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ok - you all say a year is doable.. what about 6 months?
I have 7 months until an ironman and can get in via the community fund.
I have done marathons and some olympic tris in the past, not for a few years - but I currently hike/run/yoga/pilates all the time now. I have the time commitment already down (I currently work out 15 hrs a week on average, so finding time to work out is not an issue).
I know I need a coach to learn about rate stuff, but am I insane to think that I can do it in 6 months. I am naturally good with endurance so I think it's doable, but before I start calling coaches to find one - I want to see if people think I'll be laughed at. My goal, of course, is to finish - 16:59:59 is TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE.
Not insane at all. I would however find a coach to help maximize your chances. My first tri was an Ironman which I had 6 or 7 months to train for. Came from a running background. Without the coach however I would not have been able to do the right kind of training and stay injury free. IM training is much different than marathon training, just because of the need to do more aerobic work and to not try and blast out of your specific zones. Did you get a coach yet?
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I've decided to go without a coach, due to how expensive they are. I am joining a local tri club and using their beginner ironman training calendar. I also met some bike shop groups to do group rides with them. And for swimming I am dropping into a masters swim once a week for drills. So we'll see how it goes, but I think I am going to try it on my own. I looked into coaches, but it was a lot of money and so many of the training programs I have seen are so similar (ie when they have you bike vs run vs brick) - so I thought I'd try it this way.
I am thinking of maybe doing an occasional session with a coach for form (mostly on the bike). I've been downloading lots of track, bike and swim drills so I can effectively do the distance workouts as well as the speed/technique workouts.
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT. I'm offically doing Ironman AZ in November of 08. LET THE FUN BEGIN.
I think you can do it in 6months for sure! Do the local club group training, bike shop rides and anything you can get yourself into that will give you exposure to people who have done full IMs. Also, make sure you do at least one if not two half IMs - thats what everyone I know who has done a full recommends. I can say that I've never done a full IM, but I did do a half this year and several Olys and sprints, as well as six marathons in my past. I'd feel comfortable giving myself six months to train for an IM right now. Thats why I'm saying you can do it!
I haven't decided on which Ironman event I'm going to do. According to the net, Florida is sold out which is a major bummer. But, Wisconsin is a few weeks later and will give me more than 6 months to prepare. I have a feeling that's my guy and will pull the trigger soon (I'm bad with dates).
It looks like there are community fund slots (more $) for IMWI sept 12 and IMFL Nov 6. http://ironman.com/events/ironman
My hubby finished at IMWI one of the super hot years. I finished at IMFL. Both fantastic race experiences.
Best with your training,
Sara Cox Landolt
dnavarro82 - making me work hard here as a volunteer huh?!
For example, you can still get into IMWI by registering with a community foundation slot, $1100 vs. $550. That extra $550 goes to local charities and organizations. All the info is at
Sara Cox Landolt
i like to challenge people...not a bad idea to go that route if I don't get a chance to sign up the 2011 IMWI. I'm registering to volunteer for it, though. So, we'll see if I get in.