Paris Marathon 2012

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01/08/2012 at 14:11

TD - 6 weeks how time passes!! Loving the bike. I have never tried cleats so I have no idea what you are  all talking about??

Audrey - Sorry but at the moment there is no way I am going to be able to do Loch Ness My Back still gets really painful on the slightest incline and downhill is excruiatingly(sp??) painful. With it only being 8 weeks I can't see me being fit enough for it. Lots of other Orkney lasses going thou??

6 very slow miles for me this morning followed  by what seemed like endless stretches.

01/08/2012 at 14:33

Neil - I feel duly rebuked. Haven't gone to page 555 but the idea of running together sounds great. It seems I can run OK now but am a bit cautious about picking up the distances yet. I managed an hour and a half on my feet on soft ground 10 days ago so maybe we could build on that. In the background I have Berlin mara end of Sept so mileage will have to come soon. Am trying to get some extra leg muscles from the biking first! Have in-laws coming at the w/e so maybe not possible right away...

Hi Kaz. Cleats are a mechanical lock to attach your cycling shoes directly on to the pedals, so you can pull up (use hamstrings) as well as push down (using Quads). They are the more effective version of the old toe-clips or straps. But if you slow down and forget to unlock your foot, you just fall over. For more details, ask Eggy or Radar Sal....

DLR - Achilles tendon is the biggest in our body. It takes a lot of punishment. So when it is grumbling, best take heed. Maybe you need to retrench and review your current objectives. Take care buddy.

01/08/2012 at 16:04

DLR - the very best way to deal with that Achilles are eccentric heel raises - seem to work magic.

01/08/2012 at 16:11

Well done, Mr. W.

* Cheer up, DLR. And as well as watching the cycling, I see  that I have the same physique as a couple of ( male) boxers and some ( female) hockey players... *

01/08/2012 at 17:37
ATM - apparently I'm built like two swimmers and a (female) footballer. Individually, you understand, not in total.

You've got to love Mr W. Post race interview 'it's really special cycling though the streets of, er, wherever we are' .
01/08/2012 at 17:40
Bradley Wiggins!!

My hero.

(Apart from TD, of course!)
01/08/2012 at 17:43

All mink coat and no speedos...





I suspect my LSR should be more than 8 miles, 4 weeks before a Half.. I think I need the ' mass plan ' support leading up to a mass-participation mara'...

01/08/2012 at 17:49

I love Wiggo - I hope he never gets media trained because he's perfect just the way he is....

01/08/2012 at 20:41
yer_maj wrote (see)

Orbutt - you too will be impressive in week 7 

I was  All 9 Intervals within the Interval range.

However, I'm not sure if I cheated. Should I continue running between Intervals or is it ok to pause and gasp for breath?

01/08/2012 at 21:39

I always have to walk the first 100 metres of my recovery while I have a drink!

And Yay You!!!*



*I told you so

01/08/2012 at 22:03

Great day for team GB. Really enjoying the Olympics - just watched USA women beating China 3-0 at volleyball. Impressive stuff.

Bought myself some cycling shoes and clip-in pedal on Sunday to cheer myself after the bike rack 'incident'. And I haven't fallen off yet... Eggy, as the resident cycling guru, should I try and adjust the cleats in any way, or is better just to set them in a neutral position?

Back running tonight after an 11 day break. Yahoo.

01/08/2012 at 22:06

I meant pedals. It's a bit easier with 2.....

02/08/2012 at 07:27
Morning all. Well done on your intervals Orbutt. It's certainly an achievement. Don't let up now. Keep on with the training intensity and the speed will become easier, more natural. You have to love the kind of pain it produces because that's how you realise your ambitions.

Good luck with those cleats Simon. Running Rodent. I tried that BBC BMI which athlete are you like thing on their website. I am most like a rower or a tennis player. Unfortunately for me, they were both women.

Must train harder and grow some better sideburns!
02/08/2012 at 08:22

Simon - I'd leave the cleats neutral to start off with. Once you start to get a feel for them you can always adjust them.

Orbutt - Well done on the intervals. It sounds like the TD plan is working well for you and yer_maj.

Great performances by Wiggins and Froome yesterday. Really wish I'd booked time off work just to sit back and watch the Olympics.

Dark Vader    pirate
02/08/2012 at 08:59

To all you cyclists...I can't stress enough the importance of getting a proper bike fit.   This doesn't mean just getting a mate to look at the seat height etc...  there is a science behind it and a good bike fit will make a huge difference to your comfort and cycling abilities.

Retul is one of the market leaders, but there are probably others...  google it.

The fit will include looking at the position of the cleats etc...


02/08/2012 at 09:22

Morning all. Not a nice moherning here, really thick fog. So 15mile run abandoned in the interest of my safety!! Instead I did a  tempo run on the TM based  on HR not pace, hope this is ok. Anyway kept HR at between 80-85%(Is this high enough for tempo or should it have been 85%+??) for 50 mins with a 10 min wu and cd???  The heat inside made it bloody awful - I felt like I was running in a pool of my own sweat  ....... I really need to get a fan.

Day off today, then I  work 6am-1pm tomorrow then Holidays!!!!!

02/08/2012 at 12:25

Hey Kaz, so sorry I won't see you in Inverness - I was fair looking forward to a catch up.  I don't feel so confident just now as instead of running 5 times a week I split my time between my bike and running - so only run 3 times a week, but am on the bike the other 3, so we will see how I go.  Def see you next year though 

02/08/2012 at 13:14

Message not lost DV. I want to find out a little bit what hurts or gets uncomfortable after long/ hard rides, so that when I do a bike fit session, I have a bit of useful feedback to give them. I think all the science should be enhanced with what my nerve endings are telling me too.

Kaz - I would put a tempo run in the 90-91% HR area. For it to really count, it is the sort of pace that you can't run much beyond 40minutes at the same speed. When running on a treadmill, I can't bear it unless there is a fan pointing at me. I normally bring one from home but maybe that isn't so easy to do in a public gym (I use a work one so it is a little less rigid). Plus the UK is just insane when it comes to the application of "Health & Safety" dictates - no wires across the floor etc.

02/08/2012 at 14:06

Audrey- Sorry about that, I was really looking forward to the catch up too.I am sure you are doing fine and the Bike will be helping you lads more than you realise!!I aren't running as much either, every other day, but i am cycling or X training on the other days plus loads o brisk walks with my dog(about 8 miles a day) and yoga, so i'll see how things progress I have spent too much time recovery from injuries this year so thought I'd cut back a bit?!?!?

TD - Thanks. I did think I wasn't pushing hard enough as it was more the heat I was struggling with than breathing!! Next time I will push harder!!

Fog is clearing and its whats the chances of it being nice weather for my hols?!

02/08/2012 at 14:50

Audrey, are you aiming for a Tri? I see there's a Try-a-Tri over your way in October ( 400 m+10k+5k) that sounds fun.

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