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Anyone just starting out? (continuation of Newbies thread)

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02/07/2012 at 19:40

Home again, with a 13:32:19 finish time Ran a 4:50 mara off a wet and windy bike and after a nightmare of a swim, so pretty chuffed with the result. Race report after I've slept for a few days.

02/07/2012 at 20:34
Have a good snooze. (And well done!)
03/07/2012 at 16:23

Well done NV!!

Ended up doing a 5K last night- went round a loop in the other direction (ie uphill first!) and felt the was also chucking it down and quite slippy when I went off-road (past sheep and lambs..!), and also had to go up another hill I've only ever tackled going down. Didn't feel very quick, and it wasn't - just over 5K in 29 minutes, but I did enjoy it, and will do the route again...the 25 min 5K looks a bit of a way off at the moment, even though I did do it once- I have hit a bit of a plateau, I think

03/07/2012 at 16:34
MDL - Mixing up your regular routes can be good fun

Might try a four-miler tonight, which was my original intention on my previous run, when my phone GPSR stopped talking to the sky!
03/07/2012 at 21:21

Just did a 6.17 mile run in 57 mins. Felt fairly easy and took it steady with an average speed of 6.41 mi/h and average pace of 9.22 min/mil. Going to do another 6 miler on thursday with a 10 miler on Saturday.

04/07/2012 at 10:32

Hi All

Sorry I know im terrible at keeping up with the chat on here. Hope everyones running is going well. Just been and done a speed session on a track, got very heavy legs now! Especially after last nights fell race! ha ha first attempt at one and I loved it!! It was the 20 barriers one I mentioned a bit ago was just great. Anyway 5.6miles of fields, hills, woods, canals and cows hiding one of the gates I got round in 1hr 5 mins 58 which isnt half bad! Thankfully a club member ran round with me as I really think I would have got lost on my own. but I know what to look out for now.  Bet still get lost though.

NV - Oops sorry IroN.V  Congratulations!!!! Awesome time there!!! Bet your very happy. Hope you've had suitable celebrations  Oh I didn't realise you were a Pirate. Believe Outlaw was a sea of Yellow and Black.

04/07/2012 at 11:53

Claire, Outlaw was indeed a sea of yellow and black. I managed to drink half of a guinness straight after the race but it very nearly came staright back up again. I may have had a few glasses of bubbles at home yesteday with Mrs NV.

Oh, and it's still NV. I'll get rid of that when the buzz goes

04/07/2012 at 11:55

Finally, a race report

Organisation was outstanding and all the marshall and feedstation support was unbelievable. The Pirate feed on the bike was just such a massive boost that it seemes a bit like an unfair advantage.

The swim was a bit of a blur for me. I started at the back of pen 3 and still managed to get myself swum over twice. About half way down the outward leg, my goggles started to leak, so I adjusted them and they started to leak worse. In fact they filled up, and it didn't matter what I did with them after that they were constantly full of water. Fortunately with the lake being so narrow I could site on the vague outline of the bank so I did that. Every now and then I emptied them out, got a look forwards and carried on swimming. Finally came out of the water in 1:39 with my eyes stinging like crazy.

Sat in T1 listening to the commentator saying that there were people still in the water who weren't going to make the cut-off and decided I'd better get my finger out. Pulled on the bike gear and out to the racking area, pausing only to grab a handful of sun cream to slap over myself. Saw FB and Petal at the bike mount which was a nice lift.1 mile out on the bike I was still trying to decide if my eyes were ruined from the swim. Got myself settled then discovered that the blurred vision was being caused by a thick coat of sun cream all over the sunglasses. Pocketed the offending article and decided to continue. Key learning point for next time: if something ain't right, stop and fix it. By the time I reached T2 my eyeballs felt like someone had sandpapered them.

Really enjoyed the bike. I was passing people regularly, and hardly being passed. I kept giggling to myself and thinking "I'm actually doing an Ironman!" Pirate feed was brilliant, and special thanks to the lady pirate who scavenged me a couple of gels when the previous feed had run out and I was starting to worry a bit about the nutrition plan. Lots of wind, then some rain, then some hail then some more wind and finally back into T2 for a 6:40 bike split.

Another epic transition and onto the run. I was just passing the finish chute for the first time when Harry Wiltshire finished thus guaranteeing a cameo on the telly.Felt great till just about 16 miles when I just stopped running. I don't remember making a conscious decision to stop, it just happened. Mixed up run/walk for the remainder, chatted to lots of people on the walk bits. Finally into the last lap and down the chute, accelerating all the way up to warp factor 10 minute miling to go through the tape for a finish of 13:32.

Had a brilliant day, made better by the support. I felt like a pro athlete at times, even if I didn't perform like one. Mentally, 13:30 was my everything goes like a dream target and to be 2 minutes outside that with the wind on the bike course was really satisfying. Even better, I never had a moments' doubt that I would finish from the instant the gun went off. Must have got all the doubting out of the way during the week.

Pirates rock! Now all I need to do persuade the family that I need to do another one.

04/07/2012 at 17:25
Fantastic race report!! Sounds like an amazing day!!! Well Done I like the name change you deserve to relish the buzz it's a huge achievement.

