Cheerful Dave

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Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: Yesterday at 08:18

Ah, but at least "we'll be in control" as our economy slides down the toilet.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:47

Pudge, as nell said, it's not hatred, just despair. I just can't see anything positive in this at all.  Oh, it won't be the armaggeddon that we were warned about, but it's going to be a very messy and acrimonious divorce. 

Runner's lie? Cheating rumors didn’t stop Robert Young – but something else did

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 16:03

All strava tells you is that a GPS unit took a particular course and the speed it was doing.  If there's HR information with it then you know that someone took the same course, and you'll have some idea of the effort going on.  Doesn't tell you who it was though, and gps files can be manipulated to give faster speeds.

To me, it seems that the people who do this kind of thing but publicise where they're going to be in advance and invite people along to do some of the running or riding with them are generally genuine, but the ones who do it behind closed doors, as it were, don't stand up to scrutiny.

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Posted: 23/06/2016 at 13:08

TmR - looks like an attempt to follow the triathlon model of age group racing, except that triathlon have a bona fide age group world championships to qualify for.  In this case they don't really have a proper end event to aim for.

As for qualifying, in 2015 I ranked 16th on Po10 for marathon, but only one of those listed above me had run in any of the 5 races EA list (well, maybe a few more did, but not their best time for the year).  So CW would get in no problem, but as PP says, who would he be racing against?

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Posted: 22/06/2016 at 09:24

Good luck Dan, have fun.  At least it's unlikely to be average - with you, it seems most races are either a blinding success or an unmitigated disaster.  Hopefully the former on this occasion!

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:06

We can't eat them, but we could shear them I suppose.

The 2016 LG PSOF Kit Order Thread

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 08:06

Mine also arrived yesterday. 

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Posted: 20/06/2016 at 16:09

Blimey, there's a blast from the past.  I hope you're reading back to see what you've missed...

Very little running from me over the weekend.  I did ride to Brighton & back though, and for once the weather was perfect for it.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 11:40

In.  Though I'd like it to be close enough that the folks in Brussels get a bit of a reality check, because there's lots wrong with the EU.

I strongly suspect that the vote won't be that close - only those with the most extreme views on either side get the media attention, but most people are much more in the middle and I would think that the 'better the devil you know' argument will persuade a lot towards the 'In' box.

Open Water vs Pool Swimming Times

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 11:39

It's difficult to compare times because you never really know how far you've swum in OW - courses aren't measured very accurately, GPS isn't much better and you won't swim in a straight line.  If you can avoid slaloming down the whole course though, and assuming it's not long, I wouldn't think you'd be three minutes slower.

OW practice is really about getting used to swimming in a wetsuit (assuming it's going to be a wetsuit race), sighting and just generally getting used to it - panic attacks are not uncommon.  You won't experience the fun of a mass start until race day though, even the busiest lakes can't compare with an OW race.

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