Enduroman 1st - 10th June 2012

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Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/05/2012 at 20:49

Good luck with your bike ride Purple, I learnt from my wet 90 miler a few weeks ago that as long as youve got the right kit on you dont notice the rain to much after a couple of hours.  Just keep the pedals turning, dont worry about speed etc.

In other news, my training is kind of on hold at the moment.  At a second visit to the physio this week he suggested my back pain stems from not having a strong enough core (I never do any core work).  His view was that the longer training sessions are likely to be part of the cause, as such I need to work on strengthening my core, lower and upper back.  He also suggested that "extreme" training may prelong the symptoms.

The pain isnt bad but its nearly constant, though has got slightly better the last few days.  Worst is bending down or leaning over, as such I cant really imagine spending much time on a bike, let alone, 4, 5, 10! hours.

Its a game of wait and see at the moment, I can do shorter gentler stuff, so ill see how I go this week.  Main aim now is to do whats necessary to strengthen back whilst keeping some training ticking over.

Doing loads of stretches and spent 45 mins in the gym tonight doing a few gentle weights, more stretches etc (ive not been to a gym for years).

I shall be swimming next Sat as planned, not sure about anything else at the mo.





Edited: 04/05/2012 at 20:52
M...eldy    pirate
04/05/2012 at 20:53

Get some core work done Barlos!!!

Seriously, that is what helped my back problems which was put down to a similar cause

I can offer you a 56 miler on Sunday if you fancy it?

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/05/2012 at 21:02

Thanks but wont be venturing far from home I dont think, going to try either a long walk or hour on the bike tomorrow.  I had a 160 miler planned for Monday.

M...eldy    pirate
04/05/2012 at 21:04

No worries ..... I wont be joining you on Monday  

purpletrilady    pirate
05/05/2012 at 19:15

Only 105 miles for me today. My legs gave up at about 85/90 miles.

Massively dissappointed 

Beginning to have some doubts. Rest day tomorrow and then we shall see what Monday brings

M...eldy    pirate
05/05/2012 at 19:22

Keep strong Purple ..you have put a lot of time and effort in, one 'bad' ride doesnt put off the event x

05/05/2012 at 20:45

Come on Purple - you're training has been great and inspiring. You wouldn't be human if you didn't have doubts.  Let em have it.....!!!!     

seren nos    pirate
06/05/2012 at 07:57

purple.it shows how far you have come when you are dissapointed with a 105 mile ride.....


how was the speed.....did you manage to keep the average over the 11.6 mph......which is the majoc figure in my head.......


off for a ride with my OH.....he has a shiny new bike which he is just starting to learn  to clip in......his is red so its bound to be faster than mine

purpletrilady    pirate
06/05/2012 at 12:52

couldn't even look at my average speed as the last hour was awful.

something is still not right with my body, last night everything ached.

I am resting today and I am still hopeful that tomorrow will be better.



purpletrilady    pirate
06/05/2012 at 12:55

and wtf is happening with the weather ?? At the moment I would struggle to last 30 minutes in a lake. I really need it to warm up quick !

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
06/05/2012 at 14:17

Keep the faith Purple, one session not meeting expectations doesnt mean anything, maybe youre down with something that isnt quite obvious or could just be fatigue from the months of training.

One positive thing is that the AT lake is more of a pond, its probably not more than 6 foot deep at the most, so it wont be as cold as a lot of other lakes, you can also have a flash of hot soup/tea etc which you can glug whenever whenever you pass the crew/support point.



seren nos    pirate
06/05/2012 at 14:24

it was a lot milder out this morning..stripped down the leg and arm warmers...........my legs were still tired form monday night......but managed 70 miles with my hubby........first ride out on his shiny new road bike........just got to get him into a swimming pool next

06/05/2012 at 21:12

A little lurker popping in....  Seren you're storming and it's great reading everyone's training.  A bad back is bad luck Barly. I am having a few issues with mine at the moment and I know a  long bike ride makes it worse. 

Don't know you purpletrilady but as Seren wisely says, it says a lot that you are disappointed with 105 miles.

seren nos    pirate
07/05/2012 at 09:01

off for a short swim in the river.........after some shopping.just going to try out my new wetsuit....no big swim today


Thanks madge........its a bit of a learning club.but trying to listen to my body......hence no running at all

OrangeCannon kona-4    pirate
07/05/2012 at 09:19
so when doest he taper start people....?
seren nos    pirate
07/05/2012 at 15:43

I binned the river swim.........it was raining and felt that i had better things to do on a bank holiday than swim whilst my OH walked in the rain watching........

my taper will start after the chiltern 100 and in true Seren style I will probably do nothing at all for those two weeks..........taper for me means stop totally........the final wek will be in the caravan and it will be great for once to holiday without having to get up early to fit in a ride or a run

purpletrilady    pirate
07/05/2012 at 18:41

130 miles today - I am a lot happier

I would have liked to do a 150 but given the way I felt on Saturaday I am really pleased with 130..

Taper starts now for me, but a long slow reduction in training.

Thanks again for the support - it really help.

Now then....where is Barley ????

seren nos    pirate
07/05/2012 at 19:01

235 miles in a weekend .....brillaint stuff 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
07/05/2012 at 21:09

Fantastic training Purple, 235 miles in 3 days, that suggests to me that when youre fully tapered youll not have to worry about the bike distance on the day.  Big well done.

I havnt trained for a week but today I got the train to Berhamstead, followed the canal back to MK, about 26 miles all together and took me 6.5 hours.  I only managed to run/walk the first 3 hours, the rest was nearly all walk as I didnt seen to have the energy (thinking virtually no breakfast or fueliing was the reason).

All in all im really happy with it, really good time on my feet and though my legs were shot when I got home theyre already feeling a lot better so with an hour or two's rest it seems I could be good to go again.

All depends how my back responds tomorrow and the next few days, last weekends marathon didnt do it a lot of good.

My taper also starts after Chiltern 100, that said im still a bit hesitant about cycling.

08/05/2012 at 15:47

Some good training going on here. 

Purpletrilady - you say your legs "went" on the first ride. Just wondering if you fuelled better for the second ride, hence got round OK and you actually ran out of gas on the first one due to nutrition?

Barley - same thing... what would you do differently regards fuelling for a long training session?



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