Danni - I wonder what sort of extended rest you've allowed yourself in the last year. Have you had a complete two week break from running and a month of absenteeism from structured training? If not, give yourself a good talking to and remind yourself that rest is an essential part of training progress. I think this would be a very good explanation of shorter distance pace and longer distance malaise. Take care good man. It's not hard for a runner tobecome debilitated
Well, I took the off-chance to enter an 18.6km race on Saturday, the first time I have run in nearly 4 months. The course measured short (17kms) and I made it round. My knee has been hurting plenty ever since but it was just great to participate. Have to make a decision soon whether or not to have surgery and train up for Paris next year, or to retire, be put out to pasture then one day quietly be put down and boiled down to make glue. Decisions decisions.....
Welcome to all the new folk jumping on board the Paris Express. Bettza - just find a hotel yourself, don't waste money with tour groups. It's easy to do via the Internet. If anyone wants the accomodation guide written by TinkerBEL, send her a personal message through the forum with your request and email address and she'll get back to you. Am sure she'll be along soon.
HIAHS - any chance you could post the latest entrance list to inspire remind us please?
So, there's a funny warm spell going to hit these parts of Europe for the next few days? Anyone got some monster mileage planned, or just a few days off to fill in the white-bits on your suntan?
TD, please will you write to my head teacher to tell him I won't back at school until the Tuesday so I can party with my chums inParis? I reckon he'll be fine... I impressed him this week
We prefer naughty girls TBH Stuchbury but yes, I'm prepared to write you a magic note for the Headmaster. We can say you had a teacher training day which is a legitimate explanation for shutting the school down aren't it? (You do'nt be an english teacher do you?).
I am booked in for Paris mara but I need to get my head round this problem: am I an injured runner planning a comeback from my 3 months off running, with a plan for medical intervention, or am I a retired runner who has given it his best and is backing out gracefully. It feels like I am sliding towards the latter but without making a conscious decision about it. I think I ought to book myself another consultation with the sports docs and get their opinions....
Hello Britrisky, Rachelcgen and Bettza. For people thinking about making a quick in and out of Paris, back to the Island on Sunday evening, you will probably rule yourself out of one of the most fun parts of the event, and that's the RW-thread post-race drinks, in a small bar near Notre Dame, in the basement. Most people regret not staying until Monday.
Little ride on my bike today but kept the HR high. One of the two rails on the bottom of my saddle has broken so it's a bit wonky. €155 for a new saddle. That's very nearly a Euro a gram in weight for plastic and carbon fibre. Yikes.
Ouchy ouchy. Managed to complete my long sportive bike race today in the hilly Belgian Ardennes. 6½hrs of pedalling, monster hills, lots of rain. I loved it but am so tired. Using something called TRIMP (Training Impulse - effectively, a measure of how much effort you make when exercising), I beat my previous hardest training (686 points). Today I scored 826 points for my effort. 20% harder than anything I've ever done before.
Sorry to hear of the car break in Larri. Not a fun experience. Our car was broken into when we went to Paris for last year's marathon.... which effectively prevented me from taking TinkerBel up the Eiffel Tower.
[Where's Leeds Rob when you need him?]
No plans to return to Malaysia at the moment although I do have a trip to Bangkok and then Singapore in October/ Nov. Am sure I will return at some point.
Orapidrun - well, I think about 1,700 people rode this event last year and everyone starts at the same time. Unlike a regular marathon where there is only one time that matters, with this, they time you on various hill segments too. So you have an overall time, but they also do league tables for the climbs.
Even if you are in a group of riders, it doesn't make much difference when the gradient goes over 5-6% (and we have climbs up to 15% on this one). You just have to grind them out. I usually start to feel tired around 90kms into a group ride, maybe 70kms if i am on my own. This is 170kms. So to give you an idea, this will feel like running about 50% extra on top of a marathon, on a very hilly parcours, oops, route.
I'm feeling pretty nervous about it for sure. I'll be trying to catch as many back wheels as i can but once the groups starts to fragment (which the climbs do), it's not easy to make groups up again. People tend to string out, so the later in the ride you are, the less chance of drafting and saving energy you get.