Just had confirmation I am in Heat 1 on Friday for the 5,000m, last on the list so must have just scraped in and obviously the slowest competitor. The pacer will be doing 69/70 second laps, i.e. 14:30 pace... My biggest target for the race now will be to not get lapped which is probably a little hopeful. 86 miles for the week, easy week (and a bit) started on Thursday so just a few short easy grass runs since then and 14 easy miles this morning. Planning to wind down towards the race on Friday so I'm feeling sharp (hopefully!!!)
Bainspj - If that's the case then no, I don't. I have 4 reduced mileage weeks planned in this programme but they all conclude with a race - a 5,000m, marathon, 10k and then a half marathon. I won't be racing the marathon but it will still be a tough long run. I've never went the distance in training before either so that will be an interesting day, especially as I've recently discovered the route goes by my house around 19/20 miles.. That sounds like a tough session you managed in this heat, well done.
Club session last night for me, 15 x 300m w/ 100m recovery. Legs weren't having it at all. This recovery week can't come soon enough. Started with a 58 and finished on 53's but it wasn't pretty. Then hobbled home..
TT - As said above you can up your wheel width and invest in comfier tyres/seats etc but all that comes at the expense of speed. not to mention the expense of...expense. I would give it a few weeks first to see if your body adapts to the new positioning. If not then look at changes to the set up. I also suspect that time and practise will increase the speed gap between MTB and road bike riding.
PP - I put 15:55 on the entry form, purely because my target at the start of the year was to go sub-16. In truth, I have no idea what kind of shape I am in as this type of training is new to me and all i have done recently is easy/steady running so difficult to judge form. I've had a look at last years event and the A heat entries were all in the 14:30 - 15:45 time range and B heat was 16:00 - 17:30. If I end up in the B heat I'll sit with the pacer and see what i have for the last few laps. If I'm in the A heat I'll just go for it, hang on to the coat tails of the group and see what happens.
TT - I would agree with the others, 3-4mph would normally be the difference between mountain bike and road bike. That can depend heavily on the standard of bike/components etc though. We get a guy, affectionately known as Mountain Bike Mike (nobody knows him) who latches on to our cycling club training sessions on occasion and can hold on to us when we're averaging 24-25mph in a chaingang. It looks like a very expensive MTB he's riding though.
Padams - I hope MrsP is coping ok, the last few weeks can be pretty tough going for her. Any opportunity to relieve the pressure will be gratefully accepted I'm sure. Our little fella is one year old on Saturday, I genuinely cannot believe how fast the last 12 months have gone by!
Well done at the half ironman CD, great time too!
Nice training Wardi/LS21/bainspj.
LMH - I'm guessing from the responses it's rather warm darn sarf. You should just move to Scotland where the weather is consistent(ly shit).
RB - Never mind the honeymoon, where's the race report??
110 miles for me this week. Mostly easy as is the recurring theme, with a 20 mile long run (6:50's), 12 mile steady run (6:28's) and 5 mile race used as a tempo run (5:48's). The biggest positive this week is that my legs seem to be starting to adapt to the high mileage and the runs towards the end of the week were definitely beginning to feel easier. Legs are still knackered and I'm still exhausted but it definitely felt just a little bit easier. BabyB has been struggling with teething this last week which has been an added challenge. He didn't go down until 2am on Wednesday
Ave HR for the week - 942 bts/mile (previous 4 weeks 971, 956, 957, 951) so still coming down.
Got an easy week planned prior to the BMC 5,000m next Friday. I say week but it's actually 9 days due to MrsB and BabyB's birthdays both happening this week. Not complaining though as I think my body will be grateful of any additional recovery.
RB - I'll be there tomorrow, I was a big fan of Charlie so try not to miss it. Legs are trashed from the high mileage though so don't think I'll be racing, just making up the numbers.. Hopefully see you there and you recover in time for CS on Saturday.
LMH - Kind of feeling the same at the moment. I'm used to 3 sessions a week, quality over quantity etc so this miles, miles and more miles doesn't make me feel very focused. Hopefully it will pay off though.
Nice training bainspj and SL. Great racing as always Padams. Hope you recover alright for Sunday Charlie.
Big mileage seems to be paying off. According to my new favourite site Fetch (Thanks LS21 - can't believe I've been missing out on this joy for so long!), my weekly average HR bts/mile for the last 4 weeks is as follows; 971, 956, 957, 951 so seems to be coming down slowly. Makes it a bit easier to trudge through the never ending miles when you can see actual benefits.