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Posted: 01/01/2016 at 15:07

Hangover 10k safely completed this morning - precisely 2 seconds faster than last year (just under 50 mins). BA also made it round in a few seconds over 1 hour - over 3 mins slower than last year, but he was just glad to complete. Won the FV65 with a new 'course record', over 6 minutes faster than the winner last year!  If anyone wants a bottle of pink fizz please get in touch (Yeugh!!!!).

Hope anyone else racing had a good day and the rest of you are enjoying your hangovers. I'm going to give Christmas dinner a bash tonight - pass the packet stuffing, gravy granules and frozen veg 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 18:18

So today I finished 365 days (or a year in old money) of exercise every day - minimum 5k on foot (run or walk) or 20k bike. Not many days at the minimum except before and after VLM and various ultras. Plan to carry on into next year, but perhaps reduce the minimum to 3k

Anyway 50 miles on the bike today to finish the year.

Hope you enjoy the race tomorrow Nell, I'm keeping my fingers crossed there is less wind than on Boxing Day as we will be back on the sea front for our 10k 

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Posted: 27/12/2015 at 17:34

Well survived everyone! We both managed the 4 mile Boxing Day run in Clevedon yesterday, despite a ferocious headwind along the seafront for the last 1.5 miles. Only 50 seconds slower than last year which after everything that has been going on (or in the case of training hasn't been going on) I'm content with - just keeping under 8mm. BA ran further than he has done since March, and while he did 38 minutes overall, he was delighted just to have managed to run it all without his knee hurting. Walked 5 miles to warm down, then today did 16 miles in the Welsh Mountains in epic mud - we'll have to spend a good chunk of tomorrow cleaning everything

 Next target is 10k race on NYD - but need to get back to more strengthening.

Hope the festive period didn't disrupt your training  - here at Cold Comfort Farm we haven't even managed Christmas dinner, unless you count heating up a frozen pizza. At least we don't need to worry about weight gain.......... 


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 21/12/2015 at 17:41

So that is 3 of us out of VLM next year - for once the men might outnumber us.

Some good news my end, managed my first race on Tarmac since VLM, last Thursday evening - after cycling 45 miles with the club during the day!  Way off my times last year, but came home in 40 mins 10 secs, which was still 84% WAVA and first F65 (probably the only F65 ) No running since, just spinning, road cycling and a 16 mile muddy walk, but planning a gentle run tonight with friends, then 4 mile race Boxing Day and 10k race NYD if the knee holds up. Just taking it one day at a time and counting each pain free day as a bonus. Strengthening exercises are certainly helping - but 90 squats a day plus endless glute exercises takes up an inordinate amount of time!! 

Can't begin to contemplate the speeds Nell is recording - I'd probably struggle to keep up on the bike!  

2Old: I'm considering a name change to 2old4speed to go with my new status. 

Hope everyone else is getting ready for marathon training in the New Year - I'm really glad not to feel I should............

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 06/12/2015 at 11:37

Just popping in to explain why I am no longer popping in [if that makes sense]. Last week saw me enter the next age category and gave me the diagnosis I had been expecting - Osteoarthritis in my left knee with very likely a degenerative tear in the cartlidge as well.  I haven't been able to run at all for over a month and am now on a regime of strengthening the quads and glutes in the hope that I might be able to get back to short distances on the road [10k most likely] but still manage the ultras off road with more walking.  Luckily cycling doesn't give me any trouble so I am managing to stay reasonably fit, however any thoughts of more road marathons have been firmly binned.  Not so much the race itself, but the training beforehand with all the pounding is simply going to accelerate the time when I won't be able to run at all.

They are giving me until the New Year to see if the strengthening regime helps with the pain, if not I'll have an MRI to see if there is a tear - although really it is academic since they can't do anything about a degenerative tear, only an acute one.  I am surprisingly sanguine about it all, probably because I have been sub-consciously waiting for this to happen- you can't do the mileage I have been doing for 40 years and expect to escape scot free.

