Monday 19 November 2012

Training for the Midlands Ultra Triathlon: Where to begin?

With the Lourensford half marathon and the Jailbreak triathlon still ahead of me, I may be jumping the gun (quite literally) by announcing that I am planning to do the Midlands Ultra Triathlon in March next year. However, to stand any chance of completing this event, I have no choice but to start training now already. I have thought long and hard about taking on this challenge. Preparing for 1.9km swimming, 88km cycling and 21km running is going to require a lot of time, dedication and perseverance. Completing the event is going to be the single biggest physical achievement I could ever dream of. It's quite simple: I found the challenge worth the sacrifice, and decided the go for it.

For unexperienced triathletes - like me - who are considering to prepare for a half Ironman (the distances mentioned above), a good reality check is to consult an online training schedule to see how many hours of swimming, cycling and running per week will be required in the 4 to 5 months prior to race day. There are many such schedules available for free, but I found the one provided by Trifuel particularly useful because it is extremely simple to follow and nicely colour-coded.

As I said in my previous post, getting enough sleep is probably the single most important "training rule" throughout the entire preparation period, and with that, I am going to sleep now : )

Till next post, I wish you all great motivation to set new goals, find the mental energy to practice improved time management and shop for healthy, wholesome food.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Wim,

    Great to see you have taken up Triathlon. I came across your blog while looking for information on the Jailbreak triathlon next week. Best of luck in your training and racing and maybe see you Worcester.