PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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25/02/2013 at 08:58

No worries Blisters. I think it's fair to say we've all got work to do!

Scuba - there was a list I think nearer the beginning of this thread. I noticed the comments in a few of the other threads too. I will dig up the list and we can get it updated  I think we may be pleasantly surprised!

Rafiki    pirate
25/02/2013 at 09:10

Good point badger. Latest list I could find:

CH - entered
Barley
Blisters
ChallengeCheggers
Fraggle
Gladys
Iron SwissBobby
Iron Dreamer
M.eface
Rafiki
Scuba Trooper
Soupy
Ultimate Badger
Ultra Cougie

CH Half- arsed
Bedders
Hope

25/02/2013 at 12:35

This thread keeps reminding me that I must start swimming again...  

I think Hope is out of the half-arsed btw. Lazy mare!

seren nos    pirate
25/02/2013 at 13:36

yes i think she has to be somewhere else that day....

Blisters    pirate
25/02/2013 at 19:53

Scuba, I did have Gloucester marathon as a January target, but it got cancelled. Now I'm looking ahead to April and Shakespeare - Stratford. Always a good forum turn out for that, it's Mick n Phil's home town. The Glos people might even get around to offering a discount entry to something else on the basis that they haven't returned so much of a brass bean from the entry fee of £30.

Dubai Dave    pirate
26/02/2013 at 08:24

CH - entered 
Barley 
Blisters 
ChallengeCheggers 
Fraggle 
Gladys 
Iron SwissBobby 
Iron Dreamer 
M.eface 
Rafiki 
Scuba Trooper 
Soupy 
Ultimate Badger 
Ultra Cougie

CH Half- arsed 
Bedders 
Hope
Dubai Dave
AA 

 

26/02/2013 at 21:19

Good day today 45 min Z2 run (fasted) at 06:30am and a 1 hour swim this evening done as 6x400m (alternating straight/pull) with a generous rest interval. I'm gonna smash this week as it's recovery week next week. Happy training all. 

27/02/2013 at 22:20

Well done Badger. My recovery week is this week. It should really be next week too, but life got in the way the last couple of days. Got a 5 mile run planned tomorrow though. 

28/02/2013 at 08:44

Yeah, life does that doesn't it!

List updated (Hope removed)

CH - entered 
Barley 
Blisters 
ChallengeCheggers 
Fraggle 
Gladys 
Iron SwissBobby 
Iron Dreamer 
M.eface 
Rafiki 
Scuba Trooper 
Soupy 
UltimateBadger 
Ultra Cougie

CH Half- arsed 
Bedders 
Dubai Dave
AA

Edited: 28/02/2013 at 08:44
Scuba Trooper    pirate
28/02/2013 at 18:00

Badger - Nice swim session.

Should really be my rest week this week but saving that for next week after a half marathon on Sunday. After a swim and turbo on Tuesday and a swim and run Wednesday I did my long ride today (2:20 and 36miles) with 20min brick run and I feel totally spent now. Easy swim tomorrow morning and the Tri show in the afternoon (maybe try and fit in a little run too). Any one else at the Tri show tomorrow?

28/02/2013 at 18:47
Sadly dont think i can get out of work early enough, so will probably be there Saturday. Thinking about it, I could also pick up race number for the Spring Spitfire 20 (Sunday) and get a few extra mins lie in
28/02/2013 at 21:16

I ain't got time for shows - I'm training! 

Another 2km in the pool tonight (4.5km this week!) and a 45 min Z1 100+ RPM session at lunch. Going for my first cycle commute of the year tomorrow - must mean Spring's coming!

28/02/2013 at 22:12

Evening. I'm going to the tri show on Saturday and will be biking there. 

A lovely 5 mile run home from work today. I almost dread the run days but after the first mile I love it, especially this easy zone 2 stuff. 

Blisters    pirate
28/02/2013 at 23:47

Swim session. Proper one. Today was another progress day.
16L = 400m= 10:05 without trying
64L = Mile= 41:39 PB by about 2 minutes.
100L= 2.5km= 65:35 PB
I started off the session trying to be ultra smooth and breathing every 3rd stroke. Amazingly I actually managed to get decent air on my unfavoured left side. That alone would have been considered to be progress. But I'm counting lengths because they all count, so reverted to RHS breathing only.
I do need to keep doing this sort of session, because it's what will build up the feeble arm muscles, and I need to do this plus 50%, with it all feeling under control. I was a bit tired around the 80 mark to be honest.
Happy swimbler.

01/03/2013 at 08:13

What's your 400PB Blisters? Do you get any coaching?

01/03/2013 at 13:38

I did 65 miles on the bike yesterday and ran and swam. Today I've just been and done what may be the best 120 lengths I've ever done. I can't believe it's really down to it but I had 2 large americano's at the local coffee place before I went - I may have to try the caffeine gels out now.

01/03/2013 at 17:16

Well done on the swim cheggers and blisters. 

Blisters I would also recommend swim coaching, A lot of it is technique that can make it feel easier. Having said that I have coaching but I'm only up to 1000m - but its not tiring and I stop if feel I'm struggling so as not to implant bad form. I'm a very slow swimmer as well, my best 1 mile time has been 48 mins (open water) and my best 400m time is 9.5 mins in the pool. Don't think I've ever done a mile in the pool but going to give it a go soon. 

Caffeine eh? The caffeine gels help my running when I'm tired I know that, but never had them for swimming. 

Blisters    pirate
01/03/2013 at 17:26

I've not been swimming properly for a full year yet, and I get Tri club swim coaching as part of a group on Sundays. My progression has been in steps and consolidations, with this past 3 weeks seeing a significant leap forward. That coincides with the last 400TT, which compared with a race time of 9:56. I'm pretty sure that a race time set with a group of similarly paced folk would see it destroyed, or even set with the people in my coaching lane.
At my end of the swim spectrum I can actually feel the improvements in the water.

The truth is that I've spent 10+ years running training, and always HATED swimming. I don't mean disliked, I do mean HATED. I am so overjoyed about my current ability, you wouldn't credit it, in fact I'm enjoying spending an hour in the pool. In fact, I am currently approaching a point where I am at risk of getting close to my wife's mile (40min) and 2.5k (60min) times. The fish like elder daughter need not fear though.

Edited: 01/03/2013 at 17:27
01/03/2013 at 20:10

Top biking Cheggars.

Keep trucking Blisters! You've definitely got the swim endurance already. I'd try and bias your training towards technique now with drills etc. There's plenty of time for long swim sessions further down the line. I don't do long continuous swims in the pool (I save those for open water) and do shorter intervals really trying to hone my technique. My 400 p.b. from a few weeks back is 7:19 and I still have technique flaws    

75mins on the bike today as an extended homeward commute.

Oh, someone buy me some Zipp 404's whilst you're at the Tri show? I'll post you a cheque...

WhizKid    pirate
01/03/2013 at 21:53
Hey guys sorry to hijack your thread, I'm fairly new too RW forums but il be racing there again this year, as I did last year. If you haven't done it before I hope you like cycling in hills.... I only live 20 miles away from the race venue so would be rude not too go again! It's a pretty decent event overall and the run is soo flat!
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