> >I'll be ready for Muncie in July, but readiness for first
> >IM distance at GFT seems like a long shot. The challenge
> >is I'll have to make a decision by the end of May. Swim is
> >at 2400 meters x2 weekly, Long Bike is at 40, Long Run is
> >at 14. Total training time per week 7-8 hrs. I'll get to
> >10-12hrs/week over the next couple of months. Given my
> >other commitments 10-12 hrs/week is about my time limit.
> >Goals: Keep training, stay healthy, recover quickly after
> >races, keep the long view in focus.
> >I'm clear that I want health over completing IM distance
> >before I'm ready. I dislocated a patella years ago, and
> >along with it lost most of the cartlidge. That I can train
> >at all has been an incredible gift -- glucosamine has been
> >a godsend.
> >Will I know that I know? Or is it just a matter of just
> >Doing It?
> 10-12 hours. I know some people who finished an Ironman race with a lot less in
> the bank. If nothing happens, I'm certainly very sure you're ready to make the
> "leap of faith". Because that is what it is, a leap of faith (or leap of
> stupidity, as some humorous triathletes have told me ;-). If you were to
> interview any triathlete the week leading up to their first Iron-distance race,
> about almost all would say that they are not ready for it.
> Anyway, your focus right now is to try to build a little more of your distances
> on your long workouts. Try to see if you can build up to 80 miles in one
> session on your bike. The run looks fine, but if you have the time, you can
> build there also for some bonus points. :-)
> I know you're worried about health. Remember, you're not going for a time out
> there, you're going with the intention of finishing. That's a big difference.
> If you treat race day as a long-slow distance training session with a couple of
> photo-ops in between, this will give you a positive attitude, a big advantage
> when finishing races like these. Bottom line is to have fun out there during
> the day. That should be your intention.
> As I said, almost nobody here feels like they are ever ready for their first
> Ironman. Sometimes it just takes that leap of faith to enter and to finish. :-)
> "Iron Pete" Priolo +--------+
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> "THE BEST ELEMENT OF RACING"
I gotta second what Pete says. I finished my first (and only) Ironman last year
after slowly building up my long bike and run sessions. I only started running in
preparation for the November race in June, having spent six months letting my
osteitis pubis heal. I found that doing the long slow stuff on the bike and run
very important from both a mental and physical point of view. If you can do a six
hr bike and a 3 hr run without feeling totally blasted, you are ready. I go into
to these long training sessions with the idea of trying to find a pace that I feel
I can sustain almost indefinitely, and not try to "empty the tank" so to speak.
Another piece of advise I found most helpful, which is a quote from a female pro
who's name now escapes me, is that it is far better to be 10% undertrained going
into an Ironman than 1% overtrained. To wit, stick to a plan to reach your peak
mileage maybe 4 weeks before the race, and start tapering down so you are doing
almost nothing the week of the race. You want to be completely rested. It will be
a strange feeling, not having any sore muscles, etc., but you must resist the
temptation to try to put in some last minute training so close to the race. Like
Pete says, go into the race with the attitude that it's just going to be a long
day's workout, you're just trying to make the cutoff times and finish, and relax
and enjoy the moment. Just a few thoughts based on my limited experience, YMMV.
I found RST to be a great source of information and encouragement, so just ask.
P.S. Finishing your first Ironman will be one of the greatest rushes you can
imagine. My one fear now is that I will become an "Iron Junkie" who spends the
rest of his life unsucessfully trying to re-create that initial high.