PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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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!
07/04/2013 at 16:50

Blimey, well doen jamie. A blowout on a descent would scare the life out of me. No idea how I'd mend a tyre either. It would be race over. 

A short run for me this morning. Just about to head off for another swim, just a relaxing one working on breathing. 


WhizKid    pirate
07/04/2013 at 16:53
Wedged a bit of card into the the tyre where the hole is and you got a repair good enough too let you finish the race!

Enjoy your swim soup
08/04/2013 at 10:07

Good job @ The Joker, Jamie. Sounds a toughie. I've got an 86-miler next Sunday - that will be my furthest ever ride.

Rounded out an 11 hour training week last week, which is a little silly as it was supposed to be a recovery week. Did the club ride yesterday just as a change, 56 miles with the usual racing up hills. Legs are feeling it today. Definitely not an Ironman-pace session!

Currently toying with having an extra day off this week so I am fresh and ready for Sunday's sportive.

Keep trucking everyone!

WhizKid    pirate
08/04/2013 at 17:27
Have the extra day off UB you will feel better for it, oh and it's a sportive not a race so don't get too excited and jump in with the massive peloton Tour de France race that some idiots turn it into, enjoy it, practise nutrition, make sure you stay hydrated and bring spare tubes, keep us updated!
09/04/2013 at 18:35

1500m swim done. 

09/04/2013 at 22:25

Nice one Soup. 1 hour run/walk and 1 hour club swim for me today. Another good day's training. Things are going well for me at the moment.

WhizKid    pirate
10/04/2013 at 17:41
Got up again at redonkulous o clock too go swimming 1 mile all drills which was ok felt and was a bit slow, I'm always a bit slow first thing especially with I food or more importantly no tea! Cycled too work after had too pull my finger out only half 30 mins too go 9 miles then rode home after was meant too go running tonight for intervals but am shattered so gonna chill with the cat instead.... Hope everyone else isn't knackered like me!
Blisters    pirate
10/04/2013 at 17:52

to to to to to


Chastise me later when you kick my tail in the main event.

Scuba Trooper    pirate
10/04/2013 at 18:49

Didn't manage the 75mile charity ride on Saturday logistics got the better of me and tri club mate so we stayed local and did 60miles instead. Ride was fun until 400m from home when I snapped my chain, I've put in a new pin for the time being but will get a new one and probably a new cassette as everyone suggests to replace them both. I may also have to get a new large chain ring as having looked closely at mine while mucking around with the chain it looks quite rough and worn. God owning a bike is getting expensive.

Moved rest day to Sunday so easy 1 hours run Monday. Another 1 hour run yesterday morning and then club coached swim in the evening and 45min/30min turbo brick session this morning. Don't feel to knackered at the moment but it's early in the week.

Sounds like everyone else is training well.

Fraggle - I hope you can get a few solid training weeks in and feel you can still make the full IM.

10/04/2013 at 19:58

Good training there Scubes. At this rate we might be able to catch Jamie up in his tardis.

WhizKid    pirate
10/04/2013 at 20:09
This be racing talk! With the amount of food I've eaten today you will have too roll me to the start line!
iron fraggle    pirate
11/04/2013 at 11:03

not wishing to get too excited, but I have been *out* on my bike today   only 40 mins of pootling about and trying to keep breahting and HR low, but it's a start

Mr Frag is buying me some lightweight racing wheels for my birthday next week, so I'm feeling much more positive now

Rafiki    pirate
11/04/2013 at 11:11

I did a couple of laps of the course at the weekend, and ended up coming back on the old course for a bit of variety. Ironically, Pishill which caused all the problems for the organisers is going to closed for 5 days for re-surfacing. I bet there hasn't been one complaint about that!

Shames its not in the race anymore as it will be great coming down that hill with smooth tarmac!

11/04/2013 at 12:33

Ooh that reminds me...*heads off to course recce thread*

Scuba Trooper    pirate
11/04/2013 at 13:23

Rafiki - Whats the surface like on the course in general? Do we need to send loads of complaining e-mails to the council to get them to fill holes/fix the surface between now and the race? Having said that, I'll find out for my self at the end of the month when I do the recce.

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