Cycling in general is a rather expensive hobby, especially compared to running. And that's without throwing crashes in to the mix!
I've been a bit quiet of late, still lurking but just not posting. Unfortunately it looks like i'm going to have to bail. Was having a rather disappointing December to start with but then I managed to pick up a virus which when it started to clear turned into labyrinthitis and has left me floored since. So I haven't run for nearly 3 weeks and not sure when this is going to clear. Definitely not where I want to be with just over 14 weeks to go so have decided it's not to be. Will still be hanging around the thread as I have nothing better to do but just need to find something else to aim for.
HA77 - I think the problem for me with the last marathon was that I made my own plan and as the plan went on and I got more confident there was a lot of scope creep, the weeks got bigger, the sessions got harder etc and I ended up permanently exhausted. That's why I want to follow P&D this time and try to stick to it as close as possible. Do you think a 12 week plan is enough? I am planning to follow the 18 week option at the moment but the 12 week would definitely work better and allow me to do more focused stuff for the cross country racing first. What headtorch do you have?
Sorry x post Bluemoon, I wouldn't race a 20 miler close to the marathon i.e. anything from about 6 weeks as it really can have a big detrimental effect from my experience and most others I have spoken to. Also we talked earlier in the thread about swapping LT sessions for reps, it got a bit of a mixed response. I was thinking about doing the same with a Saturday xc interval session.
Hi All, some very impressive training going on. Lots of MLRs and Lt runs getting knocked off without too much trouble.
Joe - nice effort on the beer mile. I'd struggle with 4 beers in a night these days, never mind 7 minutes. I can just imagin the range of expletives that would follow me telling the wife I was planning to run a marathon on Christmas day...
JCG - Cheap training wheels for winter/commuting mean it'll feel like a breeze when you get the good wheels on for competition time. As long as they're reliable.
Reg hope the injury comes to nothing.
Welcome Jooligan and ML84.
Nice training Macca/Tom/HA77/Ramjet/Rob/RSR and anyone else I've missed.
Ramjet that is expensive, think I paid £6 for mine and I paid extra to get a gauge included
3 weeks of nursing my body back to health seems to really be working. The pumice stone is working a treat, feet are almost pain free again when running. Back exercises are going well too, feeling stronger every run and the circuits classes are definitely adding to that as well. I'm starting to realise now just how much of a funk I'd got in to during the Frankfurt training. I'm really starting to enjoy my running again and it just makes it so much easier.
Ramping up my mileage this week, I've finished up for the holidays so plenty time to train. Going back to basics and following a simple Lydiard plan for the next few weeks. It worked really well for me before, in fact I was in the best condition I've ever been in at the end of the base training for the last marathon. Once I started adding sessions in the second half of the programme I ended up tired and overtrained and went backwards. Need to make sure that doesn't happen again this time.