Training for a shorter Tri

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15/02/2011 at 18:00
Blimey Yersinia - don't underestimate a 55 miler! I seem to remember its quite hilly round there too, near the Hogs Back? Visited an old friend from Uni who lived near Farnham a few years ago (was it Burpham she used to live? anyway) - toured round a bit, went to Devils Punchbowl is it called? I'm a long way from there now, up here in sunny Blackpool!
15/02/2011 at 18:27

Heh. I'd gone to Mum's by train, and stayed over the weekend, then cycled home on Monday.

It is moderately hilly - the stickiest being a 16% east of Dorking, which is where my hub started misbehaving, though the 12% near Riddlesdown also gave me problems, as I was beginning to get tired.

Devil's Punchbowl is nice - there are lots of lovely lanes for cycling in that area, and my sister used to work near Burpham.

CJ - I'm sure if you could do maintenance on a motorbike, a push bike should be easy peasy. I've been doing it pretty much all my life.

I got my brake pads and some lube from Halfords, and went for my trot. But it started to rain, so instead of walking home afterwards, I ran to get into the dry, and ended up doing 7km.

Ridiculously, 7km of running is probably more of an achievement for me than 55 miles of cycling.

15/02/2011 at 18:47
Sorry Yersinia didn't realise you had got the train to your Mums.

Just had email from my local Tri club, they have arranged to use the local race track Mallory Park on a Thursday night 7-9 for bike training which should be fun. No pot holes on there
15/02/2011 at 19:07

And you can make motor racing noises as you speed round!

I don't suppose I'd said how I got to mum's. I go down by train every few weeks, but next time I'm thinking of reversing this weekend's effort - I'll cycle there and be able to use my unused return half of Friday's ticket to get home.

See, this cycling silly distances even saves me money!

15/02/2011 at 19:29

Wow Yersinia -I too am in awe of your 55 miles and bike maintence skills (I don't think I could even tell you where the bearings are!)

ST - Lol. Hope your toe doesn't fall off completely

Jevans - sorry to hear your week has gone pear shaped already.

No swimming today. My arm is actually hurting more today than it has done all weekend So I've been good and not trained. Hope it's better tomorrow. 

Steady - very wise getting another opinion and I really hope it helps. But they are expensive aren't they?! Last year i had a non-running problem with my knee and went straight to a physio. I knew the doctor would give me pain killers and tell me to rest, which I had no intention of doing. The physio diagnosed the problems and gave me treatment to heal it which it did. So I'm a great fan of private physios even though you have to pay!

Bye for now. Off to sort out my little girlies - i wonder if they've put their clothes away?

15/02/2011 at 21:05

Hello all,

Firstly I apologise now for any typos, I too have a hand injury- or rather a broken wrist! i am not an Ironman as of yet, but have completed around 9 tris, all sprint except for one! (London Tri Oly 2010).

Anyway just to say I hope that everyone's training is going well for the shorter distances. Broke my arm 10th jan, and still in cast. Havent done much this week apart from sleep as had an op last week. Turbo and core exercies have become my friend. In fact, when i am back to fitness, I am defo never going to have a proper excuse for not training again! Kerry 

15/02/2011 at 21:47
Welcome Kerry - a veritable professional! Though we do seem to be a bunch rotating on the injury bench at the moment. You are in the right place (though I'm not sure how many of us have Ironman on the agenda...)!

Chili - I love all your talk of your little girls. I have three nieces and haven't seen them since Christmas, but am going for the youngest first birthday in a couple of weeks. I'm SO excited! I saw a lot of them over the last year and am completely obsessed with them. The eldest is 11 in June and the middlest has just turned 3. I don't have my own (not planning to either, though I suppose you can't rule these things out) and am quite happy to enjoy other people's. Happy belated birthday to little smidge - well done on all your hard work over the weekend, and sorry that the swim isn't happening.

On the bike maintenance front, my friend used to go out with a bike mad bloke so I have recruited him as my personal bike mechanic. I asked him to teach me but he said it would take too long and it's probably not worth it. I do feel like I should know more than I do though so I may hang around a little bit on Saturday when I drop it off for a seeing to (which will include replacing the bearings - I know where they are too!).

Hoping to run in the morning then, and gym after work. I haven't booked onto circuits but hopefully there will be space.

Edited: 15/02/2011 at 21:48
15/02/2011 at 22:00

Cheers JEvaNs. Not really a professional, there is just seemingly to be a big push on a lot of tri related talk about going long. And really for me that's not what i want to acheive, and in all honest truth, a lot of the tri threads are focussed on longer distance events.

I am not against them at all, just not my cup of tea!

My bf is doing the Outlaw this July after all. I have entered a couple of Olympic distances this summer, injury considered, and hopefully a quick recovery!

15/02/2011 at 22:31

Welcome Kerry, you will be Queen of the turbo soon. I restarted my training after 2 weeks of being in a cast.

