oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

getting started with stupid questions and a goal

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Cortina5    pirate
15/03/2013 at 21:55

TrainerRoad can give you an idea of the power you can generate (called FTP) if you have a speed & cadence sensor. It can also do a similar job via a HRM.  It has a wide variety of turbo plans and workouts, all scaled to your FTP.

For the $10/month it is a superb investment and I have seen some great improvements since I have been using it.

Regardless of what you're training for it can help you stay in the right training zone - endurance for IM, threshold for sprint & Olympic, etc.

And best of all, you can drop your Sufferfest videos in to it and find out how much you've been slacking

16/03/2013 at 08:13

thanks cat, I'll think about it - I am guessing it will link with the garmin 910xt then via the  ant stick in the laptop? Might save it till next winter though when I hopefully start training for the full outlaw 2014

16/03/2013 at 08:16

in concur IC5, trainerroad is the best 10$ I ever spent on  membership.

start now, build your base, storm 2014.


16/03/2013 at 08:18
Just heading out on my last 20 miler before Paris, can someone remind me what a bike is again ?
Doner Kebab    pirate
16/03/2013 at 08:48

i just started trainer road last night, seems to be quite cool, just wish i had the fan set up and not done hill reps earlier. im donerkebab on TR. how many are on there - seen cat5 but thats all i know who use it atm

training effect only works with the 910 btw


Cortina5    pirate
16/03/2013 at 09:41
mathschick wrote (see)

thanks cat, I'll think about it - I am guessing it will link with the garmin 910xt then via the  ant stick in the laptop? Might save it till next winter though when I hopefully start training for the full outlaw 2014

Do yuo have an ANT+ stick with your 910? That's what it links with. You do need the speed & cadence sensor. If not, you'll need to get both. You can still record the ride on the 910 but the main feedback is from your computer screen.

Doner Kebab wrote (see)

i just started trainer road last night, seems to be quite cool, just wish i had the fan set up and not done hill reps earlier. im donerkebab on TR. how many are on there - seen cat5 but thats all i know who use it atm

training effect only works with the 910 btw


I'll start a new thread for TR goodness.

18/03/2013 at 22:00
Ok, good news:bad news ...

Good news: got my longish run in.
Bad news: still struggling to get fast

Opportunity : fartlek

Bad news: been to court and got a proper slap in the wallet
Good news: points not ban

Opportunity : a month on the public transport system will betheraputic

Hws everyones traing going?
Cortina5    pirate
18/03/2013 at 22:04

Lesson learnt?

Good workout though.

Lunch recovery turbo here then swim tonight. RH quad is somewhat larger than the LH one...Hmm.

Edited: 18/03/2013 at 22:14
Blisters    pirate
18/03/2013 at 23:35

Like you say, GNBN.

I managed to get a swim at the pool that was 3.8km long! 152 lengths and well within cut off times.

I'm still miles away form the biking.

I also need another 22 miler this month.

19/03/2013 at 09:09

I must get back on track now one of my challenges is addressed. back on track with the diet, back on track with the swimming and push the bike/run durations out a little every week.

Lesson learned and burned in. ( NB - Do not exceed the limit through the VSL area on any motorway at any time. be conservative and take your time !). A month on the train will drill home the consequences of being an arse again.

anterior calf(?) more than a little tender - and I should be running tonight. May have to trade for a 60 min turbo session. and my feet ache from walking miles to the train station/back again.  

Allegedly, they are re-opening my local pool *(2 yrs late ) . rumours of it being corrected to Olympic distance abound ( what use is a pool just shy of olympic distance ? ) no doubt it will need paying for

OOOH - get the quad checked - they are not supposed to be different sizes - maybe you got something amiss!  any other symptoms?

best wishes everyone

19/03/2013 at 10:40
Dunno about your quads.... My right bicep is twice the size of my left one teehee.
31/07/2013 at 15:41

ah ha!

rumours of my death are wildly inaccurate if not still rather desired.

been a bit slack. bit a tad stupid. been rather unlucky.

slack : lost the will to persevere. yes , I know HTFU, but I couldnt be arsed.

stupid : i mentioned the idiot driving.

unlucky : twisted bad ankle again. double pneumonia. funded a couple of MP's pay rise through a tax correction going back a year or three - ps. taxman is a bit like the mob, they want their money - why cant you sell a kidney and get it now ?.

so all plans went in the toilet. i became a tad distracted/dispondent. had my huff. needed a shed to have the huff in but cant afford a shed now. crawled in a hole and cursed my luck. moped about a lot. mardy little fcuk i was.

and ... well, the sun ame out while I couldnt do anything and stayed out until i could do something and im out of the grump and back to it. consultant gave the all clear - exercise wont kill me ( and i can make it up the stairs without a sitdown now ). ankle's still miserable but no reason why....

weights up 3lbs in 4 or 5 months. fitness is not quite back to shocking. ( walked 3 mile in 45, ran a few miles recently. biked rather more miles recently. being nudged into a gym membership so I can swim lots....gotta love the OH.

eye's back on the prize : ironman at 200lbs, not lardman at 283.

other than everything, what did I miss ?

Cake    pirate
31/07/2013 at 16:18

You’ve not missed much a few races got done by folks, a few bad jokes gone banded about and the website crashed. Whats your plan now then fellar are you thinking of a race in 2014 and if yes which one.

