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Tin Pot




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Life after Ironman Reply with quote

Bolton is my second and final hurrah as far as Ironman goes for the foreseeable future Smile

We welcome into the world out third child on July 28th, so I'm not expecting to want to put in huge hours anymore. Smile

I also start with a new client on July 18th, so summer will be hectic!

I do hope to stay in triathlon and move down to short course, low training hours, maybe even try to get fast on the run. Again.

Any tips on transitioning down to short course/staying in the loop on minimal hours?

I've got an olympic at Hever in September again, may do a little structured training for it. Maybe do some local sprints/olympics next year if it suits us.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the work you've put in for the IM's it should be less of an issue keeping\getting fitness for shorter races, and even an odd 70.3, as long as you don't aim to be on the podium etc.

IM's are tough mentally and physically when you look at the long bikes & runs, and I'm not sure I'll be doing one next year (or this).

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year I had my second child in March, so training was <1 hour/week. For various reasons I turned up at Triathlon X in June and managed to get around both swim and bike (bailed on the run).

This year I completed the X on 2h45m/week average between January and June (sure, it took me 19h34m but I did complete Smile ).

It all depends what you want to do in the IM. If you want to be racing, either against your own PB or others, then you need the hours. If you want to complete and have a laugh then really you just need to go out once in a while, keep a really low base, and take it easy on the day.

I don't think kids and IM are mutually exclusive. But they sure as hell restrict your training volume, so set your targets accordingly.
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Tin Pot




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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, it's not just whether I could keep doing long distance, it's that I don't want to, and I see opportunity in that.

By writing off long course I can focus on the family for a while.

Long course training had many benefits, but nutrition and recovery is something I still haven't learned, and I don't think I can improve until I can eat and sleep healthily. Sleep I won't be getting for six months any way!

January 1st I would be obsessed with training for July, but a sprint or only you can just rock up to and enjoy, no need for mental anguish.

In four years I've learned that I cannot train consistently for any significant period of time. The TR Low volume Olympic Plan is only six workouts a week, or if I just focussed on one of my clubs I could run three times a week much more likely to be consistent then and improve.

I have really enjoyed racing this season, but being way from the family rather than having them with me isn't really the direction I want my life to go in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would pick some shorter races that appeal due to location or format, rather than standard sprints or olys. There seem to be less of them around these days, which is a shame. What about the Perranporth Tri for example?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I struggle massively

I go into year offs with good intentions and end up doing next to nothing.

Its only the thought of doing ironman undercooked that inspires me to do the required training.

Years off tend to be me trying to kill my liver Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

same here - from the heights of being able to do stupid amounts of training and events to nothing then trying to get back into it...

gets harder every time I have a timeout..
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For periods with younguns or when people have lost their mojo, enjoyment is a big part of the sport. If you're not enjoying something, why bother?

A guy I know well forced himself to do a year of long distance racing and training when he wasn't feeling it, and meant he left the sport for a long time afterwards. If you wake up one day and feel like you have the time and the drive for a run, go for a run! If not, don't put pressure on yourself to do it.

Like Jorgan said, get yourself entered into an event that appeals due to location and format and just enjoy it! I've had a blast this year doing some races I wouldn't normally (MTB Duathlons, Crit racing) purely for the fun of it. If you're only entered for the experience, there's less stress on times/position.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
I struggle massively

I go into year offs with good intentions and end up doing next to nothing.

Its only the thought of doing ironman undercooked that inspires me to do the required training.

Years off tend to be me trying to kill my liver Crying or Very sad


I think that's my concern too - if I back off completely, I'll return to propping up the wine bar. I'm already overweight as is.

I can still fit some exercise in around work and commute I suppose to keep my hand in, but without a goal will I do it?

The local sprint series at OceanLakeTri looks quite competitive, and my 1h18 did okay on the results list last year.

Edit: They used to have five per season, down to three now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've cut back from 15-20hrs per week since november to between 3-5 hrs per week & for me its the eating.
i can eat for three but have had to cut back because of piling on the weight.
the good news is that i can still do a 1/2 in podium time Surprised
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:

The local sprint series at OceanLakeTri looks quite competitive, and my 1h18 did okay on the results list last year.

Edit: They used to have five per season, down to three now.


When Team Outrageous ran them, they were more frequent and better run. They were almost every other weekend, had some midweek and did an annual XMAS day tri with no wimpsuit. Shame.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And we all know why they didn't last long...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All except me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why not take up triathlon?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about concentrating on one discipline at a time for a while? TTing is fairly family friendly, can stay sharp or make gains off a couple of hour long turbo or road ints sessions and another 1 or 2 hour ride a week. Opens are quite often early in the morning so sometimes I'm home by 8am on a Saturday after a 10 and have the whole weekend free.
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