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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 19:50


Sorry RW wouldn't let me type any more 

Minni: I meant to add 'with the help of a couple of bottles of something cold, white and alcoholic' 

kiwi: sounds like things are starting to come together again

2Old: you need to spend Christmas chez O4S. Cooking anything, never mind a turkey dinner, is so far outside my comfort zone it belongs on another planet

pink: the first time I used a TM I did in fact fly off the back of it, in front of a gym full of amused young blokes 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 19:43

Turkey dinners - 0

Swimming - 2 lengths before I decided to go and watch some paint drying

Spinning - 2x1hour classes (intervals and hills combined)

TM - 15 mins of random hills before I went back to watching the paint

Walking - 30 miles with lots of long/steep hills and plenty of mud

Running - 6 miles back in my old group at the club (struggled to keep up), plus 2x6 mile runs with BA

Bathrooms - two shiny new completed

Been referred to respiratory consultant to investigate breathlessness, goodness knows what the waiting time is 

Minni: how about I head up to Wooler and we try to learn to crochet 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:47

Minni - forgot to ring for the results today but the nurse didn't think they looked particularly abnormal. They were checking to see if it might be exercise induced asthma (BA has it). If not, next step is a consultant to run some more scientific tests. Glad to hear they are looking after you well.

The last time I swam a mile (breast stroke) it took me an hour - an hour of my life I can never get back! Thought I might try drowning myself to relieve the boredom towards the end.......

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 05:54

Anyone else want to throw their hat in the ring?????

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 05:53

Moved back up to my normal run group last night   Suspect 37 miles in the previous 3 days wasn't the best preparation   BA is second reserve in the club ballot for VLM - popular this year with 14 people going for 5 places!

Can't sleep, been up since 2.30am and feeling grumpy.............Perhaps an early morning run is called for 

So today we have Minni under the knife, I have a 30 min spirometry test to check my lung function and see if they can find out what is causing the breathlessness, while Chick waits for news on a heart condition

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 21:32


Painful 10 miles today, at least the weather was good - clear and cold. 

20 miles hill walking planned for tomorrow.  Hope everyone is getting those runs in before Christmas!  

Minni: I never had a problem swimming a mile, provided the pool stayed open long enough for me to finish 

For those of you who do spinning, here is a good interval session (helps the running as well).  Start on Gear 15 (or the heaviest gear you can ride seated for 1 min) and do one minute at 85rpm, decrease to 14 for 1min at 90 rpm, 13 for 1min at 95, 12 for 1 min at 100, then 1 min on 11 at 110rpm and one minute on gear 10 at 120 rpm.  Then you start going back up but the minute sessions on gears 13, 14 and 15 are all done at 100 rpm. This is done after 30 minutes of hills and speed intervals - Enjoy!!! 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 16:19

Barry: the HM starts in Edington, Wiltshire. Really good event, friendly, low key and really well organised.

Feeling wrecked today - a mad session at the club last night sprinting from the back to the front to make sure I hd everyone accounted for. Some loony kept running off the front and when I shouted to turn left he invariably turned right ( and vice versa). Began to wonder if it was me!  Spinning tonight to use some different muscles

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 16:32

Cont:   I was amazed to see 51.21 on the clock at 10k, so not as slow as I thought. Sadly mile 7 is a hard uphill drag, so the pace started to slow and my breathing started to give me trouble - however this was a mere bump compared to the mile from 8 to 9, I reckon I was doing 10mm at best. After that there were 2 miles of undulations, with uphills starting to feel significant. However, to my surprise I picked up the pace in the last mile (flat) and passed a number of people finishing with a gun time of 1.50.44. I was really chuffed as it was nearly 10 minutes faster than I had hoped and I didn't feel as if I was pushing it, although the gasping breaths on the hills are still a problem.

Anyway I'll take that and use it as a base for getting back some speed with some shorter, faster races over December.  Second in the W60 and lost the record to an old 'enemy' so all to play (run?) for next year. Fog never lifted throughout the race, but sun came out as we got back to the car.........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 16:23

Don't give up hope yet Chick, it's the default position to be cautious if you are Doc (programmed in at Med School). 

First road race, apart from short club relays, since May - so why not go for broke and do a hilly HM (why not indeed I hear you ask).  To put this in context I hold the W60 course record at 1.43.21, set last year, and this year was just trying to nudge under 2 hours. Speed and hill running are still a major issue, so this wasn't the ideal race 

Left the garmin at home and at the lat minute took my watch off as well, deciding that I really didn't want to know if I was going to go over 2 hours! This meant I didn't know how long it took to cross the line, but probably 20 - 30 seconds. Start is a little uphill pull, then downhill and flat to nearly 2 miles. First uphill drag is between 2 and 4, but nothing too steep. Got into a steady pace, but no idea what the pace was, just that it felt slow. Route levelled off between 4 and 5 miles, then a steep down and an equally steep up before a flat section and then gradually down to the 10k marker. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 23:37

I am anticipating a dreadful hangover tomorrow 

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