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2015-04-27 6:37 PM
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Going the route of volunteering for IM Texas on May 16th, and racing it in 2016. Going to do the HIM Austin in Nov. I'll be ready for a full in about 4 months, but will have to wait for next May. Does anyone ever do a full IM distance in training?
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Originally posted by jareed58 Going the route of volunteering for IM Texas on May 16th, and racing it in 2016. Going to do the HIM Austin in Nov. I'll be ready for a full in about 4 months, but will have to wait for next May. Does anyone ever do a full IM distance in training?

Do you mean a race or just simulate the distance?

I've done multiple IM races in the same season but you usually want to pick one as your "A" race and build everything around that.

For just a big workout day, though, most people will tell you that full IM distance takes too much recovery time.  If you want a big day, it's better to do a swim and long bike followed by a shorter run (maybe 6 miles or so).  The run has the biggest impact on your recovery, so that's where you want to hold back.

This still gives you a chance to dial in your nutrition on the bike and figure out if you're biking at the correct effort level.



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Going the route of volunteering for IM Texas on May 16th, and racing it in 2016. Going to do the HIM Austin in Nov. I'll be ready for a full in about 4 months, but will have to wait for next May. Does anyone ever do a full IM distance in training?


Volunteering is awesome and everyone should do their share but there is NO need to volunteer for TX to sign up, it takes several months to sell out.
If you are ready for a full IM in 4 months you could do Redman in OCK September 26.
2015-04-30 8:11 PM
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Originally posted by jareed58 Going the route of volunteering for IM Texas on May 16th, and racing it in 2016. Going to do the HIM Austin in Nov. I'll be ready for a full in about 4 months, but will have to wait for next May. Does anyone ever do a full IM distance in training?

Do you mean a race or just simulate the distance?

I've done multiple IM races in the same season but you usually want to pick one as your "A" race and build everything around that.

For just a big workout day, though, most people will tell you that full IM distance takes too much recovery time.  If you want a big day, it's better to do a swim and long bike followed by a shorter run (maybe 6 miles or so).  The run has the biggest impact on your recovery, so that's where you want to hold back.

This still gives you a chance to dial in your nutrition on the bike and figure out if you're biking at the correct effort level.



I mean work up to doing the distance at home, where ever you regularly train. I know when I did a marathon, the longest distance I did in training, before the race, was about 18.5 miles. I did a few of them, but my regular long distance training was in the 15-16 mile distance. Just wondering if preparing for the Iron distance, people trained just shy of the full distance or made sure they could do the full distance before attempting the race.
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Originally posted by spudone

Originally posted by jareed58 Going the route of volunteering for IM Texas on May 16th, and racing it in 2016. Going to do the HIM Austin in Nov. I'll be ready for a full in about 4 months, but will have to wait for next May. Does anyone ever do a full IM distance in training?

Do you mean a race or just simulate the distance?

I've done multiple IM races in the same season but you usually want to pick one as your "A" race and build everything around that.

For just a big workout day, though, most people will tell you that full IM distance takes too much recovery time.  If you want a big day, it's better to do a swim and long bike followed by a shorter run (maybe 6 miles or so).  The run has the biggest impact on your recovery, so that's where you want to hold back.

This still gives you a chance to dial in your nutrition on the bike and figure out if you're biking at the correct effort level.

I mean work up to doing the distance at home, where ever you regularly train. I know when I did a marathon, the longest distance I did in training, before the race, was about 18.5 miles. I did a few of them, but my regular long distance training was in the 15-16 mile distance. Just wondering if preparing for the Iron distance, people trained just shy of the full distance or made sure they could do the full distance before attempting the race.

If you're doing all 3 in one day, pretty much what I said before: do a short-ish run otherwise the recovery time is too long.

But any one activity by itself?  At the peak, I might do a 5-6 hour bike ride and maybe 3 hours running on another day.  Swimming, some people like to do the full distance for confidence but it's not really necessary.

I'd suggest taking a look at some IM training plans and see what fits into your life and schedule.  Be Iron Fit by Don Fink is a book with some decent plans as a starting point.



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