Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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21/09/2013 at 17:29

I have been thinking I need to have goals to focus myself over the winter too!  I have something on on the 16th so cant come run with your EP.  There is a local 10k on November 3rd (Shepshed 7 mile - if any of you are keen!! JP, MC + Pixie you guys are close enough!!)

Bodypump this morning - I almost died in the lunges on the step thought my calves were going to explode! 

21/09/2013 at 17:40

EP -well done on entering! I was thinking about a November half but just didn't think I had time enough to train for it, longest run recently 4miles and not very regularly.

Chili - well done on your run and well done on your girl!

I did crack open that bottle of red last night but only had two glasses, not a big drinker...

Not really moving onto anything yet. We just re-evaluated our position with OH and decided that it would make most financial sense to relocate and live together full-time again even if I'd be out of a job for awhile. And I'd really had enough of my old job and all the changes. On 'holiday' for the rest of the month and only officially unemployed from first of next month though I might already have something lined up for short term.

21/09/2013 at 18:53

arghh, just managed to lose my whole post - off to sulk until I find time to type it again - alone with the kids tonight

21/09/2013 at 19:39

right, manic day, dropped kids off this morning, went swimming, picked kids up, lunch, shopping to buy eldest new trunks as he told us on the way to his swimming lesson on Weds that his are too small (not surprising, he has had them for ages and has grown a lot), back from shopping, took other to guitar lesson, back from guitar lesson, fetch washing in, OH then had to go out to a wedding reception, so home alone with kids and no chance to have a spin on the bike to check it out for tomorrow. Oh well, just a long walk in the morning if it conks out during the tri!

Just had a minor panic because I couldn't find my race belt - but has been located, phew. I'll get most stuff ready in the morning - don't need to leave till 7ish so as long as I get up at 6 I have loads of time. 

21/09/2013 at 20:01

All the best for tomorrow MC and Steady. Hope you both have great events (and your bike works MC )

Parkrun this morning. Big Girl decided she was too tired, No.3 wimped out of the second lap. But my No.3 who cycled 20 miles last night completed all 5k with me

The rest of the day has been spent cleaning carpets/sofas. Am rather tired now but need to finish all the prep for tomorrow.

21/09/2013 at 20:03

Maths, I lost my first post as well, so frustrating isn't it!

ANd good luck for your tri!!!

21/09/2013 at 22:19

MC good luck.

21/09/2013 at 22:36

Good luck MC and Steady for your races.

I went to the pool with the brat. While she had her lesson, we did sauna and steam room, then in the pool for public swim, it just quietened down as we left. I still haven't got FC breathing sorted. 

22/09/2013 at 09:11

Good luck MC and Steady for today - it's a bit grey here, hope the weather gods are kind to you both.

DS hope the injuries and problems ease off next month, Pete keep up the commute - it can be a good training session.  I do the morning drop off so I can't do it yet - only another year or so .

Saw the lycra flying machines - twice - they went the long way round Devon, I took the short cut - but still only just got there before they did

Still not managed to get to the swimming sessions, I will make it to a swiiming lesson before the end of the decade  just need to build up more brownie points.  Well confused by Mrs WS, just before I was due to go out to swimming with local tri club - was told off for spending too much time training.  So dropped the training session and stayed home, following morning she said I should start running with a friend once or twice a week

22/09/2013 at 12:04

thanks for the good lucks

can't believe how lovely the weather is - think it is the first time I have done a tri and not needed to put something extra on for the bike. My lack of biking lately showed and the hills were tough, my legs were shattered and really didn't want to run, so walked up the hill and run most of the rest, not sure of the splits yet as the timer was a big dodgy - they'll be up on the website later apparently. Just happy to finish really, not bothered about the times. A lot more biking before next year and it will be interesting to see a difference in times when I do it again (they do the same course twice a year)

22/09/2013 at 13:33

Well done you chickie! It is a lovely day outside - although yesterday in the morning I wasn't sure if it was going to be!  When is the next one?

22/09/2013 at 14:04

nothing booked now till next year, but hoping to be able to do some 10ks soon

just compared my time with a year ago - 5 mins slower, but the run was 6 mins slower, so either the bike or swim must have been quicker! I only have the run split so far. A year ago was when I was running at my best before my knee injury so pretty happy considering

swim was a bit biffy this morning - considering there were only women in my lane they were a bit aggressive. Bike was good apart from feeeling hard, only overtook 1 person and I shouted him some encouragement. 

The Evil Pixie    pirate
22/09/2013 at 14:12

Woo hoo my keyboard works!! Well actually the laptop keyboard is buggered so this is a separate one but still means I can type properly and not give up at 3 words.

Son now has lurgy but I seem to have fought it off with just a run down feeling - phew.

Yesterday I did 5m which was my longest run for at least 2mths and I loved it - why did I stop running? I put so much focus on the bike before that I forgot how fab running is. It upset me that the last 3/4m was so hard and that I was so slow but felt so good to achieve that - if that makes sense.

