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It's not the bible
on 4 August 2010
Having completed IMUK and IM France both in 12+ hours I really wanted to try and get a sub 12 hour time. I got this book for christmas and intended to start my training in the new year, 7 months before my next race. I agree with others who found it unfocused and wordy. When I first read it I should have had a pencil with me as I had to read it twice more as there was so much to take note of. By the time I'd figured it all out and constructed a training programme a month had passed. I found some of it difficult to work into the shifts I do at work, something that surely should be in a book entitled 'bible'. To be fair there is a lot of good stuff in there but I would have preferred a set plan in easy to follow stages. The author does state that he does not give set plans because each person is different. True but are we that different that a general plan couldn't be given to be tweaked by the individual. After constructing my plan I wasn't sure that I'd got it right. Another worry was the authors comments on missing training. He states that if you miss more than a few days then you might want to consider not doing the race. What! Who doesn't pick up the odd injury/cold/stomach bug etc in six months. Trying to stick as rigidly to my plan as recommended actually caused me to feel really low at one point as I had a calf injury for a month and later a cold for 10 days. He also mentions his website where he will be your personal coach. Of course this is very costly but why would you need to do this if you have 'The Bible'. All in all this book is worth a read and it will get you through an Ironman but I don't like it. There are lots of positive comments about this book so maybe it's just me. Because of this I would recommend trying to get hold of a second hand copy.
Oh, and my time for IMUK 2010 - 12hrs 55mins. Obviously the plan I produced from this book didn't work so I'll have to try again I suppose.