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bburn plO.dder    pirate
18/05/2012 at 11:13

Got the tent out last night. We worked out that it'd been 3 years since we last used it, so I was rather pleasantly surprised to find it hadn't been eaten by mice or gone mouldy. Practised putting it up in the garden. Made me feel quite excited about Outlaw

19/05/2012 at 20:43

I popped up to Nottingham last week to have a crafty shuftie at the course!  I got lost!! Several roads the Garmin was trying to send me down were closed and 'Access only'.  I managed to get out to Oxton though.  Pleasantly surprised that the upflat wasn't as steep as I thought it was!

Dusty, I have my aero bars fitted to the bike and had to adjust my saddle downwards to account for the plums!  However, I wasn't convinced that the Aero bars would be fantastically useful as the roads didn't really lend themselve to getting aero, in my opinion!  Some were quite busy and others were a bit twisty of uneven!

I may well go back again in the next couple of weeks for another look!

Dustboy    pirate
19/05/2012 at 20:58

Aero takes some getting used to. I can't hold it for long but it is a welcome relief on the back sometimes for short periods. Roughly, I found you could turn one gear higher when aero. Hoever, the bars are half a kilo I think, so if a plodder like me over distance, my gut is to go for lighter weight or less rolling resistance. But I am no expert. And my gut is not a light weight...

Is this THE upflat that a lot of folks are wibbling about? Is it really anything to worry about? Knowing your love of my flat rides

19/05/2012 at 21:06

Can you remember the last ride we went on where Madge did the first bit and you later came alongside me lulling me into a false sense of security about there being no hills?  Then we turned the corner and there was one?  It's not as steep as that, but just a tad longer!  There is another that is just a grind to get up.  Otherwise, it's just mildly undulating!  The dual carriageway out and back would suit aero though!

I thought quite a bit of the smaller loop, which we go around twice at the Outlaw was a bit exposed.  So if it's a bit blowy aero might be the way to go all the same!

And, for what it's worth, I hardly think you count in the 'slouch' states!!

Dustboy    pirate
19/05/2012 at 21:29

Am struggling with bike at the moment. Much of it down to time. 

Anyhow, debating taking Tuesday afternoon off. Forecast is 22 degrees. Need to get a long one in (not been well last day or so). Planning to do Richmond Park for the arvo and early eve) Try and get 5 or six hours in or until legs fall off. Half hour a lap. Fancy it? (or some of it). As you are retired! Anyone else of course welcome but I will be proper training ride primarily, not a social one (I might shut up for ten minutes)

I want to be able to concentrate on the ride and not so much the traffic & RP is pretty good for that usually.

Dustboy    pirate
19/05/2012 at 21:31

PS, I had hoped that lump on the Crease was about right for Outlaw. Well recced. Gets the heart rate up but nothing serious

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?

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