IM 16 - 17 hours club

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19/05/2012 at 21:46

That's it exactly!  There certainly wasn't anything I was particularly concerned about and you *know* how good (bad) I am and how I like (dislike) hills!!  ;~))

Tuesday sounds good!  I'm in Devon at the mo, but may well pop back Monday afternoon, in preparation, if that's the case!!

On reflection, I think the one hill going clockwise in RP may be similar to the one at Outlaw!  So a couple anti clockwise laps followed by a couple clockwise would be good!

Dustboy    pirate
19/05/2012 at 22:07

Hokay, just need to clear it at work then. I can txt you if it all checks out. Will start ride around 1.30 to 2pm. Will park at BOTTOM car park by cafe as the khazi at the one at the top is out of order. 

BTW, we are NOT supposed to stop for cake on every lap;O)

Will stick an extra couple of litres water in the boot for refills etc. Might be deliciously warm!

Run lap after unlikely but might stick shoes in just in case.

28/05/2012 at 10:12

Well, how's everyone going?

My preparation so far :-  LEJOG nearly completed.  Running umm ... does a lap of my local park count (about 5 miles) can't do much more as knees are fecked!  Swimming one open water swim completed (slow and achey afterwards)  Life just seems to have got in the way of training!  But, remember, training's cheating!!    

How's everyone's cheating been going!

My laps with Dusty turned into a saga!  I think it was the third or forth lap when Dusty was complaining about the ceramic bearings on his bike breaking up (I told him he should think about shedding a few pounds and giving the bike a chance!!) that I noticed my car key had fallen from the seat pannier!!  Quickish search and then blatting back to the car park to find the car still there, but open!  WTF?  Towed by my mate and new key ordered (£250)  Ouch! as it was the only key I had!  

So, 16-17 hours looks pretty safe to me!  

bburn plO.dder    pirate
28/05/2012 at 11:48

Prince Siegfried - If you have nearly completed LEJOG, I'm sure Outlaw will be a piece of cake .

I have a real fear of loosing my car key running or biking, I am always obsessively checking my pocket - you have not re-assured me!!! Sounds like an expensive training session, but at least you didn't get your car nicked!

Training has been OK - steady but I fear not enough biking (that's this week's wibble), but I've just had a rubbish training weekend, one hour bike ride. That's it!!! Life and beer conspired against me .

Big week planned this week though,no excuses, something everyday this week, including..... I've booked Thursday off work to do a 100 miler followed by a long OW swim . Should be a good test, even though I'm doing them in the wrong order!!


MovingAlong    pirate
28/05/2012 at 13:06

PS - Ouch on the key front!

BB - Hope Thursday goes well.

I managed a 100 miles yesterday. Suffered neck pain again though which doesn't bode well. Trying (yet) another solution tonight hopefully!

Think that'll be my longest ride now. Going to try and rest up my back and neck as much as possible between now and Outlaw, so will just do one more big ride (75-80 miler (see the Outlaw recce thread)). Other than that, think I'll stick with 2.5-3 hour rides as the maximum until Outlaw.

bburn plO.dder    pirate
28/05/2012 at 13:48

Well done on the 100 miler MA ! Bet it's a good feeling to get that under your belt. I was hoping to have a recce to the Outlaw course, but I've got something on every weekend between now and then, so it's just not gonna happen!

I'm hoping, if I get through Thursday, to maybe do one more long ride in a bout two weeks time (I can see another day off work being required), and then start to scale them back a bit.

Next weekend we are off to Spain on holiday for a week, so I am planning to cycle and swim everyday, which should be good training. I suspect because the family will actually want me to spend some of our holiday with them, I will be restricted to about 2 hours early morning biking, with maybe an hour's swim in the evenings, but I reckon doing that everyday for a week should have some training benefits . I may have to skip running, otherwise the kids/OH may mutiny , pirate style


Dustboy    pirate
28/05/2012 at 14:57

Siggy called ME fat! LOL.

