PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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iron fraggle    pirate
20/02/2013 at 17:50

I'm sure we'll do plenty ST, so don't panic.  When I've got over my crappy cold (I'm now at the 'exhausted and feeling wobbly' stage) I'll probably do some or all of it most sundays, so there'll always be someone around.


Soupy - might have to cancel the riding this sunday if i feel ropey, but still willing to meet up with you if you want to drive the course (or be driven round so you can take it in better)  will be in touch.

Blisters    pirate
20/02/2013 at 18:21

There most certainly WILL be more recces of the course. I live 2 hours away, but plan a couple of visits. I'll also be modifying my long course training route to include a similar hill at the end of it. For the sake of those who don't want to do the maths on it it's a tiny bit steeper than 1:8. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I happen to have one of those handy. There WILL be walking. Going down it has nearly killed me once, so I tend to avoid it. I think that the cycling afficionados call these "technical descents", but mortals call them something else. Just make sure your brakes are in fantastic condition.

You can use a TT bike if you like, so long as there are fantastic brakes on it, and the bike has got a Granny gear on it.

20/02/2013 at 19:00

Sorry to hear about all the lurgy going round. No probs about this Sunday fraggle, more important for you to get well. 

I'll be riding parts of the course regularly, I live about a 40 min drive away. I'm planning to break it down into sections.  At the end of the day if I have to push up a hill well so be it, I will just have to work hard to pick up my speed on the flatter sections. I'd rather do that than knacker myself and not be able to finish. Now going down - that's scarey so I'd better practice descents as well if I'm going to make up time! 

21/02/2013 at 17:34

Enforced day off - life's 5h1t - moan moan

Got a cycling track session with the club on Saturday evening. Looking forward to that, first time I've ever done it!

Scuba Trooper    pirate
21/02/2013 at 17:52

Badger - Enjoy the track session, what bike will you be using for that?

Wish I'd had a rest day, enforced or otherwise, did an hour in the pool this morning and 45mins at 100rpm on the turbo this afternoon and feel knackered.

21/02/2013 at 22:05
Anyone know when this closes....?
22/02/2013 at 08:38

Scuba - they have track bikes for hire (included in the price)

Orange - I've no idea!

Feeling better today, might do the 30min. Z1 spin session this evening as that's not very taxing. Will be 0/2 for swimming this week though unless I can get to the pool at the weekend (not sure I fancy this though as it's half term )

Scuba Trooper    pirate
22/02/2013 at 14:15

Orange - the website says there are still places, I presume it will stay open unitl they are all taken.

Rafiki    pirate
23/02/2013 at 13:53

Well, did a lap of the new bike course this morning, and my overall conclusion is...... was fecking cold!!!

iron fraggle    pirate
23/02/2013 at 14:21

erm looking forward to it tomorrow (not)    how was Howe Hill ?

Rafiki    pirate
23/02/2013 at 15:06

I think it easier than the old course. Howe Hill is steep, but it's short - only 0.56miles. Its flat to the bottom, and flat again at the top - so if things are really bad, you could easily walk up it and not loose much time. To be honest I was only doing 7mph up it! Whereas Pishill on the old course was a long 8 mile slog, getting steeper at the top.

Depending on the weather tomorrow, I might do bits of it on the TT. What time you going to be about?

iron fraggle    pirate
23/02/2013 at 17:27

Yes I suppose Pishill was a long old slog and pretty nasty at the top when your legs are tired, so a short sharp hill might be better.

we're meeting at 11 Raf at southfields car park

am packing plenty of layers......

23/02/2013 at 19:03

I've bought some new cleats but not putting them on yet cos I don't want to wreck them walking half a mile uphill. Its gonna be cold and I can only find one overshoe.  If this course is easier I'm mighty glad I didn't enter last year. 

See you tomorrow Fraggle. I'll pm you my number just in case. 

Scuba Trooper    pirate
23/02/2013 at 19:11

Fraggle - You will need the layers I had 3 layers  and a waterproof/windproof over the top and that worked for 2 hours/30miles. It snowed the whole time i was out but not settling thankfully.

Rafiki - thanks for the route feedback sounds like an improvement to me.

iron fraggle    pirate
23/02/2013 at 19:14

well, I did the half last year and survived   the best thing this year is not doing the Stonor/Pishill bit 'cos the road surface was awful. See you tomorrow Soupy, and I hope you find your overshoe!

24/02/2013 at 13:43

ugh. Week 2 completed, only managed 4h35 this week with 0 swimming and two full days off due to sniffles.

Most of that was my 2h30 bike today - was going to carry on to make it to 3h but I was so cold - plus it's my birthday so rather fancied some cake

Stats for long ride 2:

2h32m, 37.44mi, 14.8mph avg., 2024ft elevation, avg. HR 127bpm.



iron fraggle    pirate
24/02/2013 at 16:00

Nice to meet up with SoupDragon today and we recce'd some of the course   took a wrong turn on the first 'leg' and ended up going towards Greys rather than henley (we should have turned off before that corner Soupy   ) , but other than that it was ok. weather was horrible, cold snowy and neither of us could feel our feet after 20 mins or so. Soup made it back up Howe Hill  and I had to get off and push after about a third of the way as my legs were dead. Also have not got over my cold as much as I thought and struggled a bit; poor Soup, I had to stop every 20 mins or so to empty my sinuses ; have been coughing loads and yacking up phlegm since I got home and I feel exhausted. A few easy days ahead for me I think. zzzzzzz


24/02/2013 at 16:05

Well we did it. But I've only just thawed my feet out, man it was cold. Anyway here's my verdict.  I like it!  It was a long drag up to Northend but nothing too troubling, just slow and I know I can train to get my speed up a bit. Going down to Greys Court was fast and fun, and although a bit of a drag back up nothing difficult at all. Missed out the other Northend loop and headed directly for the BIG one.  The road sign puts it a 10% and I'm pleased to report that I got up it. I was only going 3mph though and wobbling a bit and it seemed to go on and on, but I did it. The descent back into Henley was fast and even a downhill wuss like me got 30mph. 

There is nothing on the course that isn't manageable although I suspect the 2nd lap will feel tough and the third one, well, I'm not even thinking of that yet. 

24/02/2013 at 16:07

Cross post Fraggle. So we did go wrong afterall - oops. 

Good to see you today and I'm sure you will get up the hill once your lurgy has gone. Well done. 


Blisters    pirate
24/02/2013 at 16:50

Badger, how can a 37 mile ride be classed as "long"? Surely they need to be knocking on the door of 100 miles to be long? The furthest I've ever done is 70 miles, so it's not even in the frame. Truly, I do need to get out on the bike more.

For me, it was 48 miles on Saturday morning, with the gang. Got a puncture halfway round and took FOREVER to fix it. I got some ridicule for that, especially as we were doing an unofficial time trial at that point. I context this was only my second one in 12 months.

I am glad to hear that the Whore's Hill is manageable. I am seriously envisaging walking up it by the time lap 3 arrives. I can believe that my contact points would benefit from a massage by then anyway.

BTW, has anyone else noticed the elevation profile for the swim section?


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