Tommy - Well done. You made it. Yes, that stuff they have the cyclists doing sounds utterly horrendous, and as I mentioned at the time at the borderline of 'dubious practice' in my view. Did they give you any helpful stats and numbers about your own physiology / fitness? Not sure I'm going to be able to make that Charnwood Open event on 13th August now incidentally. Despite not racing it, I ended up as 2nd of 4 points scorers at the Worksop Summer League race (results finally out, Lit) for our Vets A Team who are still sitting in 3rd, and thus the bronze medal position overall. 13th August is also the final race at Teversal, so as I'll be in line for a team award now, I really ought to turn up there to try to help secure it.
Regarding the talk of building context around Lit's 17:55, another way I like to look at things is by working out for how long in a longer elite event us mere mortals would be able to keep up if we were running at PB pace over shorter distances. I noticed on Sunday that both of the first two 5km splits in the Commonwealth Games women's marathon for instance were slower than Lit's new 5k PB. Usually do this for myself though obviously, and had my 1500m pace as keeping up with the women's 10000m over their (albeit rather slow) opening laps last night. I also noticed that John Lane who finished 4th in the Decathlon came over the line in his 1500m in 4:55 last night - the same as my PB. Not sure I could run 4:55 having done 9 other events in the preceding 36 hours or so mind!
A handful of very easy miles for me over the last couple of nights ahead of tonight's 3000m Vets League outing in Nuneaton. Not an A race obviously, but should still be able to comfortably beat the PB of 11:02 which was done immediately post-injury off minimal mileage and zero specific training. Aiming to set off at 85 second laps, which if I can hold it might see me sneak under 10:40. Don't get under way until 8.25pm - going to be a late one by the time I've raced, cooled down, driven the hour or so home, fed, showered and climbed wearily into bed!
Cheers Bob. I get my results emailed to me at the end of the week and then I can give them a call or go down and chat. they had hoped to fit it all in yesterday but time was short anyway and then I had to rush off to work. Thanks for the heads up about the 3000m, I might still head over but will make a decision nearer the time.
I think John Lane was injured last night, he limped over the line, still a decent P.B performance by him, he's one to watch, although Aston Eaton from the U.S is on another level to everybody else at the moment.
Have a good one at Nuneaton tonight, that PB is almost certainly going to be crushed. Oh, and you forgot to add 'post race report to RW' on your list of jobs for tonight .
Normoxic environmental air (O2 content of 20.9% simulating sea level).
Hypoxic air (O2 content lowered to 12% simulating altitude of 4000m).
Hyperoxic air (O2 content of 70%).
Ischaemia - a reduced oxygen supply to the muscle. The bodies response is to this is to increase blood flow and oxygenation in the muscles.
Hi Tommy - thanks for the added definitions - I suffer from asthma (mild but bothers me on the cold mornings) - I find that when I'm wheezing my legs get tired faster which I've always linked to poor oxygen flow to the muscles rather than my whole body being poisoned by the carbon dioxide it can't get rid of - so I would be interested in what 'increased blood flow and oxygenation' does to the muscles?
According to the notes I was given... "as well as the muscles undergoing occlusion this occurs in the rest of the body and offers better protection against further ischaemic challenges. High intensity exercise in itself incurs a similar challenge and if the body has pre-prepared for such conditions it may better tolerate the exercise".
I'm not sure if that helps answer your question or not really .
DT - good, mid week run, is that your long run for the week?
Funster - .
Well I have finished the trials now and I can get back to a more balanced running routine. I got some feedback yesterday but no actual numbers, they will come through by the end of the week.
So the air I have been breathing in for a couple of hours at each trial has either been normoxic environmental air, hypoxic air or hyperoxic air followed by ischaemic pre-conditioning or a control. This involved having the leg cuffs on, and as I was discussing with Bob, the ischaemic pre-conditioning involves them inflating the thigh cuffs pretty high and I don't mind admitting was pretty uncomfortable. Although not as painful as what they told me the elite level cyclists do to familiarise them to the feeling of lactic acid in the legs .
Really interesting and glad I took part but pleased that it's over. I'd definitely do something similar again, apparently they quite often have studies going on involving runners. However, I wouldn't sign up to one which was as time consuming as the one I've just finished.
Afternoon all. Just caught up on the last few days activities, I've been in Berlin drinking beer and not running, although I've just been out for a run and it was quite hot. Berlin was as good as ever, however, this time I realised just how flat it actually is and can see why the marathon world record regularly gets set there, the last time I went was before I started running. I've added it to me list of places I'd like to do a marathon.
Lit - excellent, well done, a good note to leave Nottingham on.
Muddy - good work, nice way to celebrate your 1 year running anniversary, sure there's plenty more to come off that.
Bob - , I know you're disappointed but that's still a great time especially as your running priorities have been elsewhere recently, well done.
Richard - good work, as Lou says, there must be more to come if you had to stop twice!
DT - good session, be interesting to see how all these threshold sessions pay off for you, how long till the target 10k?
Lou - looks like a decent session, I haven't managed to build up to the 3*10 mins Daniels session yet.
Skinny - hope the recovery is still coming along?
Last day being a lab rat tomorrow, hoping to get some feedback etc.