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  1. Katie
    January 21, 2013

    Way to go! This sounds like a great low stress plan before you really get into training!
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  2. TorontoRunner
    January 21, 2013

    I think it is absolutely amaaazing you’re doing an Ironman. I’ve never followed a blog through the training of it – very excited for you!
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  3. pen
    January 21, 2013

    Why buy a new bike if you hate cycling so much? You can easily do an ironman on a road bike…in fact, some of the courses beg to be raced on a road bike (though, I will concede IMFL is not one of those). If this is going to be a one time thing and you hate cycling and bikes, it seems like a waste of money.

    • Meghann
      January 21, 2013

      I don’t hate cycling, it’s just not my passion of the three sports. I’m also afraid my bike won’t last all 112 miles or through training.

      • karen
        February 7, 2013

        Good on you, the journey to Ironman is a huge but wonderful challenge. I do Ironman NZ in 3 weeks, my second go as last year it was downgraded to a 70.3 because of weather. While I’m a back of the packer and dont expect to go fast my old Scott roadbike is one of the older ones in the field, and looks it, which is a bit of a source of pride when I line up against all of those incredibly expensive flash new bikes. I only just got tri-bars fitted after arguing against it for years, I admit I should have done that earlier. An older bike, some maintenance, extra bits like tri-bars (and I LOVE the new water bottles which attach to them), good tyres etc can definitely get you through Ironman. Go the older bike! http://ironmanourway.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/karen-writes-bike-hospital.html

  4. meghan
    January 21, 2013

    I love all of these plans and building your base! My 5k and 10k PRs are a bit outdated, so I’m thinking about making that a side goal during the spring and trying for a half PR. I can’t wait to follow your Ironman training!

  5. Steph
    January 21, 2013

    Not sure if you have a bike place in mind, but I LOVE Just Ride in Riverview. It’s a smaller bike shop, but they have SO much, the owners have been around there forever, and they’re unbelievably knowledgeable. They take trade ins, and have payment plans. They’ll even rent you a bike for a week to test out, then use the money spent towards the balance if you decide to purchase it. (It’s like $100 a week if I remember). Here’s the link. Give them a shot! I bought my Trek there a few years ago and have been super satisfied. They’ll even give you free tuneups if you buy from them! http://www.justridebicycles.com/
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  6. Sarah
    January 21, 2013

    So exciting that you are starting your Ironman training. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  7. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    January 21, 2013

    For your bike shopping, go out NOW to shops – the 2012 tri bikes are probably still out and available at a deep discount. Go find what they have in your size and test ride them. Felt makes some good entry level tri bikes. Cervelo is popular, but I found their lower-end models to be clunky.

    But really, don’t wait. Go today or tomorrow. The 2012 closeouts are too good of a deal.
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    • Meghann
      January 21, 2013

      Thanks for the tip!

    • Rae
      January 23, 2013

      They usually last through about February, when the new bikes are in full force. Quintana Roos are good too for an entry bike-I love my Chiquilo and have done 2 ironmans on it. It all comes down to comfort, doesnt have to break the bank. Ive seen lots of people do IMs on entry or even road bikes.
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  8. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    January 21, 2013

    I am SO EXCITED to follow your training for the ironman! I know it sounds corny, but you are serious inspirational. I’m also hoping to PR in some shorter races this year, after being out with an injury for nearly 3 months now I’m going to focus on shorter distances and maybe a couple halves. And it might be hard to put down some serious cash on a bike, but it’s a huge investment in yourself and your goals, completely worth it.
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  9. Laura
    January 21, 2013

    3 days of running, 2 days of biking, & 2 days of swimming… Why no rest days?

    • Meghann
      January 21, 2013

      Trust me, there will be rest days! I’ll be doing two-a-days, so I’ll be running in the morning and swimming in the evening. Or running in the morning and riding at night, etc.

  10. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    January 21, 2013

    Let the Ironman training begin! Like other readers said, tri bike are on sale now, so grab one before they’re gone. 😉 I love my Trek road bike (recently had aerobars installed so I can wait another year before buying a TT), and I’ve heard good things about Cervelo and Felt as well. You’ll have to let us know how the bike-buying process goes!
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  11. Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles
    January 21, 2013

    Good luck with the training! Sounds like you have a good plan and support system.

    The Kidless Kronicles
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  12. Jean
    January 21, 2013

    Is a trainer not the same thing as a stationary bike (I am such a biking amateur)? Or did you fall off a stationary bike? Sorry, not meaning to be rude, just slightly confused! Although come to think of it, I can definitely see myself falling off a stationary bike…

  13. Laura
    January 21, 2013

    I would suggest buying a bike this month/next month if you can. Bikes are like cars and the shops need to move last years models to make room for this years models. I scored a great deal on a bike that way-I got a $1100 bike for around $800.

