Nell - Great report, very well run race, and a time most of us can only dream of even when fully fit. Successful race if you have a big grin after Think i'm going to bite the bullet and so no to a spring marathon though that will probably change several times over the next few months.
2old - Only 3 , with 4 on Sunday is still impressive. Really tempted by spring marathon, was thinking about Barcelona(enjoyed it last time) heart is saying yes but head is saying no, bigger picture.
AA - Your swimming times are very good already but always room for improvement, but if you look at some of the elites the technique isn't great, Harry Wiltshire for example is normally first out of the water but uses a straight arm and not high elbow catch, I'm just happy getting out if the water.
Nell - ?
Shock Horror - I ran this morning, don't get too excited only 5 mins very slow jog on treadmill after swim and gym
AA - Which Fink plan are you following? I'm going to try the competitive plan, lots of training by HR so will have to be very disciplined, my IM is 18 Jun so plan starts November. So I'll be running by November. Keep that GFA place, getting in on the ballot is nigh on impossible after they changed the entry limit.
Nell - Hope you're fully recovered, good luck and enjoy.
Chick - Open water swimming is definately more fun, be careful with your wetsuit choice, as a female you will be naturally more bouyant and it is possible to be too high in the water. Agreed my hip problem seems worse after long periods of sitting down, but fortunately my job doesn't involve lots of sitting.
2old - Looks like a normal taper. Look out for the sniffles this week.
So no VLM for me next year, kinda gutted and I only know of one person who got a ballot entry, and she hates running!!! I think the ballot odds have changed from 1 in 5 to 1 in 20. So if I want to get in I need to run faster. Looking at the positive it means I can concentrate on IM but will I miss doing a spring marathon. Still biking/swimming and gyming. Hip is definately better so getting there.
chick - Yeah lots of gear to choose from, part of the fun, but don't need a fancy bike just ask 2old. Yeah found swimming hard work at first, all about technique and as runners we are used to getting oxygen all the time,swim fitness it will come with time and well done for learning to swim "properly". I picked up a hip injury in June so didn't run before my IM in July and ran/walked the run which didn't help, hopefully over it now and back running soon.
2old - yeah has been a while, but want to make sure I'm fully over it. Did you have a plan for Leicester, PB attempt?
1 hour high rpm bike yesterday, 1k swim and gym this morning.