Training for a shorter Tri

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13/02/2011 at 21:11
UI - I was/am hoping that my week will be able to include a circuits and a bodypump class each week, which would make me feel like I had done enough on the weights. But do you think it is better to do it straight after a run or a ride? And should I do more than a couple of hours a week?

I could probably try and work something out. I did manage to get to my circuits class on the bike the other week, so I cycled, circuited and cycled a bit more. It was good, but logistically challenging. Still, I suppose I didn't come into this because it was easy...

Chili - 20cm of bruising?!?! Yowsers! I'd be inclined to take another day or two...? Doesn't it hurt? A bruise that big is surely going to be sensitive? I'm wincing just at the thought of it!
13/02/2011 at 21:11
I'm no where near Chilli I'm in mids else I would cause could do training partner myself that's why I've joined Tri club £15 for the year hoping to get some support and training with them. This year for me is about training to do the distance then booking some races enjoy and complete not compete then hopefully build from there.
14/02/2011 at 08:37

Had a dismal weekend - I ended up doing nothing. Excuses include waking up with a sore throat, couldnot be bothered to get out of bed, fitting in other commitments,the rain, went to TCR Show on Sunday at Esher- neighbour did the driving.
But I did sit on a ladies road bike to try it out, OK until asked if I could reach the brake levers, which I discovered was still pretty painful but now dreaming of how wonderful it would be. Mr Steady relieved I came home without it, but has agreed that if I get a new bike he will make room for it in the garage.

Feeling better today will report later.

14/02/2011 at 08:42

steady TCR was really good wasn't it!

 I need to add in some core work too.. will do some work on pilates i think and taht will help!

gotta get on the bike, whether it be outdoor or turbo training.. just wished i lived in an area that was better lit for cycling in the nevenings!! 

14/02/2011 at 10:08
Bootsie the nevenings are dark here to lol sorry couldn't help myself

Steady go get that bike will cheer you up
14/02/2011 at 10:28

easily amused ST!!!

very annoying though living out in the sticks.. can't do a whole lot.. I have good lights on the bike but just not keen on the idea of cycling the lanes in the dark still ! 

14/02/2011 at 11:55
I live in sticks to Bootsie which is great for hilly lanes and for off road running. I agree though not so good for training in the dark although did my fastest 10k one night in the dark kept hearing noises coming from hedges which made me up my pace didn't fancy being chased by a fox
14/02/2011 at 12:44

Glad to report 1 hour on bike done, as the sun was shining I had the door open to the garage and did not feel a chill.

Now off to ice the wrist and pop some more pills.

14/02/2011 at 14:42
Nice one Steady, I got out this morning on my bike. It was lovely one and a half hours done run planned for tomorrow after work. Defiantly putting an extra swim in this week somewhere.
14/02/2011 at 14:47
what time does it get dark now in the evenings? I reckon there's an outside chance I could be home before 5... any chance of getting out on the bike then
14/02/2011 at 17:57

It's just before 6pm right now and it's completely dark. I reckon you'd be best getting back home by 5.30pm. I aimed for that when I cycled to work last week and it was as dark as I was comfortable with at that time.

Well done on the bike rides this morning people! I managed a 6 mile run which was a bit of a chore for the first half but nice for the second half. Kept having random bursts of rain! Lovely and sunny morning though. The rainbows, as well as the snowdrops and crocusses, were out!

Am toying with the idea of doing nothing else but run this week, just for a bit of a confidence boost. But I know I'll then worry about everything else! Plus I have turned into a bit of a fairweather runner too, and if it looks like rain, I'll just go for a swim.

Anyway, I'll worry about that later. Right now I'm off home for some romantic pizza and maybe a little gift from my loved one. I heard him with the sellotape past night!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! x x x

14/02/2011 at 18:31
JEvaNs it's Valentines day everyday in my house

I prefer running in the rain it's the wind that's killiing me at the moment it always seems to be a head wind

14/02/2011 at 19:26

Valentine's dinner for 1 for me! My wife is on a school trip!

Have been for a quick 25min run though - don't usually have time on a Monday.

I agree with you on the wind ST - no matter how much i try, i never seem to get used to it and it's always windy here on the Fylde coast! Always in my face, never pushing me along. How does it know?

14/02/2011 at 21:37

Evening everyone

Am very envious of those who went to the show over the weekend. Really wanted to go but had other stuff in the diary - and I don't have any money and I would have seen all sorts of stuff I wanted.

Hope your wrist is okay this evening Steady.

