PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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WhizKid    pirate
30/04/2013 at 18:56

Soup - it's about what you find fun at the end of the day, and if you have more then 1 sport you do at a time it can get a bit strenuous... But I'm glad your doing the half... Please hang about after and shout abuse! 

Blisters - it's fine I blagging it is what it's all about... Or your not a real triafelete!

30/04/2013 at 19:01

Nothing will keep me away from abuse duties. I'll be practicing those in Macclesfield on Sunday and again at Outlaw. 

Scuba Trooper    pirate
30/04/2013 at 19:06

Blisters - 3:25 well done, I'd love a sub 3:30, maybe next year.

Soup - Sounds like you've given it a lot of thought and the marathon made up your mind. I'm sure you will have a great weekend and hopefully you won't be chasing cutoff so 2014 will be you IM year. As Fraggle said it would be great if you could cheer the rest of the pirates on once you've finished.

Jamie - I'm not sure I agree about the bike course the first 4 mile out of Henley up to Nettlebed were fine the first time but at 75miles I'm sure it will hurt and Howe hill is a lung buster but thankfully short. As per the Recce thread I'm considering my options for a cassette 12-27 maybe even 11-28.

Badger - Hope your foot is better but don't rush it, if you have to spend a week on the bike and swimming that's better than setting back the healing process.

Fraggle - Glad your training its getting back on track.

I'm glad its cut back week this week, I feel like I need it. Did a 1 hour run this morning with 5 mins at Z4 I don't think I got my heart rate anywhere near high enough, is anyone else having that problem? First open-water swim tomorrow evening, not sure if I'm looking forward to it or not

30/04/2013 at 20:12

I wouldn't worry too much Scubes - just push harder than you would do normally. I had my cut back week last week (down to 8 hours) after 4 consecutive 10+ hour weeks. I definitely needed it. I seem to be getting more and more away from Fink now after following it pretty closely for the first 8-9 weeks. I think I'm going to do my own thing now but keep the total volume about the same (though I don't think there is enough of a drop in the recovery weeks for me so I will drop these further) 

Good luck with the OWS - not sure my local lake is even open yet. For what it's worth - I prefer OWS and think it's easier and more fun! Let us know how you get on. 

Tough call there Soup, if you feel like it's a weight lifted then it's probably the right call. Like you say, if you're struggling with the cut-off's at half distance then that is where you should be directing your effort. I wonder where 2014 will take us all eh? 

Blisters    pirate
30/04/2013 at 22:30

We're supposed to be doing 10 hours a week? Oh.

Personally I'm adopting a slightly different approach, based on proving to myself that I have the ability to do the distance at each discipline. Swim, tick. Run, tick. Bike-work in progress.

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
01/05/2013 at 09:26

My "plan" started out as Fink but I've moved bits about so it fits in with my weeks better. Also I do a fair bit of "casual" (popping up the town / taking / collecting children from school etc) cycling so I'm doing more than 10 hours a week.

I'm looking forward to doing some OW. Datchet lake is open now but I'm letting it warm up a little more before I get in it!

However I want to know I can do it all. In a Blisters style, Swim, tick. Bike, tick. Run - needs work (ankle currently refusing to play).

01/05/2013 at 15:08


looking at pre race accomodation....

looking expensive....
I was gonna end up camping down the road - whats the story?

iron fraggle    pirate
01/05/2013 at 15:52

OC - try looking in Caversham ? There's a premier inn here that might be cheapo, and about 10 or so miles from the start ?

01/05/2013 at 18:28

I originally had a Premier Inn in Marlow OC - fairly close by. 

WhizKid    pirate
01/05/2013 at 20:28

You can always stay in Newbury too... Where I live it's about 20 miles from the race and its like a budgie... It's cheeeep! 


