Enduroman 1st - 10th June 2012

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IronCat5    pirate
11/04/2012 at 16:24

Whereabouts are you in Devon, Seren?

I cycled in Exmoor during Feb half-term. I certainly wasn't prepared for the hills there. My planned 2.5hr ride turned in to 25miles.

seren nos    pirate
11/04/2012 at 19:27
mid devon near witheridge..........i have been cycling on holidays here for the last few years............but still struggle to find the routes without the steep ups and downs
M...eldy    pirate
11/04/2012 at 19:29
Cat ... I did a 2 hour bike in Devon on Saturday and only covered 21 miles .. needless to say we found a flatter route for the Sunday !!
IronCat5    pirate
11/04/2012 at 21:47

I can imagine!

I cycled up the Toll Rd in Porlock (near Minehead). A long alpine style drag uphill, and great descent. Easier than Porlock Hill itself, which the car struggled up. Claims to be 25% in places. Certainly the steepest I've ever driven up.

I was out this evening thinking how flatter my area is, compared to how hilly I found it when I started.

Anyhow. Hats off to you Enduroman people. You crazy fools.

seren nos    pirate
12/04/2012 at 13:47

great to see confirmation that teh double starts at 6 am....they did state 6 but maybe 9 originally..so pleased it 6 am as will be in line with the others for the day......

can't see the difference on the run course

Symes    pirate
12/04/2012 at 14:00
That's going to make for a busy little lake with 50-ish doublers and up to 20 decas and quinners in one go
seren nos    pirate
12/04/2012 at 14:03

i doubt more than 35 will start the double.........just a feeling...........and i would still expect about 15 of the decas,quins will be still in.............

still 50 in the water will mean should be someone for me to draft for the first few laps before they all start getting out

12/04/2012 at 14:37
seren nos  wrote (see)

still 50 in the water will mean should be someone for me to draft for the first few laps before they all start getting out

Who am I going to draft on the Sunday then

What is the rules on drafting on the bike, not that I'd do it. I am assuming it isn't allowed.

1 1/2 hr run later after family fun netball at 4!!

12/04/2012 at 14:53

With not having been there before what differences will it make to where you camp with the start finish area being at the turning circle? I think I asked to be on the football pitch area where I think the finish area was last year. Am I best just leaving it there and let my helpers walk back and forth?

Any advice gladly taken

seren nos    pirate
12/04/2012 at 16:22

i think thats the best place chilliboy..the run course goes down one side and back up the other.........so helpers can help you there if they wish.they don't need to be at the busy turning section........

i am somewhere else as i have got electric hookup this year and am taking an old electric blanket just incase i need to warm up.......electricity means that youngest can stay in the tent all day occupied.........

the other advantage of us starting early is that we have to be off the bikes by 6am on the sunday and so on our first run laps can watch and support the swimmers on the last day.....distract us from wanting to fall asleep.......

I believe that there is no drafting allowed on the bikes....not so strict that if you overtake someone that you can't ride alongside them for a couple of minutes to chat and offer encouragement........

i have gone for a walk in the sunshine with my OH and played pool and table tennis whilst enjoying a pint.........holidays are great.....just got to mentally prepare for teh ride home tomorrow

12/04/2012 at 21:06

Thanks Seren, enjoy (?) the ride home if you can, you will tomorrow night!!

I am looking forward to the camaraderie of the weekend, staying Sunday night so as to get the closing ceremony as well.

I would have thought total drafting wasn't allowed but as you say a little chat here and there ok. Watching IMUK and IMW on telly the other month it looked hard not to be drafting others with so many out on the course at any one time.

Did my 1 1/2 hour run in the rain this evening. I was quite warm but my hands were all for dropping off!! Should have had my thin gloves on ( makes mental note for next time ). I'm very much a too warm person than too cold. Anyway about 9.6 miles done so happy with that.

purpletrilady    pirate
13/04/2012 at 07:49
Good luck with the ride Seren.

I feel recovered from Wednesday's minor op but will rest today to make sure I'm OK for the weekend. On Wednesday I was sedated for the op, the procedure only took 10 minutes but I took the opportunity to sleep all afternoon. I think it did me the world of good

Chilli - well done on the run, your training looks to be going well.

13/04/2012 at 08:03
Good luck for the ride back, Seren
The Silent Assassin    pirate
13/04/2012 at 13:43

I am following all your progress with envy

So wish I was going to be there with all you on the start line

Still next year possibly

Amazed at the bike/run mile Seren and Purple are putting in, keep it up but remember that rest is also important

purpletrilady    pirate
13/04/2012 at 18:37
I have rested 4 days this weeek

seren nos    pirate
13/04/2012 at 20:05

i am gutted for my bike ride.85 miles in and riding really strongly........hit a ramp and my back wheel broke....1 spoke broke and 2 more are splitting.noit sure if it was wekened with all the crap rodes i have been cycling on or just one of those things.had to call the cavalry to get home......

I was doing a good speed for me and coinfident of fionishing the 125 miles strongly.

now need to sort out some new wheels.......and i'm so thick i don't even know if the cogs on the back are part of the wheel or seperate.........

the bike needs a service anyway......was discussing on our training weekend that it should be serviced a month before the event so now i will have to......

so cna't  and can't bike .......so will have to get a swim in.................

or dig out the hybrid for a while...or could take teh specuialised out...not had it bike fitted but i could give it a spin no doubt........its only ever been on a turbo........

right enough of my essay

13/04/2012 at 21:19
Can you put the wheels from one road bike onto the other temporarily?
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/04/2012 at 21:21
Seren, I think ive jinxed you since the weekend, youve now had a puncture, do you also remember the conversation about not needing spare parts
13/04/2012 at 21:25

Seren - Gutted to hear your news today.  I have two wheels I can't use for a while. Is it that simple?  Or do gears etc come into it?

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/04/2012 at 21:43
You can only swap if the cassette's are compatible, i.e. number of cogs/speed and make (SRAM, Campag, Shimano).  e.g. youll get indexing problems/slipping gears if you try a Shimano 8 speed on a 9 speed set up.

The easiest way to avoid this is to have the cassette from the broken wheel put onto the replacement wheel.  This is also a good idea because a chain and cassette wear in together.

Sometimes you can get away with combinations of different makes/speeds but its a bit hit and miss.
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