Barry B

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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Today at 09:10

2old -  very well done on another marathon, not fun in the heat, I'm sure the beer went down well.

aa -  please send me some of your swimming skill.

Outlaw half ironman triathlon for me yesterday and it went well,  stayed in Nottingham overnight but still a 03:45 wake up to get sorted as transition opened at 05:00. Still a bit of a rush as very busy on the roads and there were one or two still arriving as transition closed. Weather was cold and overcast with an annoying wind.

Swim -  start/finish had been changed due to some dodgy blue/green algae in one corner of lake  only difference meant a short run after swim finish to T1.  Long out and back with 4 waves 10 mins apart.  I was in wave 3. Lake was a bit choppy and even though I thought I started near the back a little bit of bumping and barging over first 50 metres or so.  My swimming is what it is and out in 50 minutes needless to say i was overtaken by a few from the last wave(speedy swimmers don't you just hate them)

T1 - my normal faffing, put my long sleeve bike top on over my tri suit and glad I did I was still cold on the bike and some just going tri suit option looked freezing on the bike.

Bike - Someone said course was flat, bollox, yeah only one hill you could call testing but plenty of rolling roads. Overtook plenty on the bike. Very happy with bike time of 3:05 especially with the wind.

T2 - no issues apart from not turning number from back to front but marshal let me know

Run -  flat route and all good,  done in 1:44.

Good event, hot meal available afterwards and good feed stations.

So final time of 5:51 and very happy with that, nice medal and  so need to up my swim and bike distance from now on while keeping the running ticking over.  Don't feel too bad today just a bit washed out.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:09

2old - Made your mind up yet?  Yeah swimming will get longer from next week. Daily supplements are fish oil, zinc and a wellman sport. (other tablets are available) I used to play a lot of golf but got to a level where I was n't getting any better so got frustrated with it, long day as well depending.

Brol - Well done to you both on the racing, impressive time by Mr Brol, pain about the organisation and results.

AA - Ooooh new gear, heard very good things about the 920 especially the upload by mobile,  I'm eating plenty bit still "skin and bone"

Bit of a taper for me this week, couple of runs 5 and 6 miles, 2k lake swim (which was naff to start but got better towards end) and I'll take the bike  out this afternoon for last check.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 15:04

2old - well done on the tri especially the 5k . that's flying after the bike, just bin the YKW and do sprint tris.

Brol -  are you not joining Mr B in the triathlon?

AA - Hope the hammy is feeling better, does n't cycling tighten the hamstring or is that the ITB.

Carrot - No niggles just tired and hungry all the time. 3 x 2m is a very good session.

It goes on :

Thurs - 2k pool swim
Friday - Bike 15 x hill repeats
Saturday - 15 mile slow run.Sunday -  "rest" but long day at work.
Today -  2k lake swim followed by 51 mile bike.

Oh Garmin Express is crap it's doing my head in.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 17:35

Geoff - There is a new Garmin on the market with in build HRM.

2old - I think we all know which race you will do, yeah will try out different options on the bike.

AA - 17 Jul for IM which I think is 8 weeks Sunday(gulp), Outlaw Half week on Sunday.

training continues:

Mon - Rest
Tues - 1.6k lake swim followed by 25 mile bike at quickest ever avg
Today -  10 mile run at 7:51 avg in the rain.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 10:20

AA - Liking your race plans, especially next year.

2old - you are a machine, thought you'd be going for a PB at the HM.

Brol - You are running very well.

Another good few days training for me:

Wed -  hour and a bit indoor bike
Thurs -  121 swim session, but didn't really gain a lot so going to bin them until after IM.
Fri - 2.4k lake swim, longest so far, a bit choppy so good practice
Sat -  63 mile bike followed by 5 mile run, think I messed up on nutrition as run was tough.
Today - 15 mile run easy at 8:17 avg


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 09:34

Brol - that HM sounds a nightmare, have you  thought about Maidenhead or Chippenham for a September HM,  I like Maidenhead but not run well at Chippenham even though lots of others do well there. I'll message you.

aa - Getting warmer by the day in the lake.

2old - well done on the 5k, smash sub 20 next time.

