PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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19/02/2013 at 18:09

ok will do. Sunday it is. Anyone else? I just want to know what I've got to train towards and if I see how far I can get up it now then I'll have a good yardstick for how much I've improved later in the year. 

Scuba Trooper    pirate
19/02/2013 at 18:15

Fraggle/Badger - Hope the colds go quickly.

Glad the course has finally been announced and that I went out on hiller route today for my 50min ride. I know that hill will be a lung buster but the long stretches of flat and fast roads can be just as hard pushing the big gear for ages without a break.

Soup/fFraggle - please report back if you go for a recce.

Rafiki    pirate
19/02/2013 at 18:17

I'll be heading out that way over the weekend no doubt. Let me know when you ladies are planning to go.

But maybe do a proper recce ride sometime with everyone?

That hill is quiet nasty coming back up into Nettlebed!! Should be fun!

19/02/2013 at 18:20

I won't be doing a full recce. I plan to drive the whole course and ride a couple of hills to get an idea but meeting up with anyone on the way for joint wibble would be very welcome. 

Rafiki    pirate
19/02/2013 at 18:36

Do people fancy meeting at Starbucks on Sunday morning then - where we can drink lots of coffee, eat huge cakes and talk each other out of riding up and down them dam hills??

M...eldy    pirate
19/02/2013 at 18:43

Oi!!  Rafi, I am watching you know !!!     Get yer arse out of starbucks and up them feckin hills.

19/02/2013 at 18:46

I could be talked into doing the 37 miles at a slow pace, and with a cake stop half way. I might have to get off and push up the hills at some point too but so long as you don't laugh at me (well not too much) I might agree to be sociable.   My longest ride this year has been 20 miles so I've got some training to do

Otherwise plan A and Rafs plan for starbucks. 

Rafiki    pirate
19/02/2013 at 18:47

People say nutrition is an extremely part of any training regime  Blueberry muffin = nutrition! Simples!

19/02/2013 at 19:39

Cheers all. Managed a 30min run OK (it was a lovely day down here) but I am skipping the club swim session tonight - it can only make my sneezing/runny nose/sore throat worse! Hopefully I'll be OK for the Thursday sesh.

I'm a little apprehensive about the bike route and I would class myself as OK on hills! I'm not seeing how the course is being described as fast with 2000m of climbing...

Unfortunately it's a two hour drive from me from the South coast so I await someone to sort an 'official' bike route recce

Maybe we could do a number of recces. Perhaps a 1/2/3 lap recce, increasing as we get nearer to race day?

iron fraggle    pirate
19/02/2013 at 21:07

Right, I think Soupy and I are going to do most of the loop on sunday (missing out the Nuffield bit), meeting at 11 in one of the car parks and going at a relaxed pace and hopefully not getting too scared of the hills


19/02/2013 at 21:11

And we are talking slow so although you are welcome to join us, don't moan if its too slow for you - or we will make you do the hills twice while we catch up. 

Blisters    pirate
19/02/2013 at 21:27

20 miles biked this evening, it looked lovely with the sun setting.
Froze my funkin fingers off though.

Let's have a peek at this new bike rout and "cheeky" hill then. I can't come down Sunday. There's a minor issue of a wife's birthday party.

Blisters    pirate
19/02/2013 at 21:28


When I said bike rout, I meant route. The other spelling implies carnage.....

Blisters    pirate
19/02/2013 at 21:51


Anyone who's driven along the M40 will be familiar with the Stokenchurch cutting. That's the hill, but without the benefit of the gentle cutting.

Have you noticed, but even the swim section appears to have a gradient profile!

Tenby seems positively gentle by comparison now.

iron fraggle    pirate
19/02/2013 at 22:01

Indeed, when we drive to the in-laws, we go on that road up to the M40 and always say 'hmm, wouldn't like to cycle up that hill"   

still, just need to zip up the man suit and get on with it

Rafiki    pirate
19/02/2013 at 22:05

If it makes you feel any better, I've hit 47mph down that hill  And its not that bad on the way back up....honest!

iron fraggle    pirate
19/02/2013 at 22:14

err thanks Raf

19/02/2013 at 22:27

Is it too late to swap to doing Wales? 

20/02/2013 at 17:08

Make sure you report back here troops after your initial recce this weekend - we're all counting on you

Feeling a little bit worse today Trained at lunch time though - probably shouldn't have done that. Although I didn't feel that bad it still certainly takes the enjoyment out of it. I'm now thinking I should probably take a day or two off...until I'm 100% again. I'm crap at being ill - typical bloke.

Back to the bike course - I take it it's still TT bike's all the way?

Scuba Trooper    pirate
20/02/2013 at 17:16

Anyone got any dates in mind for a another recce? I live over an hour away and have to think about the family so need a bit of notice to be able to organsie it. Also I've only got up to 25milse on the bike, 30miles planned for this weekend so a few more weeks traingn required before a multi lap recce.

Badger - Take it easy.

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