2Old: I think I have just fallen out of love with the grind of structured training for a marathon - shorter distances (at least up to HM) don't really require any special training. After over 40 years working I am enjoying being able to decide what I want / feel like doing every day. The great thing about ultras is that with the ones I do (mainly LDWA type) walking chunks is seen as perfectly normal and there is cake!! I have just baked 200 pieces of shortbread, 200 of flapjack and 200 of bread pudding for our group's off-road marathon on Saturday - I am sweeper so can just saunter round at the back and sample the goodies
AA: no to Bramley I'm afraid - I see it is on 14th Feb and I am already booked for an ultra that day, running with some friends. While you are storming round Amsterdam I'll be squelching through the mud in Rotherham for 50 miles
if by some miracle BA can make it to the start line in London I'll shuffle round with him but as it is only 6 days before my 100 mile event I certainly won't be racing!
Having managed 21 miles over the weekend yesterday I did my usual 15 mile interval session in spinning and led a 6 mile run at the club, somehow agreeing to run in the British Masters XC relays and the Drogo 10, an off road race that takes you up the side of a gorge .
Glad to see the rest of you hard at it - I have fallen out of love with running, at least temporarily, so mixing things up a bit. Did manage 9 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday, but no idea of pace - enjoyed Sat with the club, bored to death yesterday on my own
Think I am probably going to bin VLM next year and do more ultras with friends,plus shorter races for the club. I'll pop in from time to time to follow your progress........
2old: I gather from what you have said in the past that you tend to have the spin bike on a low resistance and just blast away - if that is the case it won't be any help at all on hills (in fact I'm not convinced that there is any way to prepare for anything other than a flat bike course except mixed road riding). You need to know by instinct when to change gear to keep your power output reasonably constant, also road surfaces have a massive effect as does the gear ratio you are riding. Does you road bike have a compact double or a triple? To be honest it only really makes a difference for a proper ride (50 miles plus) which explains why some riders do much better on hilly sections of the TdF, while they wouldn't feature in a short all out hill sprint. If you really want a challenge I recommend doing a very hilly event on a 'fixie'
Good HMs all round - I'll just add 29 mins to Barry's for Sunday then
Welcome back Chick - I'm so glad I didn't sign up for an Autumn marathon!!!
2Old: not two consecutive hours you muppet! Mind you BA thought the sun dried tomato look might be an improvement
Electric bikes might well be something for the future, for the moment he is OK with 60 hilly miles, provided it is not day after day on fully laden touring bikes. Current plan for next year is to drive the carbon bikes down to the French Alps and do some of the big tour climbs. We have done most of the Pyrennean ones and Ventoux (3 times!) so want to complete the set of HC monsters. As far as ultras go 30 to 50 miles is probably OK, but no more hundreds, although he insists I carry on.
Don't know how I'm going to manage the HM next weekend - haven't run further than 10k since the end of May and not run at all for over 5 weeks
Good Luck anyone racing this weekend - I'll be back in the UK next Tuesday if I don't pop in any sooner.