Barry B

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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 17:15

Job done I am now an "Ironman" .   Early start and at the Lake by 4, only 130 taking part in the full IM and some just doing the sportive bike ride.

Swim - No dramas, a few bumps at the start but kept it steady, when I climbed out I was in shock when my watch read 1:26 ( target was 1:30 to 1:40) and the announcer confirmed it over the tannoy I was smiling so much

T1  - bit of faffing as per, put my short sleeve cycling top on 5 mins.

Cycle - 2 rolling loops of 56 miles , bit of an annoying wind for the first half of the loop, first loop in 3:10(very happy), ditched the cycling top at half way but then started having belly issues, finding aero position very uncomfortable, stopped taking the gels and relied on energy bottles.  Difficult miles from 60 to 85, but then hit the pace again, second loop in 3:24, so total time 6:34 so all good.

T2 -  soon as I got off the bike saw my supporters but felt the heat at the same time,  was about half one so getting warm. 

Run -  Knew from the the start is was going to be tough, not the normal legs after bike feeling, just hard to run and struggling for energy. It was going to be a long one when I started walking after the first mile, was a a pretty low point.  run is 5 loops of 5.2 miles you collect a band every loop but it is quite cruel as you run/walk down finish chute nearly get there and do a u turn back out, so when I saw my daughters after the first loop they saw the state I was in and gave me a massive lift.  Ran/walked the next 3 loops and power walked the last(it was quicker than running and hip was hurting when I ran), aid stns were a godsend water over the head and flat coke never tasted so good.  Run done in 5:19 and I have never been so happy to cross the finish line.

Finished in 13:28:44 and I am so happy.  Feel very washed out/sore today, lost 4kg during the race.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 18:29

aa -  yeah I use Gatorskins. Heard the same they were the best but never had problems with other brands.

2old - Love my indoor bike in the winter, heard very good things about the watt bike.

Only a 3k swim for me this week, resting stretching and some core work to fill the remainder of the week.  Well its 2 years since my first swimming lessons when my coach told me not to bother with triathlons til 2015(yeah I was that bad), the pledge at the time was Ironman before I'm 50, it's come round pretty quick, registered and ready(i think) for the 226, no nerves as yet they''ll probably kick in at stupid o clock tomorrow.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 12:44

2old - Impressive racing and congrats on the position, unlucky on taking wrong turn.

aa - Well done on the sportive, never had a mechanical yet when racing but been using some of my spare time this week practising changing inner tubes.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 14:25

aa - braver than me on the night swim. The Classic is a very good race, very flat bike  only one short hill  and flat run( if some of it on lakeside tracks)

2old - Did you race?

My training, swimming and cycle, has continued OK, Tried to run Thursday but felt the hip straightaway not painful but can't risk it.  If it was a stand alone marathon next weekend I would n't be taking part, but as it is I'll start and do the swim/bike and then see how it goes on the run, not sure my logic makes sense.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 19:42

AA - Hope you're fully recovered from the elbow injury, very well done on the night swim (not for me thanks) and the 15 miles.

Training ticking over last week if a little reduced in volume, still no running, hip feels better but still not 100%,  but will try later this week.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 20:16

2old -  Maybe all this slow running has f***** my hip up .  Seriously I'm not sure, hip flexor is tight at front and feels like piriformus again at back. I'm in the london ballot for next year but can't be lucky 3 times out of 4 can I?

Chick - welcome to the dark side and frustration of swimming.  Hope all good with your ongoing recovery. What's the feeling in Germany after the shock result on Thursday?

AA - Good news on the hamstring, does elbow issue effect swimming?

Good training, apart from running:

Last Saturday - Checked out with one loop of the 226 course with a 113 loop added on making 77 bike miles.Sunday - Rest, well it was Fathers day, so much spare time when no training
Monday - Lake swim 3.6k (longest ever)
Tuesday - 90 mins easy indoor bike
Wednesday - Lake swim 2k
Thursday - Indoor bike 60 mins ( 5 mins easy 5 mins steady repeat)
Friday -  Lake swim 2k followed by 2 mile test run, hip still not right
Saturday - Swim club
Today - 101 miles bike,longest ever and  first time over 100. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:37

2old -  Thanks for the compliment, 50 this year and 15 marathons done,  plenty of years left, using you and O4S as inspiration.

AA - May do the Classic, it was my first HIM(last aug)and loved it, but will wait until after the big one until parting with my cash.

Sorry been absent, training lots and night shift the time goes so quick

Last Friday:  15 mile run at 7:56, right hip a little niggly towards the end
Saturday -  Day trip to Blackpool -  kinda rest day
Sunday -  90 mile bike most of it in the wet but longest ever done.
Monday - 1 hour easy indoor bike
Tuesday -  1.5k lake swim followed by 4 mile run around lakes was meant to be longer but right hip troubling me.
Wednesday - 2 hours easy indoor bike
Thursday -  3k lake swim, 2 hours easy indoor bike
Today -  1.6k lake swim

Hip is OK but am being very cautious as same area that ruled me out of VLM last year. Will bike long tomorrow

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:07

2old - thanks for the GFA reminder, think I just about qualify for age 60 .  OK after bike just a little washed out and certainly not as bad as a 20 mile run.  If you fancy a tri how about Cotswold Classic Half in August very flat bike course. Good varied training from you.

AA - get those bike miles in, you're a great swimmer and runner already.  You've done a half IM already?

Garmin stopped ulploading on Monday, but fixed today hooray:

Week so far for me
Monday -  run , 10 miles slow - warm.Tuesday - Got brave at the lake and did the 1500m course twice, so 3K done longest ever swim
Wed -  Short 18 mile on bike into 5 mile run
Today -  2k swim at the pool.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:43

2old -  the IM is 6 weeks today, main target is to finish, swim is going to be around 1:40 and bike hopefully sub 7 hours see below for today's ride, the run is the unknown after the bike. I hear lots of good things about the watt bike.

brol -  Very well done on the 5k. Next for me is Cotswold 226 IM.

AA - You're doing well on the bike. Any tri's booked?

Eased back into training this week:

Mon - Rest
Tues - 45 mins easy indoor bike get the legs moving.
Wed - 10 Mile run , 5 out easy 5 back steady
Thurs - 2k lake swim bit choppy so good experience, but get this 100m further but 2 mins faster than Outlaw swim wtf.
Fri -  28 miles bike inc 14 hill repeats
Sat - Rest apart from stupid long day at work
Today -  80 mile bike in 4:48, longest ever ride.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 30/05/2016 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.

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