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iron fraggle    pirate
21/03/2013 at 14:27

Well I'm having a sh!tty day today. last night get a phonecall from my uncle saying he's in hospital, has had some scans and they think he's got a brain tumour   I then had the joy of phoning my mum (his only sister) to pass on the message. Still in a state of shock and not knowing what's going on until more tests are run, etc so not the best of days here

physically getting better (managed 20 mins breaststroke swim last night), but mentaly a bit flat...

21/03/2013 at 14:33

I hope everything turns out better for you than it sounds.

21/03/2013 at 15:10

Fraggle, so sorry to hear that.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
21/03/2013 at 16:22


21/03/2013 at 17:12
Fraggle, so sorry to hear that. Take care
M...eldy    pirate
21/03/2013 at 19:02

Aww Fraggle, I hope tomorrow brings better news for you

I did a 3hr mtb ride today and got more cold than a cold thing on a cold day in Iceland.   Enough already

21/03/2013 at 21:51
Sorry to hear that fraggle. Hope the next bit of news will be good for you all.
iron fraggle    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:03

Thanks for you kind words people - we have slightly better news today: scans have shown no other abnormalilites in the rest of his body, and now he's on steroids and the swelling has reduced, he's been released from hospital.Now awaiting a biopsy at Addenbrookes to see what it is, and take it from there. The doctors are apparently quite positive (or this could be him being economic with the truth!) so fingers crossed all round.


Training, still nothing here, but now I'm not driving around the uk this weekend, I'm free to get out and do some.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:32

That's a step in the right direction Fraggle, here's hoping it continues that way.

Just got an e-mail from a mate who's decided to do IM New Zealand next year.  Envious? Moi?

Cortina5    pirate
22/03/2013 at 08:48

Take it easy, but go out and get some headspace Fraggle.

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:22
DimTimTris wrote (see)

WW, you're a machine. Top training.


Tim .. it only seems like that, as i do almost all my training Monday to Thursday (13hrs this week) ... then have 3 days off ... its due to working away and long commutes

Rafiki    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:27

Will - do you think it works better that way - four intense days, then three rest days - instead of the standard 6 days? As you certainly hammer it in those 4 days!! Would you still do it that way even if you didn't have to for work reasons?

22/03/2013 at 09:40

Training's a bit chaotic this week due to busy family life.  But did a swim I was pleased with this morning, a mile in 40 minutes (including some faffing with goggles that have suddenly started leaking).  That's good for me. Included a 9 minute 400m, when I joined NEWT a couple of months ago I was at 10 minutes.  Progress slow but pleasing!

WW, interesting question from Raf!

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 09:41



Ive been thinking a lot about this as the moment. 

I consider myself quite fit ... and probably can 'out-beast' most people (even half my age) in my local gym on a hard endurance session ... BUT where things come apart is ... with age ... I need more time to recover than those same youngsters.

I am only in week 3 of my 20 week programme aimed at getting me a PB this year so this pattern of training works very well.

As the programme continues i will often add a 5th day (long or social ride OR 5-8mile tempo run) ... but for me I think 2-3 rest days works well .. I start each week feeling 'up for it'

saying that ... one thing i also introduce, as things ramp up, is yoga/stretching sessions and easy walks on my rest days to help activly promote recovery.

AND as always ... i tinker with things depending on how i feel

Edited: 22/03/2013 at 09:42
Rafiki    pirate
22/03/2013 at 10:04

Interesting Will - I've certainly found recently that as the mileage has ramped up (in week 22 of Fink at the momnet) I've performed better with 2 rest days. Like you I consider myself pretty fit, but I need that extra recover time due to my rapidly advancing years!

Perhaps we could write a new book 'Iron fit for Old Gits'!

22/03/2013 at 12:54
Iron Fit for the Masters Age Grouper. There's a way to pay off the mortgage.
22/03/2013 at 13:53

That's not a bad idea.  

WildWill    pirate
22/03/2013 at 15:13

We'll find out if my aproach works in July

22/03/2013 at 17:03
Do you go wth 2 rest days in a row RAF?
22/03/2013 at 17:45

fraggle - sorry to hear your news

my training has been poor this week for a few reasons but never mind, at it again from tomorrow

fed up with snow

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