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08/11/2012 at 08:48

Hi Cake.Yes, its around 10k - but in boots, in the autumn with a loaded webbing set. fun fun fun.

Im going to look into any longer distance duathalons. that seems like fun too.

spoke with outlaw management, and perhaps christmas time might see a first block of released places as people suddenly realise how miserable training in winter is after stuffing their necks with turkey and trimmings.

Ill keep the budget intact until then.

got my brick session away - 30+15. enjoyed the run but the bike needs more work. didnt feel taxing enough until I started a couple 1 on 1 off intervals inthe last 10 minutes. im going to have to 'create' a little audio mix to remind me when to up the ante and when to backit down a little. ( as in audio fuel? cant be hard to create a series of sound bites and then edit them into an audio file . might seek out a little 'hollywood' soubbites to give it gravitas - a bit of full metal jacket sargeant enouragement ) . Also, going to try a little sufferfest - mind you, they could use a little dialogue to complement the visuals. ( i do rather like the spinnervals approach )

missed my swim this am as the OH isnt 100%.  will do a reccy at lunchtime and replan for the morning.


hi ho, back to work I go.

09/11/2012 at 21:38

grrrr. feeling lardy.  need to get a bit of running in. just as soon as everyone slopes of to bed, im getting 60 mniutes of self abuse on the treadmill 

may try a few rolling hills or intervals - just to see what the machine can do on these pre-programmed routines.

tomorrow must begin with turbo torture. time for 90minutes of indoctrination. 

Blisters    pirate
11/11/2012 at 21:45

Sarge. A portable DVD player can be picked up for a few scratchings in the high street porn shop or a boot sale. Always presuming that you live in a cash strapped and depressed place like me, ie Britain.

I cobbled together a working one out of the two Christmas presents that my kids destroyed in 12 months.

Hours in the pool plus coaching sessions = technique and endurance. 6 to 9 months, sorted.
Hours pounding the tready or the streets, multiple benefits, weight and endurance. Speed improvements creep in. I don't know how long you'd need to be able to run a full marathon. The second half is a damn sight further than the first half.
Hours on the bike = endurance and saddle arse. The tri people consistently say that its "all about the bike". We've got to be able to cycle 112 miles as though it's a commute to work.


11/11/2012 at 23:29

Unfortunately, sad family news curtailed training plans.

I managed my long run tonight and might get a long bike in tomorrow. sufferfest lined up.  

All depends on events at the hospital.

Blisters    pirate
12/11/2012 at 00:05

oh dear.

Life does have its priorities.

12/11/2012 at 09:15

((((((((sarge))))))))) hope things ok. Don't worry about training, nothing is undone in a few days. Look after you're family. (p.s. We all have lardy days!). 

12/11/2012 at 09:40
Ive had a lardy decade or decade and a half

Thanks for best wishes

Life is about priorities sometimes
14/11/2012 at 16:28

Indeed it is.  In this case, my grandma inlaw ( 102 years young ) is approaching the end after a severe stroke. Full of get up and go, she held court for the majority of her years - and is doing so now as the family at large takes turns to visit and gain an audience.

managed a shorter run last night. 3.7miles or so in 41 mins so making progress, inch by inch. perhaps a brick tonight. we shall se who's turn it is at the hospital.

  just received my race number and start time for aquathon : 864 and 9.42  its all very real suddently.

I have sent them an update - i estimated a much slower swim time so now they have my current best/avg ( 9 is faster than 12 i think ).   Not sure if it will matter at this stage. I should be thinking team colours - but frankly, who puts colours on a mr blobby float ?

best regards to all


14/11/2012 at 16:33
Don't worry you won't be last !

And don't forget you are supposed to be enjoying it
17/11/2012 at 11:11

not done much. life happend. racing tomorrow. in memorium


17/11/2012 at 12:20

sorry to hear your news sgt, my thoughts are with you

17/11/2012 at 19:15
Sorry to hear that Sarge I'm sure gran enjoy watching you from on high tomorrow.
Cortina5    pirate
17/11/2012 at 19:18

Thinking of you and yours Sgt L.

17/11/2012 at 20:55

Sorry to hear your news Sarge and good luck tomorrow thinking of you

18/11/2012 at 12:57

Thats all dusted then. What fun.

swim was excellent - had to wait for traffic but passed the person in front and then the person who joined afterwards. think I went 18 lengths. Ill have to wait for split times when the results go up. if Im around 9 minutes then thats 400. if its around 10 then i was longer.  ( I believe I was faster than standard - but to be honest I did loose track with traffic and overtaking and what have you. )

Now, the run was a different kettle of fish.  came out, transition in the outdoors - donning my new nike tights and top. hrt on - i was around 175 so , i went too hard on the swim maybe and i was stressed a little maybe but still I needed that number to come down. and off we trot. ( I could lie, and call it a cantor, but i wont - because it wasnt ). first two laps had me in a stich and the hrt wouldnt drop no matter how slow I went. until I belched, the stich went and the hrt dropped. ( Indegestion ? or note to self, dont swallow air while swimming )

around the start of the third lap, I allowed another faster person to pass on the inside and whilst not paying attention managed to find the one uneven slippy section of pavement curb( wooded ) and over I went like a premier league footballing arse. I must apologize to anyone nearby as I did use a rather colourfull phrase or three having promised the wife 'ill be fine, its only 5k' and had now snapped my foot of and left it onthe ground behind me ( 'warning:man flu strikes' ).  so after rolling around, and being taken care of by st johns I realised the foot was still attached and I could get on with it. 'tis, but a scratch methinks - montypythonesq'

hobbled around the remaining laps to finish in a net time of 1hr 3mins 51.  

 I have to say, excellent organisation, excellent support from marshals and I really felt the love and encouragement from everyone who passed me. event the pram pushing pedestrians and the old chap walking his dog. 

Im signing up for the next one in March, and I see a half marathon in stafford arond the same time. 

now, I need to RICE my ankle and endure the OH love and attention. . A week of training 

18/11/2012 at 13:50
A week of training to be missed till the ankle stops complaining about the lard its attached too...
18/11/2012 at 15:31

well done sgt, hope your ankle is ok

18/11/2012 at 15:55
8.09 swim thats 56 seconds faster than the club time trial ( and i had to wait for traffic! ).

55.42 for the run( with about 10-15 mins recovery from sprained ankle . )
18/11/2012 at 16:27
Sounds like the bug has bitten !
18/11/2012 at 18:03

OK, i was 107 out of 107. But from their I can only improve. Swim was good, but I definately burned some matches as the hrt demonstrated. Will need to work on that from both ends - more practice/more control/more deep breathing in the transition. that high hrt hurt my running.

thankyou everyone for your thoughts and wishes. bug has taken me out back and given me a damned good slapping around Dave

I want more. im looking for a duathlon in january maybe......Ideally, one that doesnt end with a strapped ankle.  

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