oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

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04/01/2013 at 12:28

You focus on the long term and allow yourself the right to be ill. Focus on feeling better, the rest will follow. All my plans for this year I was aiming for last year. For varying reasons didn't happen... Although frustrating, you battle what life throws at you and find positivity from the small steps in the right direction. 

05/01/2013 at 21:36

Life has thrown me some real curve balls this year all out of my expectations or control as they say "shit happens" I have also spent the last three months injured and have had a 2012 that I am thankful to see the back of on many levels!

I take the view that I got fitter last year so I will do it again this year and quicker this year, agree with Mrs Digger all you can do is "control the controllables" roll with the rest and remain positive

Sarge I bet you have still done more last year than you did the previous year

05/01/2013 at 22:33

got my run in, pushed hard and burned the matches - 5k PB now 34"10'.

little stiff today, nice gentle run tomorrow for an hour....

Many Thanks ALL !  Indeed, 2st lighter, fit enough to run, bike, swim for an hour. onwards and upwards!

08/01/2013 at 10:56


Managed a nice 45 min z2 run this morning before breakfast. Run went well, behaved myself on pace/hrt and then got on with my day.  Training in the morning lark might just be the ticket to keep the OH sweet in the evening.....

I tidied up the kitchen, polished kids shoes, made breakfast in bed, got my run in, had breakfast myself and got to the office ahead of time.  dont know what Im going to do with my evening though......


08/01/2013 at 12:26

sgt - I find that training in the morning is best, doesn't take time away from the family (they are all in bed so have no idea), and you don't have that feeling when you get home shattered from work that you ought to go and train.


08/01/2013 at 15:55

well done Sarge.  glad to hear that you're on the mend and back training.

when i started out on this IronMan thing i made a deal with the Mrs that she would support me and take up the slack and i would do the majority of my training in the mornings so that it wouldn't encroach on family life too much. having 4 kids to pick up, feed, take to clubs etc takes a big chunk of your evenings up so i need to pull my weight. yes it means i have to get out of bed a couple of hours earlier in the mornings but so what; your body gets used it and it's my ambition not anyone elses so it's only fair that i make the majority of the sacrifices.

Good training day today.  Pre-dawn run - 3 miles in 23 minutes and Zombie swim this lunchtime - 3750m in 1h 20m

09/01/2013 at 13:33

very lazy this morning. 3 alarams, and I didnt get out of bed but to turn the bloody things off.

brick session tonight now, bike session in  the morning.

A little discipline is required mr Lard! until the habit is formed.

09/01/2013 at 16:19

apparently it only takes 21 days for a habit to form

09/01/2013 at 16:40

Come on young Lard, This training wont do itself...... and I can promise without it you will be in a whole world of pain come race day...

10/01/2013 at 07:27

Brick session delivered to plan

todays bike session a little short on time but first bike only for  month and it was still oh my god o'clock when i finished. 

loving my garmin & cadence/speed sensor

ordered a foot pod - just cant be arsed with nike+ nonsense

hey ho, to the bank we go !

11/01/2013 at 10:47

SO, I like training in the morning. I just dont like getting up when the alarm rings loud.

( going to have to fix that - arse out of bed with the alarm, not a n hour later ! )

sill, got my 45min z2 run in before breakfast/tripple S and a dash to the office.

And I just checked and am officially IN the half and full outlaw.

hope your all having fun!  Ill be under my desk sucking my thumb if Im needed!

12/01/2013 at 09:20

eventually got my ass up out of bed, and got on the bike.

however the quality is somewhat lacking, as is the duration.  Im struggling to get the form having had so long doing nothing.....

rather worried today as ive got the outlaw doble header lined up and I dont have the legs for it !

Blisters    pirate
12/01/2013 at 18:33

Just thought I'd pop along to say hi. Otherwise it was beginning to look like you'd started talking to yourself.

Personally I don't understand all this zone 123456789 stuff. I jut get on me bike and cycle for a few hours. After all, come the day there's a shitload of mileage to bike out before we can get to the hard stuff. Unlike you though, I'm still not confident of getting to T1. If I do make the cut off, there should be no problems finding my bike.


13/01/2013 at 13:18

im not talking to myself Blisters.  Ive let myself down, so sent myself to coventry 

besides the voices in my head, say 'dont listen to him, hes not your friend. you should kill him.......'

anyhow, managed my 60 min long run that should have been 80 min. I killed the treadmill.  the deck has started to split, and its just a tady springy to run on at the moment.  looking for replacement parts is not making me smile. so of to get a quote or three before panic sets in.

part might be around 100, job might be 2 hours of someone trained. so 200-250 all in. 

13/01/2013 at 13:57

just run outside sgt - much nicer and cheaper

13/01/2013 at 14:03

outside. where the common people go...... is that allowed ? ( can you tell the OH ? )

Ill check the goverment tag....

13/01/2013 at 14:07

yes, out there!! 

13/01/2013 at 22:52

ill be running outside on Tuesday, not sure what route to take : should I stay flatish or live with short steep hill or the longer one ?  45-60 minutes, z2 etc etc

garmin tells me my run cadence is around 75 over 5 miles.  no idea if thats good or bad, except i need to be covering 7 miles in that run.

Hows everyone else doing ? 

evening all.

14/01/2013 at 17:16

any old route will do - I would choose the one with the least ice, so go for one where the road is gritted! don't worry about the distance, if you are doing 60mins you are doing 60 mins, don't go quicker to try to get distance covered if that is going to take you out of z2. However, if you are running uphill, don't worry that your hr goes above z2 for while you are going uphill.

cadence - don't really know much about that, apart from the fact that my physio has told me to try to increase mine! I did read that about 180 (so I guess your garmin should be reading 90), is optimal, so maybe try for shorter quicker steps. Be prepared for it to feel very different if you have done all your running on a treadmill up to now

14/01/2013 at 18:11

Im enjoying a day on my backside cake. no training on my day of rest....

PHEW! mathschick. I had wondered how the hell you could get a caddence of 180 and not be sprinting like your life depended on not being caught by Usain bolt.  90 seems more doable. 

Im wondering how to make the switch on the brick session ( from turbo to non treadmill. ) might have to open the doors and gate in readiness for a qhick dash - but im not keen on charging up the road in my cycling lycra...... not a sight desired to let people keep their dinner down

couple of 3-4mile loops around the estate for tuesdays selection. i think a gentle flat/downhill start and then a gentle uphill struggle before a bit for flat and a return to home for resussitation. 


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