ASICS Super Six: Matthew (Sub-5:00)

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23/04/2011 at 13:17
And he is back!

Lovely week spent down in tenby camping and had awesome weather so we are all brown and it is not just dirt for a change lol

I went for a swim in the sea with my new wetsuit and it was so much fun. I went out probably about 150 metres and the wetsuit kept my body warm and made me float so much that the swimming was pretty easy. This is going to sound daft but the sea was soooo salty and I started to feel a bit sick after drinking a bit by mistake. Chuffing freezing on the hands and head too as trying to do front crawl for lore than 10 strokes was hard as brain would feel like it was freezing. I went for a cycle on the ironman route (as tenby has ironman for 1st time this year) and went up the steep hill on the route and it was ok. I was just surprised I was not knackered afterwards. Hence viks post above- I am really thinking of doing ironman Wales in 2012. This would be 16 months to prepare for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle followed by a little marathon! Ive got the London Olympic tri coming up so I think I will see how that goes first but why not?! Whose with me?
Come on vik ill supply the vomit bags for the journey along the way lol
26/04/2011 at 08:04
I have applied in to the ballot for London this morning don't forget I'd your crazy enough to want to do it again
26/04/2011 at 08:45
Well done MKT.  finalised my place for Brighton 2012 yesterday.
26/04/2011 at 08:54

Hi all,

Sorry for not submitting the report of my London race, thing have been crazy and with the internet down at home, and I had my university assignments to do with I left them til after London - not a wise move to do 3 whole modules of learning and assignment in 2 weeks.

Overall I am please with my London run, despite the start, started well with the pace for the first few miles, until mile 9 I started to feel a bit ill, so stopped and sat down for 4 minutes before continuing.  But the next couple of miles was a battle with my mind, until I saw my family (My father flew over from France especailly to see me running) at mile 14.

The wise man told me to forget about the time and enjoy it, so felt better and more confident and continued with the quest, trodding along taking in the atmosphere and views, which was a blur to me two years ago and the first 14 miles.  (Perhaps the view was a bit offputting in some places with people puking!)

And I crossed the line in......5h 52m so a PB here, and finished with a smile.  Although I wanted a sub 5, I realsed with a marathon, small things even stopping for 4 minutes can dramatically reduces your target, so perhaps I was bit a bit optimistic expecially with the weather over long distance.  So me next goal is to train for a 4:30 marathon, and that way I can get a sub 5 after a few setbacks!

So my name has been entered in the ballot.............(and my wife, as she was thinking about it after seeing the experiance watching the runners, but was crossed with me after I put her now down!)

However the most important thing about this year was meeting people on this forum and making running more enjoyable, in which is how you get through the distance.  To be honest when I crossed the line, I still felt fresh I could go on for more miles (Hey - who said Ultra!!)

Hope to see you in future races and hopefully around on the forums.

26/04/2011 at 08:56

p.s. Matt - I was looking at my 5K section times with yours and we crossed each other several times(!)

26/04/2011 at 09:29
Nice one Silburbas- yeah it was spooky with our splits for most of the way through but then you kicked in the turbo charger for the last bit I feel the same as you about going faster and am aiming for a 2 hr 1/2 marathon for cardiff in October

There's a 50 mile ultra brecon to cardiff in a few weeks ....
27/04/2011 at 19:25
16 mile cycle for me today in the sunshine

Yet to get running again and a bit anxious about it for some reason. Anyone else feel the same. Guess the only way to overcome is to get the trainers on and head on out.
28/04/2011 at 07:52

Know exactly what you mean MKT.  Did local parkrun on Saturday and Sweatshop run last night - weird running for such short distances!  Will have to start upping mileage soon for BUPA 10K at the end of the month.

Back to work with a bang on Tuesday - still only today to go!

29/04/2011 at 07:44
I agree with you trig weird but great to run and I mean run for a change instead of jog and walk. Did 2 miles last night running and getting properly knackered from and then done 5 mile cycle this morning which means I am 7 miles off from 100 miles cycle for the month of April. Tour de France next lol

Enjoy the royal wedding!
29/04/2011 at 09:20

Well done MKT.  Wish I could ride a bike but my quads just don't work!  Never had a bike until about 5 years ago and I think I was just a bit too old in the tooth (or legs!) to adapt.

My new Forerunner 210 arrived yesterday so am going to be playing with the pacer on it tomorrow at parkrun - see how that goes!

16/05/2011 at 18:24

Read your thread pre Paris, very inspiring for me as a bigger boned runner.
Are you still training?

16/05/2011 at 18:45
Thanks jelly belly and live the name! Yep for back in to it and did a 2500metre swim a few weeks ago! Still training for London Olympic tri but hit a bout of illness- what events you training for?
16/05/2011 at 20:02

I'm taking part in GNR in Sept this year, done a half in March 2010 but wasn't up to mileage in terms of training.

i want to beat last years time of 2:22, would be happy with anything around 2:10 but need to get some solid miles in between now and then. Did a 5 mile race a week ago in 51 mins, but ran 5 miles on my own with Garmin this weekend and managed 49:50. Will need to run 10 minutes miles to get 2hr 10mins but think I can do it if I get the miles under my belt through the summer.

I fancy a Tri one day, do they do such things as adult swimming lessons? I can swim but my technique is poor and I am puffed after a couple of lengths. any tips?

02/06/2011 at 20:34
Just to take it slow and steady jelly baby I've had to defer London tri place till nest year as just spent past two weeks in hosp and my consultant threatened to drop me as a patient if I went against her advice booooooo.
I watched some video on you tube about front crawl technique and then its just a matter of building up the lengths.
1gping to take up squash again as I need that social and thinking element that you doont necessarily get from swimming and running
13/07/2011 at 09:39
Ok back up and running again now after hospital session and going to get training for the cardiff half marathon that I am doing with my brother in October.

Swimming this morning- 16 lengths 25 metre pool in 11min 26 secs

Running- 291 metres in 2 min 20 secs 12'55 avg pace
- 405 metres in 2 min 56 secs 11'41 avg pace

15/07/2011 at 17:00
Done some more longer running

Thursday 2 miles 34 mins
Friday 2 miles 29 mins dropped dog off and extra mile 15 mins so 3 miles total in 44 mins. Long way from where I was but enjoyed it lovely being out in the sunshine
15/07/2011 at 17:03

Hiya nice to see you back and in training again. What date  is your half?

I am just starting to train for the Amsterdam Half myself it's also  in October.

15/07/2011 at 17:33
Hi flo po my former guardian angel going for cardiff half in October. Amsterdam sounds awesome just stay away from the coffee shops beforehand
15/07/2011 at 20:09
hey ho! welcome back Matt! A new fresh start to another challenge - all the best - the main thing is enjoying it.

I been yo-yo-ing with the running (and dieting!) - couple weeks on and a couple off, due to work, uni (passed my FdSc with Distinction), and family - as my wife been hogging the club running nights as she is starting running so we got to share the kids!

I have booked in Chippenham half in September - aiming for 2:15. so good luck everyone on another adventure.......keep us posted.
15/07/2011 at 21:41
Hi Silburbas many congrats on the distinction! Must have been hard juggling work, family and the qualification. Good luck for chippenham & let us know how the training and race goes. I am doing the cardiff half with my brother who has got in to running after seeing the Paris marathon and joining me for the last 6 miles. This is helping me greatly with motivation and funwise

What do ya reckon Silburbas shall we make another date for the sites and smells of merthyr 20 miler in 2012? Did you put your name in the hat for London again?
I must have gone bonkers as I have been searching eBay for a treadmill for winter training!
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