Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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M...eldy    pirate
28/11/2012 at 23:24

40 min run for me ... just before coming in to work for a night

I dont normally do anything but veg between nights so it made a nice change and I kind of enjoyed it

29/11/2012 at 07:25
Well done cat and OH cat.

BBT, yes, night riding is quite enjoyable. I am going to have to replace my ??1 land bike spotlight with a decent set of lights though.

Nice little run Melds, did you feel better at work for doing it?
29/11/2012 at 12:24


Am off to hospital to get the stiches taken out after my ankle op some two weeks ago.  Hopefully I'll be able to get back on the turbo over the weekend although I will need to stay away from running (other than aqua work) for at least a couple more weeks.

Two weeks of core work and TRX training has become somewhat tiresome.

29/11/2012 at 12:30

Good news ID, hope it goes well.

Bit of advice for a bike numpty ... I'm signed up for a 65 mile sportive on 16th December (Cirencester).  Never done more than abuot 35 miles on a bike, would I be daft to go and do this?  Still keen.  

29/11/2012 at 12:43

You'll be fine Tim. Furthest i'd gone before my first century ride was 70ish miles.

Wrap up warm and make sure you have overshoes though.


Great news ID, dont rush back into training too quick though !


29/11/2012 at 17:11
So that's all over with. Stitches gone. Bandages gone etc etc...

Thankfully part of the rehab I've been set involves plenty time on a stationary bike which suits me fine. No running for at least another 4 weeks.

More pool time perhaps.
Tired Badger    pirate
29/11/2012 at 17:22

As the forgetful badger i can be i ran out the door last night with garmin on and neither HR monitor. Doh..Although after sundays long run and a hard session Mon and Tues my legs were really heavy so may not have been the best test. I have downloaded all garmin data today and cleared the memory. Spin on the bike tonight so i'll try to wear both monitors.

29/11/2012 at 19:34

ID - that's great news

cat - well done

TB - sometimes I have a great session then realise I didn't even press start on my garmin - that always annoys me

Britrisky    pirate
29/11/2012 at 19:55
On a bit of a high - tri club swimming session tonight and I actually got some guidance - a couple of tweaks and I'm swimming straighter, in a better position with fewer strokes - fab, fab, fab - I'm so chuffed to have made such progress in one hour, for ??4!!!
M...eldy    pirate
29/11/2012 at 21:09

Nice progress Brit!

No time for anything between work and sleep today so I get a rest day

SD .. no better or worse for the run but I do enjoy a crisp, dark evening run anyway !!

Rafiki    pirate
30/11/2012 at 09:11

Actually managed a 1 mile run this week, so calf slowly improving!

Also, been playing with my new toy which arrived this week - my Garmin 910. Went swimming in the pool with it last night and was impressed I no longer have to count lengths. But tell me someone - how does it 'know' when I've done a length???? Is it witch craft M..eldy, or magic??

30/11/2012 at 09:22

I got mine last week too Raf, its great, I believe there is a little demon in the watch which counts the lengths for you?


Rafiki    pirate
30/11/2012 at 09:36

This little demon is pretty good with a calculator too - the way it works out all those stats at the same time!

30/11/2012 at 09:39

it is good isn't it? although sometimes it counts extra lengths for me. It counts a new length when you glide for more than a certain distance

Rafiki    pirate
30/11/2012 at 09:46

I was finding it hard to justify buying one as I have a 405 and Catseye's on the bikes. But  I've had the 405 for 3 years and the battery is going and more often than not just loses charge instantly (poosibly operator error though). But when the 910 got to 250 quid I caved - and so far I'm glad I have. Got the cadence sensor as well as well. Just trying to decide on the quick release mount - but read some bad reviews - like too many people losing the main unit half way through a swim!

30/11/2012 at 10:14

I have the quick release and cadance unit so far no problems (touch wood), I have had no problems in the pool so far, the lengths have been spot on apart from when I touched one of the buttons with a paddle on a turn and didn't know which one I pressed so that messed a few lengths up 

math in the review found here there are a few tips for making the swim data more accurate, following these I have no problems.

30/11/2012 at 11:21

Bear is on the injury bench in her very own personal style.

Did I hurt myself doing any of my mad, horse riding, quadbiking,shooting, jetsking, running. cycling or swimming? No

I hurt myself whilst sitting on the soft watching telly. Turned my head an ow major pain in the neck that won't go away. Naff all sleep and in work doped up on the maximum pain killers I've got today.

This watching TV lark is dangerous you know .

So tomorrow park run plans scrapped and I was going to start Fink on Monday. Looks like I'll be a week behind plan before I even started.

Edited: 30/11/2012 at 11:22
Nurse Ratched    pirate
30/11/2012 at 12:12

Oooh, Ali, that doesn't sound very pleasant.  Hope you're better soon

After 3 weeks of no exercise whatsoever, I made it to the pool this morning.  Broke myself back in gently by spending half an hour propelling myself through the water in various styles, none of them pretty.  Or at least that's what it felt like to me! Back into my groove by the end of the swim, I think, and I feel bloody marvellous.  Fink? Bring it on!

May I rant?  Old biddies - why don't you have your chat in a nice, warm, dry cafe instead of taking up half the width of the pool?  And how you manage to 'swim' while vertical is beyond me.

30/11/2012 at 12:41
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)

May I rant?  Old biddies - why don't you have your chat in a nice, warm, dry cafe instead of taking up half the width of the pool?  And how you manage to 'swim' while vertical is beyond me.

With it. When I lived near Liverpool there wasn't anywhere near me with a lane swim so it was a free for all with some trying to do lengths others ( mainly older ) trying to do widths. It was a pain in the backside. Join a gym with a pool that always had 2 lanes out and the other 2/3 of the pool for free swim which most people did lengths in and what happens? Few people in the pool and oldies in the lanes swimming side by side not following the up one side down the other as the end boards showed. Advice. Get in the lane and deliberately kick and arm splash as you go past them, they will soon move!!

Alibear, 1 week off won't do any bad but don't let it become regular as time goes on. Hope it sorts out this week.


30/11/2012 at 12:52

Nurse Ratched - I agree with chilliboy in joining a gym. Mine opens at 6.30am and has two pools, so can get a decent lane swim in before work. It's always the same people as well so we know who swims in what lane and what speed etc so works great.  The "oldies" only tend to come in around 8.00am, although your initial comment about them chatting totally bugged me too, you shouldn't have to pay to join a gym for a decent swim, but there isn't that much difference cost wise now.

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