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Talkback: Raynaud's Syndrome in runners

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 00:34

Simply chunking up your body fat isn't the answer, simplistic as though it may first appear. I know. I've been living with the issue for all my adult life. There have been times when I've been a stone heavier or a stone lighter, and it's not made a sparrow fart's difference.

Between September and April there will be a time during every day when I lose all the circulation from the end 2 joints of my fingers. When it's bad, it can be worse. But here's the thing: I can warm up, and it's not usually painful. Not even pins & needles. As stated in the last paragraph above, avoidance is preferable. Moving to Egypt is an option. An extra layer is good, eg a Merino wool base layer. Having a warm bath before bed helps get an extra hour's sleep as you're not simply trying to get warm to start with.
When running, the trick is to start warm. Wear a beanie hat and gloves in winter, and pocket them after 2 or 3 miles. Layer appropriately, and take off layers as you feel the need. You can tie them around your waist.

One other thing. Ignore Vdot52. That forumite hides behind a blank image and is a mere troll of the worst kind.

Saturday 6th February 2016

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 22:11

As a Manchester United supporter, I can't wait to talk to my Dad, who supports the other side.

Hilly, I can strongly recommend investing in Merino wool. I froze all last winter, but got a base layer for cycling this season. Oh what joy. I have even used it under the wetsuit for a brief dip in the lake on Boxing Day. It did brilliantly then, too. In fact, if it's proper cold I'll grab it at the weekend as well.

Today, bike day, was cancelled. Too dangerous for group riding. I did rig up the turbo in the garage and  did 1x Top Gun ie 90 full on minutes for a 30 mile outing (inning?) at reasonable pace. Didn't fancy a run.

Reckless pedestrians

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:45

Reckless pedestrians

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:43

^^^^^^^^^^^^ Er, didn't you miss the famous Pirate, of this parish.
Crazy Sid Sidowski. Not content with tackling the ironman distance triathlon t Nottingham, known as the Outlaw. Sid (as he is cunningly known) decided to do it on a BMX. Bless him, he also carried a load of timber to help the cause....

-yes he had to get permission first, oh you tedious pedants....

-and yes he had to pedal like the effing wind.


Saturday 30th January 2016

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 15:29


Saturday is bike day. 56 miles with the gang, including plentiful Forest hills. Done inside 4 hours, and I was still feeling fresh. Sometimes I'm toasted. After lunch I sat down and fell asleep, waking to find the house empty! A very odd feeling.
It's a fairly lovely day down here AOH. We haven't had any of that white stuff this winter, although it was a bit chilly first off, and breezy. Blue sky now.

I really don't understand why people are travelling hours to do a 20 minute run in a park. I find it most odd.

Multiple lap long run

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 00:21

I once did a 31mile (50k) race around 14 laps.
That was mentally tough. Surprisingly it was also physically tough. One piece of road had a bit of camber, which meant that I did 14 miles on a steeply sloping cambered surface. It took a month before my knee settled down.

Most years I have done a 3 lap 21 mile prep route. The advantage is that you can try to maintain an even pace between each lap. You can even take your gels and eat one just before home, so you can wash it down with the drink that's sat in your garden.

If the baby is her first, then it's going to take all day to hatch. The odd hour is neither here nor there. If it's her second, then you have only got an hour or two before the hatching. Bags packed by the door....

Thursday 28th January 2016

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 00:36

Tom and Brilly all in one!

Blimey, it looks like I'll have to dust off the old trainers. Gobi's still active on FB, mostly bikes, but did do a run around a park.

Managed a swim tonight. One geezer had no concept of lane discipline. You normally go up one side of the roped off lane and down the other, in the direction posted on the board. It's alternating so that swimmers in adjacent lanes aren't in opposing directions. I was just about into my rhythm, and we had a head on head collision. No blood, but I voiced my shock and surprise in Anglo Saxon.
2500m in 54 mins. Slower tonight, as it was more bread and butter than cake and icing. Can't wait to get back into the lake. Only it's 6 degrees, so I can indeed wait.

Tuesday 26th January

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 22:48

Blimey, Hilly makes an appearance on here. BR did a good time for Ferriby.

Well done those who are getting out there and plugging away at the running. These are the days that really count.

Personally, I'm still not risking a run, but did get a chance to put the bike on the turbine. 19.8 miles in the 1:00 hour. Plenty of sweat. Cadence a bit lower than ideal, only 77 or something. I don't really know what to compare it against, but it seems to imply that my base fitness is there.

Best Bowie album?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 22:51

Ironically I was just thinking that I must expand my vinyl collection, and had identified Hunky Dory, Alladin Sane and Lou Reid's Transformer.

That lot's going to be virtually unobtainium right now.

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 22:35

I used to look forward to the mile rep session, one of the most valuable in the portfolio. 1 mile w/u, 5x 1 mile off a 1 minute rest, 1 mile w/d.

I really found the 25x 400m a challenge.

Couldn't do any session now though.

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