Good training crappy day today 2km swim done in sets of 400 averaged 7:37 per 400 which I'm pretty happy with as I am a truly craptastic swimmer.... After work was a 2 hour 40 mile full on race pace TT on the bike which was fun..


had a stupid trailer test today and failed in the last 5 mins ... Wrong lane of a roundabout I'm bloody gutted as I had only a couple of minors... Oh well grrrrrr

Blisters    pirate
01/05/2013 at 21:05

What's a trailer test?

Scuba Trooper    pirate
02/05/2013 at 06:42

OC - Booked a room at Premier Inn but am looking at options for caravan/campervan at Swiss farm which is very close to T2 and finish. Would also be a good base for the family during the day.

Jamie - Nice pace in the pool, good to see your taking advantage of the good weather on the roads too. When can you re test?

Did my first Open Water session yesterday evening. It was not a great session, it was in a group of 15 similarly inexperienced OW swimmers. It took me ages to get my face in the water and control my breathing enough to breath out properly. Felt very stressed and so heart rate and breathing raced making it harder. I did finally get a grip and managed to swim vaguely like i can in the pool in the second half of the session. I was so tired by the end, a combination of cold, ever exertion in the first half and tired arms from not being use to the extra resistance of the wet suit. I think it will take a 3-4 more sessions to get use to it, this may be a problem as my first OW tri is 19 May

WhizKid    pirate
02/05/2013 at 06:59

ST - you end up getting used too it mate don't stress! It's a very foreign environment for the body so just take it slow... May 19th is my first tri of the year too ... In regards too test next week....


blisters - as I passed my test post 1997 for car license I have to take a extra test to tow a large trailer.. Bloody stupid in my opinion as I have a class 2 HGV license... Blah I really hate driving tests

Rafiki    pirate
02/05/2013 at 08:32

Scuba - sounds like your first OW was more successful than mine - and 9 monthe later I'm comfortably doing 3.2km in the lake. But I still 'dislike' the first 200m - I find breathing uncomfortable, and don't like putting my face in the water. i think its a natural self preservation thing, but as jamie says it soo passes!

And jamie - told you you were just a youngster - us old folks have all the rubbish on out driving licences anyway

Blisters    pirate
02/05/2013 at 14:25

Jamie, that explains it. My driving licence is a bit tatty, it only exists on pink paper. I have great delight in offering it up as identification when the person requesting it is expecting a photograph. The points may be expired, but I'm not going to pay that repeat fee (tax) when I don't need to.

Scuba, Rafiki, it does seem like I am going to find my initiation into OW exposure to be challenging. I have a separate wetsuit hood available, is that considered to be a clever way to avoid hypothermia, or a clear statement that I'm a wuss who needs to man up?

Rafiki    pirate
02/05/2013 at 15:08

Blisters - I think you know the answer to the wetsuit hood question!!

WhizKid    pirate
02/05/2013 at 19:04

Alright chaps hope your day is going well.. Had a nice day working outside in shorts and t shirt also managed a short (6.5 mile am run and a 18 mile 1 hour hilly bike ride) having a slightly lax day as I have a crap ton of training to do this weekend.. This weeks alone I've already done 6 hours+ of cycling and have 7 more planned... Anyway any of you lot fancy a trip down too lake at some point.. Would rather swim with some of you butters then on my jack jones.. The reading lake hotel I'm on about

02/05/2013 at 20:16

Nice one Jamie - leading the way as usual. With running off the agenda this week I have done 5 hours cycling so far. Aiming to have a good training weekend and I have tomorrow off work too. Bonus. Only downer is the front shifting on my TT bike has turned to shite and I am having a 'mare trying to fix it! Might have to slum it on the roadie. If she wasn't so beautiful I would've punted her across the garage last night!  

Rafiki    pirate
02/05/2013 at 22:21

Jamie - depending what the weather does (and how much I drink on Sat night) I was planning to head to the lake on Sunday. BBT you about on Sunday?

WhizKid    pirate
03/05/2013 at 08:42

I'm gonna head too the lake tommoro (sat) and go for a paddle... As I'm gonna hit up a century on Sunday... So if anyone is up and about feel free too join me!

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