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Old 07-13-05, 09:44 PM   #1
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How long does it take to prepare for 1/2 IM?

Hey you long-distance folks...

What would you say is the ideal length of time required to prepare for a 1/2 IM?

I just did my first sprint last weekend and I have to say I don't have much interest in doing it again. I'm interested in doing something different. I'm looking at the summer/fall ahead and I've made a list of potential events (Tour de Poway (the metric century), Gatorman, Muddy Buddy, Oceanside Pier Swim, and an Olympic Tri). There is also a 1/2 IM in La Jolla on October 30th. It's the Challenged Athletes Foundation Tri. Is preparing for something like that in 3 months even in the realm of possibility?

I'm assuming that many of you have enough background on me to know where I'm coming from fitness-wise... if not, let me know.

Thanks for the input - I'm just wondering if I should even consider it, or write it off til next year.
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Old 07-13-05, 11:29 PM   #2
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Aquagirl...here's a good link for a 20 week 1/2 IM prep. Check it out. If you think you're training up until now has you somewhere between week 6-8, I'd go for it.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cm...p?articleid=52

As for me...I'm registered for the Honu in June 2006. I'm toying with the idea of doing Ralph's too but after the weather this year, I'm not sure.
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Depends on your base and your specific race goal. If it is a planned "A" race I would treat it as a 10 weeks or more effort. If it is your first longer closer to 18-weeks.

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Old 07-13-05, 11:54 PM   #4
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Well, I just checked their website and the event is sold out. Dang! So... I guess it's a moot point now! Maybe next year - sounds pretty incredible. I like the whole concept of "racing for a reason." There are other great events along those lines. Hmmmm, sounds like a new thread...

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As long as your prepared to put the work in you can do it in a shorter period (providing you have a good level of fitness).

Am Doing my first 1/2 IM on 2nd October at the Gold Coast, Australia. Until early May this year I could not swim and didnt run (come from cycling background) So in 10 weeks have learnt to swim and am running 5min k's now. 10 weeks more prep to go. Swim will be slow but bike will be fast and run is looking average for now. So should be good for a 5hr time + or - 15mins either way.
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H2O? what didn't you like about the sprint. You say you won't do one of those again? Why?
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To short maby? This is awesome, I like that link. I want to see if I can do a half, i think my parents are going to sign up for IM Florida 2006, cant let them beat me......
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H2O? what didn't you like about the sprint. You say you won't do one of those again? Why?
I guess I didn't find it challenging enough, especially from a mental perspective. I enjoy the battle that goes on in my head when I'm pushing myself to my endurance limits and I didn't get that in the sprint - it all went by too fast. And frankly, I'm not that interested in speed. The challenges that I'm seeking now in life are to do things I haven't done before or that I think would be very hard to do. (One of the reasons I skipped the epidural for my third baby, for example.) I'm not interested in improving my time in a particular event (been there, done that - for 15 years of competitive swimming), but in attempting unique challenges. I wouldn't say I wouldn't do a sprint again, but I'm looking for new dragons to slay. I've never run more than 7 miles in one go, so for me, that would be a new challenge. I've never biked more than 25 miles at one time, so that would be a new challenge. And then putting it all together after training... Y'know what I mean? It sounds kind of sick when I write it down, like I'm really into suffering or something, but I think others here understand that mindset (right??!!!)
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Sure *cough cough crazy cough*

Na, i get were you are comming from, its not that you are into pain, you are testing to see how far your body will go in a high endurance situation.
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H2O, I certainly understand where you are coming from. For the callennge of course go for it. I would say prudence would dictacte that you try an Oly before but since your goal is fininshing you can absolutly be ready. In fact if you go in alittle underprepared and don't do as well as you think you should have that may give you the extra motivation you want to keep at it until that dragon is slain. Good luck, and of course have fun.
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Starting with an olympic distance base, a half requires 4-5 weeks of build and 10days of taper. As an ex-swimmer with a history of running injuries, my longest training run was only 1:20 (about 10mi). The pace isn't really much slower than your olympic distance pace. Maybe 1-2mi/hr slower on the bike.

Olympic distance stuff gives you all the speed you need and you only need to put in a few weeks of longer aerobic stuff to have a solid half. These weeks should feel pretty easy, just long. They are for testing out nutrition. (~200-300 calories/hr depending on weight).

Plus, you have a lifetime as an athlete standing behind you. All those double days for college polo will help you out now. PM me if you want more info.
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[It sounds kind of sick when I write it down, like I'm really into suffering or something]

Speaking from a dad of three.... ya u must be into suffering.......

This is my first year of tri's I planed on 1 race a month the first 3 are sprint the last 2 are Olympic. Next year a 1\2 IM. But I didn't come from a very good cardio level(dam donuts why you have to be so yummy)
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I committed to my first 1/2 IM last February ('04). At that time, I had never done more than 4 laps in a pool without gasping for breath; I hadn't been on a bike in >15 years and my longest run was a 10 K (at a pace so slow it wasn't worth remembering). I had a good cardio base but my form was bad in all 3 events. In early August, I finished the 1/2 Vineman (excellent course, by the way). My time wasn't great (just under 5:45) but the event wasn't the trip to the edge of hell that I had expected. The two most important aspects are consistency of training (don't neglect those short runs on recovery days) and nutrition/hydration (nothing kills an otherwise sound race plan like leg cramps at the end of the bike). Being accustomed to the activity and properly nourished are prerequisits to feeling comfortable enough to focus on form when pushing your limits.
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