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05/11/2014 at 11:40

Hi jay

I agree with coach.  I think it's sensible to make sure you have some time between say a hard interval session and a longer endurance session if possible so you're not punishing yourself and getting frustrated as you're too tired to complete the session.

Also, congrats on London, it will be great run training and you might find your run training can take a back seat after April.  I ran Paris marathon this year and did a half iron in the summer and found that to be the case.  Plus the endurance aspect of marathon training helped psychologically!


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20/10/2014 at 11:04

Devol - your goals are totally achievable!  It's just a case of mindset and putting in the training.  My other half is a firefighter and has a lot more time to train than me as he can do it at work.  If that's the same for you, you should have no problems!


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18/09/2014 at 16:32

I think so.  Plenty of others around. I did the Cotswold Classic which was a great event and good value.

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15/09/2014 at 11:38

Also Jared, I'd say the biggest challenge was nutrition and staying focussed on the bike for such a long time in race conditions.

On the bike, I kept an eye on the clock to maintain pace and ate/drank every 30 mins - practise what works for you in training.  I then had a gel every 3-4 miles on the run.

Hope that helps!

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15/09/2014 at 11:34

Hi Jay

I had to buy the Don Fink book.  I would copy and post some pages but it's on my kindle!  Wasn't too expensive though and the book has a lot of other useful info such as suggested swim training sessions, heart rate zone training etc.  Def worth a buy!

I think my best advice would be to be realistic about your training time available and create a plan based on that rather than just following a plan.  I also didn't do any bricks that involved a run of more than 20 mins but found that a long run on a Sun after a bike on the Sat meant my legs were pretty much always tired anyway! I also swapped some speed sessions for a steady run when too tired.

Good luck and happy training!

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05/09/2014 at 14:43

Hi, I just completed my first half iron distance last week.  It may not suit everyone but I based my training on Don Fink's half iron intermediate plan (the book has 3).  I especially found the swim workouts useful to focus my swim training.

The training volume was manageable and I also added in a 1 hour core/strength session on the advice of a PT.

If you can, I recommend getting as much OW swim practice as possible as this will really help.

On a final note, I had only done 3 sprints and not quie an oly distance and due to other commitments, I missed a few long rides and runs. Istill finished in 5:39 which I was really pleased with (flat course).  My longest run in training was only 9 miles and I managed about 5 rides of around 60 miles.

P.s I loved every minute of it and am still buzzing a week later.  On to the next challenge!

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28/05/2014 at 09:24

The Tri shop is moving to a more central location and hugely expanding so it may prove to be stiff competition (it opens this weekend).  That said, Bristol is big and has plenty of cycle shops and cafes that are thriving so am sure there is room for more.

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04/02/2014 at 16:00

Try buying/downloading Don Fink's book on the HIM.  I found that it really helped me.  It has a newbie schedule too

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10/12/2013 at 09:43

Voting ends at noon, roll up roll up lurkers, it takes 2 clicks!

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09/12/2013 at 13:57

24 hours of voting left and I'm trailing.  Where's the tri community spirit?  Anyone?

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