Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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29/03/2013 at 08:24

fraggle - hope you recuperate fully at your mum's - have a good rest.

29/03/2013 at 12:03

Been suffering with man flu just at the itme i wanted to get back to serious training. so only managed a couple of 40 min turbo sessions and a slow 30 min run this week. Had a good  walk this am and done some core work outside with hopes to get on turbo later today. Still congested though and struggling with temptation to enjoy the sofa....


Got a psrint Tri in early june plus a 100 mile bike, aiming for an olympic late season and then poss try for first IM next year....

Nurse Ratched    pirate
29/03/2013 at 13:12

Swim this morning. Just for a change I did it all with a pull buoy, which I normally only use for drills, and did 2.5k in 1:02:03.  I'm ignoring the 3 seconds as they can be accounted for by having to swim around the blue rinse flotilla. How can 4 people take up the entire width of the pool?

Edited: 29/03/2013 at 13:15
WhizKid    pirate
29/03/2013 at 14:07
Nurse ratched - they always manage too take up the majority of the pool, and apparently some of them can't read medium and fast lane.. Why do a painfully slow backstroke in a medium lane is beyond me, I'm no amazingly fast swimmer... Far from it... But common really winds me up! Rant over
29/03/2013 at 19:13
Lol, pool rage. Same when a fast swimmer goes in the slow lane & feels the need to race you, tumble turn in front of you, swim under you, over you, kicking you & being a general all round pest.

Hope everyones had a nice Good Friday. 1 hour bike today, despite the blue sky and sun most of the day, i managed to time my ride perfectly to catch some snow.

Calves feeling a lot better, probably going to try a gentle park run tomorrow.
WhizKid    pirate
29/03/2013 at 19:16
Agreed with idiots in the pool.... Bloody club swimmers who are always faster then me... Stick them on a bike then we will talk I'm looking forward too going for my first park run tommoro can't wait!
29/03/2013 at 20:27
Nice one, wheres your park run?
29/03/2013 at 20:30

Nice Good Friday trifecta today.  1 mile swim, 33 mile bike, 1 mile run.

Have a half-marathon in the morning:  http://www.runthebluegrass.org/  No real time goal in mind but it's such a beautiful area and I'm a sucker for a nice medal.  Think I'm going to go out with the two hour pace group and see how it goes.

WhizKid    pirate
29/03/2013 at 20:44
Newbury (greenham common to be exact) I'm really looking forward too it... However legs still sting a bit

Yank - don't do what I did on my half and go too hard! I ended up going stupidly too fast too begin with and almost crawled the last mile, couldn't run for 3 days post race, best of luck mate!
30/03/2013 at 08:03
Wonderful 90min out and back run this morning along The Ridgeway. Mighty cold and icy in places.

Bike session later before settling down for the arrival of the inlaws ????
30/03/2013 at 08:05
For some reason my :/ emoticon turned into a wodge of question marks. Bless. Wasn't intentional and I cant edit it from this Windows 8 device. Oh well.
30/03/2013 at 08:09

IY - good luck for the HM, 

gym, spinning and masters swimming for me this morning, before dropping kids off at the in-laws

Nurse Ratched    pirate
30/03/2013 at 13:27

Hope the half goes ok IY

A shade over 37 miles biked this morning.  OUTDOORS ! Clear, dry roads but still lots of snow on the fields, blue sky and sunshine - stunning.  And, after some sound advice, managed a fair bit of it on the aero bars without being wobbly. 's all good.


30/03/2013 at 14:22

Nursey, I also did 37 miles! Lovely day.  But I'm still not keen on aero bars, need to build confidence there.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
30/03/2013 at 14:55

Great minds Tim!
I've been debating whether to persevere with the aero bars and a couple of wee things seemed to make a lot of difference today.  Firstly, our very own SossidgeDog said (at least, I think it was him) that if you're wobbly, try having the bars a bit further apart. So I moved mine slightly and it does feel more stable.  Secondly, I've been doing Chrissie's Audiofuel tracks on the turbo, and she's always piping up to say "keep your eyes at 45°, don't look down", and lifting my line of vision also seemed to help. 
I've changed from the s-bend bars which were put on when I had my bike fit, to ski bend ones which I find much more comfy.

However, I do need some FatmanPiratey saddle advice. I'm finding myself sliding towards the front of the saddle, so does it need to come forward a wee bit, or should I lift the nose, or something else?

I suspect I could lose many hours of my life to bike tweaking!

WhizKid    pirate
30/03/2013 at 15:19
Getting comfortable on the bars is key... Especially for iron distance! It is essentially free speed you might want too get another bike fit done too help with positioning. I'm afraid the saddle does end up poking up the bum a bit especially on a road bike as these are designed with the riding on the brake hoods (this is a general assumption)... Try not too let your mind stray too much when on the bars as where you look bike will follow... Another good tactic is spend 20 minutes on and 5 minutes off, obviously this is assuming a flattish route, adventually you will use them without thinking about it... It's like clip less pedals just keep at it!
30/03/2013 at 16:48
Afternoon all.

Sounds like your saddle needs to come forward and the front end up a tad like you say Nursey. Little tweaks at a time till its right. Thats what i did. unfortunately i cant really afford the luxury of bike fits as well as everything else so have had to work it out myself

My aero bars are still a pain, didnt have any issues with comfort last year. I'm sure i'll nail it in time for the big un though.

30 min park run with Arleya then did a 43 mile bike (snowed again)
Rafiki    pirate
30/03/2013 at 16:49

Nursey - as they say, you do not get used a position, the position changes to suit you

As for the saddle, do you feel more comfortable when you slide forward? Can you get more power through the pedals? If so you may want to move it forward and/or downa smidge!

30/03/2013 at 19:14

2:09 for the half-marathon.  1150 feet of climbing, including something called "The Corkscrew."  You know you're in trouble when they name the hills!

30/03/2013 at 19:24
Whooooo hooooo. 400m swim TT this afternoon. Soooo happy the time begins with a 6! (Only by 2 secs though).

Inlaws are over for Easter. I'm hiding in the Kitchen. Shame I cant fake a smile.

Anyway. All the best people. UK folk don't forget, clocks go forward tonight. Hmmmm lighter evenings.
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