Razor51    pirate
15/02/2011 at 22:32

Hi Gang,..............not been on for a week so I have been reading back and I am impressed with all your training.   As for myself I have'nt done anything for over a week. been realy tired and lethargic  of late  and I have been nursing a few niggles in my knee and hip. Also been suffering with my arthritus in my hands so hanging on to the bars on the bike is painful. A trip to the doctors diagnosed carpull tunnel syndrom (restriction in the wrist movement caused by swelling of the band which surrounds all the tendons, ligaments and nerves) so I've got to wait for an appointment to have electric shocks sent up the nerves of my firgers to see how much damage has been done to the nerves.,

Hopefilly the rest I have been getting will help the niggles settle down and I might get out for a run tomorrow.

Off to bed now,night,night

16/02/2011 at 12:12

Ooo Razor - lovely to hear from you but poor you on the carple tunnel thing. Not sure if it would be of any reassurance, but my mum had it and had an operation which was very successful indeed. She probably left hers untreated for a while though, so hopefully the shocks will get things back on track for you. Hope you manage to get on track soon.

Kerry - which Olys you doing?

I managed a 5 mile run this morning, though it was freezing over night and there were some slippy spots! Very enjoyable though. May check the weather for tomorrow as I might be able to get a ride into work this week after all (looked like rain for most of this week when I checked the other day).

No circuits tonight. Need to work on interview presentation. Off to buy a new outfit for it especially in a min!

16/02/2011 at 12:24

run walk yesterday at lunchtime with a beginner friend for 30 mins and then hour on the turbo lastn ight.. soooo boring but at least its time in the saddle!!

might just treat myself to a night off tonight! feeling so tired and grumpy .. think its a sign

16/02/2011 at 15:42
Hi Kerry, maybe one day I might want to do more distance but for now just want o get my first Sprint out of the way. It's all new to me I come from Rugby back ground, so swimming is new up to ten lengths now just got my bike at Christmas seems ok I've done 20miles and felt good and did some running (plodding) last year. So welcome please bring your knowledge into Chilli's thread

Razor you sound like your falling apart hope the electric shocks work and your niggles go away

Nice one Steady just make sure you take it Steady
16/02/2011 at 17:36
Meh. Migraine today and had to bin my planned swimble. It's gone now, but feeling exhausted by it and unable to eat much. So I may have to cry off my Wednesday circuits class too.
16/02/2011 at 18:07

Yersinina - take care and have a rest day if needed, also to Bootsie as well.

Well I am living up to my name, done 3 miles in 35 mins part off road on trails and ran the whole way. This compares well with the beginning of the month when a similar route of 3 miles took 45 mins with some walking. All done at a steady effort, as I have not succumbed to buying a GPS/HRM watch yet.

16/02/2011 at 18:53

Thanks CJ.

Appetite is now returning with a vengeance, and I'm inclined to pander to it. Decided that circuits wasn't worth attempting, so I hope if I cosset myself tonight I'll feel better tomorrow, and can take advantage of the forecast nice weather.

Sounds as though you're steadily getting back on track. That's quite an improvement in a couple of weeks.

16/02/2011 at 19:53

Welcome Kerry - great to have you join us.

Yersinia/ Bootsie - take care, and have a good day tomorrow.

Ouch Razor - that's not nice. I have suffered from it on and off for 8 years but never serious enough to need treatment - hope you get it fixed.


ST - you may be new to all this, but your cycling is way better than mine!

Jevans - my arm is much better today thanks. I think it was the vibration from the cycling that upset it again. Bit worrying and for tomorrows ride I think I'll go along the tow path where I can cycle one handed if need be. When is your interview?

Had a bit better day. Went out at lunchtime for an extremely wet and muddy trail run involving hurdles, streams and mud scramble. The first woodland run since last October. Felt really tough but I managed the route 3 mins quicker than my best time last summer in the dry when i was doing almost every week! Am quite amazed actually. Needed to do it to boost my confidence cos the duathlon on the 5th March is two trail runs.

Razor51    pirate
16/02/2011 at 22:17

Hi Gang .....................Thanks for all comments, need to wait about 4 weeks to get my appointment for my electrocution  will let you know how things go nearer the time.

ST......... certainly feels like I'm falling apart a the mo( Missed out on any training today due to attending a funeral) not good.

Chilli..,Jevans..................been suffering with artheritus in my hands for years, so I know how to manage the pain and discomfort but this carpull thing is new to me only came on the last couple of months but it's now affecting my elbow and shoulder  the sooner I can get it sorted the better.

Kerry.................. welcome to this mad world

17/02/2011 at 11:54

Just a quickie...

((((((( Razor)))))))) hope you are managing to stay positive.

Chili - that duathlon had better watch out. Sounds like you'll be back with a vengence!

I managed a cycle in to work today, so am getting a bit more biking in for the week so that's good, but no time for swimming yet. Erk!

17/02/2011 at 12:57
Hey hey everyone

I'm feeling great today went for a 5k off road muddy hilly run today. I decided to go for it today cause not done a tempo run for ages, did it in record time 24.27 minutes I to have a race coming up on March 5th it's a half marathon. I struggle to get motivated for running so I booked this to help me lol now I'm regreting it o well will do it and then start to plan my first Tri
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