:15 zone 2
Wednesday - Bike 0:15 zone 2,
Thursday - Bike 0:15 zone 2
Friday - Swim #19, Run 0:15 zone 2
Saturday - Bike 0:30 zone 2
Sunday - Run 0:30 zone 1-2
The intermediate plan is the same as the competitive one for the first week.
Hope everyone is getting excited
It's okay Soupy, you have a whole week to recover
Competitive and Intermediate are the same for the first 10 weeks. Procrastinate tomorrow!