PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Blisters    pirate
03/04/2013 at 13:11

Grumps. I'm jealous of the good work you guys are putting in. I'm currently suffering from a nasty ear infection. PARDON?

03/04/2013 at 17:37

Unlucky mate. Hopefully it will clear up soon?

I'm feeling a smidge under the weather myself at the moment though it's not enough to stop me training.

Frikkin' pool last night was busy. Think it's due to the clocks going forward. I'm no swim snob but there were people in the 'fast' lane that really should not of been there!

It's pretty quiet in here so hopefully you're all getting some good training in!

03/04/2013 at 17:50

Hiya. Sorry about the ear Blisters. I said SORRY ABOUT THE EARS!  Hopefully you will be back in training soon.

A windy bike session for me today on commute home the long way round up 3 hills. Twas hard work. Swimming tomorrow. Missed a run yesterday. A bad case of cba. 

WhizKid    pirate
03/04/2013 at 19:27
Rest day for me, spent the entire day ravenous, I think I put on about 3 stone in weight by the time I sat on the sofa after work.... Was a decent end of the (training) week for me this week with a switch from bike to run focus with a few speed sessions in for good mix, did my first park run on sat, was very windy and had a hill in it which sucked... It's amazing how much 5k can hurt! 19:25 so relatively happy with that as coming off of a monster week last week...

More importantly bloody wind is doing my head in, 2 hours too get the 20 miles home from work on Monday all into a headwind with a massive bag..moan moan ... Oh well sportive this weekend so should be fun hope training is going well for you all!

Badger - I call them the jellyfish, they float about in the fast lane oblivious to the people doing laps :/

Soup - good work on the bike afterwork, I know the pain of the wind all too well....
03/04/2013 at 21:15

Just realised I've got 4 weeks to up my swimming from 1000m in a pool to 1900m and to get my biking up to 56 miles. Never mind running 13 miles, I can walk that. Anyone else doing The Silent Assassin's Half IM next month?

04/04/2013 at 09:16

You'll be fine Soup. Isn't the race up North? Badgers don't go North of London, we don't travel well.

04/04/2013 at 21:12

2800m in the pool done as 7x400M. Did it in an hour without much bother even with decent rest intervals. No pool rage tonight. Happy times.

Blisters    pirate
04/04/2013 at 22:36

No swimming for a couple of weeks, but I'm pleased to report that I managed the full 3800m in the pool a couple of weeks ago. That was a huge motivator for someone who could barely do 25m of crawl this time last year. It can be done. The setback is temporary.

Give me a few days and I'll be getting ready for a marathon.

05/04/2013 at 07:37

Is anyone doing the HIM event? Or are you all doing the full distance?

Scuba Trooper    pirate
05/04/2013 at 08:57

Blisters - Good luck with the marathon.

Soup - You will be fine I'm sure the wet suit helps a lot apparently.

Badger - Good work with the 7x400. I'm still following a lot of the Fink swim sessions and have avoided the long endurance swims in favour of drills and controlled sets as I done want to lock in poor form at the end of a tiring swim but I think it is time to do some long slogs before I get into the build phase.

Shuffling - there’s quite a few doing the Half, if you go back a few pages there is a list. Don't worry post away. There is also a thread about a bike course recce if you fancy that, speaking of which I need to put my dates in.

I've got a 75mile charity ride on Saturday which was cancelled 2 weeks ago which means even though this was meant to be a cut back week I'll be doing 12/13 hours this week.

05/04/2013 at 08:59

Cheers ST - I'll look back through the pages.

iron fraggle    pirate
05/04/2013 at 09:44
Hi all, back from a few days in a surprisingly sunny Cornwall - where I managed put pick up yet another fecking cold . Have just about got rid of it, but have now missed about 4 weeks training . Aiming to have a gentle swim and possible bike on Sunday as I'm having the wibbles now that I've lost too much training and its all going to go horribly wrong.....


If all has gone pear shaped then I'll drop down to the half and try and beat my time from last year instead.
05/04/2013 at 11:15

4 weeks is quite a lot Fraggle. However, depending on your fitness levels prior to ironman training you might be OK? If you've done HIM's before I reckon you'll be fine. There's still 24 weeks to go. Some training plans don't even start until now...

05/04/2013 at 11:18

Oh and for my first (and only) HIM last year the longest continuous swim I did in a pool was about 600m! I managed the 1900m (was actually more like 2000+m) with no problems. Although I was a little dizzy when I got out Swimming in a wetsuit is pretty much cheating!

Edited: 05/04/2013 at 11:19
iron fraggle    pirate
05/04/2013 at 15:42

I'm going to make the decision once I've got back into training - you have no idea how p*ssed off I'm getting with all this being ill stuff

06/04/2013 at 09:56

Aw Fraggle thats rotten luck.  

I've missed training the last 3 days - struggling with lack of energy and a sore throat but I think its only transient. Still commuting to work on my bike but not done a run or swim this week. I'm fed up with this cold weather and a pool that's full. I don't have "jellyfish" in my pool, just really good fast swimmers that almost swim over me in the medium lane and generally a private swimming lesson in the slow lane. I'm thinking of changing gyms. There is one local to me with a heated 25m outdoor pool that nobody uses this time of year but the water temp is the same as the indoor pool so I don't see why I can't use that. Can always warm up in the jacuzzi after and good practice for OW season. Just a small matter of membership costs. 

WhizKid    pirate
06/04/2013 at 14:49
Soup - hey soup I'm by no means a great swimmer and there always seems too be some bloody brilliant people in the fast lane of my pool I would estimate maybe 1:30/35 per 100m and I just can't keep up... Then in the medium lane it's bleeding kids, I can manage about 1:50 continuous but it's annoying as all hell I just stick at it as the pool is conviently 5 min walk from my house and the only other pool is a 15 metre one in a leisure centre that's twice the price! Just keep at it everyone including you pays membership you have just as much right too be there as anyone else sod em all

On training this week did a "fun" 16 mile run last night with 20 min speed intervals in creasing up too end of the run ... Which was 2 hours, today was a windy 50 mile bike and 4 mile run and tommoro is a 90 mile sportive which I'm looking forward too!

Hope everyone's training is ticking along nicely!
Edited: 06/04/2013 at 14:51
06/04/2013 at 16:10

I'm 2:30 for 100m lol. I don't do fast.   It really messes my breathing up when somebody has barged past me and sent a wave a water and splashes over my head. I suppose its good practice for ow bun fights at the start, but length after length I just give in. 

07/04/2013 at 11:09

Done it! Joined a different shiney (expensive) gym and had a fab outdoor swim with the pool all to myself.  Its a David Lloyd club so I've got a short tennis course included in the membership. Not played tennis for 40 years but excited at giving it a go again. How I fit in tennis with swimming, biking and running is another matter. 

WhizKid    pirate
07/04/2013 at 15:59
Nice one soup

Did the joker sportive today, met another pirate while I was there! Can't remember his forum name but he's doing Lanza so best of luck too him....

On topic of the event, the first half went great...Jesus there was some climbing one long ass 20% hill on one of the optional routes then some horrible 25% climb on cobbles which was interesting.... On the third optional climb there was a sweet decent after it... Was doing about 45 mph and BANG blowout on the back wheel was sliding all over the gaf.... Sliced the sidewall of the tyre so ten minutes later and a massive arse bodge job of a repair I was on my way... Needless too say too very easy for the rest of the ride.... Not nearly as fast as I wanted but done none he less and done all the hard routes... And I got a t shirt!
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