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Triathlon from scratch

I hate cardio, no I REALLY hate cardio.
I've never been good at anything where endurance is needed.
So it makes sense to do a triathlon right?

Last year I drunkenly agreed to do a 10k run with a friend. The ba5tard thing nearly killed me. I had about 6 weeks to go from couch potatoe to a position where I could drag myself the distance.

That was over a year ago and I can safely say that doing something similar has not crossed my mind not even for a split second.

Fast forward to me waking up with a hangover on the Sunday before Christmas to the sigt of 43 WhatsApp messages.
All my mates were killing them selves because apparently I had agreed to to a triathlon in April. We had all the heart attack, stroke jokes, oh how I laughed......
This is like a bad version of Groundhog Day but instead of Bill Murray getting the girl he spends the next few weeks torturing himself. I need to stop drinking because I can't guarantee what I'm going to agree to next.

I played along until midday expecting the old 'fishing' image. That never came. Instead a video was posted which had me bang to rights.

I fecking hate cardio, did I mention that? Worse than cardio though is making a bet/deal that you don't go through with so feck it, I'm going balls deep into this thing.

I Spent the rest of Sunday nursing a sore head and researching the s4it out of things.

750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. I was a little daunted but I have over 3 months to work up to it. Swimming was always a strength as a youngster 25 years ago , I'm sure I must be able to still swim reasonably. The bike, hmmm that's going to need some work. I have an older bike but haven't ridden it for 3 years, time to get the oil out. Run 5k, piece of piss in isolation but after the swim and ride, oh the joy.

Then I was a little bit sick in my mouth. I had been reading up on Sprint Triathlons. That would have been the sensible thing to agree to but no, n0bhead here has to act all billy big balls and agree to

Swim 600m
Ride 45k
Run 9k

Run is 1k less than Olympic distance but bike is 5k more. Swim is a short swim. Absolutely bl00dy typical, the only thing I'm ok at and they strip that back and add in a longer ride, behave!

I've put this to the back of my mind and said I will begin in earnest after New Years. Well that came around quick, things you are fearing have a habit of rolling round fast.

I sat down with a pen and paper and scribbled a rough plan. Ride, run and swim as much as I can during the week and actually do gradually increasing Tri's on the weekend. Basically I have worked backwards from Race Day and deducted 10% each week from the distance the week before. This will work in reverse so this weekend coming will be the shortest training Tri and will increase by 10% each week, building up to full distance and allowing a deload week at the end. Oh and I'm also going to run a push/pull weight routine 3 times a week (1.5 a fortnight frequency per muscle group)

No idea if it's going to work but it makes sense in my head.

These 3 months are going to see me get in the best shape of my life.


That or kill me.
post edited by billy2shots - 2018/12/31 12:25:57
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2018/12/31 13:02:25 (permalink)
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    I'm aiming for an Ultra within the next 3 years so I'll be following your journey on this mate.

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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2018/12/31 20:49:17 (permalink)
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    Sounds good.
     
    I have only done 1 tri but really enjoyed it.
     
    Have you heard of Brick sessions?
    These are key in conditioning your legs to running straight after getting off the bike. I would definitely invest time in doing these. It's a weird sensation getting straight off the bike and trying to run.
     
    Bike - Depends on how much you want to spend. Hybrids are a good compromise between a road bike and MTB. So this means you can still use your bike for day to day stuff. Also you have the decision whether time get cycle shoes.
     
    Swim - Pool or open water? If open water you need a wet suit which actually makes the swim easier. If it is pool you just do lengths. You usually give your estimated time to the organisers so you will start in a similar ability group so your not getting stuck behind people or holding people up yourself. In terms of training you said it's your favourite so I'm sure you know what your on about there.
     
    Run - Just train as you would normally for a race. I would do a minimum of 3 a week and at least one brick session a week. Hills are good for fitness, yes boring and repetitive but hill reps will get you extremely fit. Speed work and fartlek I always found is a double edged sword, gets you fit quick but personally gets me injured quicker. 
     
    Other bits and bobs
     
    Tri suit - Not glamorous but get one, saves changing between transitions.
    Elastic laces - Put them in your running shoes to speed up transition.
    Number belt - Belt used to display number, again saves messing about. All you need to do is turn it between phases, as your number is on your rear for the ride but needs to be on your front for the run...if I remember correctly.
    Transitions - Practice these. The swap over of kit and the layout of your kit in the transition area all aids your time.
     