Would like to think possibly maybe one day but the thought of the swim bit scares the s##t out of me lol
05/07/2012 at 22:04

One of those evenings when you go out wit the best intentions to run faster, or further or just better somehow..the weather is humid but dry and you are really up for it..then it all gets a bit hot and sweaty (which I hate!), and then there's The Hill. I did run all the way up it, and when I got to the top, the heavens opened and it rained sooo hard- fantastic! The last 3K was a virtual swim and the sheep were looking at me in complete bewilderment. The time wasn't great- 4.2K in 40 mins, but at leats I enjoyed it- not had that for about a week...back in the game??

Anyone else get drenched? NV- the race report is ace, and inspiring!!

06/07/2012 at 11:01

Hi all,

Claire, you don't know until you give it a try. 3 years ago I couldn't swim more than 25m in one go and didn't have a bike. You probably remember my first trip out on that lasted 3 miles and I came back knackered.

MDL, running in the rain is great isn't it?

Hi everyone, hoping to have a bit more time to spend on here now that Outlaw is over. Plannig an easy 30 minute trot tonight to see if everything still works. Might have a short swim tomorrow as well.

07/07/2012 at 08:29

LOL I only managed a 5 miles run today. My legs just didn't have anything in them. But I have totalled 17 miles this week which is my most miles in a week so far. Maybe I over did it a bit. I had a lucozade energy drink before I ran so not sure if that was a good idea or not.

Also one thing I have noticed is that every time I run, through out it I get a sick feeling about 3 times in stages. I have to take deep breathes then it goes away. Doesn't really affect my running but it is wierd. Anyone else experience this?

08/07/2012 at 19:25

My best time so far! 5K in 23:37, which is all very well, but on the flat, whereas my R4L has hills. Have done a little hill work (see previous), but am going to have to bite the bullet a bit more over the next 2 weeks...any advice as to what to do in the week running up to the big day? It's on the 22nd...

Still trying to fit a swim in, get off-road and start eating properly...

09/07/2012 at 10:28

HI All

Wow its quiet, thought I would have missed loads.

Well yesterday I did the British 10k in London, It was a fantastic run, unbelievably busy alot of walkers..... But saying that I got round in my usual training time run for a 10k 1hr 6mins so I am happy with that. The sights of London on the course were great plus it was fun running down the embankment with crowds to cheer you on!  even in the rain, (alot of them had left when I got there in the marathon tee hee)

Iro.NV hope your taking the training easier for a bit, and hope youve recovered well after Outlaw.

MDL - Advice for the week upto the event I would say take it easy dont push things as you dont want to injure yourself right before the day. You know you can run the 5k distance at a very fast pace so dont worry just keep the legs ticking over at a nice pace so you will be ready to go at race time.

Graham - Think everyone gets runs like that, I know I do, you set off then legs just feel like lead weights. But its good training and its all time on your feet.

09/07/2012 at 10:42

HI all,

Yep, recovered pretty well thanks Claire, although an 8 hour endurance lawn laying session on Saturday has left me with tight hamstrings  Sounds like great fun Walkers always increase the time and distance involved in a race, so you did well to equal your training 10k time.

MDL, Claire's spot on. You won't get any more training benefit 2 weeks out from the race. It's not long eenough for the adaptation to take place. You could do a couple of race pace sessions at the beginning of the week and swim or cycle or something up till the day before. Take the weight off your feet the day before then go and hammer your race

Graham, not sure aboutt he sickness thing. Might be something to do with the timing of your eating. Hungry or still full?

Back into it with a venegeance this week. A run interval sessions , 10 mile bike TT, a tempo run and a 90 minute brick plus an OW swim if I can fit it in somewhere.



Edited: 09/07/2012 at 10:44
09/07/2012 at 14:01

NV - 8hours lawn laying could that be a world record  not suprised youve got tight hamstrings after that. Cheers it was a little testing at times, but it was and is a fun run so I just decided to go with the flow and enjoy the sites and the crowds.

Hope the training goes well this week, Ive decided to have an easy week this week think Ive worn myself out of late so recharging the batteries with lighter training.

09/07/2012 at 14:40

Hi NV, yeah its really wierd, because off work I run when I get home from work which is about 7.30pm. The last time I eat on tuesday and thursday's run is around 1pm so nothing until I come back of the run. And on Saturday's I don't each until I get back from the run.

I always presumed it was best not to each before you go running. Mind on Saturday I had a lucozade sport drink an hour before I ran to try and give me a bit more energy.

Any advise would be great.

09/07/2012 at 20:53

Graham, it is hard to fit in work, kids, food and running...I really struggle with it, and tbh it's only once I've set off that I realise I've done it again...just shows how getting into a running routine can help other parts of life- I KNOW my biggest problem is not eating the right kind of food at the right time - my eldest son gave me a good talking to re the importance for a good breakfast (I know!!!)..

Claire, NV- thanks for the advice- much appreciated and I'll follow it- you've not been wrong yet! NV you really are made of iron!!

Day off, then a slower run decent food and lots of water!

09/07/2012 at 20:59

Yeah I am going to start eating a banana just before I run. Maybe even a small helping of pasta. I am wondering if going out on an empty stomach is not a good thing to do. I don't struggle with energy loss, just this sickness feeling. It only lasts for about 5 seconds and then its gone. I am going for a 10k run tomorrow so will see how I get on.

10/07/2012 at 08:20


missdianelouise wrote (see)

NV you really are made of iron!!

Only the bits that aren't made of curry and beer

Graham, you could try a smoothie or (my  favourite breakfast when I know I'm going to run soon after) some runny porridge. I find I need to avoid anything with fat in it as well.


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