Sub 3h15

For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world

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14/07/2013 at 23:01

Well done all, seems to be a tough day at the office. You're time sounds good to me Frazerelli, and well done Jools on a great placing, even if the time was off. 

14/07/2013 at 23:10

Moof - the results are already up on the website: 

Well done on the pace - no way I could have kept up with you at that speed, especially as I needed to stuff my face with flapjacks, jaffa cakes and a gel at every feed station. I found from 60-80 miles the most difficult but once I'd got past the 100 mile mark I almost got a second wind as the end was in sight. As you say, there were plenty of people struggling towards the end.

Thanks for letting me share your birthday with you! 

Keir - well done on the victory. Two thread winners in one weekend ain't bad.

15/07/2013 at 07:34

Start of the Coastal run (last years race)

15/07/2013 at 09:45

Keir and Jools, excellent running and victories. Well done to all who raced yesterday, it was unpleasently warm when watching the Lytham runners racing. Hope your trip back was uneventful Frazer, was nice too meet up and chat with you post race - That was a good result in those conditions.

Lots of cycling talk on here and well done to Moof and Lorenzo on their ride- its something I maywell have to get into shortly.

15/07/2013 at 10:22

Frazer - Well done on that 1:24 - hot and windy is a horrible combo. A bit gutted I couldn't make it and meet you and Mennania.

Great stuff Jools and Keir, and nice in-the-saddle action from Moof and Lorenzo.

Good miles from Gul, too.

I did 19 miles running down the Lancashire/Merseyside coast, through forests and across dunes. 2 hours 30 mins means improved time on feet for me.

15/07/2013 at 12:47

Good luck on Wednesday Speedy and I hope the foot behaves.

that sounds like a lovely event Minni and OO

Jools! Congratulations on the win!

Frazer, how did the HM play out? Did you drop off the pace at the end or did you never get on target?

Lorenzo and Moof (happy birthday!) nice biking chaps. I'm itching to get out there myself now....

Epic mileage Keir and that's an impressive podium tally. Don't overdo it though!

I managed a couple of swims over the weekend the first of which was very gentle and the second was a short but hard effort having been inspired to athletic greatness after watching Mr Foome. Lovely 6mile run in the sun yesterday too. Apart from a bit of tightness in the hammies, I felt very smooth and easy Another gentle week planned before stepping it up again.

15/07/2013 at 12:57

I'm toying with doing this in September next year - needs to be raced in pairs. Anyone fancy it?

video of the event here (although the commentary is in Swedish)

15/07/2013 at 13:03

Minni / OO - well done - it wasn't a good weekend for racing!
Jools - congrats on a great result. Hope the runner who collapsed is OK.
Frazer - very respectable time considering the conditions. I have no doubt you will get that sub 80 one day very soon.
Lorenzo - great bike ride - strange choice of name for the event though!
Keir - joint first in a marathon at the end of a 90+ mile week is some going! Looking very good.
Moof - belated birthday wishes - epic bike ride.
TR - good running.
Ant - sounds like a great place to run.
SJ - good luck with the recovery. And finding a partner - I can't swim to save my life (well not for too long anyway).
6 miles plus some hill sprints to start the week for me, followed by walking the dog.

15/07/2013 at 16:11

Belated birthday wishes to Moof

15/07/2013 at 17:42

Indeed moof and don't be depressed by your youthful age

15/07/2013 at 21:55
SlokeyJoe wrote (see)

I'm toying with doing this in September next year - needs to be raced in pairs. Anyone fancy it?

video of the event here (although the commentary is in Swedish)

SJ - I'll have to pass I'm afraid. I think I'm doing my hair that day. But I'm sure that one of the thread nutcases will be up for it!!

Jools - don't suppose you're doing the Little Stoke parkrun on Saturday are you?We're down in Brizzle this weekend for my nephew's first birthday and it looks as though younger Lorenzito and I have negotiated a pass out first thing in the morning.


16/07/2013 at 07:11

4 miles recovery with my Nordic poles at 5am this morning, avg. 14 m.mile pace. I was skipping on the beach- surpised how quick I could go. 

16/07/2013 at 07:18

Lorenzo: no, it's the local 10k mob match on Friday evening, so just an easy run for me on Saturday morning.  I've still not made my way up to Little Stoke - just stuck with the hills of Ashton Court!

16/07/2013 at 08:33

I was only popping in here to boast about my longest ever bike ride at the weekend - 27.5 miles.  But now, having read about the exploits of others, I don't think I'll bother even mentioning it.  Two hours and 8 minutes.  Don't think I'll mention that bit either.

Happy birthday Moof.

Why the Nordic poles, OO?

16/07/2013 at 08:49

TAR - well done on whatever it was you didn't mention. Pleased to hear you're back in the saddle
11 slow miles and some more cross-training chalked up this morning.

16/07/2013 at 09:40

Had a look at and feel the need for a bit of a Danny Norman rant.

This is the bit that gets me: "Ranked as one of the toughest endurance races in the world"

So, firstly that is mis-quoted, the original article is and Otillo gets a photo credit but no more: "The Swedish archipelago is the setting for the Otillo, which sees teams of two swim 10km and run 54km over the course of 14 hours. The cold water is continually entered and exited and many choose to swim in their shoes, even wearing a rucksack, and run in wetsuits"

The way I see it is this. People want to push themselves further and harder and that is fine. If you can run a marathon, why not go  further, what about adding a swim and a cycle as well? I now see you can do a triple deca ironman, so each day for 30 days you complete a full ironman race. All this is fine, you are trying to test yourself and it is for your own fulfilment and enjoyment. It isn't about toughness or hardness or anything else. Lots of events now use the tough tag as a marketing ploy to get more money.

So, the bottom line is this. If you want to push yourself fine, but don't call yourself tough or hard or expect respect simply for picking such. I will respect someone who completes Comrades, and more respect with better medals, but none of them call themselves tough. I admire people who can complete an Ironman and am in awe of people who run sub 3 for a marathon in such, but they don't call themselves tough.



16/07/2013 at 09:58
Slokey- I would have given it a go but PMJ has just talked me out of it.
16/07/2013 at 12:01

Does this mean I should remove my Tough Mudder orange headband PMJ?

16/07/2013 at 12:14

I only fancied it cos it looks pretty and the race outfits look cool. Not sure what that says about my "tough" credentials! 

16/07/2013 at 12:16
Keir wrote (see)

Does this mean I should remove my Tough Mudder orange headband PMJ?

If it is worn in an ironic manner that is fine . Don't get me wrong, if you do these events and enjoy them it is fine, but if you do them because they say they are tough that is wrong: tough is training every day through the winter to run VLM sub 3:15 and it is not a badge you buy for £55 to £120 depending on how early you apply:

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