PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Blisters    pirate
22/01/2013 at 20:12

I am being tempted with Stratford marathon after Gloucester got cancelled.

Swimming remains an area that needs work.

Big bike rides planned as solo efforts, unless I can persuade someone of similar level to tag along. (sorry, x post) I am very aware that bike endurance is the key to this event. My basic philosophy was thus:
2012: Have stupid idea, and believe in the possible.
-learn to swim front crawl. (3x per week since April)
-enjoy cycling (1x per week)
-start back into running.
-enter a baby tri or two.

After September 2012, it was:
-rebuild the marathon fitness, target race January, no target time.
-maintain the swimming (2x per week at the moment)
-bike a bit harder (1x per week, but sometimes back to back off the long run)

After Christmas 2012, it was:
-now I have a turbo, that means more bike sessions
-focus those long runs, January is mighty close
-swim (2x per week)

And now.
-I want a marathon, to see where the rebuild has got to.
-A focussed long bike ride that's NOT 12 hours after a 22 mile pacey run.
-Swimming appears to remain a challenge. I could plod 80 or 100 lengths, I could work harder for 64, but that is clearly in poor style because I tense up, and that's where injuries come from. I worry about the swim cut off.

Edited: 22/01/2013 at 20:27
Scuba Trooper    pirate
27/01/2013 at 18:03

UB - No riding experience until the last couple of months when I bought my first road bike. 24 miles or 1:30hr on a turbo is the furthest I've managed so far. I'm going to up the bike time compared to Fink. I'm reading "Going Long" at the moment and they put a lot of emphasise on the bike.

Blister - I'm working hard on the swim too with 3 sessions a week and one of them is with the tri club to get some coaching input.

Managed 9 sessions (3 of each) and about 8hrs this week. Next week is cut back week and I feel like I need it.


27/01/2013 at 18:51
Rafiki wrote (see)

website says 177km Cat - cheating again eh??

Alas its the same day as Enduroman (and 2 weeks after Lanza) - think I'll go to Enduroman to cheer DK on and throw things at Seren

thanks Raf I hadn't checked the date and I'm doing Endurman Half and yelling abuse at DK too. Don't throw things at me though.  

Phew, perfect excuse to avoid the C100. 

Rafiki    pirate
27/01/2013 at 19:03

 all depends Soupy..... are there going to be any cakes going at Enduroman???

27/01/2013 at 19:17

Not if you are going to throw them at me.   Unless its for fuel as I go past on the run.  

I'm looking forward to Enduroman. There might be double cakes for DK. 

seren nos    pirate
27/01/2013 at 19:20

Rafiki wrote (see)

website says 177km Cat - cheating again eh??

Alas its the same day as Enduroman (and 2 weeks after Lanza) - think I'll go to Enduroman to cheer DK on and throw things at Seren

don't think you can hide on here and insult me without knowing.............and you won't be able to throw things at me because I will be going too fast......

27/01/2013 at 19:26

Rafs in trouble. 

27/01/2013 at 20:20

Raf's always in trouble.  It's his middle name

27/01/2013 at 20:22

Soup - do you have a gpx of the corto route?

Rafiki    pirate
27/01/2013 at 21:10

27/01/2013 at 21:19

not sure Schmunks. I might have, I'll have a look back and let you know. 

27/01/2013 at 21:52

corto route last year - harder than most years with Wardrobes added in where I fell off. 

Henley is going to be fun - I could be pushing the bike a bit.


Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:46

Looks like the route has been agreed.....this form today's Henley Standard:

Parish councils, businesses and Henley MP John Howell were surprised to learn the final route had been decided without them being consulted.

Event organisers Just Racing UK had circulated three possible routes among affected parish councils, most of which raised objections.

Now a fourth previously unseen route has been agreed with Oxfordshire County Council which will be used for the third annual triathlon event on Sunday, September 8.

The Challenge competitors will race along sections of the A4130 between Henley and Nuffield and the B481 between Nettlebed and Watlington. Three tourist attractions are likely to have to close and businesses along the route will also be affected by the 12-hour road closures that will be needed.

Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:48

Quick look at the map, makes the route a little easier I think

Mr Zuvai    pirate
30/01/2013 at 10:54

fantastic news - on both accounts!

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
30/01/2013 at 12:32

I'll echo that, ever so glad it's sorted.

Also I'll be really surprised if there is a Challenge Henley in 2014 (but I wouldn't be surprised if Challenge Maidenhead or something like that appeared).

cougie    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:04
Will there be a practice weekend planned ? In the summer when its nice and warm I hope ?
30/01/2013 at 13:09

I hope this news is true! Hoo-bloody-rah!

I am definitely up for a recce - I'd be up for a few actually. Maybe a 1 loop, 2 loop and then 3 loop affair (assuming it's still three loops?) Can someone explain how the bike course is easier - less hills I presume? I think they quoted 1800m climbing on the original course - any idea what this might be down to now?

Looking forward to starting training - Finkettes you have 11 days and counting!

Rafiki    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:10

 Cougie I should think so......finishing at a rather nice ice cream parlour.......

The new route is also a lot smoother than the old. I cycled teh old route last weekend - its was bumpy enough before, but this last bought of snow and ice has taken its toil!!

Edited: 30/01/2013 at 13:24
iron fraggle    pirate
30/01/2013 at 13:24

UB the old route was a real boneshaker rutted minor roads so loads of rolling resistance!. Now, is there that gurt great big hill between nettlebed and Watlington, or is it after watlington b4 the M40 ? (fingers crossed for the former  )

good to see that they've sorted the route out - but will this shut up teddybear woman?

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