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MRGIBBS Amateur 26 posts since
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Aug 12, 2010 2:58 PM

First Ironman in 2011

Many training plans start out 24 weeks prior to the big day, but what, and how much training should I be doing now?   Seems many articles talk about too much too soon leads to burnout or injuries.  I feel guilty if I am not doing something.

  • IronMakeover Community Moderator 738 posts since
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    1. Aug 12, 2010 7:26 PM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Hey there,

    Yes, it's a long time to stay consistent in training, healthy & injury free. Many IM triathletes train an average of 7-11 months. My husband and I have finished 3 IMs between the 2 of us, building up the season with several phases of training, practice events, rest periods and flexibility when things just go wrong (family, health, injury.)

     

    The guilt and nerves are definitely part of the first-time experience. It was worse in someways for me, since I DNFed my first attempt and had to deal with those issues when training for my 2nd attempt.

     

    I'd look at:

    - what your current fitness level is like

    - what your goals are for the IM experience

    - what your time and $ constraints are (job, family, etc)

     

    and then look at how to plan the year.

     

    I think Joe Friel has a nice series on his former blog and tons of other great resources.

    http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblog/2009/10/preparing-for-2010-season-part-1.html

     

    There are also articles within active.com for planning a year. http://search.active.com/search?k=planning+a+year&m=&f=articles&l=everywhere

     

    What event are you training for?

    Best to you,
    Sara





    Sara Cox Landolt

    http://www.ironmakeover.blogspot.com/

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    3. Aug 13, 2010 10:04 AM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Welcome to the club.  Ironman racing is awesome.  Which one you doing?

     

    Most programs that you buy on line are 5-6 months.  You can train longer than that but it all builds on your aerobic system.  Therefore, if you are looking for longer than your schedule, throw in another prep or base month or two.  It can't hurt but make sure that you take your rest days and weeks or you will be flat at the start.

     

    I completed 5-6 month of training for the IM distance and it will be fine.  Don't get to OCD about training.  As stated above, things get in the way and need to be shifted. 

     

    One piece of advice, listen to your body.  If it is exhausted and you are irritable, take the rest that is needed.

     

    BEST OF LUCK!





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  • dkhartung Pro 98 posts since
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    5. Aug 13, 2010 10:56 AM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Learn to love your indor bike trainer, and stack up your NetFlix cue and borrow some TdF videos.  You'll be spending a lot of time on the trainer, and a good movie passes the time.

    Read up on treadmill workouts for the run.  I try and get out and run outside as much as possible, but there are days when you just need to get on the treadmill for an hour.

  • IronMakeover Community Moderator 738 posts since
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    6. Aug 13, 2010 11:42 AM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Fun! We were at IM Cd'A as a family that year! We drove out from Wisconsin for the race (my hubby's turn) and then stopped at Yellowstone on the way home. Excellent road trip!

     

    We stayed in little cabins outside of town with my sister's family & another family who all drove out. My parents got a place in town on the run/bike route, so we set up race day HQ at their place which was nice since it rained a lot! You can read his race reports here http://ironmakeover.blogspot.com/2009/06/race-report-ironman-coeur-d-alene-june.html & http://ironmakeover.blogspot.com/2009/07/race-report-ironman-coeur-d-alene-june.html .

     

    It's a gorgeous venue! Being an earlier season race (june is early for training in Wisconsin), my hubby had a lot of cold, wet training runs and rides & that's how race day turned out that year.

    We have 3 kids too. If you want to email him directly at any time during your training send me a message via active & I'll forward it to him.

     

    Enjoy the winter trainer rides! They do pay off & the movies do help pass the time.

    :-) Sara





    Sara Cox Landolt

    http://www.ironmakeover.blogspot.com/

  • dnavarro82 Pro 113 posts since
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    7. Aug 13, 2010 11:43 AM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    I pretty much have the same thing going on, minus the three kids.  I am doing my first IM next September (Madison WI Ironman).  I am seeking the same advice.  Monday thru Friday, with my current job, I am gone from 6:45am to 6:15pm.  How do I get the proper training in without neglecting my marriage.  My wife doesn't enjoy torturing her body, so needless to say, she will not be a training partner.  So little time, so much to do...  What have you married IMer's done in the past?

  • dkhartung Pro 98 posts since
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    8. Aug 13, 2010 11:49 AM (in response to dnavarro82)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    (I've got a wife and four kids...)

     

    Get her buy-in early and often.

    Learn to love early morning's, and late nights.

    Get a headlamp for dark runs, and (again) the indor trainer.

    Probably most helpful, find and develop and good training partner network.  It's really hard to find one person who's going to train with you.  By network, I mean a guy you can run with in the early am, another guy you can run with at night, a couple cycling buddies, a swim group, etc.

    Lastly, sometimes this is an area where kids come in handy.  I got a lot of run volume in and made points with the wife by volunteering to drive carpool to swim practices, soccer practices etc.  She got something off her plate, I'd get another run or ride in, and the kids get a good example.

     

    creativity is key, along with flexibility.

  • dnavarro82 Pro 113 posts since
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    9. Aug 13, 2010 12:03 PM (in response to dkhartung)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Good stuff...thanks.

     

    Yeah, right now I'm training for the Chicago triathlon.  On weekends, I'm getting up at 8 to train (i know i know, thats not early, but for me it is, haha), so for IM training that'll most likley change to 6...can't wait.

  • Moriates Legend 296 posts since
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    14. Aug 16, 2010 8:27 AM (in response to MRGIBBS)
    Re: First Ironman in 2011

    Every workout is also a chance to work on your nutrition plan.





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