Minni v Dubai Dave
Ant - I had no idea what i was letting myself in for in my first mara (VLM 2010), and did not put anything on my feet, hence the massive blood blister. Also i have circus freak toes, as the 2nd and 3rd are both longer than my big toe!
Now i smear (almost) everything in BodyGlide, wear shoes that are 1.5 sizes too big and also use ToeToe socks after being recommended them by a MdS veteran, and now i very rarely get blisters.
Weeble - Happy birthday for yesterday.
Minni/Oompa/Red - Good news on the injuries, I also have freak toes, any toenails that come off are from the 2nd/3rd.
Sorry for the belated b'days to Chick and Weeble.
Just a quick stats update from yesterdays bike ride. 133m in 9:46hrs and about 11hrs in total, got home at 10pm. Very, very windy day, with some rain and hailstones. Indepth report later, new bike 'the dogs'
Shit Simon, how do you sit on a saddle for nearly 10 hours!!! Brilliant, well done. Is this the Carlos Fandango, dripping with carbon num num ness, and weighs less than a Budgie's pecker bike from your bike shop?
SS-Liverpool is my team and their visit to your team on Sunday went very wellThink I will go back on the anti inflams.
Oomp-thanks for the positive vibe on bursitis. Glad the knee is mending
Simon-awesome as ever ,especially as it was bldy windy yesterday hence me spinning instead. New wheels sound good
Ant-Im with you about blisters-the only time Ive ever had them is when I wet my feet pouring water over my head during a very hot race. O4S and blisters are another matter...
Another swim done.Glad Im not in the pool again for a couple of days
2old - do you ever do any work??!!!
simon: amazing! How saddle sore are you now??
That's a long time on the bike Simon....
So took the new carbonfibre lean/mean/fighting machine down to the bike shop that had lent it to me yesterday morning for a free bike fitting session (another blag). My bum is always sore on these long rides, so I've been lifting the nose of my saddle up, thinking I'd be using more of the wide part of the saddle at the back were the padding is. Mistake nbr 1. Apparently you need it dead level, or slightly nose down. Next was saddle height, which should give you a bend of your knee of 30% + or - 5%, slightly higer for endurance, lower for sprinting, he set mine at 32%. Mistake nbr 2, I had mine too low.
The lightness of the bike became clear when excelerating, but was most notceable on the climbs, when it allowed you to ride in a higher gear than normal, so you always seemed to have an extra gear to drop into. Carbonfibre is well known for it's vibration dampening properties, and this Specialized bike has these extra polymer inserts in the forks and seat stays, which made the ride a lot smoother. You could ride over road imperfections without having to lift your bum off the saddle, and without it jarring your spine. Normally after a long ride, my bum, lower back, neck/shoulders feel like they've taken a beating, but yesterday everything felt ok. Yes my bum was still a bit sore, but nothing like normal.
The problem is now how to keep hold of it after the event. Or how to justify buying another new bike.
The ride was basically 3 loops. 1 north thru Trough of Bowland about 80m. 2nd east to Rivington Pike about 35m. 3rd south to Formby about 20m. This way if I get soaked, like the other week, I can head home and change, then go back out again.
Chick - Good padded shorts, and liberal amounts of chamois cream ( a bit like E45 cream)
Nice work simon - I'm going to predict that you buy that bike...
Brisk 6 for me today, was going to be 12, but CBA fairy intervened. Core time while illegally streaming giro d'italia this afternoon, and eurovision tonight!
Wow Simon that is mega. The bike sounds top notch.
Only two days till I run again. I'm pretty sure the calf if 100% now but I've started with a cold and I could do with an early night be I have a party to go to. Ate a whole packet of pink panther wafer biscuits today.
The sooner I'm back to running the better.
Simon that is so impressive, sounds like the lighter bike really helped you stay comfortable. But you still must have quads of steel.
Good luck trying to fit all that in Spoons, how far have you planned for the MLR? If you're doing less than 13 that should be OK to include some tempo miles, a bit like those horrible P&D runs where you do 12 with 7 @ HMP.
Sounds like a good rest day SS!
Oompa I think a grape sized blood blister wins before the contest has even started! I'm actually a bit proud to say I currently have TEN toenails intact. One is multi-coloured, but it's still hanging on It's never been the same since it fell off once, I think once they start going black they're just always going to be weak.
Minni it's like counting down to Christmas, two more sleeps! Hope your patience pays off.
I've not had a blood blister for ages, I feel a bit left out
3 x 2000m done tonight at the track, lungs are still burning a bit!
Carrot: big rejoicing in the Northern Veggie house I trust now the Black Cats have been saved in the nick of time!
Hi all just popped in to share this link you may find it interesting you may not
I love watching all things like this and I found it quite good. .... Hmmmm 10.45 - to late to go for a run .... I guess so ah well always tomorrow !!
Keep on Keeping on
Atrocious conditions at tonight's track mile. But pretty pleased with 5:43 (by my watch). Not a PB but only 6 seconds off it so I'll take that.
And even better the gunners tonked Wigan
Ant - congrats on your pb.
Spoons - hope move us going well.
Carrot - you're safe!! Thought of you last night. Happy days! Oh yeah and 3x2000
minni - not long.
Simon - chamois cream. Heard Of it. I need it! So impressed with your cycling.
2old - the 56 miles is part if the half ironman.
24 miles on the bike yesterday and those cleats got the better of me. I fell off! Body got more stiff as day went on
3:30 - thanks for that link. definitely makes you want to go out and do it.
Ant - I can't imagine how it must feel running a mike so quick. Have you got more planned?
O4S - when you see Pam next week ask her about her 10k pb that followed a skinful of vodka from the free bar on the hotel! It's the way we do it in the North!
Final day of rest!
AA: according to the ladies in the USA men need 'butt cream' [alias chamois cream] while ladies need 'bag balm' [alias I have no idea]. Apparently different areas are affected . Am fortunate enough not to to suffer from saddle soreness thanks to a miraculous saddle and a lot of natural padding Don't despair - you are not a real cyclist until you have fallen off with cleats, preferably in a very public and embarrassing spot [e.g. traffic lights in the middle of the rush hour!]
AA - not a PB unfortunately
Minni - I have some more track stuff planned, and would like to do another mile later in the summer - so I'm hoping I can track one down. Next track test is on Monday and it is the 3000m. I'll be aiming for around 11 mins or so. Never done a 3000 before and they just sound brutal!
Simon - I was going to ask - this 30 degree angle you were going on about - where exactly - knee? hip? at the top of the stroke or the bottom?
Nice speedy mile, Ant! Can't quite contemplate running a mile beginning with a 5 ...Tried some 10k pace this morning - managed only 3 x 3 mins, then gave up. It felt bloody hard and legs don't seem to have any strength or speed in them. No idea how to hold on to this over 10k Simon: that bike sounds ace. I reckon it costs probably more than my car
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