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Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 10:09

Physio at lunch time and need to get her to look at my achilles, I think the weekends cycling stressed it somewhat, had to can this mornings easy spin on the bike.

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 11:29

Very sorry for you loss SteadyCJ, hope the next days and weeks go as well as the can do and you make the start line for Outlaw Half.

I'm off to Colorado , where it is currently midnight and snowing, might not get much sun! But I am going on a ranch holiday so will be fantastic whatever the weather.

I am now off to use Google to find out how far from Boulder we'll be

Excellent training going on gang well done. Had a 1hrs spin on the bike this morning, certain areas were not happy about being back in the saddle

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 12:40

60 mile TT on Sat and 70 mile sportive yesterday. I'm a tad tired but happy It didn't' all go according to plan but I learned lots of useful things to set me up for future long rides. I now know I need to start eating by mile 5 and I need to buy a salt stick dispenser as I dropped them twice on Saturday.

I'm also OK today which is very good news as next week I'm off on holiday and didn't want to be injured for that Rest day today makes it all even better.

Mundane thread

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 15:05

I have a new kitchen bin, it says it's the same size in litres as the old one but the bin bags don't fit 

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 11:35

Hi, it was the Monster Mojito and I was third from last
Had a rough week post race but am starting to brighten up now, which is handy as I have a TT tomorrow and a sportive on Sunday. Busy busy busy  It's ALL about the bike.

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:49

Sat with fellow club members and Sherpa at the run lap/finish  point sat on a handy bollard and cheered on the middle distance runners for a bit. The off to hotel room to get showed and head home.

Did a slower swim time than last year and the slowest run time of the day and my slowest ever for that distance. But I enjoyed it and got my best bike time, and they say IM is all about the bike. The slight fly in that ointment is my run was so slow it wouldn’t get me round 26.2 miles within the cut off, so it needs work…  But 20 odd weeks to get that sorted along with nutrition. I’d had a bad stomach all the previous week which I put down to pre-race nerves but I’m not sure now, I don’t think the coke power shots are a good idea either but I’m still not right.

I had yesterday off work with it and I do suffer from IBS but today is still not good. Ah well it’s first time I’ve had tummy troubles so I know I can do a tri without them.. I’ve just got to get things back under control again.  Oddly a new find is that I can’t stomach coconut water, I mean honestly there’s nothing in the stuff but it’s a big instant fat nope for me.

TMI?

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:48

Before I know it the loop is finished and it’s head back to the lake caught a fellow club member who is a fish coming back to base and shouted hi. 16.5mph average speed according to Garmin

Into T2 and change for the run, took off rain jacket and stuck a t-short over my tri top, turned out I didn’t need it and wasted lots of time here. Said  Arggh to pirate in transition. Set off to run and stomach said hi, you muppet you barley drank on the bike and your out of transition now so too late and the first aid station is 2K away… Pootled along at my usual jog quickly re-overtaken by fellow club member and marvelled at the running skills of all around me as they zoomed past, with lots of words of encouragement for me J  Stomach couldn’t tolerate race belt so kept having to pull it down round my derriere, but it kept creeping back up again, made for an entertaining distraction anyway.

Made it to the aid station having taken t-shirt off to use as face rag and downed many cups of water along with my powerbar gel, ohh metallicy not nice. I was already aware this was too little too late but carried on and did get a bit of a boost going down the river path, got over taken by bearded pirate on this bit and gave  him my best arghhh. Came of river path on to short sligh uphill and found myself walking, OK not planned and not good but at the next lamp post back into a run and through to start the next lap. Oh I’m walking again, what little energy boost I had has now gone. So run, jog through the 2nd lap with more encouragement from speedy runners all around me and made it to the finish yay J

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:48

Run into T1 and am bemused by people joking laughing, fully drying off, chatting etc, one chap stuck in his suit so helped him unzip, tri bonus! Attempted a quick transition and new suit helped but ended up sitting down to put shoes and socks on as both hands and feet too numb so a bit slow at just under 4 mins.

Out and off onto the bike, my favourite bit of the race Not as windy at the start as last year and ignore HR for a while , garmin beeped to say 7 miles which was a surprise as it felt like a lot less. Food decided to try some PowerShots cola flavoured tasted nice but stomach rolled once per shot but settled down and seemed to give me a good energy boost. Onwards round the rolling course and was surprised to ticking along at just over 15mph happily on the flat sections. Got to the long downhill part of the course and the wind was a cross wind this year so didn’t manage to fly quite as fast as last year, got past by several people doing the middle distance race, due to the wind I didn’t hear them approach so hoping I didn’t get in anyone’s way…  There was a bit of blatant drafting going on but it was minimal and I suppose if you were being very generous you could claim it was more down to the course being a bit busy at that point, but there again other people said they did the bike without seeing anyone else.

Scoffed a few more powershots and a bit of water, but not enough which would come back to haunt me.

Training for a shorter Tri

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:48

Well done Steady

Someone did ask
Race report

I arrived the night before to save a 3am race day start and there’s a hotel right on the lake side. Thankfully lots of fellow club members did the same so met up in on site pub for tea. Service was entertaining and food was good.

Race morning, up at 5.45am, porridge consumed and off to rack all of 10 meters from hotel  Did my usual rack bike put things on towel then stand back and try and figure out what is taking everyone else so long. Have I missed something? Turns out no I haven't The art or racking faffing still eludes me.

Back to hotel chuck wetsuit on with copious amounts of body glide then off to watch the middle distance gang start. Looks OK and a slight confidence boost in that I can see several struggling to get their faces in to start with but all settle down quick enough, so if the same happens to me I'll likely have company.

Listen to race briefing, pass hoody and trainers to a very helpful friend and excellent club sherpa who I'd managed to find.  Get in lake as soon as allowed as I knew it would be a tad fresh, it was warmer than expected but getting head in did take a while, especially as it was pitch blank in there as everything had been churned up by the previous lot. Horn blows and we're off me at the back with my usual plan on settling in then catching a few towards the end of the swim. Had a few panicky people around me, not sure if my words of encouragement helped or appeared patronising, but I tried to help for a while, e.g. take you time no rush , break stroke if need to, remember to breath out, no rush there's plenty of time, you'll float because of your wetsuit,  yada yada yada...  and then just got on with my own swim.  Pleasant enough swim didn't seem as far as last year but afterwards everyone said it was a bit long, managed to catch a  couple of people and was only a little off the back of the main pack by the end.

 

Marshman Triathlon + cold weather

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:03

Lightweight rain jacket for the bike is usually enough to see me though up to  Oly distance in the cooler weather. My bike shoes are mesh so I have toe covers on them as well.

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