I've been out on the bike too. Did the school and nursery run this morning on the Town Bike. Then did 10 miles of hills on the Hybrid at lunchtime. It is my Smidgey girl's birthday today. She is four. So have also fitted in making a pink fairytale castle birthday cake, housework, a party, more housework and have just done a run of nearly 5 miles. Didn't take my watch and just enjoyed the run.

The bike was a bit uncomfortable on my arm - mainly going over the bumps which vibrated through the handle bars. Am still in two minds about swimming tomorrow. I don't have full movement in the elbow which means i won't be able to do front crawl. Could manage breast stroke but wondering if it would be too much strain. Guess I shoudl probably give it a miss. And yes, the bruise does hurt if anyone pokes it, but otherwise it looks worse than it feels.

Mmm, need to find some more food I think. And a bath.

Night, night everyone.

15/02/2011 at 09:22

I'm lucky enough to be able to cycle in the day - so yesterday I cycled from my Mum's house in Farnham to mine in Sarfeast London, across the Downs and the outskirts of London, which came to about 55 miles. Got in at about 5, just before dark.

I felt surprisingly okay, and I don't ache today, but although it was a beautiful day it was pretty cold - which wasn't so bad when I was moving, but meant I got cold very quickly when I stopped for a break. I also get the most horrendous post-exercise chills. I just had to bundle myself up with a hot water bottle and a mug of coffee under a duvet for a couple of hours.

Sounds like you should give swimming a miss, Chilli, unless you have a kickboard and could do some light leg practice?

15/02/2011 at 12:49
55 miles bloody hell!!
15/02/2011 at 12:49

Yersinia - you have some bike skills there, don't you!?!? I'm jelous! I wouldn't even know where to begin to even think about a route that was 55 miles long, let alone actually do one. And if I cycled that far to my mum's house I think she'd tell me off for making her worry so much...

Nothing for me today. Legs seems a bit sore from yesterdays run still (I'm so out of shape on my running!) and I won't really have time. I have a lot of preparation to do for an interview on Friday so will have to do some juggling to make sure I get evertyhing in this week. Probably do another run tomorrow morning, and maybe make sure I get to circuits too, though that means I have no evening for prep.

Looking forward to parkrun this weekend, but have knocked the idea of 10 mile race on the head. I will however make sure I do get out for a decent length run. Which means my swimming is probably Thursday morning this week, and more than likely, just the one session. Oh dear. Bad week and it's only Tuesday!

15/02/2011 at 13:39

My mum is used to my cycling, though she does nag me about not wearing a helmet.

It's just as well I can cycle, cos my running is not much faster than a brisk walk, and my swimming is mediocre. I couldn't claim that I cycled particularly fast yesterday, just keeping up a nice easy pace so I could cover the distance. 

I intended a swim today, but my rear hub and gears were feeling ropey yesterday, and I was worried I had cracked bearings from  taking the bike offroad too much. So I've had to dismantle the bike and give everything a thorough clean. Fortunately, the bearings are fine, and it just seems to be an excess of mud in the gear train. But it takes a long time to clean, and now I've noticed I need new brake blocks too.Gah!

So there might be a change of plan, walking out to a Halfords at the beginning of one of my run routes, and having a bit of a trot instead of a swim.

15/02/2011 at 17:32

Yersinia - mighty impressed with the cycling, you must have found a few hills on the way as well.
Also impressed by your ability to dismantle bike, I need to find a bike maintenance course, as hopeless, I rely on Mr Steady but before ever knowing him I had a motorbike and could do routine things with that so can't be that bad really, just not confident in doing things right/safely.

I can understand your mum worrying about lack of helmet, but everyone has their own opinion. I wear one,  but it could be said I need to protect myself as much as possible due to my clumsiness.

Today I went for a private rehab session for the wrist, as 20 mins a week with NHS physio is only making slow progress. In one hour a more detailed assessment and loads of little exercises/ manipulations and massage, my fingers and wrist feel better but still some pain, with more movement possible and she explained why certain bits are misbehaving and what to expect as it gets better. Well worth the money, but not sure I can afford to go as much as she would like.

15/02/2011 at 17:43
Yersinia sounds like you have a nice route to your mums how did you get back?

JEvaNs that's half the battle finding a nice route of distance that can loop where you live so not to far from home at any one time. Might take my car out for a nice run/route plan.

No run for me today cause have athletes foot between my little toe looks and feels like it's gonna fall off got some cream today so hoping to re plan my run for tomorrow I know Chilli I'm a wuss can't run cause of my little toe but your running and biking with your arm in pieces lol
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