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Hi Ricky - just had a quick nosey at your Po10 profile* - I take your ability to run 2:20 has been generated by a predictor based on your 71 half?
(* sickeningly impressive reading btw - good on ya)
Ricky, Buckley you say ..... I kind of feel honour bound to vote for you now, given you're only about 6/7 miles down the road.
Add in to that a target time of 2:20 (be careful young man you do realise your legs may fall off at that speed) and well it would now be just plain rude not to.
So good luck to you, and if you see a hi-viz semi-mobile roadblock lumbering around Padeswood then give me a wave as you zoom past.
Fair one! You do seem to have a good spread of distances to your credit.
Coaching is a major part of the 26.2 prize... and you already have a coach... What would you like to gain from this experience that you couldn't otherwise? How does your current coach feel about you doing this and what his role be for the next 4 months?
Ricky...it sounds like you have a well formed group already, how often do you train as a group and how do you find running the hard sessions alone?
Also what mileage are you at the moment? and how realistic do you think 2:20 is?
I don't think we met at the bootcamp but in the interests of sportsmanship and competitive spirit I just wanted to say good luck. I lived in Wales (Cardiff to be precise) for 5 years and loved every minute of it, in fact I wish I'd never left! Only made it up North a couple of times though, spent a wet week in a tent during a dig up on Anglesea, Did get one Sunday of glorious weather though, coincided perfectly with a trip up Snowdon! You must get plenty of opportunities for hill runs up there! Anyway, Good Luck.
You mention that your coach motivates you... What else motivates you? He's not gonna be there in the race with you so how will you keep yourself motivated? (Given that the others don't already have coaches and will have to motivate themselves during training as well as the race.)
Also - what if your training starts to go a bit pear shaped and Steve and your coach disagree on the way forward - whose advice would you follow?
I'm really interested in how this would work. The marathon schedules used in this competition are based on the RW schedules. Is your current coach happy for you to follow these? Also, you say in your pitch '' I have set myself a very tough target time as it is my ambition to gain the qualification time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon for my country'' Are the people who are currently coaching you not able to get you to this position meaning you therefore relying on winning a competition to get there? If you don't win this will you be seeking professional coaching through someone else?
Sorry for the questions but I'm just trying to work out how this is the best way for you to reach your goals.
It is an amazing target and I wish you every luck with it.
Ooh SB! You are throwing down some big bombs!
from experience the imput from the other back up team was a minimum in the past......you meet up them only about twice the whole way through.the main help was the runnersworls schedules and the coaches help on mentoring you...............
i also think that for someone your speed and aims the RW schedules might not be the best ones to follow....have you looked at them........
if you were to follow a mixture of this and your own schedule then it might be harder for those on the forum following the schedules to relate and replicate.....
I am in awe of your speed and would love to see you get your aims.........i just also worry that these schedules might not be the best and that you having to post several times a day as to what you are doing etc.as well as to do your blogs might not motivate you
Give the guy a break - it's not about the process, it's about fire in the belly and giving it a go. He's young, he's just passed his driving test and he wants to test drive a Ferrari! Let him have a go - it could be fun watching him smoke those tyres...!
we ask the questions to see the answers.......no doubt he has looked at it all and seen that it would be his best option...........but the RW schedules are rather generic........if he has seen than and is happy it will be easy for him to convince us.......
it would be great to see him smoke the tyres
I'm just asking the questions that spring to mind - isn't that the point of these threads? It just seems a little awkward to me trying to have 2 coaches at the same time. I'd love to see someone with so much talent get to Glasgow but I'm not sure this is the best way!
I would have thought most coaches could advise on strength and conditioning and nutrition - those I've come across certainly can! I'm not sure how often previous year's teams have gotten to see the physio - maybe once or twice and as far as I can gather they didn't have a one2one session with the psychologist at all??? Please correct me if I'm wrong!
If he answered - I'm 22 - I don't earn much - I'd like a free trip away to do something I love and some new kit - I'd believe him happily and say fair play - go kick some ass. OR My existing coach doesn't know much about full marathons... ???
I'm not having a go RRR - you say you like pressure so handling this lot with good grace and humour will be good practice when it's you up on the podium with a mic stuck under your nose!
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