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02/03/2013 at 18:19

chili - I am with you, if I was going to do London Paris then I would want to be doing some longer rides - he is going to suffer a bit. It is not just about having a bit of fitness, it is the endurance. It is like running a marathon when all you normally do is 4 mile runs - you just haven't got the endurance to do it. You might manage, but it will be painful

02/03/2013 at 23:30
Thanks for all your help and advice. I was trying to show off to the wife in the pool today with my super fast lengths and got 3/4 down the pool and realised that i'd forgotten to breathe...i hope i don't do that in the race...5 minutes of coughing won't help my times.

Next week i'm going online for some tri-shorts and a tri-belt...i wonder how silly i'll look in tri-shorts?
03/03/2013 at 08:59

you won't look silly at all because everyone will be wearing them

Razor51    pirate
03/03/2013 at 13:52
Pete, look on " My Triathlon" for More Mile Tri suits, the shorts and top are the best option as its easier if you need the loo.
Cortina5    pirate
03/03/2013 at 21:20

Hi All,

Mikasa - how are you today? Good swimming Pete & Razor. How are you Maths?
Pete - we all look silly in lycra!

Nice PB for the family Chili! I'd definitely be doing the 80 miles weekly, and the odd 100 miler. He is going to be in pain...

I raced yesterday - Althorp duathlon, a GB qualifier for the ETU champs in Holland and the ITU champs in Canada. It was supposed to be on Feb 16th, but was postponed to yesterday.

I travelled up Friday and stayed locally in a hotel, using some points I'd collected. Following Team Sky's incremental gains, I took my own pillow. Like most nights in hotels it didn't seem to work, and sleep was fitful. 6AM alarm call didn't ring, good job I set my own alarm.

Some porridge pots for breakfast then drove to the race. Registered then took the bike for a spin. Legs felt heavy. Racked bike and went for a run, legs felt heavier.

Some faffage, some coffee and then time to go.

Run1, 5km: First km was uphill - road then grass. Through a churchyard then on to a road, undulating for a few km. 3km was a tight turn and incline on to a muddy track for 1.5km then in to the transition field for a loop on grass.Hard work, and probably overcooked it. I started on the second row back, and spent most of the first 2km with people overtaking me. Got overtaken by first female just before transition. In to T1 for 18m43s.

T1: Twat hat on, trainers off, run off with bike. Bike shoes attached to bike .40s.

Bike, 20km. First km uphill along side run, overtook first female! Then undulating. Didn't really settle down, but felt ok. Tight R calf/hamstring was evident. Some overtaking, some being overtaken. Surged on the uphills but could not maintain on the downhills or flat. A long dull stretch on a dual carriageway was reminiscient of Outlaw. Back in to T2 at 36:43. I'd taped my shoe vents up to keep my feet warm and wore long socks. Even so it was hard to get feet out of shoes.

T2: Bike racked, helmet off, dumped glasses and then went back to dump gloves. Silly. 39s.

Run2, 5km: Same route as Run#1. First km was sloow by comparison, struggled up but knew once I was out of the churchyard I could catch my breathe.I could feel small sharp pins sticking in to my calves from cramps, but not as severe as I've had before. Ran faster downhill but legs were painful. Struggled through the run. First and second female overtook me, and I couldn't catch the guy infront either. I always prefer someone to chase, and once I overtake I struggle to maintain pace. Sprint for the line, and it didn't seem to get any closer. Run2 finish for 19:51, 1:16:42 overall.

20th in AG and 76 - quite a long way down compared to Dorney, even for a similar time. All the fast people were there .


Edited: 03/03/2013 at 21:21
03/03/2013 at 21:37

Well done IronCat.
I did another 2 hour turbo. Decided to put the resistance setting down to 1, it had been on 3. and pedalled away to Ride Harder 3 which is 1.5 hours then carried on a bit slower and gentler for the last half hour.
My speed today was 13.xx mph, but not sure if I should put the resistance up a bit. Today I could use the big front ring for the hard bits, normally that is too hard and I use the middle front one. I know on treadmill you put it on a 1% incline to mimic outdoors but is it the same for a turbo?
I know that cycling is my weakest sport and in a few weeks time I will be riding in the great outdoors again, but I might just have to wait and suprise myself when I get back on the road and see if this hard work is helping.

