Ouchy ouchy. Managed to complete my long sportive bike race today in the hilly Belgian Ardennes. 6½hrs of pedalling, monster hills, lots of rain. I loved it but am so tired. Using something called TRIMP (Training Impulse - effectively, a measure of how much effort you make when exercising), I beat my previous hardest training (686 points). Today I scored 826 points for my effort. 20% harder than anything I've ever done before.
Sorry to hear of the car break in Larri. Not a fun experience. Our car was broken into when we went to Paris for last year's marathon.... which effectively prevented me from taking TinkerBel up the Eiffel Tower.
[Where's Leeds Rob when you need him?]
No plans to return to Malaysia at the moment although I do have a trip to Bangkok and then Singapore in October/ Nov. Am sure I will return at some point.
Orapidrun - well, I think about 1,700 people rode this event last year and everyone starts at the same time. Unlike a regular marathon where there is only one time that matters, with this, they time you on various hill segments too. So you have an overall time, but they also do league tables for the climbs.
Even if you are in a group of riders, it doesn't make much difference when the gradient goes over 5-6% (and we have climbs up to 15% on this one). You just have to grind them out. I usually start to feel tired around 90kms into a group ride, maybe 70kms if i am on my own. This is 170kms. So to give you an idea, this will feel like running about 50% extra on top of a marathon, on a very hilly parcours, oops, route.
I'm feeling pretty nervous about it for sure. I'll be trying to catch as many back wheels as i can but once the groups starts to fragment (which the climbs do), it's not easy to make groups up again. People tend to string out, so the later in the ride you are, the less chance of drafting and saving energy you get.
Hi Larri in Malaysia - how are you my friend?! Nice to hear from you again.
I can say that the area around Purbeck has lots of chalk cliffs. It's a very beautiful part of the south cost of England but the hills are big and frequent. I don't know the specific profile of the race but I can assure you it won't be flat.
Welcome to the thread Tim.
HIHS - I've done Berlin marathon twice. My best effort included beating Jimbob's mate, Haille Gebresalassie. OK, he retired at km 35, probably about 10kms in front of me, but he did get a headstart and I think I was closing in on him
This summer has not been one of lots of stamina-building exercise. So it is with real trepidation that I am doing a sportif bike ride this weekend in the Belgian Ardennes called The Vélomédiane. 170kms long, 3,300m of climbs. I have no doubts that it will be the single hardest event I've ever done and with no relevant/ specific preparation. Am cacking myself.
Quattro Formaggio - when 3 cheeses are just not enough. Welcome to the thread, tell us all about yourself.
Last day in Estonia for now. Beasted myself on the exercise bike in the hotel gym last night. Don't think it would have been posible to sweat more than I did. When I'd finished, I decided to give the treadie a little try out, so I ran 1km at 5mins pace. So what! you say, but this is the first run I've done over 500m in the last 2 months and it felt wonderful, apart from the fact my HR was over 93%.
I'd love to get back in to running. I do hope I can get to see a surgeon soon
KeyserSuze - it sounds pretty simple to me. Not enough carbs entering the body. I don't know what is in Nuun 500ml, but it wasn't enough. You don't specifically say why you don't like gels but if I assume they are too fast an energy source for you, have you tried real food? What about a banana or some dried apricots?