Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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Nurse Ratched    pirate
06/06/2013 at 22:12

Brick this morning, which went well and felt really good.  
Only problem being that I got my bike back from LBS yesterday and although the gearing is hugely better than it was, after a couple of miles I started getting the "rrrrrrrrrrrrrr" noise in certain gears .  So, back to the shop tomorrow.

OW water swim tonight.  Pretty horrible, if I'm honest.  The actual swimming was ok, but my panicking about the black water was not.  I had to ask Partner in Crime to swim beside me so that I'd see her when I turned my head to breathe.  That was when I did breathe.  I realised that I was holding my breath a lot, which I think was partly the cold water and partly the panic.  It did get better as the swim went on, but I was very glad to get out.

06/06/2013 at 22:20

Melds, those rest days come around a bit too often for me too

Hopefully your future OW sessions are a bit better Nurse. Fingers crossed the water will warm up soon so that will help a bit!

The water was a lovely 16C in the lake yesterday, those extra 3-4C really make a difference!

06/06/2013 at 23:00

Yep it was positively warm in Whitlingham almost too warm see I'm never happy. Now I can recognise SD but not Budgie, will have to get SD to introduce us. My mass star plan is sorted start at the back out the way and with a gap  

M...eldy    pirate
07/06/2013 at 02:52

Bdgie thats the good thing about an early season race .. you can put the rest days in when you like afterwards 

07/06/2013 at 09:05

Andy, yeah, saw that about a running beach start!  I'll be hanging at the back of the pack, I think ... losing 30 seconds at the beginning won't trouble me, and I'm not a fast swimmer.  I do 1,2 miles in 45 min in the pool, but never done it in OW.

Looking forward to it!  Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend.  

07/06/2013 at 12:45

I was going to try get up the front a bit more this time and then get swam over by everyone. Off the back of Wednesdays lesson Simon made me realise that i'm losing a couple of minutes by keeping out the way at the back, due to the time it then takes me to get over the start line.

You'll be quicker than me on your swim mate, my middle distance swim last year was 51 minutes, if i remember right.

See you tomorrow tim. Dont forget those flap jacks

07/06/2013 at 15:10

Really nice long sea swim this morning although following overnight storms the swell was stronger than I'm used to.

Now I'm off for half a shandy by the beach in the sun.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 12:23

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez it's hot out there. Think I'll leave my biking and running until a wee bit later in the day

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 13:12

I am grinning like a daftie. Firstborn has just passed his first tae kwon do grading. Proud mummy!

08/06/2013 at 14:41

Wal to wall sun in Guernsey today although the force 8 wind is somewhat tiresome.  Back to the land of Council tax and VAT tomorrow.  Boooo!

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 20:02

Help, bike assistance required

My bike has been to LBS twice this week for issues with the gears. I went out today (first time since it's last visit) and it's still not right 

Please forgive my complete lack of technical lingo - in the middle ring on the front I can only use the easier half of the gears at the back. When I change up it's ok 'til halfway through the rear cogs but any further than that and the chain is rubbing against the front derailleur (?spelling). Is there a way I can fix this? Because I cannot be arsed using more training time to do the 35 mile round trip to LBS and/or not have my bike in working order.  

M...eldy    pirate
08/06/2013 at 20:13

Yes you can have a twiddle with the bits & pices Nursey but I dont think I canexplain it too well ... have a look at 'indexing' on Park Toolswebsite, to be honest I would be having words with the LBS personally

7.5 mile run for me today and a 60 mile bike planned for the morrow

Tired Badger    pirate
08/06/2013 at 21:04

112m bike 5k run sportive for me in the morning, really getting the feeling now that these are the last big sessions. Quite nervous this will be my first group ride, all my bike training has been done solo, wasn't sure wether to take the tri bike and go out on my own or take the road bike and try to stay with the group. I've packed the road bike, i'm starting to think that may have been the wrong decision.

I wouldn't be messing with the indexing myself either Nursey, get on to the LBS

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 21:07

Yep Melds, I am not impressed with LBS. Thanks for the website suggestion, I'll take a look

Partner in Crime has recommended a couple of places which are open on Sundays, so guess what I'm doing tomorrow?

It pisses me off for many reasons, but mostly because I have started to (finally) feel confident about my Outlaw bike and need to keep that going by getting my last few long rides under my belt. Time is precious enough as it is without having to fanny around trying to get the bike working properly.

Moan over 

08/06/2013 at 21:19

70 mile ride for me today and a short brick run.  What exactly is hot over there Nursey? 21C? It was beautiful here today! 25C or so with a light breeze.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 21:41

Being of a northern persuasion, "hot" means not having to break the ice on the outside cludgy 

08/06/2013 at 21:45

What the duck is a cludgy?

Nurse Ratched    pirate
08/06/2013 at 21:53

n. col. A water-closet, a lavatory.

Edited: 08/06/2013 at 21:54
08/06/2013 at 22:05


M...eldy    pirate
09/06/2013 at 17:14

64 hilly & windy miles for me .... legs still work 

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