     
    Will follow this with interest. Also kinda makes me want to do one again.
     
     
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 06:41:09 (permalink)
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    You silly, silly man.
     
    I remember you did well last time mate and I have faith you'll do it again. Bet your heart sank when you saw vid of it though LOL.
     
    About time you started a journal bud it will be much easier to annoy you now.
     
    And happy new year!

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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 07:01:36 (permalink)
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    I'm aiming for an Ultra within the next 3 years so I'll be following your journey on this mate.



    Wow that's some commitment mate. I know it's more of a life change for you so I wish you the best of luck. I hope you're keeping photos of your progress as there's going to be some epic changes for the better.
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 07:02:31 (permalink)
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    Sounds good.
     
    I have only done 1 tri but really enjoyed it.
     
    Have you heard of Brick sessions?
    These are key in conditioning your legs to running straight after getting off the bike. I would definitely invest time in doing these. It's a weird sensation getting straight off the bike and trying to run.
     
    Bike - Depends on how much you want to spend. Hybrids are a good compromise between a road bike and MTB. So this means you can still use your bike for day to day stuff. Also you have the decision whether time get cycle shoes.
     
    Swim - Pool or open water? If open water you need a wet suit which actually makes the swim easier. If it is pool you just do lengths. You usually give your estimated time to the organisers so you will start in a similar ability group so your not getting stuck behind people or holding people up yourself. In terms of training you said it's your favourite so I'm sure you know what your on about there.
     
    Run - Just train as you would normally for a race. I would do a minimum of 3 a week and at least one brick session a week. Hills are good for fitness, yes boring and repetitive but hill reps will get you extremely fit. Speed work and fartlek I always found is a double edged sword, gets you fit quick but personally gets me injured quicker. 
     
    Other bits and bobs
     
    Tri suit - Not glamorous but get one, saves changing between transitions.
    Elastic laces - Put them in your running shoes to speed up transition.
    Number belt - Belt used to display number, again saves messing about. All you need to do is turn it between phases, as your number is on your rear for the ride but needs to be on your front for the run...if I remember correctly.
    Transitions - Practice these. The swap over of kit and the layout of your kit in the transition area all aids your time.
     
     
    Will follow this with interest. Also kinda makes me want to do one again.
     
     



    Thanks for taking the time to write this mate. Certainly food for thought with lots of helpful tips.
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 07:09:19 (permalink)
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    You silly, silly man.
     
    I remember you did well last time mate and I have faith you'll do it again. Bet your heart sank when you saw vid of it though LOL.
     
    About time you started a journal bud it will be much easier to annoy you now.
     
    And happy new year!




    Haha , I wouldn't say the 10k went well but I didn't die so in a roundabout way it did.

    I was convinced they were taking the pi55 until I saw the vid lol.

    Mate, annoy away. I'm just glad I can be of service to you. Happy new year, 2019 the year of Brett aka 'The Body'.



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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 07:28:23 (permalink)
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    Lol I don't know about 2019 being the year of the Brett but I'll give it a bloody red hot bash!
     
    6 days training will obviously mean you need to eat and sleep hard mate just to manage recovery.
     
    Love the fact they film you for proof as they know you're a man of your word haha!

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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 11:02:46 (permalink)
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    Good luck with this bill.

    45k is nothing in a saddle, you’ll be fine! Once you train away that bum ache, it’s gets much better! The swim, again easy if you’re a water baby! Feck that run tho.. and putting them altogether.. well I guess that’s what makes this a challenge !

    Don’t you own your own company? Look into the bike for work scheme. Offset all the tax and pay over three years interest free. I’d highly recommend getting a new bike, not just scrapping the rust off an old one lol probably get a decent one under a ton on gumtree/eBay
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/01 12:04:29 (permalink)
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    Good luck with this bill.

    45k is nothing in a saddle, you’ll be fine! Once you train away that bum ache, it’s gets much better! The swim, again easy if you’re a water baby! Feck that run tho.. and putting them altogether.. well I guess that’s what makes this a challenge !

