Angela I

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Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 14:09

Here's my report of tr24 blogged

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 09:32

Well done on first female as well Sk! Must have missed that before- it's time for another bling off then?!?

rr we did have a plan which we mostly stuck to. Our goal was to do 10 laps each, so we alternated for the first 8, then we each did a double, bringing us to 12, then a little rest before starting to alternate again- we had completed 20 laps with 50 minutes left to go, but 4th wasn't gonna catch us and 2nd was too far ahead, and the weather had turned South, so we packed up our camps and waited forever for the awards ceremony at 2pm

the next challenge would be to do it without that break - if we had done that we would have got 2nd... If we (well me) had a bit more pace we could have got 1st.  Sarah was amazing her legs seemed to renew quite well but by 60k mine didn't want to recover- a bit over raced in the past few weeks

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 10:00

Malcs that is an incredible 5k time!! Amazing!! Hope I'm that fast one day 

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:14

HMMPH!!!! Well I will just have to try harder to win races then!!  WELL DONE IN DISS!!!  And well done for the PB! I  shall have to do that race next year...

Sooo, race numbers have been published for my triathlon at the weekend.... I got given #1.... Its going to be rather embarassing when I'm last out of the water with that number!

Interesting discussion on the 5k vs 10ks...  10k was my first running race, and I used to really enjoy the distance.  In fact when I stepped up to the half marathon, after a few 10ks I uttered the words, 'I'm never doing that again'.... and the DOMS were not very delayed at all.  I couldn't get myself out of bed after lunch that day!

Now, 10ks are my least favourite.  They seem to only appear on the hottest days, and like you say, they are basically a 5k x 2.  In 2013, I did focus on them through the summer, and managed to knock about 2 minutes off between June and September.  I do think its worth doing the concentrated effort on 10k specific training for a few weeks to get those results.  I was running twice a day some days but not much volume when you compare to marathon training.

Just been out for a 25 mile bike ride- turns out I do rather like cycling in the sun (I don't usually like the bike so much due to traffic, and numb fingers and toes). Glad I'm not going to run in this heat!  There is talk that wetsuits may be banned at the tri on Sunday!!!  





Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:44

Ok ok, opened up the 'puter...

1st Lady bling:


Bling for June: Hmmm, can't get a link for that one... Did a lot of races this month including 2 marathons... LOTS OF BLING!!! 

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:31

Bling off??! Didnt read anything else when I saw the chance of a competition..... Now how do I post my bling on here from a Phone?

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 22:08

I'm hoping to do 10 laps at tr24 too- can we do some together?

yes very happy! Check out my facebook for my trophy

fairyclogs- not long until you become a 100MC 'wannabe'- which race have you planned that for?

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 19:49

ThanksMr P

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:44

 She must have been about 10-15 metres ahead of me throughout the beach section, and I had no hope of catching her.  However, the final km (ish) is back on road.  This is where I could kick, and I kicked like I never kicked before -  I overtook her with about 500m  to go, and she called well done after me.

The road section was really long, and I know sprint finish is a weakness of mine, however, people were cheering and saying first lady - part of me thought they wouldnt be that cruel to say it if she was on my heels, but I daren't look back.

Jeez the road went on a while, but yay!!! I DID IT!!! FIRST LADY!!! In a bloody tough half marathon. 

What's funny is that just a few days ago, after a couple of months of feeling lost since getting my boston qualifier, I wrote down some new running goals; one of them was to be first lady in a race that wasn't a parkrun The power of writing things down!!


Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:43

Hey hey, seems impossible to get on here at the moment, but feeling proud of this weekend, and even think I may blog, so thought I would come to tell you guys first.

However, massive congratulations to baldrunnerman - thats a truly incredible achievement at Endure!  I would recommend sitting down and deciding on what your most important running goals are- then you can find the races that help with those.

Well done at SDM Fairyclogs - how many are you upto now?

RR - I'm so glad that you are feeling back to your pre-surgery fitness - just goes to show doesn't it - attitude is everything! 

So, my weekend- yesterday was the Great East Swim - 1 mile for me at 11am - I finished in 40 minutes and 22s - a fairly average swim, but I was absolutely delighted with it for several reasons - 1) I didn't freak out on getting in the water. 2) I didn't freakout when I crashed into people, or others crashed into me. 3) I didn't stop to put my feet down/tread water. 4) I actually drafted someone for a little while. 5) I didn't blow up. 6) I actually vaguely enjoyed it.  It has taught me that I can probably be a bit more aggressive getting into the water for my triathlons, and also I can stand to work a bit harder as I seem to have swim fitness now!

Today, I had Mersea Round the Island Race - local - the most easterly island of the UK (I think) and where we get all our oysters from.  It joins the main land via 'The Strood' a causeway built by the romans that floods at high tide.  This is the 3rd year I've done the race.  My first time it was only 12.2 miles, but last year after the vicious storms, part of the sea wall was destroyed, so they adjusted the route to make it up to a half marathon, and now they have kept it like that, as half marathons are a bit more saleable.  I knew I had a chance of placing today, as last year's ladies winner is in Wales doing another race, so I went into the race with 2 goals.  #1 - beat last years time (preferably by 10 minutes) and #2 .... place (or top 10) - you can never really decide on placing until you know the runners there.  Its a tough multi terrain race- completely flat, but you run on sand, sea wall,, gravel, shells, grass, etc.  Anyway, it starts on sand, my nemesis, but at about 1.5 miles you go onto the road.  I realised very early on that there were no women ahead of me, but was conscious that the sand was the toughest bit.  I thought great!  I can place!!! WOO hoo - just need to focus on the pace.

Being an island, wind is a challenge, and being June, so is sun!  At the first water station, I could hear another lady just as I was leaving it.  At the second water station she passed me - I made sure I stopped to have a drink at each station as it was hot and I wasn't carrying any water with me.

Within a few hundred metres I passed her again though.  I felt really strong at half way, but knew from last year, that somewhere around 9/10 miles is beach running into a head wind.  Surprisingly I managed this quite well, and got to 10 miles thinking I've got this!  There's no way that she will catch me now.  And this is where I also talked myself into being able to drop to a 9mm and still reach my time goal.

The last water station was just the other side of a caravan park where a lady had passed me (not the same one) - It was only 1.5 miles from the end, but it was getting really hot, and I always think health first.  I saw she stopped to take a drink, so I did too - a very quick one.  Then it was down a ramp onto another section of beach!! ARARGHGHGHGH!!!

My legs were exhausted by now.  I decided to do Paula Radcliffe technique and count down from 300.  She must have been about 10-15 metres ahead

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