IMUK 2013 Bonkers!

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IronChris68    pirate
11/02/2013 at 09:26

Just to make you fell beter, I drove over sheep house lane last night after my coached swim session, it looks lovely under 4 inches of snow!

Roll on March when I start hiting it in earnest and doing hill climb intervals on it!

11/02/2013 at 14:51

Bones....that was quite some bad luck! Hopefully you've got rid of it all in one go!  Well done on carrying on and cracking out the 60, i didn't even manage to get out sunday morning cos of a bit of rain!!

...and dustbin of ice water is the real deal, good stuff for the knee, may have to think about something like that when i get up to those distances (ice packs for now!)

Hey Chris, what exactly is this Sheep hill like?   Shoud i be afraid, should i be very afraid!!??

IronChris68    pirate
11/02/2013 at 16:11


Sheep house lane isn't to bad, it is about 1.6 miles in length and climbs from about 423ft to 1076ft in this mile and half section, but there is a 200 metre level bit in the middle!

That is a linkto the IM course starting at babylon Lane (COLT alley), in essesnce you are climbing from Eccleston all the way to Sheep House lane, so from mile 22 onwards is continuous climbing.

I like local so if you ever want a slow guided trip around the course let me know


11/02/2013 at 18:44
Cheers for the offer chris, but far away down in paignton otherwise I would jump at trying the course. Good bit of info on the garmin link, helps get an idea of what to expect, now I need an identical hill around here to train on ( fortunately its all bloomin hills around here!)

Listening to my body and having a proper rest day today, needs to recharge the duracells!

Nice win for the reds tonight would just top it off nicely!
IronChris68    pirate
11/02/2013 at 22:17


You had to go and say it, jinxed us, sodding hell LFC what are you doing!!

I will send you a load of info about the route and let me know when you are geting up here for the IM and I will drive you around the course and point out the dangerous bits!


12/02/2013 at 07:33

Chris - Are you doing IMUK this year? If so then I would be happy to meet up with you and train on the course. I have done the loop but need to start doing more on the course, 2 loops perhaps at a hard pace and intervals would be good also. Anyway let me know.

Bones - That was good determined effort following so many punctures and mishaps. The mileage was combined over the week.   


12/02/2013 at 16:12

Sorry Chris, my fault definately jinxed it! 

3k Sprint race tonight, last one of a series, going for under 12mins! DETERMINED !! (but may be out of my physical capabilites!)

12/02/2013 at 17:17

No its Not TT, you can do it, Think about your times, run fast for the 1st K but not too fast, pick it up a bit on the 2nd and try to keep that until half way through your 3rd then up it again in the final 750m.

Of course it easy to say that at your desk!!!


Good Luck mate

12/02/2013 at 21:03
Cheers bones......cracked it 11.53 ...get in...chuffed!!
( had a bit of a rubbish swim afterwards, can't have everything!)
13/02/2013 at 09:41

well done mate, knew you could do it. Dont worry about the swim you beat the 12 min 3k.

Now what have I been upto, commuting every day on my bike as ever, Monday night 6 mile run then into the ice bin!, nothning last night as was making pancakes with the kids.

This morning I did 80 lengths in the pool but I did not kick off from the deep end just turned around making it a 50m lap then a 25 as I kicked off from the shallow end. Also worked on breathing every 3, 5 and 7 strokes. Will run tonight.

Have a great day everyone

13/02/2013 at 21:04
Can't believe missed pancakes!

The question now is valentines night or club 6 miler .....or somehow a clever concoction of both?!
15/02/2013 at 09:29

Morning all, the weekend is almost upon us, time for some serious training!. DId a 6 miler along the Embankment in town yesterday morning striaght from my bike, not bad at 46.09, but when I downloaded it last night my average speed was showing as 628mph!!. I wish.

Just the cycle commute today, gym this morning then its looks to be a nice day tomorrow so going to up the bike mileage and back onto a run straight off it.


Happy training everyone

15/02/2013 at 13:26

Bones, got to admire your persistence after those punctures!  Great training,all.  

