I signed up for the half IM in June in Lubbock TX. I have never done a full IM before and really wanted to do one this year. After registering fo the half IM I found the HITS full IM July 29. This makes the events 4 weeks apart from each other. Would I be crazy to register for the full IM? I was thinking I would train for the full IM and treat the half as part of my training. Anybody ever done anything like this?
Yes, you can do this. It's actually quite a common strategy to end your big "build" for Ironman with a lower priority half Ironman. Just make sure you only taper 5-7 days for the half so you don't lose fitness!
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I usually do two or three half ironman races spaced out once a month and then finish with an Ironman. With the proper base and a short taper, you will be able to race the half at a high level but still be able to recover in time for the Ironman. The first few days after the half are very important for recovery, so take it easy, ice, stretch, eat well, and do everything you can to recover quickly. You should be able to ramp up your training again within a week, have a week back at normal volume, and then start your taper for the Ironman, which is normally about 2 weeks or a bit longer. Good luck, recovery is key!
I think it is a great ideas as it will basically be a trial race/test race before your taper. Just make sure you go in to it with the intention of racing as a training session, not a priority A race.
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I did a half about a month before my first IM so I could test out a few things before my big race. As long as you go into it with the attitude that its just another training day and don't try to put in a hard race effort you should be fine. Good luck with both races!