05/08/2013 at 09:27

( Was fun poppng into the expo at the weekend - prior to race day and race briefing )

( Wisely, I left the plastic at home : you could put a serious two week family holiday abroad sized dent in your finances, and is their anything that they wont brand and sell ? and besides, Goerge O has already cancelled the holiday )

Goals ?

35lbs deficit by Halloween

Burntwood aquathon ( mid Nov - without the ankle disaster 1 year on ) - aiming to be under 44mins

another 21lbs off by christmas

but outlaw half and ironman full seem appropriate ( from this distance ) as 'A' races. I gather outlaw is moving later inthe summer - so will clash with the branded event ?

with a smattering of minor milestones ( half marathon, aquathon, duathalon, marathon, olympic ) and a bit of prudent ( earned ( sans xxlbs Lard )) spending...( go faster tri bars, deep section powertap wheels, wetsuit etc )


should make the next 12 months more enjoyable than the last 3 or so...


Edited: 05/08/2013 at 11:04
05/08/2013 at 13:58

hrt is almost all in the shitter ?  course - mostly flat. didnt feel that hard. wasnt pushing the pace unduly.


perhaps Im not over the pneumonia after all?  

basically, i know im a knacker but WTF ? wasnt this bad when i wasnt exercising at all.

Cake    pirate
07/08/2013 at 12:51

Don't panic mate it will take you a little time to get back in the swig of things.

Zakalwe-Outlaw    pirate
11/08/2013 at 15:16

Just a thought when I was based near Birmingham I managed some of the mid week duathlon series at Silverstone (easily within 90 mins drive of Brum).  They run them weds/thurs throughout summer and its generally 2 - 10 - 2, closed course excellent little series well worth a look and certainly a good kick for any training. Also if your a petrol head its very good fun going round that awesome track...  just a thought.

21/08/2013 at 10:46

Im getting some stuff done, but nothing consistent. Work, Holidays, Family and the weather : its all too distracting.

daughters got into Uni. thats supposed to be a good thing but the stress of not knowing and the reality of knowing has the same impact on the household. lol.

linning up september ( as a return to school means more structure/stability ) as a programme start.  meanwhile a few 5k runs and a few 45 min turbo efforts with the odd endurance swim.

getting ready to enter outlaw double bill. This should focus the mind a little. starting tonight with a little subliminal messaging....

though i had made progress on the weight. - 9lbs in thre weeks but diffreent scales tell different stories. a right load of gonads.

im worrying too much about technique when ive got to rid myself of the padding. the technique is broadly ok, the padding makes the effort harder.

time for a trainerroad/rubberglove FTP test tonight after a day or two 'resting'. then ( ideally ) a morning swim with a 2.5k goal for the hour.  a run on friday - would love to hit 10k again, long bike saturday morning and then holidays

i shall also take a before picture in the pirate suit for my own motivation. Its not a pretty picture, so I wont be sharing. 

whats everyone else up to?


Cake    pirate
21/08/2013 at 12:37

At the oment just getting back into it. Had to take time off this year because of a family illness and lost a lot of speed and put on to much weight. With luck got a few tri's and marathons in the next 3 months or so and should have me back on track for a IM on 2014.

If you ahve a pirate suit have your throught of hanging it somewher you can see if every day? what I did in 2010 when I popped my IM cherry and the oh sh*t I need to earn that factor helped with motivation on bad days.

02/09/2013 at 16:24

totally fed up. again.

Well, i did a bit ( 1 5k run one 6k run, 1 FTP tester session - trainerroad rubberglove loved it ; FTP w=now at 225relatively speaking ) then holiday ... where things went astray

firstly, their is no 3g in wales. anywhere. ( except on llandudno , at the bottom of the orme tram thingy ) - so trying to register for outlaw whent the links went out was a tad irritting.

so, off we go looking for wifi and wifE clicks on why im so keen to be online and lays down the law : you nearly died last month - you should be dead. youd be dead and then where would we be ( not in wales I thought out loud - which on reflection was not a good choice) ? stop being an incosiderate arse - you cant do 'that' until your 'not a fat slob' ( i edited the choice langauge and got down to the essential components ).  'But its filling up and its a year away when i will have lost the weight and ( tantrum time ) and i wont be able to enter then - so let me enter now and ill cancel if im not thin by january.....honest '

not having a word of it. so no going long. ( shes not great at subterfuge or white lies - so no entering on the QT and what have you ) not going half long. not happy camper. ( queue tantrum )

(dead, my arse - it was a just a touch of atypical double pneumonia - and that only kills the yound and the old some of the time. ive had worse. )

no, i pay for the trousers, but i long since stopped fighting over who wears them.

the upside is i (she signed me up ) joined the gym to get access to a pool, and shes ok for me to enter next year when it wont kill me. 2015.

and I can do olympic distance stuff.

what a load of gonads. 



 Im thinking the same thing you are :

enter and be damned you big girls blouse?

what are you, man or ironman ?

be gratefull, you could have entereed and then had to negotiate ?


f'off lard. youre not funny.


any tips on bypassing the wife ultimatum gratefull received so long as its not involving a shotgun, shovel and a new patio floor.

i wonder if a relay slot might pass muster ? part iron better than no iron at all ? where to sign up i wonder.



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