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Familiar friendly competion - 2015

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:27

A couple of week's data added, including today's 2.5k OW swim. Lovely.

May Day Morris Dancers

Cheggers - (450) (259) (497) (487) 407
SaintB (IM Wales) - (215.4) (134.1) (158.15) (65.85) 223.98  
Proven Robbie - (179.5) (222) (279) (275) 244  
BluePeter - (230) (249) (307) (309) 219  
Booo (Outlaw) - (123.5) (108.5) (115) (215) 173.5  
WildWill - (111.5) (57.2) (159) (254) 164  
Blisters (135) (80.4) (215.1) (145) 155.8
Trogs - (164.5)(125.1)(191.9)(182.5) 155  
Goldstone (IM Wales) - (147.1) (156.7) (195.7) (155) 153.8
Posh Twat - (191) (144) (223) (197.5) 146  
Nursey - (82) (105) (154) (144) 124  
Maths - (177) (107) (156 ) (192) 120     
Southern Snail - (138) (123.5) (69.5) (70) 99  
Ironwolf - (98.5) (84) (115) (94) 61.5  
In The Blue - (31.5) (31) (22) (30.5) 38.4  
Cake - (78) (17) (72) (79) 37
Long John Silver (89.5) (73.5) (58) (89) 37  
Wannabe Iron Alex (0) (0) (0) (0) 28   
Smiff Too - (52.7) (38.9) (75) (53.6) 17.8  
Alibear30 - (51) (85)(136) (156) 3  
Alex_h - (79.75) (90.41) (92.63) (153.45) 0  

April Fools  

Decadave (Lanz/Outlaw/MnM/Mall) - (0) (0) (0) 280 
BamBamTri - (110) (90) (116) 94  
Bobs Your Father (IM Austria) - (105) (48) (69) 88  
Flat Footed - (161) (101) (170) 67  
Rafi (0) (65) (102) 36  
Crooky - (86) (53) (143.5) 17

Monday 25th May 2015

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:09

Sounds like a fun weekend Chicksta.
Nice confidence booster run WP
RFJ good luck
and anyone else who is probably out there right now.

Accidentally got up at 0630, so went off to lake 32 for a swim. Almost got caught out as they were starting to put out the road closures for the annual cheese rolling competition. Now there's a race I have no intention of entering.
Anyway, got 2.5km swum, and saw loads of fish. Only just getting mildly hypothermic by the end of the hour, so that's OK.

Might get to do a bit more stuff later. We'll see.

Compression clothing in triathlon.

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:51

Calf guards are officially banned in pool swims. Ref FB post.
At our club triathlon today, an athlete was asked to remove his calf compression guards 3 times. He ignored the requests and got a DQ. The UK Triathlon Referee upheld the decision. Athlete was pee'd off.

Reason: potential to act as additional flotation device due to trapped air, thus giving unfair advantage.

If you wish, you are allowed to use them in OW swimming, as the limit is 5mm of wetsuit material. I've got a 5mm wettie. It's for Scuba, certainly far too thick for swimbling. The swim wettie is 2 to 3mm. You could use bubble wrap inside the wettie and still  be OK.

oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:39

tick tock tick tock

I came out of the water plumb last for my age group in Challenge Henley. I overtook 6 in transition 1, despite taking a break for a necessary crap. Yes it's true, you should even time how long you need for a sh"comfort break"it.

Sunday 24th May

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:32

Is it still today??????

Woke several times in that period between deep night and not really morning, because I needed to be up early. Marshalling duties at the club triathlon. I get "dangerous corner". Effing great. That's 3 years now, and it seems like I'm a permanent fixture there.

As it happened it was almost completely uneventful. Everyone behaved themselves. The only d1ck heads were members of the great unwashed. Especially the one on a moped.

It sounds like LMH has managed to get the remains of her body in adequate shape to cross a marafun finish line in a respectable time. No doubt she'll tell, but please provide the cattle prod for the full story.

Cr@p Swimmers R Us

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:49

I got promoted!

After 2 years I have now moved up from Lane 4, where I had accrued voting rights and a resident's parking permit, into the far more congested Lane 3. Intriguingly, it appears that I'm already mid-pack. Interestingly, I still feel as though I'm swimming like a novice.

The credit goes to my coaches. How they managed to teach me, I'll never know.

oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:42

Ghost: An effing large pot of body-bum-butter in the T1 change bag may be in order!
And Vaseline in the T2 bag?

Cotswold 113 14th June 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:31

JP It's interesting about buoyancy. I can demonstrate that I sink better than anyone, but the past 2 years have seen me progress from non-crawl swimmer. In 12m I got to being able to achieve 3.8km crawl and have enough left for the rest of the day. After another 12m I have actually moved up a lane at training, to join people you have been doing it for years. 3.8km time is radically down.
It's less about buoyancy, and more about streamlining and flow. Familiarity in the water, and timing of your arm/leg/breathing movements. Without trying to describe the detail, the key is all about weekly training/coaching, and doing another weekly swim session on your own to embed the theory.

Of course, proper swim clubs insist on 3 or more sessions per week.

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:20

Good point Eng. I didn't shorten the chain when the bike went from short cage to long cage.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:17

Poppy, if it reached 28 degrees, I would recommend moving outside of the conservatory.

Emzap, I got gardening duty this afternoon too, but was not allowed to bake. Apparently we had enough bread. However, we did have a fantastic BBQ, with some grass fed mature rump steak that was still mooing when it got to the plate. Drool. Accompanied by marinated English asparagus, and mushrooms topped with goats cheese. Am I off topic?

Ale, it sounds like you are running and training as part of a bigger plan. Sorry, I've forgotten the details about your A race.

AOH: I always wondered how medics managed to spend so much time with the generally unwell, yet still achieve good health themselves. Is it just an accumulation of immunity?

Bike ride. Went with Group 1. A couple of tasty hills, a total of 65 miles, and the one big uphill drag that has H.A.T.E. tattooed across its knuckles. I felt really strong. Right up to the point when I died. Thankfully, out of the 6 of us, 3 were full strength all the way, and 3 were hanging on at the end. So I wasn't alone.
I needed my BBQ tonight. PROTEIN....

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