Training for a shorter Tri

For those not yet up to IM

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08/09/2014 at 23:02

RP, take it easy, viruses can leave your body in need of more rest than you think. Better to take is very very steady and gentle for the first few sessions.

I am going to go on a bike ride with Dustboy and IronCat and some other folks, looking forward to being talked at up the hills. Time to get the black and yellow out again.

09/09/2014 at 12:12

just don't want to lose momentum. I'm very faddy and sit somewhere on the AS, if anything disrupts my routine the whole thing can fall apart.

So, i went swimming last night and it was ok. Planning to do some biking tonight and will take your advice and go steady.

Cake    pirate
09/09/2014 at 12:36

Rpitchfo with saying slightly faddy I would ease into it if you make it a lifestyle change gradually it can make a bit of a difference. With being poorly don't other do it mate.

Stead can you give dusty and co a kiss from me please.

09/09/2014 at 15:46

 I hope it's wrong but I just read online somewhere that the Cotswold 226 will be in July next year, I hope that is wrong, as if it is in July then I won't be able to do that one either. Back to the drawing board.

09/09/2014 at 16:06

Cake I will try to remember, just hope I look like a continental person doing kissing and not some desperate woman.

Cake    pirate
09/09/2014 at 16:20
AliBear30 wrote (see)

 I hope it's wrong but I just read online somewhere that the Cotswold 226 will be in July next year, I hope that is wrong, as if it is in July then I won't be able to do that one either. Back to the drawing board.

 It's not going to be near the end of july do you know?

09/09/2014 at 16:27

Looking like July 12th

Cake    pirate
09/09/2014 at 16:30

 Yippee still doable then cheers 

09/09/2014 at 16:36

July 12 not doable for me  Need to find a UK full distance in late August, no I'm not doing wales! Might see how Challenge Weymouth goes this year.

Camlo    pirate
09/09/2014 at 20:31

Cotswold 226 is currently the top of my list for my first attempt-  if they bring it forward then less time to train.... Eek! Should have the running legs after my mara this weekend but still havent actually biked more than 30 miles and wetsuit hasnt seen action since chatsworth in july. Heyho its doable right? 

Alibear - hope you find something. 

rpitch- Echo for Cakes advice, it is hard easing off but if you try to stick to your plan through illness you could end up out of action even longer. 

hope you enjoyed the ride steady and all. 

Cake    pirate
10/09/2014 at 12:34

Ali there is a long distance race near cromer if any good in August? 

10/09/2014 at 14:05

Yep Cake that is a great race but not one I'm really up to just yet, sea swim and  the bike and run are a bit hilly. There again Weymouth would be the same.

10/09/2014 at 15:21

Ali I think Im going to do Hever Castle in Sept next year if you wanna come with

10/09/2014 at 17:04

Toddles off to Google , back in a bit  Nope that looks like a half and I'm searching for a full. How I managed to book 2 weeks holiday that scuppers all UK IM Distance races I don't know. Well I do I booked last week of may first week of June and that wipes out most UK summer races. I need 8 weeks solid training on my return before the race and I can't seem to make that happen.

Edited: 10/09/2014 at 17:06
10/09/2014 at 18:28

Alibear  the Hever lot do a full iron distance race called the Bastion on 12 July 2015 if that is any good..


I have been looking at training plans, but until my Garmin comes back from being repaired I just can't find my mojo to do much.

11/09/2014 at 10:23

Sunday just gone was my last race of the year so I'm putting my feet up for a bit. As ever I seem to be off on the timing as friends are all busy signing up for winter running races and are raring to go.

Mallowpuff    pirate
13/09/2014 at 10:27

Time for a rather belated GNR report! Apologies for the length...


I had previously done the Great North Run in 2012, as my first ever mass participation sporting event. I had entered as the previous year I got caught up in the atmosphere when cheering on my then girlfriend (now wife), and also after discovering the hell of travelling from Newcastle to South Shields along with thousands of other people, and deciding that it’d just be easier to run it. But I didn’t train enough, only getting up to about 9 miles in training, and only achieving that distance once. On the day itself I got to 9 miles and my right knee decided it had simply had enough, and so I was reduced to walking the rest of the way, with the occasional slow jog when I felt obliged due to support from the gathered crowds.

So 2014 was to be my second attempt, with better training and I was going to run it without injuring myself. Well, that was the plan anyway. A series of niggles and pains in my feet and legs resulted in no running whatsoever for about 9 weeks, up to 2 weeks before the big day. On the Bank Holiday Monday, my wife and I decided we should try to run, and went straight out for an 8.5 mile slow run. We managed, but it took the rest of the week to get over it. A couple of 2 mile runs over the remainder of the build up to race day meant I knew it was going to be slow, and it was going to be tough. My wife’s running fitness was in a much better place than mine, so she kindly said she would stay with me and help me get to the finish.

