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Scottish Runners

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 08:48

Hi All. Sorry been a bit absent. Well done Mrs Mac and Elspeth.

Don't think my naked ice bucket challenge will set a new trend  Long story. My unsupportive non charity giving cousin's wife nominated me . It is my cousins dad (my uncle) who has Alzheimer's. I have no idea why she nominated me, but anyway I turned round and said if over £100 was raised for my Alzheimer fundraising in 24hrs I would do it naked. It was great until about an hour before the deadline then £120 came in. Done and money raised for my cause.

More hypoxic training and yes Tricialitt oxygen saturation down to the well below 85%. I coped really well this week. Did 30 mins on the bike then they re-filled he air bag and I did 22 mins of intervals where I used 1000 ltrs of gas  stats were low and heart up but very steady and not changing when effort was increased. I am going to assume that the sports scientists know what they are doing. I am closely monitored with stats notes every minute and constant check asking me how I feel and where I have to point to a scale on 2 charts.

Major tapering now for Glenmore 24.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:56

Wah, the 2nd hypoxic training session was not quite so successful as the 1st. I lasted all of 6 minutes walking! I felt Ok, but a bit drunk and I seemed to forget how to walk so started to stumble at which point they stopped the test. My stats had dropped low very quickly too

We had a chat, I recovered, and we decided to try the bike on the basis that I would not fall just slump forward if anything went awry

Was Ok on the bike and cycled for 25 minutes until the bag of 'air' ran out. Stats dropped very quickly again and lower than when he stopped the treadmill, but they settled and I felt OK.  managed to get through 700+ litres of air cycling.

All very strange. I am really glad that I am doing this and will be a bit prepared for how i will feel and be able to set my expectations in terms of effort.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:22

Hi TP what a pain with the boiler. Ours is a bit temperamental and every now and again just cuts out. We have had it looked at a number of times and no one can find anything wrong other than the fan being a bit noisy. I wonder if the fan is getting to the stage it needs replaced and that the boiler is overheating sometimes.

We were lucky, liast call out only cost us £35

Hope your repair not too costly TP.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 09:28

Also running a wee charity sweepstake to boost my fundraising for Alzheimer Scotland.

It is a 'Guess my mileage at Glenmore 24' competition. Here's how to enter:

  1. Text 'VOLC51 £1' to 70070 (£1 donation per guess)
  2. Message your guess to me either via a text, PM on FB or Twitter, email or post on here.
  3. I will enter your guess into the sweepstake.
  4. last entries midday Friday 5th September
  5. Mileage and winner will be confirmed on Tuesday 9th September.

There is a bottle of single malt for the winner (alterntive can be arranged for no whisky drinkers or tea-totallers).

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 09:22

I keep forgetting to post my blog entries.

Here is one about preparing for Glenmore

Scottish Runners

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 06:48

Morning. On spin bike at no. Multi tasking 

2nd hypoxic session today: walking. I suspect this will be a whole different ball game 

Scottish Runners

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 07:18

Morning BM et Al. Rest day for me. Currently on the train to Embra, and have a theatre company board meeting this evening. Insomnia last night and fast day today. Get the feeling I will be tired later

Scottish Runners

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 21:51

Well done Elspeth  Well done TP under trying circumstances and great that you went on to have a good week

Kennyyan, it is officially only water and some energy drink at the CS check points, but you can have support at then, plus as Tricialitt says if depending on where you are in the pack there will be 'leftovers'. Generally, marshalls are only at road crossings so you are expected to find your own way. It is pretty well marked so pretty hard to lose your way. The worst bit is at Bothwell castle, I have run it 3 times and taken a different route each time

Scottish Runners

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 09:05

Tricialitt, you don't seem to have much luck with the CS40. Hopefully it will be fine and also GO33.

Missed the athletes parade cos I got summoned to Edinburgh for the day after arranging to be in Glasgow

Cracking long run for me yesterday: 21 miles 3:51. Can't remember the last time I did a training 20 in under 4 hrs  Taper now for Glenmore 24.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 15:50

Hi Elspeth. Got the chance for some training so went for it as I have never really been at altitude. They create the required 'gas' mix and then I put on a nose plug and a mouthpiece in and beathe the gas.

Did an at rest session today and did 30 mins breathing 'air' the equivalent of 14k feet, so about 11% ogygen. All went well with no ill effects. RHR was 59 dropping to 54 breathing room air before the gas was turned on, and my oxygen saturation level was 97%. Once on the low oxygen the saturation levels dropped quicky but settled and th lowest it went was 77%. The highest my RHR went to was 70. Within 3 mins of going back to room air my saturation was back up to 98% and my RHR down to 45.

Next session I will be walking. He was going to do 2 sessions at rest, but I handled it so well today that he decided just to get started on the exercise.

Tee hee: EPO the legal way

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