PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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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!

04/05/2013 at 14:32

Bike 1 of the weekend done, a slow and v. hilly 52 miles, 4000ft elevation  Avg speed 15mph @ 123bpm avg. Is pretty windy down here today and surprisingly cold. Yesterday it was lovely! Going to attempt my first (short) run in 12 days tomorrow as the foot feels ok. Wish me luck! 

WhizKid    pirate
04/05/2013 at 18:03

UB - nice work chap on the riding... Be real careful with the running and just listen to your body...

Blisters    pirate
04/05/2013 at 22:34

My running's up to distance, having done a marathon for fun last weekend, but I still swim like an elephant, and the bike is way short of necessary distance. Open water has yet to be attempted. I feel like a complete beginner here.

WhizKid    pirate
05/05/2013 at 08:11

Blisters don't worry about the swim too much just work at it steady and it will get there, the bike well as it warm drop the run right down and start gettigf some 80+ milers indo just go for it!

Rafiki    pirate
05/05/2013 at 18:59

Good news - the good old council has been out with the tarmac lorry! Some potholes filled in and the odd bit of re-surfacing!! The 100m or so at the top of Howe Hill with those massive potholes 2 weeks ago is now smooth as a baby's bum!!

05/05/2013 at 19:47

Evening. Good news on the pot holes. 

Well my confidence has been given a massive boost after the pirate HIM this weekend. 1900m swim and 52 miles on the bike with 3000ft elevation. Only did 6 miles run cos I wanted to still be able to walk and get straight back into training. Still only doing the half though cos although I'm sure I can get the distance up, I'm not sure about the speed. Averaged 13.5mph yesterday. 

Blisters - ow swimming is much easier with the wet suit. You'll be grand. 

 

WhizKid    pirate
05/05/2013 at 20:05

Soup - well done that's great work, the bike is the main thing as that would probably be roughly the elevation of Henley for the half (raf would probably have a better idea off his garmin). I would loveed too have done the DIY half but the travel was a issue really ;(

 

raf - thank Christ they were not pot holes... Half the blinking road was missing!

05/05/2013 at 20:39

haha yes - some of it was like a dig site from an Indiana Jones film! Good work on the DIY HIM Soup. You've plenty of time to get some speed now. Get some short, hard sessions under your belt. 

First run/walk after foot injury this evening. A massive 4 miles in around 40 minutes. Going to ease back into the running very gently. Foot feels OK currently - the acid test will be in the morning however. Currently rolling a wooden ball under my feet whilst typing this! 

60-70 flattish miles planned tomorrow on the TT bike after Saturday's hilly effort. 

Scuba Trooper    pirate
06/05/2013 at 08:20

Soup - Great news glad you had the boast you needed, HIM this year than another off season to work on you base and you be good for the big one next year.

Raf  - Good to hear the council is on the case, next time we do a recce I will note any more holes and report them to the council once a week until they are filled the last thing I need is a puncture on pothole issue on race day. How long you got left until Lazna?

Badger - Glad the run went well and no issues so far but as you say the morning will be the test. Take it real slow on the recovery the bike work will keep you fit so theres no rush.

Did 70mile in just over 4hrs on Saturday had its ups and downs physically and mentally as it was a bit cold in places and rained in the last 7miles. 2 open water swims planned for this week I need to get use to it soon as possible as I have a race in 2 weeks. Finally got new cassette and chain and a new bottom bracket for good measure too. I went 12-27 in the end and have noticed the extra bit on the hills. LBS repacked the bearings on my back wheel but as its not a cartridge bearing this is a short term fix so now have to think about a new wheel set, any recommendations at the budget/value (£200) end of the market?

06/05/2013 at 19:21

Same for me today Scuba - 70 miles in just over 4 hours. 4000ft climbing. Bike's coming along nicely now. Actually felt pretty good at the end of the ride and definitely could've done more. My neck was aching a little from being in the aero position but my legs weren't too fried. More importantly though, I looked the shiznit in all my fancy gear!  

Rest day tomorrow as I've done over 200 miles on the bike this past week. 

06/05/2013 at 19:24

Ooh budget wheel recommendations at sub 200 notes would be Planet X AL30's or maybe Mavic Aksiums?

Edited: 06/05/2013 at 19:25
WhizKid    pirate
06/05/2013 at 19:25

I was gonna go straight in and say zipp 808's , seriously though eBay has some good deals or some ALXs, it's best too try and shell out as much as possible on a set of good wheels as its one of the biggest areas too make speed increases.... excellent work on the bike mate keep getting the miles in.. Remember mate and I'm talking from experience here the mental game of ironman out weighs the physical part... Your body and your head will scream too stop, you have too push past it mate!

sadly had too work today although managed 40 miles on the bike with a decent average speed, and a great brick run of 9.30 miles in 1 hour 2 mins

 

oh and 13 hours on the bike this week and over 250 miles clocked

Edited: 06/05/2013 at 19:27
06/05/2013 at 19:34

Sweet bejesus Jamie - you are seriously fast. I shall now only refer to you by the name 'Billy Big Balls'.  

WhizKid    pirate
06/05/2013 at 19:40

Lol I want too one day be as fast as my mate... He can run almost 11 mph average.... I am pretty sunburned I really think the warm weather helps me go a lot faster!

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