Saturday we loaded up the touring bikes and headed into Wales where we did 60 miles with over 5,000 ft off climb up and down the sides of the Wye Valley. Home, shower and changed to our commuting bikes for the 6 mile round trip to a friend's BBQ. Cycling home through the unlit gorge in the Blaise Estate with copious amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream was an interesting experience!
Walking Sunday, 17 miles of hill sprints, time trialling and hill climbs in a spin class, plus 10k running on Monday, 7 miles walking with friends yesterday and 20 miles on the bikes this morning checking the signage on one of Bristol's cycle routes - spin tonight.
after a period of apathy have finally started to plan the autumn, so far 3xHM, 2 x marathon (offroad) 5 x ultras plus shorter distances and XC. At least one long cycle ride a week with the club and 2 spin classes. I'll think about VLM in the New Year
Hope all the injuries are improving - I have a feeling this often happens to the forum over the summer.
Hi Everyone! Nice to see more people popping in, although I'm not one to talk
After the mayhem of w/c 13th July, last week was a bit of a cut back week.
20 miles on the new bike Sunday, 5k run (shuffle) Monday, Tuesday on the 7.00am flight to Belfast to discuss my Mother's end of life care plan. Managed about 5 miles walking/ jogging between appointments, buses etc. Home at 11.15 pm, knackered.
Wednesday I cycled a few miles doing jobs and walked a few more doing others - a necessary but ultimately tedious day. Got the stitches out from the latest op - it has healed well, but no results yet. Thursday back out with the cycle club, 56 miles, 3,000ft of ascent. Friday it did not stop raining from dawn to dusk and mindful of the fact that we both had to do a minimum of 5k exercise we took ourselves off to the gym to try out a virtual spin class called 'The Wretched' - say no more! 50 mins of TDF hill climbs, with a few steep descents, where we found ourselves leaning into the corners as if we were on our road bikes
Chick: moderate dysfunction of the disystolic phase of the heart pump - sucking the blood in to the heart rather than pumping it out. Not much known about it apparently as it has only been seen in recent years with the improvement of scans. Don't know what causes it but they reckon lots of people my age could have it but don't exercise at a level hard enough to notice the breathlessness. They don't know if the meds will help (but won't do any harm) so we'll just have to wait and see.
Sorry not been posting, but my first run since 1st June was last Monday! That is not to say that I haven't been active, but after being referred to cardiology I decided to get the go ahead before running again. Meantime lots of cycling and walking, especially the former since our cycle trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains was cancelled and I have had to reorganise it from scratch, which means taking the steel bikes and carrying all our own gear. I now have a nice new, custom built carbon bike and BA gets his next week - 40 years of non existent anniversary presents [on both sides] sorted with one fell stroke. My last 8 days went like this:
Sat: 56 miles on the bike, 3,000 ft of ascent - steel bikes with full touring kit loaded up
Sunday: 6 miles walking
Monday: back to back spin classes, first one endurance hill session, the second pyramid hill sprints - 30 miles and GOK how much climbing. 2 x 2.5 mile runs to and from a meeting
Tuesday: 65 mile club ride to Wales, 4,600 ft of ascent. Steel bike no panniers
Wednesday: 5 miles walking and another operation leaving me with 5 stitches running across my right index finger and instructions not to take part in active sports for 8 days
Thursday: 70 mile club ride [!!] with 3,000 ft of ascent. Carbon bike
Friday: 10k off road race as part of the local mob match. It really hurt after 6 weeks not running but just managed not to throw up and sneaked under 50 mins [49.30]
Today: 68 miles on the bike in Wales with 5,500 ft of ascent [steel bike]
Fit but not for running...............................inevitably I am now slightly below my ideal racing weight with no races to do.
Rang VLM Wednesday about the entry and got confirmation Thursday [they had 6,000 applications, well above usual]
Good luck with the tri Barry - I'm thinking of a few duathlons this winter
2old: I feel your frustration, I haven't had a great 12 months myself with the broken rib and all the ops etc. Good news is that Cardiology have given me the go-ahead to keep doing what I'm currently doing [yes I did tell them what that entailed and they will monitor me once a year. got some new meds to try and reverse the problem
AA: glad you had a good holiday, back to running pretty quick I see.