CRAB - I enjoyed reading your report that TR posted. I lived on Maui for 3 months years ago, I remember how bloody hot and windy it was, always amazed at the efforts of an ironman anywhere let alone out there. Well done on qualification.
Selbs - what is that status of your knee, interested from a Physio standpoint. Hopefully you'll be able to get back into a mara programme alright though.
FairPlay to those doing tempo efforts in a hot gym I find I have to have some music in the gym to get into a decent groove. I've got a load of dj sets on my phone, find it helps massively with a bike hill sessions with the beat.....something fairly dark too.
Managed a 30 min shuffle yesterday, quads weren't right yet but I was able to "run". Today a lot better but ran to gym and then 2 x 20 min bike hills on spin bike then home, so a solid hour altogether. Probably a 5/6 tomorrow then lakes with old man Sunday. Think we're doing a walk over crinkle crags Sunday then I'll do a fell training run Monday.....and drink lots of Wainright.
Padams - my legs are returning to normal. I was able to walk down stairs fine yesterday despite discomfort and a swim yesterday helped a lot. Probs able to do a short run today.
Padams/CW - before I did Langdale horseshoe last October which is an AL lakes fell race, and fair old 13m bruiser I'd been injured for ages and only did about 2 weeks of regular running going into it. What definitely helped was lots of seated bike hill sessions. Apart from actually power walking up the really steep stuff itself I've found that as the next best thing to replicate the same feeling on the quads/aerobic system. It must have helped because I got round well inside the top 100 of 400. I've tried steps but there aren't any long enough round here and as I find the bike helps I tend to throw in bike sessions with standard hill rep sessions. I'd say lots of lunges and squats would toughen up the legs for the downhill too.
AL P - good session there. Quite looking forward to get in a block of road training after Borrowdale.
TT - hayfever is a bastard, although weirdly my symptoms seem to come very early in the season around March time, whatever those seeds are that cause it. I just continue taking a spray through the summer just in case.
What do people think about the effects of carbo loading and not doing much running going into a race in relation to getting heavy, tired legs? The only other thing I did differently before Wasdale and it reminded of possible mistakes before marathons was carbo-loading but with very low exercise volume. I was taking on a fair bit of fluid including carbo loading power and a lot of carbs generally but in that last week I only did a couple of light runs. Probably means absolutely nowt for a low level recreational athlete like me,,lol But I think there's something in changing too much before an event.......I.e fuel consumption and exercise levels.
Nice swim yesterday, only 30 mins but that's enough for me. Easy run today I think.
CW - you'll be fine, I'm sure you'll do really well. Just go out and enjoy it and enjoy the event. I'd like to think that was an exceptionally hard day, I've already done some tough fell races and blasted round them ok. I don't have any expectations for Borrowdale, go off sensibly and hopefully have a more enjoyable day this time. I was round my fell club mates today watching the tour and he was telling me about when he blew up in the langdale horseshoe years ago, lol He's done fell seasons every year since 2007 and says when he first runs a route, he goes in without any expectations at all. It's only after 2-3 times when you know the route for navigation and effort gauge that he starts to aim at times/placing. Next year I'll start racing the fells properly. You can meet all the NFR lot on the day, have a beer after with us, there'll be a fair few if us there. I'm staying langdale next Sunday, Monday so a moderate training run up over Bowfell/crinkle crags region assuming I'm recovered.
AL P - a) and b) although I did a bit of c) on the final descent itself when I was really buggered, haha
Padams - agreed it's got worse today :-/ Full on DOMS, legs in bits
Dan - yeah that's a good take on things, spot on. Even though I've walked on the fells for years in the lakes and done a little bit of running on them in my own time, this is my first full season of fell running, so it's still early days. I've already learnt loads, navigation stuff, routes, improved climbing ability and yeah my descending is getting better just through racing and training runs. In a perverse way I kind of enjoyed the level of suffering on sat purely out of respect for the race, ha. It was just a bit demoralising to feel so much more tired at such an early stage in the race. But I've had several top 20 finishes in medium length races this spring so I'm heading in the right direction. I just like the vibe of the races and the scenery so in a sense it's always a win win situation. Pass on my regards to your Mrs, 2nd year is bloody hard, blimey! Does she want to do the sports Physio side of things then? Enjoy Commonwealth games.
.....I didn't want to take a fall and do my ankle in. Finally made it down and trotted down the last track into the finishing tunnel to come in in 5.25 and 46th. Looking at results about 93 finished and a load of people called it a day after Pillar.
A mixed day really, I was way outside what I'm possibly "capable" of running time wise. Ben Abdelnoor had said off my 10m medium fell race results fimissing top 20 I'm probably able to run close to 4.30, but that was big estimate. I thought realistically I could probably aim at 4.45 for my first effort. For whatever reason or for a combination of reason I just never felt great at al. Had no zip, no climbing ability, no recovery, felt very flat.......I haven't actually suffered like that since London marathon in 2007. I've been extremely tired recently on physio placement but who knows. Thought I'd gone off sensibly pace wise too. More valuable experience though.
Thing is i think you sometimes find out more about yourself when things unravel. It just isn't particularly pleasant unravelling in the toughest Lake District fell race, haha. However amazing meeting Joss Naylor fell running legend handing out drinks and the weather held off for some amazing views across the fells. Great to be part of an amazing race and great spirit on route with other runners and I was proud to tough it out and finish. The first proper bad day I've had on the fells physically but im sure there'll be others, lol A true monster of a race and punishing route, it lived up to it's expectations.
Legs and feet utterly trashed today...........recovery in process. Need some good proper rest and then look forward to go again at Borrowdale In 3 weeks. See if I can find my climbing legs, haha!