Buttercup the Shepshed 7 is hard! I can't do that! It's off road and and and and.

Still not got on the  bike so next months 30m will hurt - so glad I didn't put the 60m down!

I've been crap since Outlaw - really lost the love of anything, felt such a failure I just wanted to hide, give up and not bother again. It's hard work just now making myself do stuff as I do feel like a massive failure and it's really a case of what's the point. Work is mega busy & I feel behind with that too so basically I'm not in the best of places.

But it's great to lurk and watch you lot!

Off to the cycle show next weekend - hope to be inspired with the aim of getting fitter, thinner and then a new bike for 2014!

Right more painting to do - ceiling was re-plastered, done 2 base layers now need the final layer but new white paint on new white paint makes it really hard as you can't see where you've been!!

22/09/2013 at 14:25

EP it really isn't that bad - I regularly run around that route and if I can do it you can too it's actually quite a nice little run - and it wont be stinking hot so even better!  We can do the run and then go back to my place and husband will have goodies for us to eat

22/09/2013 at 15:58

Can you see it now?

22/09/2013 at 16:29

EP - this is a tough time of year in terms of school work, it has been full on since I got back. Don't feel like a failure, you aren't. OK outlaw didn't go as planned. I didn't follow the outlaw thread but I am guessing you didn't get as much biking in in training as you needed to? Also, the speed thiing I think is probably something that builds up over the years, it is all very well this mentality of 'anyone can do it in a year' but I think some of us take longer to build up distance and speed!

Have some smaller goals - a 10k before xmas? Even if you walk a bit of it? Spring 10k after that where you don't walk any of it. 2 bike sessions a week, even if it is on a turbo, things like that...

22/09/2013 at 18:24

Wow, busy people here today.

Well I will give you a report on my sportive.  is the summary in icon format. The full version follows.

Met another pirate at start, we met up last year at the end, he went off fast on the Jaffa short route. I went with a few from the cycle club but lost sight of them after about 30 mins, so on my own, lots of "Morning" being said as I was passed by other cyclists. First little test of a hill a 17% known as Henfold Lakes as that is signposted near it, short and sharp and done sitting down but puffing like a steam engine.

On through the Surrey countryside and out to Leith Hill, we did part of the TofB route but luckily not for too long but did have to do the whole hill. I have only done part of it and gone round rather than over. I did have to get off and walk the last 150m to the summit but it makes Oxton Bank look like a pimple. On down hill hit 37mph at one point. The route then went on to a section I had never ridden before and there was a horrible hill at Peaslake, I did some more walking and on the descent used the brakes the whole time as the single track road had gravel in the middle and mud all over.

Lots of stopping for eating, drank loads and refilled and refuelled at the aid stations. I started to struggle as my legs were hurting, got cramp in my toes, went to a dark place and came out by the last aid station so decided to carry on and not quit there. Big mistake I was slowing down and finding any incline required the granny ring to get up and then had to walk up hills of any size. Tried to refuel more to lift spirits, I was now on the short route heading to the start/finish so knew more or less how far it was to go. I carried on for a further 24 miles. Then the back went, from an ache to pain going down the right leg. by now I had been going for nearly six hours since starting.

I threw the towel in when I saw the next hill, I hurt too much and knew that at my current slow speed it would be at least another hour or two before I got back and that there were still a few hills to go. I stopped and stopped the garmin and the Broom wagon came and got me. 

56 miles cycling time 4:50 climb 3,000ft. Glad I got to HIM distance but annoyed that my body let me down, but if I had carried on  the damage may have been worse. I fuelled reasonably well but need more. Compression tights are on and am stretching every hour or so.

22/09/2013 at 18:40

I love my compression tights well done you for keeping on going when it got hard and you kept it up for six hours!! That's a lot of climbing

22/09/2013 at 18:49

wow, well done steady. That is a mega ride and not easy by the sounds of it

I have done all my physio  exercises - when I saw her on Tuesday she added in some squats and hamstring exercises, so it is starting to take a while to do them all

not going to go to swim tonight, think that is enough for one day, and I didn't sleep much last night so need an early night  - and I need to sew loads of cubs and scout badges on uniforms. I hate sewing

23/09/2013 at 07:39

Blinkin' heckers Steady, that's some cycling!  and a great report.  I particularly like the bit "I carried on for a further 24 miles"... like it was just a wee distance!

Hope your legs are feeling better this morning.

Hey MC, good racing, it's nice to get out and race after just doing training all the time.

EP, your joie de vivre will come again, it just goes in cycles, sure outlaw was a bit of a downer, but you know the forum folk are here to listen, encourage and occasionally poke fun.  If you need a kick up the arse, just post, we're here for you.  It's great that you've got  your run mojo back.  I hate painting, especially white on white...

I watched our local Oly triathlon on sunday.  Next year I won't miss out.  I got very excited to see folk struggling out of transition and wobbling off on their bikes and then a bit intimidated to see how fast they were still running at the end of their 10K! If that was me, I'd be crawling in!

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