Ballbusting in November

(not related to Holg's cycling habits!)

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Golden Boots    pirate
14/11/2011 at 11:27

Enjoyed the bike, over took a lot more than was overtaken. A few hair raising moments on wet ground, playing with traffic etc - disapointed that at least part of the race wasn’t on closed roads for the money spent. A couple of the left turns were interesting, especially some guys taking them blind on the opposite side of the road, I would be surprised if there were no bad accidents? Did see one guy being loaded in to the back of an ambulance but IIRC it wasn’t near any of the turns. Got very annoyed at many of the guys racing in the middle of the road so you could never go past them, or riding next to me whilst drinking so that they werent actually overtaking - had to wonder if any of these people had ever raced before but as it was the quicker guys that seemed the worst I couldn’t work out why so many people lacked a bit of racing etiquette! Bike done in 1:18.

Felt stiff as started the 2nd run, and just got stiffer. Tried to keep a high cadence but as my calfs had nothing in them I was barely getting anywhere with each stride. Never before in any of the multisport races I have done have I lost places on the final run, but I lost about 6/7 in total on Saturday. Again I think this was mostly due to not stretching before as it left my calfs were already totally dead. Pushed hard towards the end as I wanted to make my 3:15 target… crossed the line in 3:10:54 so couldn’t have asked for more in terms of time, but felt utterly disapointed with my race as a whole. 57th / 370ish wasn’t too bad, nor was 3rd in age group, but I feel I have something to make up for in the Spring BB as I would want to do so much better.

Was great to meet so many pirates and spectate for an hour or so with them after finishing.

Was tired later in the day, but an all night drinking session with the brother meant I didn’t go to bed until about 6am on Sunday morning!

Well done every one! Dave that was a great time well done!

14/11/2011 at 11:55
Well its a cracking time for a tough race with so many hiccups GB, dont be disappointed. 5 mins under a decent target is very handy.

And better for things to go slightly awry here & learn from them than in an A Race?

BallBuster roads are never closed sadly, much as it would be nice, esp on the fast but narrow downhill to the foot of Box Hill.

If the ambulance was near the drinks station, I heard one guy stopped on his bike for a drink, didn't unclip and tipped into the road & had his wrist run over! Sounds like the car driver had pulled out far enough if it was only his wrist got squashed?

Leave the jersey thing with me... will see if I can do something about that. Sometimes it's who you know!

Surprised that you should need a gel pre race to maintain sugar levels on the first run? Were you drinking a sports drink beforehand? I find that helps top up sugars and keep you hydrated, though I've also read that it can be better not to get your body expecting regular sugar updates early on, so a gel/sports drink at the start can be counter productive? Wish I had the articles(s) to hand, but might be worth a google? But I guess whatever works is best.

Didnt see any bad cycling etiquette at the back of the race, but perhaps it was less competitive? I only saw 1 DQ, and riding on wrong side of road is a DQ IIRC?

So, 3.05 for Spring?! I think I'll support rather than race!

14/11/2011 at 12:12
Some pics on the FB page of Humanrace... Iliked this one!

Plenty of others, inc the full frontal of the one above.

Joddly seems to catch the photograpahers' eye in every Bbuster gallery I see! Never me though...
Edited: 14/11/2011 at 12:22
Golden Boots    pirate
14/11/2011 at 12:16

Will definitely be going for 3:05 I think, dryer roads and a better level of biking fitness would help for that and hopefully shave a few minutes off the runs as well.

 I agree - as much as I was disapointed with it I learnt more in that race than any of the others in my first proper season of racing! None of these mistakes i have made before but I think one of the main reasons behind a lot of them was that I wasn't mentally prepared or motivated for this race so didn't expend much energy thinking about it beforehand.

Yeah the ambulance was at the drinks station where I saw him being loaded into it, sounds like the guy... nasty accident that but not as bad as could have been elsewhere on the course. Some of the riding was just ridiculous I thiught - i had to stop myself drafting people just because I was looking for them to move in so that I could overtake. One guy sounded annoyed when I shouted twice that I was coming on the right whilst he was 'overtaking' someone else, but actually had been riding side by side with him for about 2 minutes and was actually taking a drink and free-wheeling. Also had to resist the temptation to undertake those that were riding in the middle of the road rather than sitting in.

