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14/12/2012 at 10:13

1hr swim and 30 min turbo done yesterday followed by 30 min run this morning.

I have my first Christmas bash tomorrow evening, friends to visit tonight and 4 teenage boys home tonight and tomorrow.

I have non standard pirate dilema, involving hair do's for parties.

I need to turbo 1 hr and run 1hr this weekend but on Sunday I will be very hungover, tomorrow at 1pm I get my hair done for the sat eve party,  I mustn't wash it between now and then.

So how on earth do I fit the training in? 1hr run or 1hr turbo will necessitate washing hair and I'm not going to be well enough to do both or possibly either on Sunday.

Can't do either tonight as visiting friends straight from work and not home till late.

Also fingers crossed my house survives the boys, so far there's been damage done everytime. Nothing major just BB pellet dents in walls or deoderant spray wars taking the shine off door handles etc.




14/12/2012 at 10:28

teenage boys in the house you must be mad. Mine is turning into a teenager and I don't like it

Ali - train tomorrow morning?

M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 10:29

Ali turbo and run tomorrow morning ... you'll be getting it washed at 1pm anyway!

14/12/2012 at 10:50

Hi not not getting it washed at 1pm; it's getting put into a up do which is easier with non freshly washed hair.

I did think of just getting on with it and if the hair do fails so be it, but am worried about being out of the house for another 1 to 2  hrs whilst 4 teenagers are in it!

I know my organisation skills are crud

Edited: 14/12/2012 at 11:06
M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 12:12

A bit of sweat will hold it in place lovely then   

14/12/2012 at 16:46

As Meldy says sweat works wonders, my hair doesn't budge after a week without showering.

14/12/2012 at 16:48

NIce swim down in Cardiff international pool, A right bitch to get there with all the idiot xmas shoppers on the road , but the pool was suprisingly quiet. 2500m in 44 mins.

14/12/2012 at 18:17

Nice swimming BBT.  I'm aiming to get down to that pool sometime soon.

M...eldy    pirate
14/12/2012 at 19:20

1hr in the gym for me today and that about all I had energy for, getting up at 3am doesnt agree with me

14/12/2012 at 23:12

A question for you bike experts:-

I find i can generate more power through the pedals when i sit forward on my seat, however, as you can imagine, it is not very comfortable perched on the front bit of the seat. My seat is as far forward as it can go.  Can you get seat posts where the clamp is offset forward, so as to allow the seat to be nearer the handlebars?  

15/12/2012 at 00:49

You can get seat posts which put the saddle further forward than if the saddle was directly on top of the post. Another option, depending on the length of your stem, would be to get a shorter stem, so moving the haddle bars back.

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 09:32
DOM that is similar to a TT position. If the race is short enough I just put up with it. Have you had a bike fit?
15/12/2012 at 09:38

a bit of manflu is keeping me out of the pool for now - i dont want it deteriorating to full on manflu.....

managed a couple of good quality runs and tonight I will have to jump on the turbo....

waiting for some tri bars in the mail as the profile air stryke I recovered from the garage are a) too narrow, b) too short and its making getting aero too irritating.

might also look to swap out the scott DH handlebars to something more regular

and then upgrading the rear mech, bar shifter and read wheel to 10spd ........

( I do like christmas ) 

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 09:52
Your existing rear mech will be 10spd compatible Sgt They don't care what they're cabled to. But iI like to spend too... What spd is your rear wheel?
15/12/2012 at 10:10


No bike fit. I have a Felt F95 and had the choice of 58cm or 61cm frame. At 6ft 2" with long limbs and going on the sizing charts, I went for a 61cm.  Feels a good fit, but better when i`m over the BB as aposed to behind it. Probably only a minor adjustment in sitting position, but i feel the difference. On searching Wiggle, may buy a zero offset seat post, which in affect will move my seat forward.

15/12/2012 at 11:43

Ended up having a rest day yesterday, lots of work on, so off for a 2 hour run with the dog later.  Been p*ssing down all night ... going to be nice and muddy!


15/12/2012 at 20:45

Here's the round-up of 2012 ... my marathon year.

IronCat5    pirate
15/12/2012 at 20:54
Nice blog. "Dedicated. Not obsessed"

Dedication is seen as obsession by the uncommitted!

Took the kids out this morning, so got a good soaking on the bike this afternoon.
15/12/2012 at 21:21

Good blog Tim. Well done. 

15/12/2012 at 21:46


Ironcat5, its a circa 1988 / Team Z~greg lemond era c-record 8 spd, 12-23 block.  I just found the original cogs in the loft so if I can find the alignment chart, I have 11-23 to choose from.  front is 42/52 

I replaced the downtube shifters with veloce brake/shifters when they came out.

SO, is that really a possibility - change the block and chain ? and 10spd is to be had for tuppence ?

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