oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

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Blisters    pirate
25/01/2013 at 21:54

If you're coming to Glos, bring waterproofs and a flask. It's 2 degrees and pissing down, blowing a hoolie too. I'm putting the road bike on the turbo, but then again I don't have a MTB.

Training: As promised, a swim. 100 lengths. 1h15m. A key marker point was hitting 76 in 59m50s. It's important because that's exactly my halfway point, and gives me an idea of what time I could achieve after 152, ie the full ironman swim. Sure I was beginning to get a bit ragged at the 80 length point, but it came back together for 90-100. Once it goes ragged there's no point pushing through to the point of injury. I'm trying to build muscle, not rip it. Steady as she goes, and I'll be there at the end. "I aim to Complete, not Compete".

26/01/2013 at 23:58

Thanks karma and Blisers - brought the MTB down with me, but opted for run as the rain you hinted at () was enough to change my plans. Long run done and will replace mtb with dreaded turbo tomorrow evening when I get back home...

Still going to be a good week though, just a shame to miss out on nice frozen hard mtb trails, a clear blue sky and a fine layer of snow dusting on the trees... Will keep dreaming!

27/01/2013 at 09:54

good morning everyone!


the rain has washed all the snow/ice away ( almost - some of the snowmens remains still remain... )  so, todays the day.  just had an almost ok from the OH and  Im about to venture onto a outside long run.

Outside, not on a treadmill, running, in daylight, where I can be seen.

( truth be told, we banned whale hunting and I'm not paparatzi material, so Ill just have to get on with it. )

what are your plans post snow enforced turbo sessions ?

Mr StOat    pirate
27/01/2013 at 10:05

MTB is supposed to be out later today for a ride round the towppaths and cycle lanes of Stoke with some friends. Just got back from a 7 miler z1-z2 which was quite nice, except the 5 minute hail storm and howling wind, brightened up after that though.

May give a weight sesion a go with a mate later

27/01/2013 at 22:24
7755matt wrote (see)


May give a weight sesion a go with a mate later

Hope he is not too heavy.

28/01/2013 at 10:09

So, my ankle is still complaining, so off to the doctors jsut to see what needs to be done - hopefully strapping, and im not hiding a cracked thingy.

on another note, my runnin gis suffering from terrible stride patterns. shuffling is not running. somethign to work on methinks.

finally, despite traffic nonsense, got my first swin since november in.  now to look a tthe data as the session was short due to the parent / baby lesson at 930.

back in the pool tomorrow.

how you all doing with the floods and what not ?

28/01/2013 at 10:42
18 miles run yesterday a howling gale, 43 miles for the week, and over 120 now for the year
Cortina5    pirate
28/01/2013 at 10:48
90km on the bike yesterday, with a 1.25 km brick. Very windy, cycling sideways at one point.
28/01/2013 at 14:16

18miles. sounds like race retirement is keeping you busy Dave Ex S?

90km ~ 55miles or so IC5 ? 

both numbers Id be very happy to be delivering in/around 3months+ time

so 1080m in 27.20, avg 2.09 for 100m. looks like 8.30ish per 400 when adjusting for errors in capture. ( aquathon race time was 8.09 so not too shabby - more push offs per 400 of course as its 20m pool rather than 25m but first pool session since nov 18th. no backstroke/breast stroke )

SWOLF avg 34, Efficiency Avg 42 ? not sure what that means, I think Ill need more/longer sessions to make sense of it ?

so, up a little earlier tomorrow and a longer session to start the day....what do you have planned ?


28/01/2013 at 15:57
Only retired from IM races....
Cortina5    pirate
28/01/2013 at 17:55

90km is HIM territory Sgt. Furthest I've ridden in a single stint since Outlaw.

Tomorrow may be a race-prep brick or a club tempo run. Can't decide...

28/01/2013 at 18:03
Hill reps tomorrow.
30/01/2013 at 00:00

another core run on plan, if still a little slow. . 60 mins 5 miles. same on the bike for tomorrow. bedtime now


Blisters    pirate
31/01/2013 at 22:52

Having read the thread, I see the usual ups and downs associated with this time of year.

I guess that I'm on a bit of a dip at the moment. I was on great form on the day of my planned marathon, shame about the weather, and shame that I chose the wrong shoes for my 15 mile slippery trot. The calf is settling down, but not gone away, self limiting to 7 miles every other day if timetables allow (they don't).

Swimming continues to be unaffected. I managed three times last week 2k, 2.5k, and coached set1.5k, and will do at least 2 sets this week. Biking's OK too, but not far. The rear wheel is being a bit graunchy. My swim time for the mile seems to be fixed at 47 minutes, building new muscle takes ages.

01/02/2013 at 21:43

Hey ho.  Couple of ays from hell but back on the wagon with a core run tonight!. long bike tomorow and then we'll see

chin up blisters, could be worse. take it steady.  been to the doc about my ankle, its not healed and I shouldnt be running on it. so im not. ( not right now anyhow ).

im up for more pool time next week - 3 sessions in the diary. just have to drag my ass out of bed ot oh crap:30

hows everyone bearing up?

Blisters    pirate
01/02/2013 at 23:56

Got a run today, my calf muscle has responded well to being ignored. Minor niggle caught before it was a major disaster. Flowed around my little 7 mile rat run at 7:26 pace. Happy.
Bike wheel investigated. A summer and winter of rain have turned a new bike rusty, but only inside the rear wheel bearing. Not happy.

04/02/2013 at 15:17

Managed a solid half long bike yesterday on the TT. should really stop worrying about the small stuff and stay focused for the ride. much better quality session than previous efforts, just need to stretch the duration out 100%

managed to jump in the pool for 1400m at lunchtime - 31mins, 2min/100 avg.

If I hadnt been late / struggled with the pensioners breast stroke immitation/discussion club...... why wont they put a front crawl lane in?

shoulders not playing up - feeling good ( except the ankle is a moaning minnie ). aiming to recover my missed long run tonight and rest tomorrow - ready for the bike as normal...


how you all doing ? 

Was nice to see that MP finally cough perverting the course of justice. I d hope they bang the little sod up, ban him and fine him and dont let him off with a caution - and we'd never have known if he wasnt having his cake at home and having some more 'away'

04/02/2013 at 15:52
Sounds good training Sgt.
What's a bike ? Forgotten what mine looks like
Managed another 40 mile run week, including a seriously loony 20 miler in the Lakes that had 3000ft of ascent !
Edited: 04/02/2013 at 15:52
04/02/2013 at 16:54

your proper hard, ex spartan! loony = running 20 miles in the lakes, seriously good effort. ( I do quite fancy a lake swim in the lakes when I get my wetsuit...but im not running in the lakes. its far too lumpy )

i was really enjoying the bike session, felt really good once Id dropped the saddle back to road bike position and stopped pretending its a tt bike. nice position, got onto the bars a couple of times and bashed out solid blocks on effort in cadence...

details of the bike : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/269423237

the swim would have been better except for traffic. pretty sure the 20m pushoffs are helping my pace - cant wait to get into a 25m pool!  Maybe when im northampton later this week, its 25m(ish) curved wall to curved wall. and it has less traffic

details of the swim : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/269603481


Goals are another effort tonight to make up for a poor weekend. ( ive had my rest day and then another late last week ). then a swim and a run tomorrow  BUT perhaps, bike yesterday, run tonight, bike tomorrow, run after that, bike then run and normal service. couple of swims intheir also...

04/02/2013 at 17:09
Do the Derwentwater swim sportif in May Hope I'm going to find time

Forget to mention that my OH beat me on our 20 miler by about 5 minutes

She is a nutter
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