24/11/2009 at 18:43
Your training for the IM will more than stand you in good stead for the marathon as some of the other posters have alluded to it's more a case of what the marathon will do to your IM. Whilst doing a 26 mile run wouldn't be the end of it all if you managed your effort - the chances of doing that are greatly reduced when you line up for an event with all those other folks.
Plenty of people have done excellent IM runs without ever having run that far in their preparation. Running a marathon that 'close' to your IM will have risks attached in terms of your IM performance.
At the end of the day though it it's what you want why not do it. I helped an athlete who used to play hockey even on the occasions when the games were a day before her tri's or duathlons. When she asked me about it I told her 'that from a performance perspective I wouldn't suggest it but if it's what you want to do , no worries'
22/10/2009 at 00:30
Training is often over complicated, the important thing with any program is that it works for you, i.e. you can do it, you do recover from it and you do improve your fitness as a result of it. A training program is a great tool but a bad master. There are plenty of athletes who have regressed as a result of religiously sticking to a program rather training in a way that benefits themselves. However most endurance training will help most people improve their fitness most of the time!
The off season is a great time to look at and work on the other aspects of your triathlon other than fitness that can help you improve such as technique, skills, muscle imbalances etc
(and oops a plug here..
than often overlooked skill swimming straight in the open water! . http://www.swimstraightingtheopenwater.com
21/10/2009 at 23:54
There is no hard and fast rule, but this is the time to rest up and have confidence in what you have done before. The KinEli crew would always recommend easy activity (say walking and gentle stretching) but not training. As mentioned previously resting longer than you feel you need is always good.
There are plenty of people who have had great results when recovering from a bug but there are also people who have done themselves serious life threatening and permanent damage when racing with a virus.
08/10/2009 at 04:41
There are many folks who do Ironman as their first event for most of them though it seems like it's because Ironman is a challenge whose box needs to be ticked rather than another triathlon challenge. It's do able. In fact it's do able to go from couch potatoe to Ironman finish line in a year. At the 220 Marathon Triathlon (held over IM distance) in 1990, your's truly (as the announcer) and the finish crew hung around for an extra 90 min to let a student who had entered the race as a result of losing a bet in a pub a few weeks earlier, had done very little training and did the run in green flash, get to the finish line with someone there.
I guess you could say I'm the opposite. I've been doing tri's since 1984 but haven't done and Ironman yet - it's just so bloody far. But counting down though I rashly said I'd do one before I got to 50 ....
08/10/2009 at 04:30
Move south or become a 'hemisphere hopper'!
Newport Gwent to Napier NZ....
25/09/2009 at 00:06
You could always get a really basic HRM for the event.
I kind of agree with not relying on it in a race but usually suggest that it can help you over cook it during those first vital few hours of the bike leg in an Ironman event.
You can one of free eGuides at this page:http://www.heartratetrainingfortriathletes.com/
24/09/2009 at 23:46
I'm no Delly Carr or Nigel Farrow but have uploaded some pics from the World Champs in Queensland recently.http://s640.photobucket.com/albums/uu12 ... ships2009/
Hi res versions can be sent on if any take your fancy.
23/09/2009 at 19:56
Golden rules is practice and prepare:
So however you plan to race you need to have tried it out.
Surgical spirit is a good tip and it will harden your skin.
Also the following can make a difference to blister and rub free running on different days
Pre lubing your shoes where the problems are likely to be is a good tip. I'd suggest against lubing your feet as it's too easy to pick up stones sand grit etc on your feet that go into the shoe making it even worse.
Ouch is best avoided!
23/09/2009 at 19:48
In the early days of full sleeved wetsuits it really was like fighting against a tough elastic band, these days they are nothing short of brilliant. And a good fitting quality wetsuit with full sleeves doesn't interfere with most peoples strokes in any way. Having a full sleeved wetsuit is way warmer than a sleeveless.
Bearing in mind that it's rare in the UK that you are going to overheat in the water a full sleeve is the way to go.
Having said that I like to have a sleeveless wetsuit in my tri gear cupboard as they are so much easier to get on and off for that quick swim round the lagoon in training.
Blue Seventy's head office is in my home town and my flatmate works for them so I do get a bit of a deal!
This is my current wetsuit collection:
Very old Terrapin shortie wetsuit (sleeveless and only half legs)circa 1985 for a quick play in the surf.
Entry level full sleeved Blue Seventy for open water training. It's that little bit stronger and is now into it's fifth summer.
Sleeveless Blue Seventy for open water training when it's warm.
Supa doopa Blue Seventy for the occasional race.
Just me and my togs when I feeling a little bit tough!
28/08/2009 at 22:45
I suggest folks who are struggling with their swimming may want to use fins when doing drill sets to improve their body position so that they can focus on the drill rather than gasping for the next bit of air.
But that is a different use to helping you improve your kick.
Compared to most of the guys I swim with of a similar age (in our 40's) I kick much better than them....
Some go backwards!
The difference between kicking well (i.e. being able to move through the water doing kick with a minimum of effort) and struggling (thrashing away and not getting very far at all but expending lots of energy) is I believe very small. That is I look at my lane mates and there seems to be very little difference in what we are doing in the water but the results are extremely different! and I've got small feet too. If it was one easy answer.....
Fins can be a great tool but at the same time it's better if you don't need to rely on them. In the past I've suggested the gradually cutting down of fins.
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