I thought I would pop in and say hello. I completed both IM Lanzarote (14:58) and IM Wales (14:14) this year and plan to do 2 IM distance races next year along with a few other events. Currently I have virtually finished SSB 1 low vol (just one more session to go, whilst building up my run distance to 1/2 marathon trg level.
My events for next year are:
The first event is a 30 km road run around the area of Rhayader in mid Wales with a total of 339m elevation in early March, I love running always have but I am a plodder always have been and I am happy with that. My PR for a 1/2 Marathon is 96 minutes, but currently it would be more like 100 - 105 minutes. I’ve only run a marathon on an IM race and my PR for that is 5hours 15 minutes.
Second is the ROC Triathlon: a bit of a one off of an event it’s a sea swim of 1250m, a bike of 50km out to Snowden ( the highest mountain in Wales) a run / walk / crawl up to the summit of Snowden & back down to your bike that is 12 km long and has 960 m of climb. Then back on the bike to the start point where there is a final one KM run to the end. It’s a challenge from a friend so it will be a fun event with no concerns on performance or timing. This is in late April.
Then probably, in June though TBC & v dependent on how I feel, it’s the Titan triathlon which is a 1/2 IM in mid Wales with a lake swim and a v hilly bike course. I am thinking of using this as a sort of race day preparation event and a trial for nutrition and pacing.
Then the first of the planned IM races in July in Whistler where I am hoping to go sub 13:30 for the first time.
Post IM Whistler will be decided after Canada but I am hoping to be doing a warm flat IM in the second half of the year.
I’m a 54 yr old larger guy, not overly fat with 19% body fat, but I am broad and @ 188cm and 88kg probably not going to drop that much weight. I have been playing around with long distance tri for the last two years and enjoy each of the three disciplines.
I plan to start the high vol, full distance tri base plan next week, with probably a few more runs added in, and my swimming will be maintained at 3-4 sessions a week. I am starting a little earlier than is really necessary simply because I know life will jump in between now and July so I would like to have some time in the bank before it does. I have been following a run trg plan based on the Maffetone principle (Z2 HR) for the last 6 weeks (it’s that plodding thing again) and it has brought on my running greatly.
I am toying with the idea of not starting the tri plan and doing another SSB plan until January simply because I enjoy the way the SSB sessions always seem to be hard enough to be challenging but “easy” enough to complete. It would be interesting to hear what people think should it be the trip specific plan or should I go for the SSB plan?