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04/04/2019 at 12:08

IIRC, Huub for example recommend to prioritise weight over height when picking your size - which I'd agree with, but their suits are tight fitting as ColShi says.

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29/03/2019 at 10:11

I was in the same boat - went from doing my first sprint in 2014 to 70.3 Staffordshire & IM Mallorca in 2016. (I love the event in Alcudia - going out for my 3rd race there in a few weeks)

Just keep going in the pool, the breathing will become natural. You'll get to the point where you knock out the 500m race distance no bother and then just decide to keep going... half a mile... a whole mile - when I did that the first time it gave me a massive confidence boost as I always thought Ironman was beyond me, as I'd never be able to do the swim.

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28/03/2019 at 09:38

Good stuff.

It takes a little getting used to but once you've got your rhythm  you'll stop thinking about it.

With regards to open water swimming - adding a wetsuit (and/or sea water) into the mix gives you much more bouyancy and as a result you'll swim faster. I've seen quite a few people "bottle it" for want of a better expression. At Mallorca 70.3 last year, my Mrs said she saw a guy abandon the swim at the second marker bouy - he must have been 50m out at the most (and could probably have waded back to the beach!). I felt sorry for the guy, he must have done the training beforehand to even turn up , but nerves got the better of him.

If you know you can do the distance in the pool, you can certainly do it open water too.

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25/03/2019 at 15:26

I went into my first sprint triathlon as a complete noob -  I couldn't swim half a length front crawl nevermind the 500m I needed to do.

The leisure centre that organised the event ran an 8 week beginners course, and those 8 weeks were enough to get me from "zero" to "finisher".

24 weeks is a luxury! I've seen Marathon training plans shorter than that!

It's sounds like you just need to find your breathing rhythm - but the best piece of advice I can give you is to find an adults swimming class. Go to that once a week, and then have another swim session on your own practising - you'll be away in no time!

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18/03/2019 at 12:08

I did London Marathon last year, following by IM 70.3 Mallorca 3 weeks later.

All I did was follow the usual Don Fink 30 week plan but swapped out my runs for a marathon specific training plan from VMLM website.

I started the run training 26 weeks out as soon as I found out I'd got in through the ballot. (late october) I think the two complement each other - you could follow the same 30 week plan for the 70.3 (week 22?) and them just keep it going until september - swap out the ironman for the marathon.

The cycling will come in handy, but swap your swims out for core strength & hip stretching is what I'd advise - Marathons don't start until mile 20!!

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