IM 16 - 17 hours club

A place for us slower people to foster some mutual support and self belief

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bburn plO.dder    pirate
04/03/2012 at 10:15

That sounds rough Soupy, hope it all gets sorted soon. I'm sure keeping up the exercise will help keep you positive.

Cake, thanks for the offer re: tri bars.  

I was pleased with my ride yesterday, 3hrs 02 mins, 39.48 miles !! Only checked the distance after I got home, otherwise I'd have gone round the block for half a mile, to make it a round 40.

IronCat5    pirate
04/03/2012 at 14:03

I hope it all works out for you Soupy.

Don't forget we're here for CBT (Cat's Bike-ride Therapy) if you need it!

BTW - I have some aerobars I don't need any more. triathlon style ones. Make me an offer people...

Edited: 04/03/2012 at 14:07
04/03/2012 at 17:36

did the Mad March Sportive today. Very wet and very cold. Forgot my gloves and paid for it big time. Couldnt feel my fingers after about 30miles and even changing gear was a problem let alone undoing zips to access food. rain for most of it and we were treated to heavy snow at the top of the big climb.

ah well lesson learnt and 76 mies (very slow) in the bank

AndyB99    pirate
08/03/2012 at 11:33
where has everybody gone?? have we all migrated to the IM training thread or something???
08/03/2012 at 12:54

Training's going that well everyone's moved up to the 14-15 hour thread.

Slagiatt    pirate
08/03/2012 at 13:15
 just sickening ... training this far in advance ... and they call themselves Pirates
Ironholgs    pirate
08/03/2012 at 14:13

Bburn Plodder - if you are cycling over longridge fell and some of the other hills we have up here in the Forest of Bowland, you'll find the Outlaw course quite easy.

The hills will build your leg strength, you just need to work on your cadence for getting your speed up on a flatter course.

Good luck.

Training? It'll never catch on.

bburn plO.dder    pirate
08/03/2012 at 14:51

Thanks for the encouragement Ironholgs , although I have to confess I get off and push up Jeffrey Hill , on a positive note, I can get over the fell approaching it form the other side

Pint ? Yes please, always up for a pint

08/03/2012 at 17:24
My training starts in earnest on 15th April. Then on 19th April I'm doing LEJOG. That should get me fit enough to get around I hope!! Not started running yet due to dodgy knees!
Dustboy    pirate
08/03/2012 at 17:34

Just about ticking over at present, run OK and up to 15 miles, bike up to 50 miles but at the end of me beans, problems with swim getting a lot of chest pain, burning and have to stop every 50 metres to let loads of air out. Not good. Quack arranged for next week on Weds.

Looking at running beginners guide to Surrey Hills again soon, Emphasis will be more on progress this time and maybe a bit longer as everyone should be in a much better state anyway...LOL. Will likely include Whitedown as a warmup and Barhatch near the end  and pussy Boxhill in the middle.

Slagiatt    pirate
08/03/2012 at 18:00
looking to bring a "park and run" day into my training schedule from next week .. usually have 1 or 2 days that i drive in instead of cycling , possibly gonna use one of those to park a few miles out and run in .. just need to find somewhere to park where i stand a fighting chance of still coming back to a car .. the loosely thought out plan being to increase the distance every couple of weeks until i can manage the full 13.
IronCat5    pirate
08/03/2012 at 18:31

Good idea Slag.

Glad to hear you're still alive DB. I'm not swimming this week due to shoulder (that seems to have calmed down alot since Sun/Mon/Tue). Maybe next week I'll do only kicking.

I'm up for a begginer's guide again. GB and I will be organising an Olympic TT route ride on fast and pointy bikes at some point too.

08/03/2012 at 19:49
Count me in for that one Cat!
I know it's been done before, but how about doing the route on Boris Bikes?
09/03/2012 at 19:19

Evening.  Some good training going on here!  Or is everyone really down the pub?  I did 20 miles on the bike today and swam yesterday.  I might be up for a beginners option again but Barhatch doesn't sound very beginner-like.

Iron Muffin    pirate
12/03/2012 at 14:29

80 miles on the bike yesterday has definitely given me more self belief. This was a big jump up in distance and climbing. I was worried that I may have to bail and cut down to 60 miles. I can recommend a sportive as it was much easier with people to chat to and a well signed and interesting route. 

 I was really surprised that the extra distance was okay and no major discomfort. I have now taken the plunge to do Liverpool HM next week, hopefully that wont take away my new found belief

VT'd    pirate
12/03/2012 at 15:27

MT your confidence and fears are the opposite to mine.  I am eagerly lining up one HM after the other, some of them hilly and off road, but the jump up from my longest 55 mile bike ride to beyond is concerning me.

I don't feel particularly spent after 55 miles (done it twice now), but I know that I'll soon be looking to get my distance/speed/confidence up and that may need a few group rides. 

Our local cycle clubs are touring every Sunday, but they are on facebook commenting on their 20+ mph averages over 70 mile runs.  I cannot committ to that sort of pace as both my long rides have been 15.5 and 16 mph respectively.  Even their B group is setting over 18 mph averages.

Currently I think I'm doomed to ride on my own, searching out my own routes and entering sportives as an individual until I get through Outlaw.  Then perhaps I'll have the confidence and strength to hook onto the back of a slower group.

Good luck with Liverpool.  My daughter is running it, she tells me for my Birthday (how does that work?)

Doner Kebab    pirate
12/03/2012 at 15:58
VT - some people use auto stop on their garmin and still use that figure as their average, don't worry too much
12/03/2012 at 15:59

Hi Vt'd,

 I do a lot of my riding on my own and am of a similar speed to you. However you may well be suprised that when you train with a group it is a lot easier to train at the higher speeds. A combination of drafting and talking to take your mind off things are a great help. Maybe you could try the 18mph group with the thought in your head that if it gets too fast you can just carry on alone. Maybe better to do 30mile with a group and finish the rest of your session on your own rather than the entire thing on your own?

Dustboy    pirate
12/03/2012 at 16:26
Riding on your own is no bad thing, 112 miles can be a lonely place for us slowcoaches, best to be ready for it.

But you do seem to go faster in a group. Just don't get used to drafting coz that will give you an artificial sense of security, you won't be able to do it on the day.
VT'd    pirate
12/03/2012 at 16:53

Thanks all for the boost.  I guess I'm just feeling that I should be out with the crowd and pushing my boundary even though my training is currently to plan. 

I am trying to be patient, but still wonder about my ability (or lack of it) not only to cycle 112 miles, but run 26.2 miles off it (I never even mentioned the swim FFS). 

I still hold the experienced ones amongst you in total awe and that has just deepened since I started training for Outlaw. 

Seren nos mentioned yesterday, just in passing, '50 miles run'.  Just as a matter of fact!  How anyone sets about running 50 miles is beyond me.  I can run a marathon, but past that is stuff of fiction as far as my brain cell computes.  IM also fits neatly into the, 'There's no fecking way I'll be doing that' category, but here I am working towards one and feeling stronger than I have done in many years.

I don't post my inner fears too often for fear of letting loose a weakness or exposing a negaitivity.  But on the odd occasion that I do ask advice I always get the right answers.  Thank you.

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