Cheerful Dave

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Sub 3

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 19:32

PP, I don't know about the logistics of taking a bike on a train to Palma, but getting in that west coast road sounds a good idea.  There are lots of fairly quiet flat roads roughly parallel to the main MA-13 motorway so you could ride to Palma in not too much time if you had to.

I also got wet out running today.  Occupational hazard.

You'll be alright TR, hope the ribs sort themselves out to get you swimming though.

Ironman 70.3 - 24hrs to decide and need some advice!

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 16:23

I'm not sure about deferrals, I think you can get a part refund depending on when you defer, but the event website will be best.

There are no cheap middle distance tris (apart from SA's day one, obviously) but a fair chunk of what you're paying for at this one is the brand.  You should get a well-organised event, although maybe some teething troubles as this is the first one at that location.  You'll get a medal and a t-shirt. In terms of value for money, tris always suffer against running events because the organising costs are higher and the entries they can cope with are lower.  At the end of the day though, you'll have a great time and the entry fee will be the last thing on your mind.

Sub 3

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:03

Just catching up after a week away but some standout racing from PP and DrD.  And a nice 80% from Dan.  That gets a lot easier as you get older, I think most folks slow down less dramatically than WAVA suggests - at 47 18:00 for 5k gets me 80.00%, which I like in a round number kind of way.  Just using parkrun times I've slowed around 15-20 seconds over 7 years, but I never got near 80% in those early days.

We've just had a week in Mallorca, not a cycling holiday per se but I did go for a few rides in the hills.  Padams will be familiar with most of them, I think my last day long round trip from Pollensa to Soller and back via Sa Calobra is a standard route.  Junior came on a few rides, his proudest moment was getting up the Col de Femenia, my proudest moment was getting him down the other side in one piece.

I also have new respect for you fell runners - a quick look at strava told me the Puig de Santa Maria might be a nice challenge - 1.2 miles @14%.  14 minutes of hairpins, steep steps and impossibly uneven rocky paths later I was done in.  Someone hardened in the Welsh hills set the strava record at 11 minutes something, and to him I say 'chapeau'.

Annoyances when out running

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 09:14
Stevie G wrote (see)

you see a fair few of these type of threads, and usually someone will be moaning at runners not acknowledging them.

I always wonder why they expect a stranger to speak to them, just because they're doing the same activity. They probably wouldn't dream of speaking to randoms out walking, or on the bus or suchlike. 

Come on Stevie, for some of us that fleeting eye contact when out running is the only social life we have.

Annoyances when out running

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:21
Millsy wrote (see)
Over the last 4 weeks my very unscientific straw-poll has come up with the following findings regarding who is most likely to say hello / aknowledge you whilst out on a run. (Runners only)
Most likely - Male "club" type runners at least 80% response
2nd - Male & Female "leisure" type runners 50-75%
Least likely - Female "club" type runners less than 50% response. 

It depends on which way they're running too.  IPod wearers travelling in the opposite direction will ignore you with almost 100% certainty.  IPod wearers travelling in the same direction will ignore you right up to the point where you pass them closely at speed, at which point they'll shriek like you've shot them and veer off into a hedge.

Livens up long runs no end, that does

Annoyances when out running

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:10

Not exactly a common occurence for you though Dachs.

I wonder if it started to annoy Samir at the Reading HM? 

Help! Car knackered, need to cycle to work

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 09:00

OK, x-post with the no showers bit, forget running in.  Easy ride in, find a longer route home for an hour or so of hard riding.  You can even throw in intervals or hill reps.

I know badminton players are fit, but I can understand why it's not great marathon training - it's very much a start-stop, high intensity sport, not great for running.  Cycling, OTOH, is much better, but you do have to work at getting the same effort as running - it's too easy to slack off going downhill for example.  But seriously, 2 weeks interrupting your programme isn't going to be a problem.

Help! Car knackered, need to cycle to work

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 08:46

What cougie said.  You can swap some running for cycling without affecting your marathon as long as you get the key sessions in - the long run especially.  Trying to squeeze in the running miles on top of the cycling is likely to get you injured, or overtrained, pretty quickly.

If you're on high mileage then a couple of weeks with some of the high-impact running replaced by equally aerobic but kinder to your joints cycling might actually be beneficial.

Alternatively, if you really have to run, then try riding in one day with clothes for 2 days, run home, then run to work next day.  I wouldn't do that more than once a week though myself.

Meeting Aggressive Dogs Whilst Running

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 14:51

When dogs come after me with the owner doing nothing, sometimes I'm tempted to see how far I can it to run with me.  The owner might think again if he's spent an hour looking for it.  But then again it's the dog that would suffer if it got properly lost rather than the owner.

I did once lose it when a dog was going for my ankles - I stopped running, looked it in the face and shouted 'Just fuck off!' at it.  It worked though.

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