It was the steel bearings. Ceramics were fine, got them on the front now too. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee. Added a couple mph to my speed.

Iron Muffin    pirate
28/05/2012 at 14:58

Great bike MA.

BB, holiday plans sound good and hoepfully a fine blend of training and family time. Not to mention enough calories burnt to swig sangria in the sun Good luck on Thursday.

I havd a cunnuing plan to recce the course on my way down south last week. Work got in the way and I was left with only an hour ,which was really annoying. Anyway, decided to do part of loop 1, including the Oxton bank. It proved to be a real confidence boost as the hill felt okay and I wont be walking it on race day

bburn plO.dder    pirate
28/05/2012 at 16:27
Thanks Muffin Top!!! Sounds like having a recce of the hill was a good plan, like you say a real confidence builder now you know that it's nothing to be scared off!
Iron Muffin    pirate
28/05/2012 at 19:10

BBburn plodder. It wont even seem like a hill to you

30/05/2012 at 21:20

Dusty, if the cap fits mate!!  ;~)  Only kidding!  

Nice swim at Shepperton today.  The water was lovely, almost like a cool swimming pool!  Dusty, you'd love it!  The grass was relatively goose poo free, sand going down into the water and a new wooden plinth and gazebo for the check in area!

Relatively clear 3/4 of the way round just a bit of floating debris on the back stretch.  It's becomming very popular.  60 + cars there when I left at 7.15 and some had left before then! 

Dustboy    pirate
30/05/2012 at 22:46

60 cars!!! Feck. That weed at 3/4 is the one that chases me round squealing like a girl. Might try and make next week. Suppose I ought to get some OW in. Might try and get Lord H down for his first OW. He can swim 2 lengths of a 25M pool now and only stop once in the middle. That's close enough innit?

30/05/2012 at 22:54

He can negotiate the 400m loop!

There wasn't any weed, it was bits floating on the surface.  Twigs, leaves flotsam and jetsom stuff!  Nothing to get worried about.  It's open Monday evenings as well as both mornings on the weekend, although saying that with it being bank holiday I'm not sure whether it'll be open this Monday.  I'll check it out!  

Dustboy    pirate
30/05/2012 at 23:04

Can't make Monday, away on a religious contemplation retreat, Weds MAY be a goer but may be a 4-5 hour longish bike 14.00 onwards, wanna come?. Weds 13th, lets make it a date dear? Can you "encourage me" around 4 X 750 laps?

30/05/2012 at 23:14

I've got 'visitors' up from the south west!  They can watch / take part in a swim, but I think it would be a bit rude to disappear for 4 to 5 hours I'm afraid!  

Shepperton is open Wednesday morning from 6.30 too.  You could do the swim before a bike ride and then make it more realistic!!  

Dustboy    pirate
30/05/2012 at 23:52

Got a back scan at half twelve but work in the morning. Might have to do one of these early morning swims though...suppose had better get used to it. 

02/06/2012 at 09:27

Not long now! I'm almost ready to start bouncing with excitment at supporting you lot at the feed station.  Great to read about your training. I'll be gutted at the start and finish that I'm not there with you, but I might be laughing to myself at the bits in between.  

Dusty - get up and swim.  I'm keen for a paddle in ow now the temps are getting warmer. Are you Southern lot doing Shepperton instead of Thorpe then?

02/06/2012 at 18:36

Shepperton is my preferred lake Soupy.  It's friendly, clean and just for swimmers, so no diesel / aviation fuel taste in the water!! There's a bar upstairs at the sailing club and warm showers and changing rooms below there too!  I'm going there early tomorrow (Sunday), it's open from 7am to 11 on weekends and evenings on Monday and Wednesday as well as from 6-9am on Wednesday.  15.5 degrees today, apparently.  You can feel the cooler water on your fingertips as you swim!

Cortina5    pirate
02/06/2012 at 20:55

Siggy - is it open over the bank holidays?

03/06/2012 at 07:06

Open this morning until 11am and tomorrow from 5.30 to 8.30pm as usual Cat.  

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