In order to prepare for the Ironman distances on the Ironman weekend at the beginning of April it is important to increase the distance of your long swims every few weeks. Friday swim sessions at Farnham Leisure Centre are geared towards long, steady front crawl swim sets with the Ironman and other long distance races in mind.
From May onwards open water wetsuit swimming is recommended in the build up to a summer Ironman. The Quays at Mytchett is the local venue for FTC and offers a safe environment for group training over a measured circuit.
In order to prepare for the Ironman distances on the Ironman weekend at the beginning of April it is important to increase the distance of your cycle rides every few weeks. The following is a suggested route for an 80km which you should achieve before mid February.
Route summary: Farnham –
Distance: 50 miles approx.
Ride time: 3 hours (16-
Start/Finish : Bus stop by Farnham Leisure Centre.
Go right to the A325 roundabout (Six Bells PH). Turn left onto the A287 at the traffic lights by the church towards Odiham. At the top of Beacon Hill at the roundabout turn right to Fleet on the B3013. Follow the road through Fleet to Hartley Witney. Turn Left onto A30 towards Basingstoke. On arrival in Basingstoke turn left onto the A339 to Alton past the Black Dam roundabout through Winslade and Herriard. On arrival in Alton follow the signs for the A31. When on the A31 follow the road back to Farnham.
These rides are for you to do in your own time at your own pace. You may find other club members are interested in joining you so do ask around at the various sessions and events.
Alternatively the Saturday morning group rides from Hart Leisure Centre may give you the opportunity to join a ride with other members who have similar current season Ironman targets. Some examples of these can be found here.
In order to prepare for the Ironman distances on the Ironman weekend at the beginning of April it is important to increase the distance of your long run every few weeks. Listed below are typically the sort distances you should be aiming for:
3rd Weekend of January
Run 24 km
2nd Weekend of February
Run 27 km
1st Weekend of March
Run 30 km
Note that in order to avoid injury or over training these runs should only increase to the suggested distances at the suggested times, especially if you have not run these distances before or not run for a long time. Try and keep to firm surfaces in order to keep the speed up.