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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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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.

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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

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