03/03/2013 at 21:56

well done Ironcat

I am loads better today, but opted to stay in bed instead of getting up and turbo - think I must have needed the sleep. Did a bit of treadmill and bike in the gym this afternoon and just back from club swim

Steady - I am sure the turbo will be making lots of difference. I need to sort out getting my bike serviced soon as I will too willl be heading outdoors on it soon

04/03/2013 at 07:48

wow, well done IronCat, I like the story of your duathlon, it really brings it home to us newbies what we're letting ourselves in for.

Cortina5    pirate
04/03/2013 at 09:11
pete_inthehills wrote (see)

wow, well done IronCat, I like the story of your duathlon, it really brings it home to us newbies what we're letting ourselves in for.

Ta Pete. Triathlons are soo much easier for the run - no cramp in the legs. Though trying to cycle with no blood in your legs or head can be fun!

04/03/2013 at 10:20

Well done on the Du Ironcat!

MC - glad you're taking it easy.

Chili - congrats on family PB!

Well, you were right. I shouldn't have played. Can still feel my quads although going down stairs is a lot easier. But, for my efforts, I now have a sprained ankle! Nothing too serious but that's probably paid to any exercise this week. Rubbish! 



Tired Badger    pirate
04/03/2013 at 13:11

Nice times Cat, well done...

04/03/2013 at 14:06

Well done Cat! Did you make it to the wedding too?

Oh no Mikasa! Hope you heal soon.

13 mile bike ride this morning in the sun. Was very nice and I think I fractionally faster.

Cortina5    pirate
04/03/2013 at 14:21
Chilibean wrote (see)

Well done Cat! Did you make it to the wedding too?

Oh no Mikasa! Hope you heal soon.

13 mile bike ride this morning in the sun. Was very nice and I think I fractionally faster.

Ta. I got to the reception on time as agreed with Mrs Cat5, then did the diligent driving husband thing. A very loong day in all.

Heal well Mikasa. Another good bike Chili, well done!

04/03/2013 at 14:41

Hi everyone - I hope it's okay if I jump in here?  I'm a complete novice and I've entered for a Fun Triathlon (same distances as a Super Sprint I think) in July.

I've found training plans etc, but I was wondering if it was ok to hang around with you for a bit?  My training should start this week and I have a long way to go!

Do any of you train exclusively in the gym/pool?  Or is that a daft question?

04/03/2013 at 17:24

Welcome Mid life wobbler. We all started somewhere and I did a Tri-a- tri first.

I do not train exclusively in the gym/pool, mainly because I don't like gyms but will use it if the weather is bad for a long time, my local leisure centre has PAYG gym use, but pool is perfectly OK  for practise as the OW season is only April to Sept.

What is your sporting background?

Cortina5    pirate
04/03/2013 at 17:39

Welcome along MLW! I swim in pools, with some open-water in the summer. Like Steady I don't really like gyms and much prefer to run or ride outside. If I'm away with work I may use a gym bike but always try to run outside. If it's icy then I'll probably turbo indoors for the bike instead of running or cycling.

This quarter most of my weekday riding has been on the turbo, but that's because I can get a better session than on the road.

If you hang around too long you'll end up doing longer triathlons....

04/03/2013 at 18:59

evening all

mikasa - ouch, ice and rest, hope it heals quickly

welcome mid life wobbler. 

off to masters swim in a bit

04/03/2013 at 19:00

Sporting background?  Well, I was sporty as a child/teen, but found the lure of fast food and chocolate too much and am pretty overweight now.   I'm not proud of it, and I really do need to address my lack of fitness, hence the challenge.

I was good at archery - does that count?

I will be using the gym for at least the next two months - I don't live in the nicest area and I need to be fit enough to run away from trouble before I go out "on the streets"!

Thanks for the replies - I'm already hooked on the forums

04/03/2013 at 19:51

Runningfeet - Blackminster half is a nice event - I've done it quite a few times. Flat, although a few undulations - the ones I remember are a bit of a drag at about 5 miles and then a particularly nasty incline right at the end of the 6 mile loopy-loop which always catches me out, and you get to do it twice.  Also it's over distance - you go straight past the last marker and think you've finished but there's still 100m or so to go. The thing that always amazes me is how fast the leaders are going - the speed us mere mortals run means we're bound to be lapped usually midway through the first 6 mile here them it coming up behind you and then they zoom past at some speed.

Razor51    pirate
04/03/2013 at 20:11
Well done Cat, great times and glad you made the wedding
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