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Saturday 27th August 2016

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 18:38

Bike day, and what a difference a day makes. As I set off it started raining, and the temperature was15 degrees cooler than the previous evening. Thoughts of being cold crossed my mind. Man up.

Group 1 appeared to have some of the big boys today. I would have been the weakest link by far. Only one Olympic medal between them though. There were 2 Group 3 ladies, and a new lad, who had been with G3 and was apparently too strong for them.
I decided to make a small Group 2, and elected to do a steady ride round Hollybush, about 35/40 miles. Young lad started to lag a bit on the inclines about half way around. But he couldn't even keep in touch on the freewheel descents either. Towards the end I realised that I had completely killed him. Our pace had dropped to "shopping" speed, but  hey ho. We've all been there.
It transpired that he hadn't a clue how to use the small chain ring (doh), and that he hadn't ridden his bike for 6 weeks (double doh). Lesson learned the hard way.
I got him safely home. I clocked 50 miles all in, and was as fresh as a daisy.

Saturday 27th August 2016

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 00:21

We're so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight

If anyone does NOT instantly recognise these lyrics, please march Eastwards, and continue to march Eastwards until the waters close over the top of your collective heads. I'm sorry, you are (or were) in need of some serious corrective education in taste.

Where was I?

Running? Limited today. Legs are improving.
Biking? Yes, Saturday is Bike day. My alloy Allez bike has been to the menders. New (pre-owned) shifters, new (pre-owned) rear cage, and a general fettle. It's ready for winter. I do however need to test it. I am SO PLEASED at the moment, as it was seriously pissing me off at the start of the year.

First open water swim

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:49

Now is the time to start looking at wetties, and trying them on. They have to be quite tight to avoid getting a cold draught of water flushing through. You usually need a helper to zip them up.

Now is the time to look and buy, because there are a lot of people who try it once, then sell. If you know your sizes you can check ebay (I got mine half price there). Also you can get one from the hire companies, after one season's hire they move  the stock. Major discounts.

There's an interesting and counter intuitive relationship between price and performance in wetsuits. At beginner level we are much, much better off with beginner wetsuits. They are cheaper, thicker, warmer, more buoyant, and therefore faster. Expensive ones are usually thinner, but they are fine for fast swimmers with good body positions. A beginner in a top end wetsuit would be slower, colder, and poorer.

Thursday 25th August 2016

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:39

Lyrics yes: clearly not an LMH choice.

6.6 miles round the ratrun. Slowly, and a bit clunky. It seems like I pushed it a bit at the weekend.

Gradually ticking things off my "To Do" lists.
Even the boring stuff, like CSCS tests.
Next is PPL revalidation test tomorrow. It's like taking your driving test every 2 years. Looking forward to that one.
(Small One got her GCSE results today. Relief was etched right across her face.)

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 20:16

You're certainly in the groove LMH.

Hot weather.DOMS. A bit of CBA. Not only that, but I don't really have a "next target".
Maybe that Half marathon is a good idea. I followed a bus advertising the Stroud HM in October. Maybe?

Monday 22nd August 2016

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 21:10

Lake V HM has always interested me as well.
In fact I'm starting to think that I may do a HM this year. After all the Tri season is just about over. Apparently.

Training: I went to the pool for a recovery session swim 2600m, 57 min.

RFJ: Small tears in the muscle and tendon are not a good thing, no matter how you look at it. As runners we tend to make it worse as well by continuing to run. Although it is not a crippling injury, it does need rest and time to heal.

Alehouse: Ref to daughter, how old is she? Youffs can often have quite high max HRs. 200 is not unusual, in fact our fit young cyclist said he has seen 220 HR.
That said, the wrist pick up HRM is not as accurate as the chest type.

This all leads me on to an anecdote from yesterday's race. I was on the second lap around the bike section and got to the one hill. It's a bit of a short sharp shock, yet long enough to get you puffing. As I passed a couple of TT bikes that had run out of gears I glanced at the HR reading, as I always do on a climb. It climbed through 155, my normal mark for orange to red line. 165 was definitely in the red. 175 is my max HR. Think of my heart as a big diesel engine. The reading went through 190, 220, ever upwards to 345. I had twigged before then that something was wrong. I wasn't even wearing my HR strap!
My data plot is going to look awfully funny.

First open water swim

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 16:07

It's just SO MUCH more real than the pool.

I love the way that distances just happen, none of this lane counting stuff. Glad you enjoyed it, keep going.

Pirate spotting

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:25

Of course, Schmunkee, in her usual place on the drinks station at Cotswold 113 classic today. Top word Dude.

Sunday 21 August

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:54, no. Sorry. Clearly I sing along to the wrong lyrics at silly o'clock.
"(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding is what I should have posted.

Cotswold 113 classic middle distance triathlon (half ironman distance)
1.2 mile swim. 56 mile bike. 13.1 mile run.
A wave start, I was given the last wave (7). Pros and cons. On the positive I had lots of people to chase down and overtake. On the negative, the lake smelled like poo at the start.

Swim start. I was cold by the time we got to my time. Actually shivering. At least I knew that the lake was quite warm, and with that we were off. Keeping the work rate up, and keeping up with a couple of pairs of toes that were with me all the way.
Transition 1. All prepared and ready. Dab feet with towel, socks have talc in them already. Number 1 sock rips in half. Uh? Realise that half a sock is going to be OK, finish transition. My time implies that I also took a coffee and slice of cake.
Bike. Quite breezy. Downwind needed to smash it, 24mph. Into wind needed to be aero to drag out 17mph. Tried not to draft. But it was really useful having a hulk just ahead of the draft zone for occasional periods. I loved the single hill. The TT bikes hit the struggle button, and I just got out the saddle and delivered. Better still, the knowledge of the course meant that I could quickly bang the way up to top gear and smash the down hills. The corners on that bit needed knowledge to hit hard. Loved them.
Average on the bike was a shade under 20mph, which was a surprise as I was at mile 42 in 2 hours and didn't let up. Happy with the bike.
(There was a head to head crash between 2 fast bikes, and we had to dismount and jog/walk past) Nasty.

Transition 2. Dump bike, grab shoes. Again it appears that I had more coffee.

Run. 3 laps.
Feeling good. I'd spun out the legs prior to arrival in T2 and got going. 8:12 for the first mile. 8:15 second. Ooh, this could be fun. As it went on the pace went back to a more normal level. Lap 1 - feeling good. I'm taking this in slices.
Lap 2 - this is my bogey lap. Mustn't let the focus slip. Keep pegging along with runners I want to target. It felt good.
Lap 3 - Oh yes. Just 4-ish miles. Mile 1 great. Mile 2 paid for it. Mile 3 - Thanks to Cardiff tri lady. I needed your pacing and conversation. It dragged me and my empty tank. Mile 4-ish Thanks Cardiff. It's time to open the tap....and open it... and open it....and a big sprint finish with a showboat for the cameras.

5:26:08 and 29th in age group 50+, 9th in age group 55+, 1st in my club, 1st Pirate.


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 16:11

Welcome aboard Knockers.

Now. Has anybody mentioned the initiation ceremony?

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