Joe Volcano

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Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 14:03

Spooky - I've just been up there too !! I only passed one runner, she was coming under the underpass as I returned - was that you?. Overtook one poor MTBer on the steep bit - I'm convinced he got off after I went by.

First time I've run up and still tired from a 4 1/2 hour bike ride yesterday, will have another go later see how much faster I can do it.


When to take beta blocker on race day

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 20:02

Sorry to hear you ended up on bbs, I refused to go on them and they gave me Procoralan instead (not sure if they would work with your prob). This would be a good question to ask on the cardiacathletes forum. I vaguely recall some people took half a dose am then the rest later but not sure if that would be sufficient and I'm not a doc of course...

I'm being investigated now for VT, how bad is yours ie how long and high do the episodes go and do they self resolve eventually anyway or do they need cardioversion? I have an ICD but the probs I am having aren't high enough to trigger therapy.

Atrial Flutter...What Next?

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 19:57

I know you are keen to try your heart out but I'd concentrate on running by feel. I had different heart probs and went through an official cardiac rehab program supervised by nurses, they did a formula calculation (I think they used the Karvonen one which wasn't far out for me) and we worked to a safe percentage of that. They were pretty horrified when I told them I was off for my first race

The probs at the beginning may be poor contact/lack of moisture under the strap. It depends how good your strap is and how much you wet it and how much you sweat as you go along.

how to get 10k down to 33:30

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 17:53

It's a bit light all around to be honest. Especially the track which is too slow and too low volume. I ran under 33.00 and we were doing 4-5x1M in about 4.55 in winter with a lap jog rec. But mile reps can be tough mentally if you try doing them solo.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 20:53

Fascinating ffb. I've been over 16,000 ft during the day in the Peruvian Andes and that was ok but one night I had to sleep at 12,000 ft and I could barely breath and didn't sleep a wink.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 13:29

Great day at the marathon, managed to bike most of the course until security chucked me off around Herries Road. They took all the bumps out of Pollok Park

then stood by Jury's Inn for the start loop and the half way marker, after that was getting too cold and wet in cycling gear so dashed back home to watch lap 2 on telly. Intriguing mens' race wasn't it. Nice to see the Scots showing their neighbours the way home but Steve Way was pretty incredible too. Hope everyone else enjoyed it. I'll also be out watching the bike road race and time trials too. (Too stingy to actually buy a ticket for anything I'm afraid).


Stress Test (ECG)

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:28

Why are you trying to get a private one, is it because you are curious but have no symptoms? Just asking. I have had several at BUPA but as part of a package, you could try calling them and see if they could quote you for just a stress test, or try Spire Hospitals and do the same. Some sports venues may be worth a shot, I live in Glasgow and happen to know you can get one at Hampden for £120

and they have a cardiology professor on the team to do the interpretation.

Usually if you do a VO2max test they will hook you up to an ecg too but you may not have someone fully qualified to interpret it so not a good route in this case. I got a VO2max test with ecg at UEA for £50 once but not sure they do it anymore.


Worse film

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 19:13
Nicky McNamerson wrote (see)

I see none of you have ever watched "On Deadly Ground". Starring what can only have been the reanimated corpse of Steven Seagal.

Any film starring Steven Seagal is equal worst film ever.

But Eyes wide shut is superb (apart from Tom Cruise's acting but that isn't really the main attraction of the film...)


When is your bed time

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 19:10

About 10.15 to 10.30. But I sleep very lightly and in the summer up here in Scotland I am often awake before 4am!

Is it just me.................................

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 13:17

I'm glued to the tv all afternoon. Last couple of days have been brilliant. I thought Quintano was going to come back one more time at the finish yesterday.

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