    Don’t you own your own company? Look into the bike for work scheme. Offset all the tax and pay over three years interest free. I’d highly recommend getting a new bike, not just scrapping the rust off an old one lol probably get a decent one under a ton on gumtree/eBay




    High bud, I have actually got a bike through cycle to work scheme which I set up through my place 3 years ago. The problem is I haven't ridden it lol. I'm planning on digging it out of the garage for a good clean up this weekend. I think nice have chewed the tyres so they need sorting.

    As you say, in isolation they are doable with training. Putting it all together will be a challenge. The other issue is running my own race and not trying to keep up with mates who do this regularly. If I do that then I may very well hit the wall.

    I need to look into nutrition. I'm guessing some electrolyte drink is needed as I'm a sweaty beast so will need to replace the goodness. I was initially thinking carb and protein in bike my water bottle but it could be an hour or two from mixing till drinking and that s4it goes nasty after too long. Will long into those carb gels.

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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 13:58:31 (permalink)
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    This is why I dont drink.
    Serious case of deja vu here, I reckon your mates must set out to get you hammered every christmas so that they can set you up on purpose. They know you will hate it, yet still do it because you won't want to lose a bet, which gives them a fun start to the new year lol.
     
    Good luck though dude, it will be worth it in the end I'm sure.
     
     

     
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 14:23:07 (permalink)
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    Everyone had that one mate who's a knob. I have several lol.
    When the Olympics were here in 2012 the torch and flame came through our town. One mate was chosen to carry it through a busy highstreet l. He knew there would be thousands watching so told us to watch out.
    The plonker gets the nod to start running but doesn't start with the cops bikes and security. Instead he balances the torch on his chin.
    The organisers were having a fit!





    Day 1 of training.

    I swam 300m. Front crawl, arms only is I intend to save legs for the bike and run.
    Now I pride myself on my pull-up ability but bloody hell my lats were on fire.

    2 hours later I did a 2 mile run. Wasn't pretty but I got the miles in.
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 17:13:21 (permalink)
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    Nice work bud!
     
    This him?
     


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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 17:19:05 (permalink)
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    Yes mate. Keith, plays America football for our town. He was buying me doubles all night. I thought he was being a good mate, the reason is crystal clear now.
    Get billy drunk then take advantage.....
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 19:54:37 (permalink)
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    Yes mate. Keith, plays America football for our town. He was buying me doubles all night. I thought he was being a good mate, the reason is crystal clear now.
    Get billy drunk then take advantage.....



    At least you don't wake up in a shopping trolley in an alleyway with no pants.
     
    That's never happened to me lol.

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    Yes mate. Keith, plays America football for our town. He was buying me doubles all night. I thought he was being a good mate, the reason is crystal clear now.
    Get billy drunk then take advantage.....


    Well he wasn’t going to buy you singles was he? You are billy2Shots of course!
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/02 21:46:24 (permalink)
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    Good effort on day 1.
     
    Swimming arms only is hard work, hope your not going to do that on the day! Lol
     
    2 miles is good. When I used to do alot of running I used to do alot of "junk" miles (mileage but not quality mileage). It's far better to put short sharp work in than hours of pounding. 
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/03 06:39:49 (permalink)
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    Yes mate. Keith, plays America football for our town. He was buying me doubles all night. I thought he was being a good mate, the reason is crystal clear now.
    Get billy drunk then take advantage.....


    Well he wasn’t going to buy you singles was he? You are billy2Shots of course!




    Love it!
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    Good effort on day 1.
     
    Swimming arms only is hard work, hope your not going to do that on the day! Lol
     
    2 miles is good. When I used to do alot of running I used to do alot of "junk" miles (mileage but not quality mileage). It's far better to put short sharp work in than hours of pounding. 



    To be honest I thought no legs was the way to go? It's in a pool so not to bad. I was thought I could knacker my arms and lats because I won't need them for the rest of it. Hmm maybe I should read up on this a bit better.
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    Re: Triathlon from scratch 2019/01/03 06:44:15 (permalink)
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    Yes mate. Keith, plays America football for our town. He was buying me doubles all night. I thought he was being a good mate, the reason is crystal clear now.
    Get billy drunk then take advantage.....



    At least you don't wake up in a shopping trolley in an alleyway with no pants.
     
    That's never happened to me lol.



    Just a regular Wednesday night for you Brett
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