The truth is that I have set myself the target of doing some triathlon before I’m 60 in November 2015. Not just any old triathlon – an Ironman. I have entered the Weymouth Challenge in September 2015. I have also entered the Bristol Harbourside standard triathlon in June 2015 as a warm up.
Although I have done a lot of long distance cycling over the last few years I have done very little swimming and running. So I have started training in all 3 components already.
The swimming – a mere 3.8km open sea swim – in isolation is not too bad. I never stopped swimming recreationally and have already increased my Tuesday potter to 3.5km in the pool. I have returned to Swimfit at Bridport Leisure Centre and Virginia is tweaking my technique to increase efficiency.
Crucially I love being back in the pool and working harder. I do not enjoy swimming in cold water so Iam not intending to enter the sea in UK until it gets up to at least 12 degrees in the spring.
The bike ride of 112 miles should not be an issue in isolation. But after 90 minutes in a potentially choppy sea and 26.2 miles of road running to follow I need to get super efficient and fit over the distance. To do this I will continue with Audax AAARTY and some Audax 200k events like the Dorset Coast 200km.
The running. My main concern is keeping injury free whilst increasing the mileage and intensity of training. There are a few milestone races along the way which I will enter. To increase confidence I will run a standalone road marathon and have my eye on the North Dorset Villages Marathon in May.
Other events I have entered are The Grizzly – a ‘Dash to Delirium’ of 20 hilly off road miles on March 1st
and the Weymouth Half Marathon on March 15th.
I have rejoined Egdon Heath Harriers and have started going to Club nights in Weymouth.
Running in company will increase my pace – I hope.
I have also done a Parkrun. This is a timed 5k run which takes place every Saturday in hundreds of parks all over the country. The nearest one to me is Weymouth. I will do this on Saturday mornings. This will also help to increase my speed.
I have done a bit of reading up on what I should be doing and the advice is that strength training is also important. Ian and I do a daily 2 minute plank and are starting to do fancy moves like lifting one leg up.
Bridport Leisure Centre Fitness Suite manager Luke has devised a weights programme mainly using dumb bells for me which will be reviewed every 6 weeks or so as I get stronger (yeah right!).
To complement all this training and to get the occasional lie down we also go twice weekly to Iyengar Yoga classes at Bridport Leisure Centre. 3 hours a week with Alex seems to keep me reasonably mobile. (She may disagree!)
So I have started the training. The 3 components of the Ironman I should be able to manage. The trick will be to string them together into one long event. Very long – I reckon 15 hours is a target to aim for. But I have over 9 months to get fitter!