PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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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.

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.

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