15/02/2013 at 15:04

Well if it happened on race day you just cant give up, maybe solid tyres is the way to go forward

16/02/2013 at 10:05

Hi all.

Can anyone advise on which bike to use for this race, please?

I have a new TT and a road bike to which I can apply tribars.

16/02/2013 at 17:29

Hi KT,

I have a specialised allez roadbike bought off my mate and that is what i'm using...i'm afraid i am a newbie and this years bolton will be my first (and probably only!) IM.  Cant really advise properly, bike is deffo my weakest and most worrying discipline.  I have fit tri bars to it recently just to see and quite like them but time will tell.  I guess its what you are happiest with.

In other news i had a run and swim this morning and wish i'd stayed in bed!  One of those mornings that just didn't feel good and stopped the swim after 30 lengths as just couldn't muster enthusiasm.

Thankfully just finished a good lesson with swim coach and that went v well so feeling better about todays training now.

Reaaly need to knuckle down on the bike and get some decent miles/hours in...however youngest 6th birthday and we're off to CREALLY tomorrow and lots of rollercoastering fun so knucling down next week!

17/02/2013 at 19:24

Ktpie - Sorry mate, can't advise you on that one, have look on the tritalk forum. It would appear that quite a few of those that post on there have done IMUK previously and would be in a better position to perhaps offer you the benefit of their wisdom. I am going to use a standard road bike with tri bars.

Sorry to hear you had a bad session at the pool TT, sounds like you have put it behind you, well done.

Together with club members, I did 68 miles today in 3hrs 57mins, ave pace 17mph. I have done around 9hrs cycling this week, a total of 160 miles. I have been putting the time and effort in on the bike and it's starting to show. I have had to sacrifice some run time to fit it in, but I am still happy with my running.  

Week 7 starts tomorrow, nearly a third of the way through the plan, frightening!!! 


17/02/2013 at 21:31

Evening all, all doing well I see, some struggling some not, but we are all moving in the right direction... the finish line.

Saturday a mate and myself headed off into the Kent and Surrey hills. 80.2 miles of cycling. My garmin packed up so am waiting for climbing stats but know it was 4630ft for the first 55 miles. timing was 5hr 42mins so no records on speed but it was all about the climbing. I need to find out where I can get a new battery for my 305!!

I did my usual ice dip and rolling afterwards then this morning plodded out a 8 mile run in 1hr 2 mins ave 7.52 miling. My legs felt rather fresh for a change, should have swam tonight, but had a late dinner. Will catch a sesion either tomorrow morning or evening.

Just calculated my weekly bike mileage Stephen and it came out at 197.7 miles!, Half of that commuting, but that is like one big turbo class, quick off the mark then slow then repeat about 30 times a ride!!!. No wonder I cant stop eating. Have any of you found your eating more and more at the moment? 

Ktpie my advise on the bike would be to look up a local "bikefit" company or shop. Someone who deals with people like us on a daily basis, They can ask if you have any issues with your back, legs etc. Look at how you are seated on the bike and make adjustments for your comfort. Our advise may not work for you. I have a purpose built road bike, but I still get back twinges after about a couple of hours and have to stretch out as I ride, but I think that accounts for most of us. Its about comfort. Its not all about the bike, you could have the lightest meanest machine going, but if you havent got the engine to make them pedals turn (your legs) youve had it.

Sorry I can be of no further help

Edited: 17/02/2013 at 21:37
17/02/2013 at 21:37
Thanks everyone
19/02/2013 at 21:04
Looking at your miles SKav and Bones, I REALLY need to up the miles! (Do you guys have a good rest after the long rides?)
I had a crap training weekend, which is now put behind me, rest day yesterday and back sprinting and swimming tonight....and felt much better again!

So with my Clawhammer cycle race/sportive thingamebob coming up in April I am going to jump my cycle training up a notch further than fink says (I feel quite rebellious to even think about veering off fink!). Well that's the plan anyway, gonna go for it and see what happens.

Anyway started thinking about race nutrition yet?

And..... hopefully without jinxing them, we could really do with a Reds win Thursday night!
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