Training for a shorter Tri

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06/02/2011 at 12:52

I had lycra running shorts - may not be ideal but they worked ok for me. I don't need padded shorts for a 20km ride - if it was longer, maybe it'd be different.

I think I'd need to be fitter than I currently am to breathe less often over a long distance.  Another thing that needs a bit of practise is sighting. Shouldn't be such an issue in a pool tri, hopefully.

06/02/2011 at 14:18

Thanks for the swim advice folks - i'll be giving it a whirl later.

Ran yesterday afternoon in pouring rain - not too bad once I was out in it. 5k in 25mins. I think I wanted to get home!

Watch out for blue Vauxhalls! Nearly run over on a zebra crossing after 4k - I wasn't even running either! I was more than half way across the crossing, walking, and he drove right past in front of me - I jumped back out of the way, but I was close enough to put my hands on the side of the car. Too close for comfort! Needless to say he never even noticed me or stopped. I even had my red flashing LED belt on!Might publish his number plate if I'm in the mood!

06/02/2011 at 16:33
Got my parkrun time, finally. 34:07 - well it gives me something to work on, I suppose, and next week is my run focus week.
Razor51    pirate
06/02/2011 at 16:44

Hi Gang.....................How is everyone doing, Well done on your park runs.

ST.....................My parkrun is Heaton Park Prestwitch, Manchester.

Gav.......... Close shave mate, glad you got home in one piece and in a decent time.

This morning went out on the bike and rode 32 miles averaging 14mph which I was chuffed with considering it seemed to be a head wind whichever direction I turned.

Seem to have got rid of my head cold (there's half gallon snot trail on my bike route)(they say you can see it from space)

Hope you all had a good weekend.

06/02/2011 at 16:59

Gingergav - not nice. Really pleased to hear you are okay.

Been out this afternoon for a bike ride. Had planned 10miles of hils. But the wind was unbelievable. Pleased the roads weren't busy cos I got blown around quite a bit. In the end i changed my route after 5 miles to flater ground. Feel a bit of a wuss. But had yet another rough night courtsey of a self-starting story CD at 2.34am and Smidge at 5.40am. 

Have a good week everyone. Enjoy your morning ST.

Chilibean

06/02/2011 at 17:02
Oh dear! Razor you are talking about 32 miles and I struggle with 10
Razor51    pirate
06/02/2011 at 17:09
Chilli...................10miles is 10miles, well done I can feel every mile on my @rse
Edited: 06/02/2011 at 17:11
06/02/2011 at 17:57

Well done, windy cyclists!

I've been hiding indoors with a hangover - a definite "gremlin boogie" in my innards!  Will be back on it Tuesday with my regular run!

06/02/2011 at 19:20
Ok Swim update, I've gone from 1 length then stop to 2 lengths then stop last week and tonight............ Did 10 x 2 lengths then rest then tried 4 lengths but only managed 31/2 so did couple more 2 lengths then went for it 4 lengths cause I'm a bit competitive I decided that 4 wasn't good enough so pushed out 6 lengths I know it's not much but two weeks ago could only do 1 length so I'm well chuffed did 32 lengths altogether and my arms feel like there going to drop off. Bring on my brick session tomorrow morning

Sorry Gingergav self inflicted so doesn't count as illness lol

Good time Chilli for 5k and well done with 10mile windy cycle

Razor nice one 31 miles is superb I've only had bike since Christmas and not gone that far yet myself (still herts my @rse doing 25k ) will up my miles when weather better

Two more weeks swimming and hopefully start doing more lengths and I'm gonna book my first Tri, it's local called East leak it will probably be full of Loughborough students cause it's very close to Uni.
Razor51    pirate
06/02/2011 at 19:27

ST...................Well done on the swimming front, big improvement from last week, it will get easier and better as the weeks go by

By the way I worked hard on the bike today and you've nicked a mile off me (32miles)

06/02/2011 at 19:43
Razor don't be greedy

Sorry well done on 32 MILES you little Devil lol
06/02/2011 at 21:01

ST - Great Swimming!

Am panicking even more tonight cos i've just had through the race instructions for the duathlon next month. The runs are forest trails and I haven't done any since the autumn! I do love trail running and have a fantastic route not far from home. But I run best in the evening and obviously can't do it in the dark. Am going to have to find some daylight running time this month and get up there to practice.

07/02/2011 at 07:49
Chilli don't worry to much about the trail runs even though they are different to road running, miles in your legs are still good whether from road or trail. If you do manage to free up some daytime then great but don't get stressed over it what is your distance race? Plus when is it?
07/02/2011 at 14:43

My LSR yesterday was great, I went out on an undulating route last mile downhill, did 5 miles in just over the hour, I did the same distance and time but a different route last week, but yesterday managed to run almost all of it, I did walk a little bit up a short sharp hill. The legs and body still remember what to do, slow and steady, feeling great.
I even got a scare as a faster runner overtook me I was so in my own little world she made me jump, but think its good as was concentrating on how my body was doing and thinking of nothing important.

07/02/2011 at 17:18
Well done SteadyCJ

I did my brick session this morning, boy it was tough in the wind. I was nearly blown off my bike 5 times very scary still it's all done now will do a steady 5k run tomorrow. I'm still aching from my swim lol so planning on swimming at some point in the week at local pool
07/02/2011 at 17:49
I must dust off my turbo trainer this week - I keep just going running or swimming. Mustn't forget the bike! Due to run with the Tri Club tomorrow night so might do it as a brick and have 30mins on the turbo first. Wish me luck!
07/02/2011 at 21:06

Hello,

 Can i join please? Im new to triathlon too - joined a Tri club end of last year.

