Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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14/01/2011 at 19:35

Ooooh, SteadyCJ, so tomorrow you get the cast off??!!! Fantastic. Swim? Why not?

I'm on the M25 too, but J25 so exactly the other side of London to you.

Did my first brick session today. 5 miles hilly cycle immediately followed by 5k run (one little hill). It felt awful. Legs like sausages and was convinced I was going so slowly. But the 5k only took just over 31mins so pretty pleased with that. I haven't been cycling long enough yet to know if my time is okay. But I got up to 25mph coming downhill today and got scared! I know, I'm a bit of a wuss, but I don't like going that fast.

Hope my legs have recovered by the morning cos I'm supposed to be taking my big girl to parkrun.

(Made chocolate chip cookies with my Smidge this morning)

14/01/2011 at 22:42

Chilibean - should have said next Friday is d day for cast off, see my mind is ahead of the body again. Shame you're opposite side of the M25.

Bootsie -  that sounds good to me, will have to wait a bit longer, need to be back on the bike in the great outdoors first, then will hope to arrange a meet up, have you done the EG Tri before or not, there are some hills on the cycle part.

15/01/2011 at 08:15

chillbean thats normal.. ,my legs felt completely horrible at the start going from bike to run.. still do really.. i've found that doing a run after every long cycle.. even if its just 10 min run really helps!

steadycj that sfine.. just shout when you fancy it and we can maybe do a reccy on the course closer to the time haven't done it before but am part of the east grinstead tri club now so will ssus it all out

16/01/2011 at 20:18


Sorry, SteadyCJ - was getting prematurely excited for you!

Well, I did manage the ParkRun yesterday and my big girl was awarded her 10 club t-shirt. Then we headed off to Sweatshop to get the trainers she had won Huge smiles all round. Grovelands Parkrun only started last August so she is the first t-shirt winner. What really made my day was being referred to as her big sister!

After 6 days of training I decided I'd better have a rest day. Deffinitely needed it although i feel a bit of a fraud since some of the those training sessions were only 30 mins. This afternoon I cleaned my bike. Although it is new to me someone else had riden it for a couple of months and the chain was thick with black gunk. I'm completely clueless at these things, so got a book out the library to tell me what to do. And hubby sat and watched me and made mostly helpful comments. Anyway, a lot of the gunk is not removed, my fingernails are black. But the bike is now back together and seems to be working great. My hubby then decided he needed to try it out (it's a men's bike) and has fallen in love with it.

Not sure what I'm doing tomorrow. Guess I'll see how the day goes and how much time I can steal.

17/01/2011 at 13:06

Chilibean - impressed you have started cleaning/servicing bike, I just leave it all to OH a very practical person.

Also the family joke is that if I wash my car it will snow, which does still happen but not during the summer months the only time I do wash it, do not blame me for this winters bad weather.

Planning to do an hour on bike this afternoon, need to decide on what music to listen to.

17/01/2011 at 23:10

Ouch, ouch, ouch. Walking very gingerly. My glutes hurt. Did 10 mile cycle of hills in 53 mins. Ouch. Tell me I will get fitter and better at cycling please??????? And I forgot to take my MP3 player. Hope you had some nice music.

18/01/2011 at 07:56

Hope the glutes are easing off a bit this morning. You will get fitter and better at cycling.

Cycling is my 2nd weakness after slow swimming, and close to slow running. I did 25Km in the garage listened to Queen greatest hits, but failed to notice how long CD lasted so last five minutes were done to the sound of a dusk chorus of bluetits and blackbirds, too lazy to get off and reset music, have no ipod at the mo, but OH has old mini system set up for when he works on the car etc.

I do not run or cycle on roads with music, but find it a must if indoors. Hopefully this rain will stop and I can get out for a walk today.

18/01/2011 at 19:47


Mmmm, I seriously suspect that I will never be fast, but I do consider myself to be able to hold a steady pace. Like you I don't wear headphone whilst on the road but there is a country park close to us with cycle lanes and no traffic so will wear them there.

Today was 40ish lengths at lunchtime. I lose count pretty easily therefore the ish. I know I didn't do less but may have done more. Then 4 mile run this eve. Had hoped to do a 5th but couldn't fit it in before taking daughter no.2 to Brownies.

Am going away tomorrow. Am very excited cos I shall have two whole days with girl-friends and no children!  Oh it is going to be wonderful!

See you in a couple of days


Kanga M    pirate
18/01/2011 at 22:12
C'mon you lot, less chat and more training  Who's signed up for Regenberg then ?
18/01/2011 at 22:34

Kanga - leave me in peace to dream. Maybe some time, but not for the forseeable future.

IM is way out of my league, I sat down today and looked at the cut off times and worked out  my times for both half IM and IM and I wouldnot make it. My swim is far too slow and not far enough, have never cycled for more than 2 hours very slowly with stops for tea and cake, and my marathon PB from 1997 is 5:30.

Kanga M    pirate
18/01/2011 at 22:44

Keep dreaming, visualisation, of crossing that finish line one day  Then get lashed, and get down to the tattoo parlour*

* I may have only done one of these things .... yet ....

19/01/2011 at 14:15


well just signed up to hever castle tri.. so thats three this year that i'm doing.. should be good and challenging!! ski trip is over so time for some serious training! 

19/01/2011 at 17:48

Glad to hear you had a safe ski trip, with no injuries.

Just done another session at the gym. 30 mins on treadie run 3, walk 1, with 10 min w/u and c/d on bike.

40 hours to go until the cast comes off - whoopee. Will look round for a late season tri or maybe a half marathon.

Edited: 19/01/2011 at 17:49
19/01/2011 at 20:56
Steady , hever tri is last weekend in september if you fancy it
20/01/2011 at 16:54

Thanks I will have a look.

Today was scheduled as 45 min cycle but just did not want to do it. Instead went for an hour long brisk walk and did 4miles, feel better for having done something and it has made me feel positive on being able to increase distances.

17 hours to go until cast off!!!

20/01/2011 at 16:59
well done for getting out there Steady.. better than doing nothing.. good luck tomorrow with the cast
20/01/2011 at 17:04
Hi all,

Can I join in or is it mum's only?

I'm new to Tri myself, as in not done one

New bike for Christmas (road bike) old bike Mtb 14 years old lol not swam since school apart from cooling off on holidays Did 2 halfs last year and 2 off road Duathlons.

Going to join local Tri club this Sunday and join in with there swim sessions (already brought some goggles lol) told them to be gentle with me

I live in mids and married with 4 kids so know all about the juggling at weekends with football rugby dancing gymnastics tennis and ballet. 2 girls 2 boys 11 8 4 2 G B B G.

20/01/2011 at 17:21


have you signed up to any tris yet silver? welcome to the forum

20/01/2011 at 17:42
Hi Bootsie,

Not yet had a virus then the winter vomiting bug over Dec and early Jan. Although I did book a half marathon for March, want to do some swimming first. I'm looking at couple of local Tri's April and May. Might go for a sprint or two then Olympic then hopefully do a middle distance event in summer.

Sorry about the mum thing ;(
20/01/2011 at 21:28
lol no worries.. thats alot for one year!! well done and good luck with it :- )i'm a bit lazy not going over the oly this year.. where are you based?
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