Chick -  Not in the pool/lake yet?

Sunday - 28 miles on bike followed by 8 mile run and  a little warm
Monday - 2k lake swim, OK apart from being harassed by the swans.
Today - 10 miles easy at 8:13 avg(look I can run slower)

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 15:21

Geoff -  I use a 910xt and love it but it is a mutli sports watch so suits me, there are some very good new running specific watches with built in HR monitors. I must be lucky i've been successful 2 out of 3 times in the ballot.

Carrot - welcome back, hopefully you'll be back to your best soon.

Brol - Good luck for tomorrow, hopefully not too hot.  I was thinking of San Sebastion, direct by BA seems best option into Bilbao,  are transfers easy enough? any recommendations for San Sebastion?

Nell - also tempted by amsterdam but the later date of san sebastion is better for me.

2old - welcome back and thanks for bringing the sunshine.

Training is continuing well:

Tues -  27 bike in morning, 3 mile test run in new shoes pm
Wed -  am 8 mile run easy , pm 21 mile bike inc 10 hill repeats
Thurs -  in the lake 1.2k swim, nothing pm life got in way
Fri -  2k lake swim, pm nothing tired off nights and life again.
Today - 54 mile bike and swim club  this evening.


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 15:42

Think its probably only you and me need to enter the ballot Geoff. Yeah I know let it go.

Back in the training groove.
Wed - 1 hour easy indoor bike
Thurs -  1.6k swim
Fri -  90 mins easy indoor bike
Sat - Swim club
Sun - 27 mile bike then 5 mile run
Today - First OW swim of the year, 1200m, not too bad in the water but b freezing when I got out. Meant to be getting much warmer by the weekend.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 17:14

Nell - Very well done and congrats on the PB, those splits make great reading.

2old - Enjoy your R&R,  and thanks for the pep talk, same here gloves ditched after 2 miles.  My training is similar to you(apart from the extra runs), no intervals and probably more swimming, have n't got much choice regarding the cycling with the HIM in 4 weeks and the big one in July.

Chick - Sorry I made you sad, just being a realist rather than defeatist.

Brol - tri ambitions until July then looking at an autumn mara, may need your advice.

AA - Finally got to see you on TV yesterday.  Good plan,  go smash some triathlons.

Well I'm feeling a little better about last Sunday and thank you for all the comments.  I've looked back through my training log and my max weekly mileage was 35, which is clearly not enough. And obviously a masochist as looking for an autumn marathon.



RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:10

Well you all know the eternal underachiever strikes again, oh and not being funny Geoff, but normal thread etiquette is not to announce results.

Arrived on Friday and expo done, easy 3 miles along the Thames Saturday morning even if I was diverted due to Obama visiting the Globe. Carb loaded very well.

No excuses, conditions were perfect if a little cold at the start and support amazing as ever.   I managed a solid 8 hours sleep Saturday night,  even got  some porridge down first thing.

Set off at a steadyish pace and felt incredibly confident it was going to be my day see splits in 5 mile chunks.(sips of water every other mile or so)
7:36,7:17,6:59,7:00,7:11 -  yup a couple a little too quick
7:11,7:13,7:16,7:19,7:21 -  Gel at 6 and 10 and very happy with pace
7:21,7:24,7:23,7:24,7:27 -  Through half in 1:36 gel at 14
7:37,7:40,7:45,7:51,7:42 -  Gel at 18, was getting concerned by drop in pace but was thinking keep it under 8's and won't be too far off then oh dear
8:32,9:09,9:28,8;33,8:29.8:23(last bit)  gel at 22 ,crowd support was amazing and only positive was no stopping/walking. Plenty of high fiving St John's Ambulance staff for the last few miles.  Bit emotional at the tough miles and end.  Charity reception was very good and very long massage as one of first to be there.

So 3:25:43 and nowhere near target and I think my worry has proved right.   Only running three times a week can keep me at pace or better at HM or below but not for marathon. Just not getting the miles in my legs and all of my runs are on fresh legs, yeah maybe tired from swimming/cycling but its not the same.  So I may have to put my 3:15 dream/fantasy away until if/when I commit to running full time again.


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