For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
SJH - Without a doubt, after the bike itself and cycling shoes, tribars are the best improvement you can make to your bike for: 1. Speed (aerodynamics) 2. Comfort (your back is supported through your elbows rather than all the weight being held up through your lower arms and hands). I would put them above light weight / aero wheels as a time improver. They are also happly the cheapest improver you can buy. Alloy ones weigh about as much as carbon ones (500g) and can be bought for £30 approx 2nd hand on fleabay.
All right, I'm a big lad, but I once wore NB834s (remember them? Why did NB have to f**k about with and ruin something that was obviously so popular and worked so well?) at the Madrid Marathon in 2005 and at the end I wept with the agony my knees were in. It felt like someone had doused them in petrol and set fire to them.
Yeah, fancy eating all those potatoes, Scooby - no wonder you felt a bit Damien today. Erm, fourteen? Really?
I didn't feel too bad this morning, having fallen asleep for nearly two hours in front of the telly after lunch. I shouldn't really have necked that bottle of cava mid-morning, but the lunch came off very well, notwithstanding.
So, a brisk 4-miler early as a beautiful sunny day was dawning (6:58mm), and then 9 miles tonight round the city, with lots of people on the streets, most of them smoking and/or on their mobiles/texting.
Stomach getting bigger, but definitely feeling fitter. Turkey sandwiches and beer now
Forgot to say - Keir, I was once ill over Christmas and God knows it was miserable for all concerned, so I hope you're feeling better soon.
I wore asics DS racers for VLM last year no problem. On the lookout for a new pair of lightweight now for VLM 13, but I need a bargain.
I had appendicites over Christmas a few years ago aged 45- stands out as one of the most miserable I can remember.
I have a new pair of Asics DS trainers to try which are a bit lighter than my normal shoes. Unfortunately there is little going on running wise for me - continual battle with a recurring injury and other niggles.
Non alcohol induced sickness for me today following a rather intense VO2 session on the rower. Thinking back, I did have potatoes earlier in the day, so maybe it wasn't because I gave my all to the session.
Enjoyed the MT interview poacher, and currently catching up on Keirs' sub 2:50 thread - lots of good discussion and debate
RFJ - really tragic news; so sorry.PMJ - sounds like you're rightly proud of your daughter.Keir - only just spotted the forum six thingy. Congrats and look forward to reading all about your sub 2:50 campaign in all its gory detail.Martin - good to hear from you; hope you're having a good Christmas.Lorenzo - talented young lad you have there!Speedy - congrats on the parkrun PB - enjoy those jelly babies!RJ - fat? Don't believe it!Well done to all those who managed to get out running over the last couple of days. Sounds like people have had some nice presents. I got a pair of new leggings (only hi-viz stripes, I'm afraid) and a compression base-layer. First run since Christmas Eve for me this morning - 8 miles @ 8:35 m/m. Go easy with those turkey sandwiches and mince pies now!
8 miles yesterday and had the same experience as scooby. Everything was off and it was miserable. If thats what running felt like everytime I wouldnt do it ever again, and to think I turned down all that nice champers, wine and port the day before so i could fit it in. Going to risk a lazy five in a bit.
Keep up with the 'shoe porn' please, I need to buy a pair and dont have a clue where to begin.
Hope you are feeling better Keir
5 miles today. Felt a lot better than yesterday. Only six cans last night. I ran it a bit too quickly today (8:27mm) whilst my HR was nice and low 71% I am trying to keep the recovery runs in the 60s percentage wise.
I am going to get another pair of shoes as well. More because the weather is so bad I need at least three days to dry out my current pair. I ran my mara PB on a pair of normal trainers that had 647 miles on them at the end of the marathon. I threw them away the day after, it was quite emotional.
Thanks for well wishes. Better today. 12m along the seafront at a comfortable 8m/m with 1.5m @ 5.55m/m thrown it to liven things up. Very nice watching the sun rise over the channel, but even better that within 3mins of getting into my car to drive home the heavens opened - 40mpw on the motorway and wipers on full speed.
No need for that Scooby. Where's your sense of loyalty?
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I'm fat and unfit but starting to do a bit.
Just so we can judge how true this comment is, could you post a picture of now compared to one of, say, 5 years ago RJ?
SJ - I'm guessing you have a road bike ? clip-ons aeros are still a good thing, it wont be as aero as a TT bike but the position will enable you to save a few HR beats as you dont use your core as much when you rest on the clip ons, you will also go a bit quicker. Get them on ASAP and get used to them on the Turbo. I simply have some cheapo century ZBs, but they do the job. 1mph faster over 100M is ~20mins saved.
I'm looking to buy a bike...an exercise bike. But should I go for what they call a spinning bike or a normal one? Mrs. Ant has asked for one for The Three Kings (6th Jan, when presents are given over here). I've seen a traditional one in a shop for 230€ and was nearly set on it, but now I've had my head turned by a couple of models (remember, we're still talking about bikes here) for just under 200€ on the internet, and these are spinning jobs. What should I do?
Nice miles being put in, esp. by Moof and Keir. I'm off to do 7-8 later.
Can't help on any of the bike questions; I'm absolutely clueless!
Glad to hear you're feeling better, Keir: that's a tasty marathon target you're chasing down.
I did VLM 2011 (I think) in adizero tempos. I quite like them although for some reason haven't got on so well with the newer model, but I'll give them a go at the next Prom Run and see how the legs fare.
Just 5M easy for me today after double-digit days back-to-back. Club Xmas session tomorrow (3 or 4 x 1M followed by mulled wine and soup!).
Ant - in my (not very scientific) opinion a spin bike is better. You go to a gym don't you? Have a go on both, the spinner is much closer to 'real' cycling, but without the whole falling off issue.
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