Im a swimmer by trade, and have done a couple of half marathons (very slow half marathons!!). At the moment im running once a week with the club (abt 5mile interval set) and swimming twice a week (3000m per session). Im not a very good runner (abt 10min miles) but am improving, However, its the bike that im completely new too - ive got a mountain bike but a road bike is sooo different!! lol!

Im borrowing my friends road bike at the moment but really need to get a training routine in order so im doing all three in one week - i can make excuses not to train for Britain but once im in a routine i can stick to it.

Think my first tri is going to be Cardiff Try-a-Tri in May.....scared!!!!

07/02/2011 at 23:23

Hi Vicki! Welcome. Great to have you with us. We're doing pretty well at encouraging each other along so you'll do great here.

Steady - sounds a lovely run

Gingergav - good luck!

ST - I'm doing a duathlon on 5th March. 5k,21k,5k. I know a run, bike, run should be easy, but i'm fretting about all sorts of stuff! Including whether I will be able to sleep the night before! And it is going to two muddy trail runs. I know the first run will be simple and I reckon I won't do too bad with the bike, but am worried that I won't have much left for the second run. Nah! what am i saying! I KNOW i can run the 10k, I'm just fretting! But last week when i came to a complete stop when feeling so ill was a bit scary.

Despite the wind being as bad as yesterday I managed a short 5 mile ride at lunch time. Then the wind had dropped this evening when I did the same 5 miles as a run.

Happy Training tomorrow everyone!

08/02/2011 at 07:46
Hi Everyone! Welcome Vicki - are you a member of Cardiff Tri? I'm going along to a session later this month (Tuesday evenings are generally a bit difficult for me at the mo.) and have encouraged lots of people I work with to do the Try a Tri. It's a lovely event and I'm hoping by that point I will be a member of the club and possibly marshalling. How exciting to have a local on board!!!

So last week was quite pleasing. 20 miles on the bike, 2 miles swimming and 4 runs, totaling 18 miles. I am still missing the elusive long run, but that's because I end up doing mixed sessions at the weekend or long rides. I'm quite pleased though because after the bike-parkrun-bike on Saturday I wasn't sure if I'd have much to give on Sunday but I decided to run to the gym (which is normally about 5 miles) and added an extra little loop on and it didn't take very long at all so I'm doubting that it was 5 miles now. More like 4.5 but I suppose it's all good miles. I felt good after it too, so hopefully my fitness is at a level where I can push a bit more out.
But I rested yesterday to make sure I didn't push too far!

Today is cycling to work and back - 10 miles each way. A bit annoying though because we are having some work done on our house and last night the bloke says "I'll come round in the morning" when we weren't planning on being here. I doubt he'll come back for the rest of the week and he missed out on a few good days last week when husband was around. GR!!! So frustrating.

Anyway, yes, a cycle. Tomorrow I may try for that 8 mile run (after a job interview first thing...) and may skip circuits just because it doesn't really fit this week. I'm in a bit of a tizz with my training this week - hopefully it will all work itself out in the end!

Enjoy the day today people - should be a nice one.
08/02/2011 at 12:29

And some lunch time comments....

Yersinia - nice starting point on the Parkrun I reckon. Targetting a sub-30 time will be a good goal. You doing it again this week as part of your run focussed week, or just getting the miles in?

Chili - don't stress! It's all very do-able! And well done to your big girl! Did I mention the boy in the Cardiff race? He can't have been more than 10, if that, but I was slowly catching him and every time he noticed, he got a spurt of speed and took off. I felt bad because I eventually over took him and I heard him stop for a couple of seconds. But then he started again

ST - I grew up in Loughborough and had a random cycling stage when I was about 16 and used to cycle to East Leake. I have toyed with doing the East Leake Tri actually but got distracted with other things. When is it? Well done on the swimming too.

GG - Am interested in your turbo experiences. Do you have to take wheels off? Do they scratch the floor? do your gears work on them? What kind of session do you do on it?

Steady - I often jump out of my skin when people pop up alongside me! I get particularly frustrated when it's cyclists though who don't ding their bells. I'm sure once I was grumbled at because i was running around on a trail avoiding horse manure and a bike zoomed past without dinging. He muttered something so I muttered "USE YOUR BELL!" (in as far as muttering can be relayed in capital letters...!). Especially when they are fast, you don't necessarily hear them coming. Of course and triathletes we all know better than that, don't we...???

Oh - can't believe that zebra crossing incident either! Terrible!!! I would have bashed the car with my fist as it went past (I say this, but I hate confrontation so I would have probably just stared at the car as it zoomed off into the distance...!). There ar SO many idiots out there. What are we to do?!?

Had a lovely bike ride in. 43 minutes and I'm hoping to be no longer than 50mins back. I made sure to work hard since yesterday was rest day.

Oh - I have a question though. I ride a hybrid. I don't want to invest in a road bike at the moment as I have no money. Are others using road bikes, and will I look silly on my hybrid riding around whilst others zoom past me on the miniscule hyper light and thin road bikes? I'm a bit scared of getting on something that looks so fragile to be honest....

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