PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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18/07/2013 at 21:36

Hi all - glad everyone seems to be going well.

I recovered well from the weekend too. About 150 miles of cycling cycling this week, bit of running (more tomorrow) and a 4km swim (inside!) today. Wish I'd been swimming outside though.

Loving this weather - long may it continue, or at least until next Wednesday when I go to France for a couple of weeks!

Blisters    pirate
18/07/2013 at 22:31
WhizKid wrote (see)

Blisters I have this image in my head of an angry sweaty bald(ish!) dude running like a psycho up hills... Brings a smile to my face!

 

Yup, that's me.

WhizKid    pirate
19/07/2013 at 17:50

Just got a letter from british triathlon apparently I podiumed at the British champs! Gutted I wasent there for the podium shot! Anyway I got my engraved British triathlon medal in the post ! Was third not 5th 

Edited: 19/07/2013 at 17:50
Rafiki    pirate
19/07/2013 at 17:59

Congrats Jamie!! But be careful, - you might have to give you Pirate kit back - we're not use to people winning!!!

19/07/2013 at 20:27

Nice one Jamie! Well done, you deserve it. 

Blisters    pirate
19/07/2013 at 23:49

Congratulations to the third Brownlee Brother.

21/07/2013 at 09:22

Well done Jamie, top result

21/07/2013 at 09:44

Hi all, lost track of this thread a bit. Started new job so can't get on the internet so much lol. 

Some good racing going on - well done to Marlowites and to champ Jamie. 

Fraggle - sorry to hear about your back. 

I've been looking at new bikes.  It started off looking at a new cheap commuter but its somehow grown to test riding a Giant Avail week and maybe a Cyfac the week after. The Cyfac will be way out of my price range but I could just about run to the Avail. Carbon,  Not sure whether to go for the higher grade carbon with 105s, or the lower grade frame with ultegra though.  I'm thinking the better frame then upgrade to ultegra later if I want to. Its about £100 more which will take me to my max budget of £2,000.  They don't do the option of advanced carbon with ultegra, it goes straight up to dura ace at silly money. Not sure I've got all that techy speak quite right but  Dustboy knows what I'm talking about and is helping me out. 

Then my current Specialized Dolce will become my commuter bike. Fun. 

Edited: 21/07/2013 at 10:04
WhizKid    pirate
21/07/2013 at 11:24

Thanks all for the congrats been shoving my medal in various friends and family members faces for the last 2 days haha! 

Soupy! - long time no see I see everything is going well for you which is great! In regards too bike, it's really odd that they don't allow the better carbon frame with ultegra, sounds a bit stupid too me.... However on choice and as the resident cycling geek I would suggest the better frame with 105, now then my reasons are this, ultegra is mainly weight saving on 105 the smoother shifter is neglible.... And as for dura ace unless like me where you enjoy being skint as you have spent your life savings on a insane bike don't even go there! The best way too upgrade your bike would in the future upgrade the wheel set and not the group set, as the weight saving and speed difference will be sod all compared too aero goodness off a set of zipp404's/808's which will be much cheaper then buying a full ultegra group set anyway....

off topic - current progress check, 

swim - same old same old no massive speed increase or decrease

bike - speed and power seems to be increasing and I seem too be going from strength too strength!

run - now this is a something that's really getting on my nerves... I know I've been injured, but its like someone has placed a wall in front of me and I can't get through it, I'm feeling heavy and slow, and I know for a fact it's not fitness.... I don't know could be the heat or something or a loss of confidence because I don't feel like I can push... Hopefully shall improve soon

Rafiki    pirate
21/07/2013 at 13:34

Soupy - what Jamie said!!

Did a lap of the course this morning as part of a longer ride. Seems to be a lot more people out recce-ing the course. I came across the official Challenge Henley groups out riding around - all of whom paid the princely sum of 90 quid for the privilege! If I known, I would have taken them round for half that

It looks like the road down to the first turn around from the war memorial turn is closed for 'road repairs' in August, so hopefully that will be nice smooth black stuff by race day!!

21/07/2013 at 14:28

Thanks for the advice Whizz and Raf. Thats what I'll do. 

My bike training is picking up now. I've got a longer commute to work and there is a shower there so I can go the long way round in a morning. Then I do a few laps of Richmond Park with a mate (and/or Dusty) after work on Fridays cos I work about 4 miles away. Did a good 38 miler the other day, okay not much compared to what I should be doing for a full IM but if I do a few 50s at the weekends too I should be good for the half. Swimming doing okay but having trouble fitting the running in with full time work and hot weather. It might be a 13 mile long walk.

£90 for a guided bike ride!  More fool those that paid. 

22/07/2013 at 12:35

Vachery Middle for me at the weekend. Managed to PB the swim, and had a good bike split (2:30) but my weakness at distance running again surfaced as I managed the 20k in 2:09. Started well with a 4:1 run/walk but the second lap was painful and there were a few extended walk breaks. In fairness though, it was bloomin hot!

I need some decent runs in over August to be ready for CH! Even then it's going to be a tough day at the office. 

Rafiki    pirate
22/07/2013 at 14:07

That's a good bike time badger - is that full HIM distance? And was the run time anything to do with over-cooking it on the bike?

Well today has mostly been about building the Fixie what arrived in a box this morning - yeh, new toys!! I must confess the matt black finish, with no decals does look cool

22/07/2013 at 14:32

Nah - I wish! It was pretty short - 46ish miles I think - but two times up Leith Hill. Still, my bike time was 7th fastest (AG) out of 41. My run time was 35th!

I maybe over biked a little, though I felt OK-ish off the bike. I most certainly can't afford to get carried away at CH.

I'm not sure what to do about my run - should I just run more often but short, or should I get some long run/walks in? I will be using run/walk on the day. I don't have a lot of time now so need to concentrate on bang for buck! 

Enjoy your bike, fixie hipster!

 

Edited: 22/07/2013 at 14:36
22/07/2013 at 14:32

Just back from a weeks holiday....great to read all the race reports - awesome performances from whizz and Badger.

Soup - keep us posted about the new bike...I don't know much about the technical details but Jamie's advice makes sense.

Raf - your new steed sounds very cool

Hope everyone else is well, and training going good.

Rafiki    pirate
22/07/2013 at 15:29

Badger - I would go for some longer, slow runs if I was you, or even long slow run/walks. And that's still a pretty good bike time!

WhizKid    pirate
24/07/2013 at 21:24

Woooooo just done my first time trial race (ever!) with the cycling club.... Came 4th out of 33 was really really enjoyable if you haven't done one I can recommended it! I did fill partially sick after finishing from a avg hr of about 160!?! Really great for bike speed and helping push monster gears... Course was 14.8 miles long done it in 36:17 and it was hilly (sporting time trial) no idea on speed computer on my TT bike broke

Rafiki    pirate
24/07/2013 at 22:01

Just checking if my Pirate symbol re-appears if I post on this thread......

24/07/2013 at 22:09

Sounds great fun, and a fantastic time....my fag packet maths make it an average of between 24 and 25 mph...brilliant.

Badger...great biking too mate...and also your run in this heat was pretty impressive

Rafiki    pirate
26/07/2013 at 08:00

Well guys, have a good weekend training - I'm off to the Thunder Run to stroll around pretty Derbyshire Countryside for a while. Scuba - see you there!!

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