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Location: Golden, Colorado - USA
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For the most part I agree with what Zack noted. Mike Pigg (who could almost destroy anyone on the bike) at his best was #2 to Scott Molina - "The Terminator" in 1988 at Ironman Hawaii, Scott a runner.
My strategy is to use one discipline as my main aerobic base. For me that’s running and I do several “running” specific (as well as swim specific and cycle specific) races throughout the year (like 27 or so), including 3 marathons (this year like last year Disney, Boston and Pikes Peak). I also use running “races” as a component to my training for “KEY” races. Don't get me wrong here - I still spend a ton of time on the bike, in that I do long bricks pretty much every weekend. But I don't dedicate as much time to all the specifics of training I give running.
I don’t know too many cyclists that can run well, but then again Normann Stadler (a cyclist) just won the Ironman Hawaii last year. Guys like Peter Reid and Tim Deboom are two of the best runners to come along since Mark Allen and Dave Scott (who by the way ran 5-min miles in the last 5 miles of the marathon leg or so - at Kona in 1989 shoulder to shoulder the whole race). So Ironman has been pretty much owned by runners over the years. If you look at all of the older legends – they all came from the same place “Team David”…if you know your Ironman history you will know what I’m talking about. So I believe (as a general rule IMHO) it’s easier for a runner to become a cyclist then a cyclist to become a runner. I also believe running can aid cycling, where cycling doesn’t really aid running in the same way. As a runner I look forward to the last leg of the Tri - it's rare I ever get passed on the run in an Olympic distance or in a 1/2 IM.
But then one other point I wanted to make: As I noted in another thread I'm a big advocate of doing daily doubles or even triples. Seasoned triathletes are masters of using time to their advantage, by doing a Run/Bike in the same day you can increase you aerobic base by doing so. Today I ran 9 (a bad day actually..I could write a book about my run today) and rode my trainer in front of the TV in my home gym for another hour and did some core strength training.
1-hr 5 min for my 9mile run, 1-hr on the bike and 20 min strength training=2hr and 20min today total. A quick shower and dinner with my wife for the quality time. But my wife will tend to locate me downstairs while on the bike when she comes home to talk about our day, she will start dinner while I finish my workout. It all seeems to work out ok.
A good friend of mine and former training partner, who has done 13-IM’s comes from a college swimming background. He has finished in the top 15 (out of the water) in Hawaii a couple times and like #2 in IM Canada and #1 at the World Toughest. So yes - he is a gifted swimmer.
He is also a pretty good runner – in fact we are pretty close here, although I think my marathon PR
is 2-min faster. Cycling we are also pretty close, but in an IM he would be like 20min faster out of the water easy ahead of me and his lead would build from there. At IM Wisconsin he trained ZERO on the bike and only swam for 3-weeks to get ready – but he runs pretty much every day. He qualified for Hawaii and had one of the top 10 fastest swim times of the day finishing in a 10 hr something.
Last edited by MHR; 03-04-05 at 03:36 AM.