Originally Posted by Derek Simonds
Good point Josh. I have been mucking around with tri's since 2002. 2004 was my most focused year.
Paul my distance is Olympic. At some point in my life I am going to do an Ironman. I am not ready to commit to the time required for the longer distances.
Definately look at Dave Scott's book then. Dont be put off by its age, his training advice is so good... either he is very smart, learned the hard way, or just got lucky with his design!
As for reverse periodisation - its not really relavant to the short stuff IMHO.
I did my first IM at age 20... it was only my 3rd triathlon, and my first open water swim... what a rush! I loved it. That was 18 years ago now. I have done others since and thoroughly recommend it, although be ready to give at least 8 months of your life to it entirely if you want to do it right. Having said that, if you just want to finish one, you could do it without too much sacrifice... just needs a strong mind and a little training!