  14. sarah
    January 21, 2013

    what about strength / lifting? you’ll need it to keep strong for all that cardio! and no, running and cycling doesn’t count as strength, even if it feels like it!

    • Meghann
      January 21, 2013

      I plan to keep up with strength training. Did you miss the last section on CrossFit? My plan is to keep up with CrossFit as long as I can while training for the Ironman.

  15. Samantha Angela
    January 21, 2013

    I admire your guts for doing this Ironman. I would be nervous as heck just to register for one!
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  16. Socal Rachel
    January 21, 2013

    Cycling is my passion of the 3 although I have yet to do a tri. I don’t know if you are looking to get a road bike or tri bike. I have a tri friend and she actually hates her tri bike. They are really only good for going straight, not climbing hills. So that is a vote for road bike. I just purchased my 2nd road bike. I’d recommend a full carbon bike. My first was aluminium and you CAN tell the difference. Also the minimum components (shifters, derailleurs, etc) you want are Shimano 105’s. Shimano Ultegra is a step above that. I can’t comment on Sram components. But either way make sure they aren’t the entry level components no matter what you get. This is going to set you back about $2000, but it is a good bike! Cannondale supersix would fit that bill http://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes/road/elite-road/supersix/super-six-sm-5-105-double-crankset

    When I purchased my bike I pretty much knew what I wanted, I had test ridden my friends bike for the day. I searched on Craig’s list and found the exact bike lightly ridden and a few years old. I saved lots of money this way. You could even test ride at the shop first and see if you luck out on Craig’s list. I even had a cycling friend go with me to check it out too.

    Hope this helps!
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    • Victoria (District Chocoholic)
      January 21, 2013

      (there are, like, no hills on the IMFL course. definitely made for a TT bike and a road bike would be no good.)
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  17. Annette @FitnessPerks
    January 21, 2013

    Having a nice base is a very important thing for sure! As is trying the stick with weight training–it makes you a faster & stronger racer. I am excited for you!
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  18. Christina
    January 22, 2013

    Im thinking of doing my first triathlon (Olympic or Sprint) this year after I finish my goal of running 3-4 half marathons this year. Its my goal to run at least 3 this year! What type of training do you recommend in terms of swimming? Are you part of a masters swim club? Good luck with your base!

  19. Emily N
    January 22, 2013

    I think its a great plan for building a base until you really start to ramp things up in the summer. but don’t forget to continue SOME strength training even after you leave crossfit to focus on IM!
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    • Meghann
      January 22, 2013

      I won’t! I plan to continue to incorporate some form of strength training into my routine. Strength training has always been something I’ve struggled with, but it’s not something I’m ready to give up completely on. 🙂

  20. Anna
    January 22, 2013

    Wow, I wish you best of luck with your training, remember to take it “easy”, don`t be too hard on yourself and most of all stay healthy and injury free and try to enjoy every step of it. Personally, I`m looking forward to following your training! It will be a long way to go but I`m sure it will be so worth it! Do you have many races planned for the time between now and the Ironman? A 70.3 perhaps?
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    • Meghann
      January 22, 2013

      Due to a limited budget, my race season will be relatively limited this year (new bike + full Ironman registration = there goes my budget), but I do have a few triathlons I’m looking at. I’m still debating on a 70.3, if I do one in the fall it will be a local one.

  21. Laura
    January 22, 2013

    My bike buying advice would be to visit several different stores, find a knowledgeable salesperson, bring a friend who knows something about bikes and try LOTS of different kinds (w0men’s specific, carbon, road/TRI, etc). The store should let you ride them for at least 20 minutes (up and down hills, around town), otherwise you won’t know what is comfortable. Once I picked out my specialized, I went back to the store for another 30 minute ride to make sure that was the one I wanted. You can also find what you want in the store, and then look on craigslist for a bargain. My husband found a giant road bike, all carbon, nice components from a few years ago for $800. Good luck!

  22. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    January 22, 2013

    Love your plan for training, fascinating to read about. Bikes are super expensive, but if it’s a sport you’re dedicated to and that makes you really happy, it might be worth the money to get one you really want. Justify it by spending less in other areas for a few months. Just an idea!
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  23. Steph @321delish
    January 22, 2013

    YAY IMFL Training! Sorry I didn’t make it to practice tonight! Did you sign up for the HITS Ocala tri? Race is on March 24th. Race weekend for Meghann!!
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    • Meghann
      January 22, 2013

      I did not sign up for it. Wasn’t sure I would be ready for it yet. 🙂

  24. Bradley
    January 23, 2013

    I like that runner’s world training plan… is that one of the one’s that they sell to runner’s on their website? if you can contact me about it I would very much appreciate it as I have been looking for some training plans for myself.

  25. Allison
    January 24, 2013

    For bike questions, go to Carrollwood Bike Emporium…they’re really helpful and have a ton of bikes/bike gear for sale!

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