I just signed up for Ironman Florida. It will be a big goal with the race being held on my 40th birthday. I've been out of triathlon for 2years but want back in. I've only done sprint and olympic distances. Maybe I'm nuts but I'm going for it. I just need to survive this race with a smile. My question is this: can anyone direct me to a training plan that fits my ironman newbie status and what are your opinions of someone trying to tackle this endeavor after being out of the sport for a couple of years? Thanks for any advice! Ken Hammond
With a good attitude and proper training, you'll be fine. I went from bike racing only to doing an Ironman in a year, so it can be done. I recommend putting together a structured base week that you can stick to, creating a realistic periodized plan and plan on doing at least one 1/2 IM at least 8-10 weeks out from your Ironman. Lots of variables, but let me know if you need any help.
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I went from triathlon rookie to doing 2 IM's this year in the space of 18 months.
It's not easy - the only pracical advice i can give you is to do some good brick sessions - especially bike to run.
I thought I could do IM Lanzarote (the toughest) and IM Hawaii on the back of 6 hours training a week.
It just wasnt enough.
I managed to finish both races (with a smile on my face) in 14 hours for each.
Where I went wrong was lack of long run - especially off the bike - dying both times on the marathon (I came from a running background so didnt put much work in)
Back in IM Lanzarote next year, hopefully wiser and with more training under my belt.
Thanks for the input guys! I'm really nervous about this. I think my previous training lacked the proper base, especially with the bike and run portions. I know everything I've read about training in the winter months preaches lots of long slow miles. Do I try to peak for the half-ironman then peak again for the full? Since it's a year until the full how long should my base phase be? I used Gale Bernhardt's "Training Plans for Multisport Athletes" for my 2002 race season and it worked well, but now I have two children and I'm not sure if I can squeeze in more than 12-15 hours a week. Any thoughts on hours per week? Also, I train and race on a '89 Trek 1200. It's a good bike and in excellent condition. Do you guys think it will get me by? I really can't afford to upgrade right now. Keep the replies coming. I need all the support I can get. Thanks!
Dave, that's pretty impressive to do 2 IM's that quickly. Any more advice you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated. I love to communicate with those who are into this sport. I haven't been able to do that for 2 years, ever since I moved to Michigan. I only had two friends that were bikers and no tri buddies. Anyone that would like to trade training ideas and stories can email me at KHammond@purforms.com Also, anybody out there from the Grand Rapids area? I need training buddies. Good luck training!!
I'm doing a crazy thing tooI am trying to do the Ironman France (just to finish) in June with no prior background in biking or swimming (Other than being able to avoid drowning.) Got my bike in August, am doing bilateral breathing. Right now I am just trying to get s schedule down. I would be interested in hearing the nitty gritty of others schedules and how they cope with winter which I have noticed is not conducive to getting out for long bike rides.
I plan on doing 1 to two shorter events beforehond which will probably mean traveling to like Mexico--I guess that's not too tough. Right now I am hitting a period of discouragement after the initial elation of deciding to give it a shot. (I am going with a friend who has previously done an Ironman and who forgot to tell me not to try this.)