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ST - You probably weren't, but don't be lured into thinking you can get away with not doing too much - as tempting, and reassuring as it might be to hear that someone did really well on not much training. We're all different and, although it pains me to say it Gladys must be talented to achieve what he did on the relatively low amount of training he was able to do . It's bloody annoying really. If he was able to put in the hours he'd be dangerous. He did do a half the year before and did a fair bit of training the year before so i suppose that shows that consistency and building a good base is key.
There are plenty of stories in pirate lore of people who have had complete nightmare training periods yet still pulling off amazing races and doing really well. But there are other tales of people who for whatever reason couldn't train much and came a cropper - had a horrible experience or DNF'd. Even a few who did train and still found it really tough. It's just not fair.
What I'm bossily saying is - there are no short cuts. You have to put the miles/hours/effort in. But if you DO put the hours in - it's completely and utterly doable. Train hard, race easy.
gordo tips - all good reading......
gordos golden rules
basic ironman week
gordo tips index
Other essential listening for newbies......imtalk
It coincides nicely with the usual family weekend away. We're staying in Hastings or thereabouts.
Artful Hen wrote (see)
ST - You probably weren't, but don't be lured into thinking you can get away with not doing too much - as tempting, and reassuring as it might be to hear that someone did really well on not much training.
My first IM was NZ which happens in early March so required training through the winter.
So, I swam and ran regulary and happily. If it was dry and not too cold I pedalled, mostly 30-50 miles. I managed about two 1hr turbo sessions. I never rode more than 70 miles and only did that once (the Hell of the Ashdown sportive - it snowed!)
Result - Swim was great. On the bike,I was fine up to about 65 miles then suffered big time, not helped by allowing my nutriton plan to go out of the window. Only two things kept me going: one was thinking of the virtual support from friends, pirate and otherwise, who would be tracking my progress online; the other was the knowledge that, as long as I made it inside the bike cutoff, I could complete the run leg within the 6.5hrs remaining to the 17hr cutoff. I finished with 25mins to spare, too mentally and physically tired to really enjoy the achievement.
My second ironman was Challenge Roth (July) with a more challenging bike course. In training I did about the same amount of swimming, quite a lot less running and, along with fairly regular 30-40mile rides, completed four 75-80 mile sprortives. My swim quicker, bike approx 45mins faster and significantly more comfortable and run was about the same. With less time wasted in transition, I knocked an hour off my finish time and was able to enjoy the experience much more.
Moral: concentrate on your weakest disclipline and don't skimp on the long sessions on the bike - unless you enjoy pain and suffering .
So many pearls of wisdom here already. Thanks Trogs.
I'm starting to wonder how anyone does the IM distance without all of this help and advice. We are very fortunate to have Pirates on our side. Pirates rock!
Just a word for all those who are doing this as their second IM - I found number 2 much harder than the first as I had lost that fear factor and thought having done it, then it would be OK on slightly less training. Nope, t'was harder and was a real wake up call. So for Outlaw I am upping the training........will go with Fink intermediate as long as I can then if needs be drop down. But whichever plan I do I will try and stick to Fink's Intermediate cycling plan.
Marshman sounds ideal, but is a very long way from home for me.
When are they likely to publish the date for Bala, and does it sell out quickly - thinking about funds! I have already spent a fortune recently on a new bike and Outlaw entry!! Not sure I can get away with much more before Christmas.
Ohh, Bala looks hilly
O.rangeCannon... wrote (see)
gordo tips - all good reading......gordos golden rules4 pillars basic ironman weekgordo tips index Other essential listening for newbies......imtalk
Been thinking of my goals for the Outlaw next year, this year was my first iron distance so although great fun was a massive eye opener. I think my targets will be
Swim 75 mins (87 in 2011)
Bike 6hrs (6.27 in 2011)
Run 4hrs (4.43 in 2011)
So with T1&2 included should bring me in around 11.30-11.45 taking roughly an hour off this years time of 12.50.
Need a better start in the swim, not mess around in T1, sort my bike position out and i'm considering turning every 2hr+ bike into a brick with at least a 15 min run.
75.6.4 is easy to remember for me too.
Oh and beat Gladys
For me thinking goals will be to be able to crawl the whole swim a sub 7 hour bike and a 4 to 5 hour marafun. Targetted a sub 12 for regensburg this year before had to pull out so thinking it's perfectly possible but might be hard going.
Still think I'm an unknown to myself in IM distance stuff. Didn't really get the chance to train well before 2010 because of a conbination of bad luck and stuff outside off off training and know I can do a lot better than I did in the end.
Also something for folks to think about is I normally don't use gels and stuff because I like the mental battle of the wall (know thats strainge but so I'm I) for the run in 2010 I hit a wall becasue of not taking enough on the bike that was like nothing I've found in a marathon. If you havn't throught about it yet I would take some time and plan your race nutrition nearer the time. It's going to hurt a little. Luckerly I know a good nutriionalist bookworm so can plan it out this time. I'm sure she won't mind given anyone else advice.
Post outlaw targets 10 pints of Gunniess and a bottle of rum.