I did manage a silver medal in the British Masters XC relay in the F55 category, with 2 team members who are also approaching F65, so my focus is on a gold medal in the F65 category road relay next May to complete the set [bronze in 2014].  BA can no longer run and the Consultant told him that 'at his age' [70 in Feb] he probably needed to accept that he might not run again, but could walk and cycle to his heart's content.  Given the Parkinsons he was unlikely to be able to run for much longer, but strangely enough he has taken it much worse than me - although he was never as keen a runner.

I have followed the ups and downs of the autumn marathon campaigns, but not sure if I will be able to face the thought if everyone training for a spring marathon while I struggle to do 10k .  Concentrating on the 100 mile event in May [which I will have to walk a lot more of] and as well as my Thursday cycling group I am starting up a Tuesday group for women who want to get fit enough for sportives / longer charity rides.  Everyone has to be up to at least 30 miles before they come along

Hope you all have a good holiday period with plenty of races and training and I might even be up to cheer you on in London next year

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 11:37

2Old: I think I have just fallen out of love with the grind of structured training for a marathon - shorter distances (at least up to HM) don't really require any special training. After over 40 years working I am enjoying being able to decide what I want / feel like doing every day.  The great thing about ultras is that with the ones I do (mainly LDWA type) walking chunks is seen as perfectly normal and there is cake!!   I have just baked 200 pieces of shortbread, 200 of flapjack and 200 of bread pudding for our group's off-road marathon on Saturday - I am sweeper so can just saunter round at the back and sample the goodies 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 09:01

AA: no to Bramley I'm afraid - I see it is on 14th Feb and I am already booked for an ultra that day, running with some friends.  While you are storming round Amsterdam I'll be squelching through the mud in Rotherham for 50 miles

if by some miracle BA can make it to the start line in London I'll shuffle round with him but as it is only 6 days before my 100 mile event I certainly won't be racing!

Having managed 21 miles over the weekend yesterday I did my usual 15 mile interval session in spinning and led a 6 mile run at the club, somehow agreeing to run in the British Masters XC relays and the Drogo 10, an off road race that takes you up the side of a gorge .  

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 10:52

DD: my sort of training and racing!

Glad to see the rest of you hard at it - I have fallen out of love with running, at least temporarily, so mixing things up a bit. Did manage 9 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday, but no idea of pace - enjoyed Sat with the club, bored to death yesterday on my own 

Think I am probably going to bin VLM next year and do more ultras with friends,plus shorter races for the club. I'll pop in from time to time to follow your progress........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 21:08

2old: I gather from what you have said in the past that you tend to have the spin bike on a low resistance and just blast away - if that is the case it won't be any help at all on hills (in fact I'm not convinced that there is any way to prepare for anything other than a flat bike course except mixed road riding).  You need to know by instinct when to change gear to keep your power output reasonably constant, also road surfaces have a massive effect as does the gear ratio you are riding. Does you road bike have a compact double or a triple?  To be honest it only really makes a difference for a proper ride (50 miles plus) which explains why some riders do much better on hilly sections of the TdF, while they wouldn't feature in a short all out hill sprint.  If  you really want a challenge I recommend doing a very hilly event on a 'fixie' 

Good HMs all round - I'll just add 29 mins to Barry's for Sunday then

Welcome back Chick - I'm so glad I didn't sign up for an Autumn marathon!!!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 20:10

2Old: not two consecutive hours you muppet! Mind you BA thought the sun dried tomato look might be an improvement 

Electric bikes might well be something for the future, for the moment he is OK with 60 hilly miles, provided it is not day after day on fully laden touring bikes. Current plan for next year is to drive the carbon bikes down to the French Alps and do some of the big tour climbs. We have done most of the Pyrennean ones and Ventoux (3 times!) so want to complete the set of HC monsters.  As far as ultras go 30 to 50 miles is probably OK, but no more hundreds, although he insists I carry on.

Don't know how I'm going to manage the HM next weekend - haven't run further than 10k since the end of May and not run at all for over 5 weeks 

Good Luck anyone racing this weekend - I'll be back in the UK next Tuesday if I don't pop in any sooner. 

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