Welshpoppy good to hear that you are progressing so well with a HM in the offing. Your taper sounds just right
MIck think 7 min miles, and then your body will believe it is getting off easy when you do 8 min ones Sounds like you had a good run - like the sound of perfect conditions.
Columba as long as your knee does not collapse in reaction!
Ceal It makes one realise just how much dross there is on the TV when the Olympics finished!! There were indeed many highlights, including dancing horses, but I think my favourite was when Bryony Page won a silver in the trampoline - her joy unconfined at executing the best routine she could, and then hearing she had a silver medal was truly heart warming.
Achilles is still a bit swollen and tender but not badly so but I am indeed resting it although walking the very hot streets of London yesterday was no help. Neither was a delayed train on the way back although I did have a seat, unlike the carefully posed Jeremy Corbyn, on his recent foray oop north.
Ceal has asked me to use my IT skills to post a photo of her completed (nearly) mosaic - it is just waiting the final grouting which will enhance further the definition
it has been raining - hard!! It is now sunny and very warm
just as well I gave myself a day off
John I will need to look back into the training diary but it took me many weeks and lots of exercises before my achilles finally got back into healing mode - which is why I am being so careful this time round!! It eventually just faded into the background and then finally disappeared when I wasn't looking.
As you say it was an odd race in many respects - I don't think there were enough good on the bike to establish a breakaway from the big group that formed after the swim - and they weren't ruthless enough in forming the group. Contrast that with the Brownlees who literally whipped everyone into shape on the bike pdq!!
Welshpoppy this is big mileage - you are allowed to feel tired after that! What are you tapering for?
The calf/achilles is okish thanks - there is just a bit of visible thckening on the achilles at the point of insertion into the muscle so it some more of the annoying friction massaging to encourage blood flow.
I had done a 30 mile week so it was probably time fior a rest May have to wear my high heels to London tomorrow to relieve the strain
Columba really good news on your knee. It does sound more and more like a localised issue which has resolved itself
W60 no reflexes?!! When I had severe nerve damage/trauma in my leg the reflex action was greatly reduced. My doctor made me cough as he was about to test the reflex which apparently helped to overcome the block! Hope you get a diagnosis pdq
MIck good steady progress there - 40K sounds so much more than 25 miles.
Columba Indeed it was L P Hartley. sounded tough out there - we have missed most of the rain but the wind is here in strength!!
John how is the annoying achilles treatment going?
I have to vent some spleen at the performance of the two female GB triathlon athletes yesterday. If they had worked together they could have got silver and bronze instead of quitting and going for the easy option of racing each other for only the bronze - no guts, no glory
In contrast MO was fully tested over 5K and gave an inspired performance which I stayed up for. Going to be a bit of a void to fill now.
5.2 miles in 48:33 (9:23m/m) this morning with avHR 134 and a max of 146. Bailed out a mile from home as the calf/achilles felt tight and walked home in strong, warm sunshine whilst a gale blew!!
I listened to the pre-race talk and cod analysis of why Alistair beats Jonny and it's quite simple - he's a better runner and always has been. So if they get off the bike equal Ali wins. Having said that it was an inspired bike ride, really hammering the group to open up the gap on the hills, the brothers must have loved that course.
I even stayed up to watch Bolt run what may be his final 200m - I owe him that much It was a tad anti-climatic and Gemilli must be looking for a cat to kick losing out on a medal by 2/1000's of a second. I was more enthused by Jade Jones in a sport that I barely understand - double Olympic champion at 23!!!
John good to see you working hard on an opus. There are men out there that need that advice
Columba The strange case of the dead magpie that moved? Actually its no bad thing - there are too many and they predate lots of smaller birds nests for both eggs and young. 2.1 miles all run sounds good.
Another warm, humid and overcast morning here as I pulled it back a bit and ran 50 min for 5.4 miles (9:16m/m) with avHR 137 and a max of 155
10:05 124 138 08:58 134 142 09:05 139 145 08:47 140 145 09:56 148 155 Hipps Hill has fallen to a sub 10!! 03:14 145 152
It was a bit faster than I anticipated as I ran it on HR and then tried to keep the speed up on the big hill - it worked!!!
John just wait until you have grandkids that want to take you on Not being a competitive person I don't mind if they beat me.......................... I hope your bike was the heavier one
if you would like another habit to annoy Mrs B with, and which will help your achilles, how about sitting there whilst watching the Olympics giving the tendon a friction massage for hours on end. Use the knuckles of the first and second fingers to grip the tendon tightly on either side and then rub up an down continuously - or until the skin is in danger of wearing away. Guaranteed to provoke a " do you have to do that all the time?!" after a while
...and as I said earlier "peaking for only one championship in a year" might help some other cyclists
Triathlon this afternoon - supposed to be a hilly course which will suit the Brownlees. Alistair still holds the Chevin Chase 10K course record from one of his "training" runs and that has monster hills up Ilkley Moor
Mick as long as you can get steak and kidney pie............ it's not all London you know - some parts of the country are still ok
Put a new battery in the HRM and it seemed to perk me up as well! Warm humid start to the day
6 miles in 55 min (9:10m/m) with avHR 140 and a max of 163 as I sacrificed a handful of heart beats to maintain the pace
9:39 114 133 including 1 min walk start 9:06 140 149 8:49 142 147 9:04 143 147 8:52 146 155 9:27 154 163
Average HR still within aerobic thresholds but Hipps Hill pushed me up quite a bit although I didn't feel too uncomfortable