Training for a shorter Tri

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The Evil Pixie    pirate
20/07/2013 at 10:48

2hrs bike today (well 1:56 really!)

I'm currently on a "have fun and try new things" training plan. So the 2 bike rides I've done this week have been cadence focused. At Outlaw I averaged 59  today was 67  but my legs were shot ,

Thursday's swim I tried a different style of FC and was quicker too.
Tomorrow I will try a potter but not sure what that focus will be!

The ride I did today I also did in the half snow of March. Then I averaged 11.7mph today was 13.3 (held 14.1 for ages then the legs died!) It was 26m - I did 12.9 for the Full Boar last year and would like to be more this year so if I keep the training up I may do but the focus is fun and train because I can right now.

MC ICT has it's benefits! Good luck tomorrow too!

20/07/2013 at 11:02

Haha EP I don't know if there were any other Pirates present today - it was a bit cooler than Thursday but I went without a wettie.  Took my Garmin out with me and it told me my pace was 1.9kph FTW!! I did one big lap and one little lap as I was getting a bit cool and my goggles were playing up.  Enjoyable swim and biked home over the big hill.  AND I managed to get my wet tri top off all by myself - Yes! it's the little things.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
20/07/2013 at 11:03

tee hee

It was cooler on my bike so I went for a LS top and then boiled by the time I got home!

As you say little things - they all add up you know!

20/07/2013 at 11:21

Good work ladies! EP, do you do the Sufferfest on the turbo? Something like Downward Spiral really helps with cadence! Maths and I love it!

Ark at little Buttercup - getting her own tri top off now. how far we've come 

Little 40min run this morning now getting ready for work. Have a smashing weekend peeps! 

20/07/2013 at 11:28

I's a big tri lass now Mrs D! EP the first ten km out of the water on the bike I thought I should've packed my arm warmers but once I dried out a bit it got quite warm.

20/07/2013 at 12:05

Well done  Pixie and Buttercup

parkrun this morning - a very slow 5k recovery run

20/07/2013 at 12:06

Sorry, missed Mrs D out. Well done on your run too

20/07/2013 at 12:38

Well done on all this swimming and cycling and running lark.

Good luck for tomorrow MC.

I got up later than intended and went OW swim with no wettie. Thorpe was 23 degrees and the water really clear and warm. I seemed to swim at about the same speed and legs cramping the same as in a wettie, even the buoyancy did not seem to be much worse until towards the end. 1.07 mile done, the first OW since Outlaw Half.

I got stuck in a jam on the M25 coming home, and the usual crawling behind masses of cyclists on the country lanes, but went out on the bike, did not feel comfortable so came home, lowered the saddle a tiny bit then  went out and did another loop to see how that felt. Result was a 15 mile ride at 12.6mph, woohoo.

I enjoyed the ride so will definitely concentrate on doing more.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
20/07/2013 at 12:53

Damn we are all so good!

I keep thinking about the sufferfest but as yet have resisted. I also don't want to turbo when I can go outside, maybe once the mornings are too dark to get out on the bike I will


20/07/2013 at 16:36

Good job Steady!!  

I would say good luck tomorrow MC but instead I will be Piratey and say JFDI! you will be awesome!

Razor51    pirate
20/07/2013 at 16:56


I had a scan on my shoulder today, I have apparently some bits of calcium floating about in there, just got wait for the results now 

Some good news, ran Parkrun this morning with Horse and got a PB, knocked 40 secs off, finished in 25.24. 

20/07/2013 at 17:41

well done everyone

only just got back form Nottingham and I am shattered. What a long day.

wondered why I was struggling at the masters swim, then realised everyone was coughing and struggling - something wrong with the water so we all got out after half an hour. Apparently the other day kids from the club squads threw up from the water. We keep having problems with the water at the pool it is a nightmare.

We did well in Nottingham, got most of the stuff we needed (including trombone - and the specialist shop had a second hand one so cheaper than we had counted on) without me getting stressed out and had a lovely and healthy lunch in a veggie cafe that I haven't been to for years. 

Think I need to chill now before tomorrow's tri - need to sort out all the stuff and put the seats down in the car still. Haven't been outside on the bike since beginning of June - what can go wrong??

buttercup - yep I need that JFDI more than a goodluck!

at least it is cooler here today than it has been for a while

Razor - not great news on the shoulder, hope it isn't too bad when you get the results

20/07/2013 at 17:57

Razor how do you get rid of that? good parkrun tho'


20/07/2013 at 20:17

MC - that water sounds horrendous!

Razor - on the shoulder but fantastic on the PB

Steady - sounds like you had a great day.

20/07/2013 at 22:16

A good race. not as GCtastic as 2011 but froome was a lot closer to losing it than the 5mins would have you believe. so room for years of argument there over stage 9 and whether froome could have lost the jersey.
Some good stages and good attitude. all obvious performances people have pointed out but in general the riders rose to the challenge and gave it a good go. a lot of teams underperformed or failed to show but plenty tried. BMC punched below their weight but tried  Good to see the sprints shared about.
Europacar were moronic at times and made poor use of what they had. feel sorry for thibout and fdj. just fell apart. Astana were poor. birdsong was just left to it on his own.
+ marks for saxo and garmin really making a race of it at times along with quickstep/belkin. shame for them that the dutch challenge faded in the alpes.
the suffering on the alpe looking very convincing all round. the sharp end of that day took years off riders. Young men at bottom where middle aged at the top
the structure of the race was good...tweak it here and there.  shout out for the second technical  hilly tt which was  very successful at producing a close stage and decent spectacle.
the whole day on the alpe was pretty memorable as stages go. ...
overall not 1987 or 89 but a hell of a lot better than 2008, 2012, 2004, 2005 and a host of others
ok better or worse than 2011?... I would say better because it was more engaging the whole way through where as 2011 didn't come alive until the 3rd.

21/07/2013 at 12:04

I went out with the local bike club, 20 miles average 12mph, did Henfold Lane hill which is a short 17% and did it not walking first time ever. This features in many sportives in the area.

Then the route continued and did some of the Vachery Tri in reverse, near miss with a fast bike with disc wheels that cut the corner, not good having a burst water main on the hills that go round Leith Hill either, the marshal at the top of the hill where it started was losing the battle to get people to slow down. I had to get off  and walk the final 150m. But what goes up comes down, mananged 38 mph coming back down into Dorking.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
21/07/2013 at 12:06

 great news on the hill climbing! I still need to master these hill things but I am a lot better than I was!

21/07/2013 at 12:18

*using bookie's log in as can't switch them cake here*

Razor  Can they use ultrasound stuff to take it out of your shoulder or are you going to have to have keyhole surgury?


Maths I would report the pool to the local authorities sounds like they have messed up the water conpleately

em cleat's are am inprovement wether you are racing or not but are hart to get used to at first. As previous post's I would go to a shop and try a few shoe's on. Worth getting but be warne you will fall over at some point when you are getting used to them if you have a torbo would be a very good idea to try them on it first or leaning against a wall so you can learn to clip or unclip a few times before riding with them.


Razor51    pirate
21/07/2013 at 13:58

Cake, it's proberbly going to be keyhole surgery 

Edited: 21/07/2013 at 14:00
21/07/2013 at 14:48

razor - bad news, but I would imagine recovery should be fairly fast after keyhole?

steady - well done

cake - yeah, I have emailed the local authority. Everyone at the club wrote out a complaint form for the pool, but that is just an internal thing. Guess I will skip tonight's and tomorrow's swims and hope that when I get back frrom hols it has been sorted

right, back from woodhall spa, have eaten, emptied the car and put the washing machine on so race report to follow....

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