When this thread started I was a coach potato that had been running for 3 months on a coach to 5k program.
I ponied up whatever the extortionate cost was to 'race' a 5km at Dorney and was over the moon with 27:xx. I followed this up with a 1:01 10km in March (or May) and then a 2:05 at Windsor HM in September. Then I thought I was of the ability to join a local club. I thought I was going to die on the first club run.
I've an HM PB of 98mins, a 10km PB of 41:13 and a parkrun PB of 19:04 and plenty of Samir style pavement PBs. All of these were set in 2013 or earlier.
Now I'm back on the sickness wagon with a throat on fire.
Where is the race report from the AGM Ric. I want to know who is left at the club.
I eat a bowl of porridge with sultanas in the morning. Made with fat milk, sometimes double cream. I may follow it up with an egg or a banana. Nothing until lunch or maybe a banana.
Lunch could be a sandwich and yogurt or similar. Sometimes eggs on toast. More fruit follows.
Dinner is often something with rice or potatoes or pasta. Followed by yoghurt or fruit. Plenty of water throughout the day in the form of squash, water, tea (black and peppermint) and small amounts of coffee.
I'm slower than I was, but slightly heavier and vastly healthier.
I had a similar discussion today at the LBS, regarding the vagaries and variations in cheap carbon and open molds.
The opening gambit was an improvement in front shifting. It's functional at the moment, and a hell of a lot better than it was when using SRAM chainrings, but I want it slicker. Turns out the Rival front mech is stiffer than the seat-tube it is bolted on to, and the mech hanger design does help matters. What is the answer? Likely continue with the set-up as is; it works fine for my wallet and ability.
In terms of my road bike I will treat myself to something nice for my 40th birthday. I can't help thinking it will be a titanium frame rather than carbon. I have a couple of years to save and decide yet.
In agreement with FF, I hired an S-Works Tarmac in the US a year or so ago. Probably the best bike I've ever ridden.
Dusty - you've ridden my Stealth. I'm sure an Exocet will only disappoint after riding your current road steed.
PX customer service can be hit and miss. After speaking to one of their techs at the tri show last year they put some spares in the post FOC. Today I need a barrel adjuster for their lightweight brakes. "Such parts are not available as spares. Buy new brakes sir". Back to the LBS...