The most annoying person in the race for me though had to be the guy in a gym-style verst/t-shirt and toe-clips and trainers on the bike who powered up every hill standing up the whole way - I would catch him again on the flats/ downhills but every time he just powered past me effortlessly on box-hill, I don't know how he did it. He was struggling on the run though which made me feel a little better

I know the theory / article you are talking about, and would agree with it on longer distance stuff... but when I am starting with a run at sub 7 minute miles I need something after a while, and did feel it towards the end of the run. The biggest thing for me though had to be the lack of stretching, it really ruined the run for me which I was really looking forward to!

Live and learn though I suppose, and will be going back for another shot in spring!

Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/11/2011 at 19:17
Nice report GB. I saw the guy at the drinks station, or rather I saw everyone standing around him, which didn't suggest a minor tumble. Well done, a more than decent time given the problems you had, glad to see they didn't put you off and you'll be back in march!
Golden Boots    pirate
14/11/2011 at 19:34
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)
Nice report GB. I saw the guy at the drinks station, or rather I saw everyone standing around him, which didn't suggest a minor tumble. Well done, a more than decent time given the problems you had, glad to see they didn't put you off and you'll be back in march!

Yeah I'll be back, I'll be staying closer to you though next time (at least on the 1st run)

Have got to say I do like that picture of us posted above! Never saw that one being taken though

Edited: 14/11/2011 at 19:34
PSC    pirate
14/11/2011 at 21:37

I could be tempted for a spring re-run.  Drier roads would probably take 5 mins off my time, a bit of bike training could remove another 5 mins per lap!  GB, watch out mate - us oldies aren't done yet!! So who is going to start a new thread.... ?

Golden Boots    pirate
14/11/2011 at 21:54
Sounds like a challenge mate 
Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/11/2011 at 22:12
Sorry GB, I hadn't checked Ali's link.  I remember the guy taking one from the front, but as he says the one above is probably our best side.
15/11/2011 at 10:13
Sportcam pics are up! I'm off to stalk my motivation for the final lap!
meface    pirate
15/11/2011 at 11:10

Also worth 5 mins per lap!

15/11/2011 at 12:28
5 mins off each bike lap PSC and you'll be racing Cheerful Dave's time on the bike!

But let me know how you plan to do it, coz I'm all ears

Not that I feel stupid enough to do it again in the Spring. I see my role more as a supporter in that one!!
Cortina5    pirate
15/11/2011 at 13:37
Same here Gladys. I feel the urge to cycle round the course heckling fellow Pirates!
15/11/2011 at 14:01
Especially Meface! He should get a taste of his own medicine, yelling at me to get a move on , on the last lap!
meface    pirate
15/11/2011 at 16:57

Will be in the final stages of marathon prep for sping marathon - hoping for sub-4 at Brighton and given previous attempts are 4:27 and 4:07 it is not an easy ask. Although recent 10k PB suggests a possible 3:45 but I am just not built like an endurance runner.

Not sure that the ballbuster 4-weeks out is the ideal prep.

Not ruling it out but I should most likely be doing a 20-mile LSR - nor racing a duathlon.

Brighton Mara and The Outlaw are the two main races for the season. Everything else has to fit around those.

Golden Boots    pirate
15/11/2011 at 17:06

The sounds of the pirate cowbell on Saturday were great!

It's 7 weeks before the London marathon for me so ideal timing really!

Kanga M    pirate
18/11/2011 at 23:28
Well done guys and gals, sounds like usual mucky November BB.
PSC    pirate
19/11/2011 at 07:46
Golden Boots wrote (see)

It's 7 weeks before the London marathon for me so ideal timing really!

GB, that's precisely what I was thinking.  Good bit of strength training..

Meface - 2 x 8 mile hill runs and you are almost at your 20m LSR... you could always back the race up with a bit of a jog (say 4 miles). 

As for 5 mins of each bike lap and how.... well some training would be a start for me at least!  I did this one on the back of IM dist training and only did 8 miles on the bike between race and August!  Not ideal prep TBH.

LOL at Gladys's "motivation" .

Cheerful Dave    pirate
19/11/2011 at 12:05
PSC wrote (see)
Golden Boots wrote (see)

It's 7 weeks before the London marathon for me so ideal timing really!

GB, that's precisely what I was thinking.  Good bit of strength training..

Works for me.  I dropped doing the pre-London halfs & 20 mile races a few years ago and swapped them for the spring BB and other duathlons & took 8 minutes off my marathon PB.
PSC    pirate
20/11/2011 at 09:55

race report done.. LINK

Interested in what you are saying there Cheerful Dave.... 20 milers take longer to recover from than BB did...

Edited: 20/11/2011 at 09:56
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