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Sainsburys_Ed

Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Sep 2014

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    Also though +1 to what was said above about joining a club, best thing I've ever done for sport, both in terms of competition, structured training, value for money, and just meeting a huge variety of people who are all great fun in their own way..

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    I do have a coach, If I'm honest I don't know the theory behind it, he does explain stuff but I don't listen as he usually explains it when I've turned my brain off!

    It's both a mental and physical toughness thing though, both accelerating fatigue, and having to get back on the bike and getting running when every part of you wants to stop is draining at first but after a while your mind gives up and muscle memory takes over and just goes...

    Tapering has started, did a 33 minute 5k tonight, got a slow open water swim tomorrow, gentle 2hr bike on weds, another swim on Thursday and 2hr bike on Saturday. Which feels like a lot when I write it out but given that I've averaged over 15hrs a week on the bike alone for the last 3 weeks is a massive step down in exercise. We pick up again a little next week until Wednesday, then it's a massage, rest a bit of a course recce (swim the swim, drive the bike and walk/jog one lap of the run) and off I go!

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    Half marathon done today at ironman pace, adductors felt quite fatigued but otherwise fine, a friend likened ironman training to baking a cake the other day, training is buying, measuring and mixing all the ingredients, taper is the moment you put it in the oven and race day is eating it! So my ironman is now in the oven!

    Watching the itu world champs on BBC and having a snooze now!

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    Last big day done, 2.5 hour bike, 40 min run, 2 hour bike, 40 min run, 1.5 hour bike, 20 minute run.

    The final run was horrific, it took about 18 minutes to feel remotely comfortable, so I ended up doing another couple of minutes so I didn't finish on a low point.

    Generally felt pretty comfortable all day, enjoyed being in full aero twat gear, and getting plenty of strava prs, I don't think I had a single roadie return a wave or a hello though!

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    @tommy No, I had a look just in case! My target is between 11 and 12 hours, 10.38 got a Kona spot last year in my age group, but that was with some pretty poor weather conditions, and the year before it was more like 9.45 for which the course would have to be largely downhill!

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    hmmm, i am skeptical of the value of IM branded events, but i haven't done one yet...

    The $800 plus $100 to be paid on the spot if you qualify for Kona seems pretty ridiculous, no idea how they can justify the processing fee on top!

    The half IM I did in July was relatively cheap at £100, but there were times it felt a bit heath robinson as a result...

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    If i'm honest i don't kick too much, I find that I end up getting ragged both with breathing and coordination if i go full speed with arms and legs, so i rely on the buoyacy of my wetsuit and only really use my legs for currents, waves and other times when a bit more gas is needed...

    I only really have one pace for swimming but thankfully I've got fit enough that i can hold it for long enough, did 3.75k in 1hour and 2 minutes tonight, and other finding some new parts of my body to chafe - My collar bones tonight ffs - it was pretty comfortable.

    hopefully 1.05-1.10 will be about my time for wales, although the Australian exit may help with speed for a bit...

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    FSA's judging by the writing!

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    IM is September 14th, i have no idea what next afterwards, I've entered the ballot (again!) for the London Marathon, so if i get that then i'll probably focus on running over the winter and early season, but it kind of depends what i think of IM as a distance, so far my favourite distance is half IM, but i'll probably sit down and decide what my favourite distance is and enter a series of races late september.

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    @tommy yep mine too, we're doing some stupid triple brick session, I think I'd rather do a metric ironman, but I've followed the programme so far, and it'll be nice to have company for the run segments.

    I have a few days off at the moment, so killing myself this week as well!

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