We're so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight
If anyone does NOT instantly recognise these lyrics, please march Eastwards, and continue to march Eastwards until the waters close over the top of your collective heads. I'm sorry, you are (or were) in need of some serious corrective education in taste.
Where was I?
Running? Limited today. Legs are improving. Biking? Yes, Saturday is Bike day. My alloy Allez bike has been to the menders. New (pre-owned) shifters, new (pre-owned) rear cage, and a general fettle. It's ready for winter. I do however need to test it. I am SO PLEASED at the moment, as it was seriously pissing me off at the start of the year.
Now is the time to start looking at wetties, and trying them on. They have to be quite tight to avoid getting a cold draught of water flushing through. You usually need a helper to zip them up.
Now is the time to look and buy, because there are a lot of people who try it once, then sell. If you know your sizes you can check ebay (I got mine half price there). Also you can get one from the hire companies, after one season's hire they move the stock. Major discounts.
There's an interesting and counter intuitive relationship between price and performance in wetsuits. At beginner level we are much, much better off with beginner wetsuits. They are cheaper, thicker, warmer, more buoyant, and therefore faster. Expensive ones are usually thinner, but they are fine for fast swimmers with good body positions. A beginner in a top end wetsuit would be slower, colder, and poorer.
6.6 miles round the ratrun. Slowly, and a bit clunky. It seems like I pushed it a bit at the weekend.
Gradually ticking things off my "To Do" lists. Even the boring stuff, like CSCS tests. Next is PPL revalidation test tomorrow. It's like taking your driving test every 2 years. Looking forward to that one. (Small One got her GCSE results today. Relief was etched right across her face.)
Lake V HM has always interested me as well. In fact I'm starting to think that I may do a HM this year. After all the Tri season is just about over. Apparently.
Training: I went to the pool for a recovery session swim 2600m, 57 min.
RFJ: Small tears in the muscle and tendon are not a good thing, no matter how you look at it. As runners we tend to make it worse as well by continuing to run. Although it is not a crippling injury, it does need rest and time to heal.
Alehouse: Ref to daughter, how old is she? Youffs can often have quite high max HRs. 200 is not unusual, in fact our fit young cyclist said he has seen 220 HR. That said, the wrist pick up HRM is not as accurate as the chest type.
This all leads me on to an anecdote from yesterday's race. I was on the second lap around the bike section and got to the one hill. It's a bit of a short sharp shock, yet long enough to get you puffing. As I passed a couple of TT bikes that had run out of gears I glanced at the HR reading, as I always do on a climb. It climbed through 155, my normal mark for orange to red line. 165 was definitely in the red. 175 is my max HR. Think of my heart as a big diesel engine. The reading went through 190, 220, ever upwards to 345. I had twigged before then that something was wrong. I wasn't even wearing my HR strap! My data plot is going to look awfully funny.