PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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iron fraggle    pirate
24/05/2013 at 13:48

^^^ sounds tempting

I'm going to the lake tomorrow - hope it's warmed up a bit by then

24/05/2013 at 14:01
Rafiki wrote (see)

. Plus there's a race at the lake on Sunday - which I've been conned into marshalling, so don't think there's any normal swimming.

is that the tri20 lake at Reading your marshalling on Sunday Raf? I'm doing the 3.8k, if its anything like the only swim event I entered last year I will be the one that needs pointing in the right direction several times from the canoeists.

Rafiki    pirate
24/05/2013 at 14:05

Yep, that's the one. I'll be the guy with the spanking new Ironman Lanzarote baseball cap and the big smile  (although the latter may depend on the amount of red wine consumed on Saturday night, which may also dictate whether they let me near a kayak - I may be banished to car park duties if my hangover is toooo bad!)

24/05/2013 at 14:34

I will look out for you and will stick on my Pirate hat before the event.

My Plan is to get a bit of experience in a mass start but not sure it's that big an event. should be good though.

WhizKid    pirate
24/05/2013 at 14:56

I was considering doing the 3.8 k as im gonna be swimming it anyway.... Well ill see... And il try not too tip you over... But i cant guarentee anything

Blisters    pirate
24/05/2013 at 15:28

With this wind, I reckon that the swimmers will be rescuing the capsized canoeists!

23 miles run for me. It felt good to get a decent run completed, after what seems like ages. Average 8:24m/m with the HR on basic tickover.

Biking is going to be a barrel of laughs tomorrow, especially when the legs quit working.

WhizKid    pirate
24/05/2013 at 21:09

Nice blisters, that's a monster run mate, I don't even run that far in Peak

iron fraggle    pirate
25/05/2013 at 10:49

been to Tri20 this morning and it's flippin' freezing - 13C today. managed 2 x 750 loops before I had to get out. I've been out for an hour and am just getting the feeling back in my feet


9note to self - next time *remember* to take wetsuit booties with you)

Rafiki    pirate
25/05/2013 at 11:36

I think they will need to turn the heating up a bit more before I venture in again!!

25/05/2013 at 12:54

fraggle, you are not encouraging me. It could be enduroman is my first ow swim of the year at this rate. 

WhizKid    pirate
25/05/2013 at 13:17

Long ride done... A paltry 90 miles pretty crappy avg speed of just under 18.... Wide a loop of Henley course + a crap load of extra around there which seemed too be all long drag hills ... Which I hate but luberly day for it and glad I'm done now... I shall be at the lake tommoro !

iron fraggle    pirate
25/05/2013 at 14:20

pack your thermals Jamie




( dreams of an average speed of 18mph )

25/05/2013 at 17:15

lol @ Jamie - 'a paltry 90 miles @ 18mph avg' - I'd friggin' love stats like that! 

Soup - my first OW swim of the year will be Swashbuckler so you're not alone. Just means we're doubly hard 

I'm off to the New Forest first thing to recce the route. 49 easy miles in the sun, might do an extra mini loop if I'm feeling good. 

WhizKid    pirate
25/05/2013 at 17:38

Fraggle - trust me its not going too be as cold as the new forest last week!


badger - it just felt horrendously slow... Probably had a lot too do with the insane amount of climbing!

Blisters    pirate
25/05/2013 at 22:44

Did 3 laps of 750 ( 2250m unless brain still frozen) at Lake 32 in Cotswolds. They claimed 14 degrees. Interestingly, I felt that there were some parts of the lake that were only 14 degrees. Being a runner with no fat and a tickover heart rate I felt that I was on the verge of death by the end of the third lap. It was probably true. Limbs shaking with cold, I could hardly move.
A flask of coffee was needed then a bke ride. Sunshine helped.3 layers of clothes too, and I still didn't sweat.

I am now worried.

The ability to swim 3800m is not a major issue.
The ability to SURVIVE 3800m swim without hypothermia is a problem I hadn't anticipated.

25/05/2013 at 22:57

The river will have warmed up by September Blisters. I hope anyway cos its too cold for me right now.  I'm planning on a little paddle at Taplow on Wednesday cos its the shallowest hence warmest local lake.  I'll be wearing 2 swim hats and taking lots of warm layers for afterwards. 

Blisters    pirate
25/05/2013 at 23:07

Take a flask of coffee.

Just in case.

And cake.


26/05/2013 at 09:16

I'll forget the coffee take the cake. Thats great warming insulation. 

Fortunately the lake has hot showers and hot tea for afterward. Or so I'm told, not been before. They do full moon swims there as well with hot chocolate afterwards which sounds kinda fun.  

WhizKid    pirate
26/05/2013 at 13:21

Loverly day out and done what I wanted too do today already! 

2.5k swim done as a pyrimad sets 100,200,300,400,500,400,300,200,100... My favourite swim workout

18 mile run at 7:43 m/m pace nice and easy got a nice tan from it

Scuba Trooper    pirate
27/05/2013 at 09:00

Raf - Great Race report by the way.

Jamie - fantastic training as always. When do you race next?

Soup - Hope it wasn't to cold for you in the lake

Managed 5:05 (85miles) on the bike and then 25mins brick run Saturday. Wasn't feeling up for it when I started so decided to keep heart rate lower Z1 more than Z2 and after an hour and a gel with caffeine felt more up for it and at half way decided to push up both heart rate and speed. Ended up enjoying the second half and not fading like I have with many of my other long rides. The run did take about a mile before my legs felt like they were running and not just wobbling. Run on Sunday morning when a similar way kept it slow but did managed to hang on and do 1:20, 9 miles.

Taking the kids swimming this morning so will try a couple of lengths and see how the shoulder is, not holding out much hope, Physio again on Wednesday.

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