Mallowpuff    pirate
13/09/2014 at 10:27


Race day dawned, on a clear, bright, yet somewhat chilly Sunday morning. We walked down to Durham to catch a train through to Newcastle, expecting extra trains. Upon arrival at the station shortly after 9am, we discover that there is no train until 9:53. Things were going to be extremely close for getting to the start on time. An already crowded East Coast service to Edinburgh promptly arrived several minutes late, and resulted in a mad dash across the Toon to arrive at the start too late to enter our assigned waves, and so we continued walking to the very end of the long, long line of people (57,000 people take up quite a length of dual carriageway ‘A’ road) to the one entry point that was still open. We missed the mass warm up (thanks for small mercies), but were in place for the Red Arrows flying overhead. A half mile walk at a pace of about 34 minutes per mile gave us some opportunity to work our way around some of the people who were obviously intending to walk the entire 13.1 miles, and eventually we crossed the start line.

Mallowpuff    pirate
13/09/2014 at 10:28

The Race

Having arrived somewhat late, I hadn’t had chance to make use of the loos before getting into place for the start of the run. A somewhat stable door/horse already buggered off approach to pre-race hydration meant that I had taken on far too much water that morning, so when we started running my bladder began to protest. However, I managed to push it to the back of my mind by concentrating on the far more important matter of there being 13.1 miles of running ahead of me. Luckily the early stages of the Great North Run are full of moments of encouragement, such as running through the underpasses to a deafening chorus of “Oggy oggy oggy!” “Oi oi oi!”, and the great support from the crowds all along the Tyne Bridge, probably the most iconic part of the entire route.

A couple of miles in, and I started to get into a bit of a rhythm. I knew it was still going to be tough, but I was fairly sure it was manageable. It was, however, getting quite warm in the sun and even at a fairly modest pace we were getting a bit of a sweat on. It was also a fairly involved task trying to work our way around the walkers amongst us, which would turn out to be a bit of a recurring theme throughout the run. I can’t really complain too much though as we did end up walking ourselves a few times. It would just be nice if people in larger groups were a bit more considerate, and didn’t just walk 6 abreast leaving no room to pass.

Mile markers came and went, more or less in time with the beep from my Garmin to indicate that it had recorded another mile. Water was taken on, Lucozade Sport consumed, and soakings gratefully received from spectators with hosepipes. High fives were given to kids stood patiently holding their hands out, though care was taken not to inadvertently slap the hand of the St John’s people with purple latex gloves holding copious amounts of Vaseline.

Around mile 5, Helen told me she was struggling. Being a teacher at the end of the first week of a new school year, she had picked up all sorts of bugs and germs from the kids, and so had been feeling a bit under the weather to start with. The heat wasn’t helping, and she was starting to feel like she was in danger of causing herself problems. At this point I told her we should walk for a bit to recover, which seemed to help. I knew then that we were close to the next lot of portaloos, so I decided to take the opportunity to relieve myself of one of my own causes of discomfort. Helen decided to carry on ahead, promising to stick close to the edge of the road so I would sport her easily when I caught back up. Due to the queues, and the fun of removing a running vest and the upper half of a trisuit (which I was wearing to help reducing chaffing issues) it took me a while to catch up with her again. I did however record my fastest mile split of the run during this point, hitting an earth shattering 10:27 for that mile.

The rest of the run consisted of alternating between a steady jog and walking and went on incident free. Without exception, every one of the charity cheering stations were brilliant, providing support for everyone and not just their own runners. The Breast Cancer Care support crew though went mental when they saw us coming with our pink vests, declaring their love for us and quickly holding handfuls of sweets out for us. The live bands playing along the route were superb, with my favourite being one that was playing on the balcony of a pub to the side of the route. And as always, the local support was just fantastic. As we dropped down to the seafront with just a mile remaining, the density of the crowd somehow managed to increase and we knew we were nearly there. The finish line came into sight as we passed the 800m sign. Just after the 400m sign the road was

Mallowpuff    pirate
13/09/2014 at 10:28

Just after the 400m sign the road was lined by soldiers in full uniform, applauding us as if we’d done something worthy of their praise and respect. And then it was down the finish chute, hand in hand with my wife, hands held in the air in celebration of a challenge conquered slowly, but conquered non-the-less. Over the line in an official time of 2:53:33.

Edited: 13/09/2014 at 10:29
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