La Mula - lovely area around there! I'm finding hills tough too at the moment. Don't mind long inclines but short sharp ones ruin me! How is your training going?
BamBam/SaintB/Duda - Really good to know that there are people around this area. My wife is much happier that I may be able to get company on rides. I like the idea of the open water swims too. I work in Bristol, so the lake in Bradley Stoke is easy for me if it was a weekday. Not sure if I can do Friday's Masters yet, may need to finish work early so may need an early start.
DD - Small, quick steps on the balls of my feet works for me. I focus on breathing in three steps, out three steps, (same all through the run) keeping cadence the same as it was on the flat. Do you have a HR monitor or anything like that? That way you can ensure you are working at a consistent effort and not burning yourself out on the hills. There is nothing wrong with going up them slowly. Good form is your friend!
Steady - sounds like you had an interesting Sportive! Well done! Glad swim was OK for you.
Hope that the sick among us get better soon!
I took the bike out on Sunday, the hill at the midpoint of my ride nearly does me in. Turns out max HR is 191, not 188!! (which was the result of my max HR test just over a week ago!). Averaged Z2 for the ride, still blimming slow though! The hill isn't even that big, I just can't climb...yet. Out for a 7 mile run earlier, all in Z2, very pleased.