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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. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:25

Thanks for your thoughts - sadly BA has PD, so not even US burgers are going to help. I think this will have to be our last moving on tour 

For the record - things were tough enough without either of us trying to prove how badly we sing 

Temperature is 90 degrees, was 75 when we got up to watch the sunrise at 6.30, so no running on the cards until we get home. Managed 30 miles on the bike, 5 miles walking and a couple of hours in the sea, so shouldn't be losing too much fitness (I hope)

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 03:15

Grey and wet here , just like home only (much) warmer!  No OW swimming will be possible, the currents and undertows are terrifying. Good fun messing around in shallow water with the waves, but after a few minutes you find you are 400 yds further down the beach. Official advice is not to go deeper than shoulder depth and you see very few (any?) swimmers.

AA: highs were riding along the ridge of the Blue Mountains, knowing you had done the main climb and it was overall downhill to your accommodation!

Lows were realising how much less BA can now do, compared to two years ago. He is significantly worse and it is only going one way. Looks like running is a thing of the past. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 20:41

Greeting one and all. Completed the cycle section of our tri training - a rather modest 600 miles with 35,000 ft of ascent. Wish we had been luggage free on the carbon bikes 

Now off to South Carolina for the OW swim part of the set. Unlikely rot run in the heat and humidity so Bristol HM three days after we get back could be interesting. 

Try not to get injured and enjoy any races / tris coming up. We are off to 'World of Beer' tonight - over 500 different varieties........Could be a late one!! 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 22:59

Greeting from Harrisonburg VA, where the temperature is 96 degrees and we are melting.    Rode the length of the Skyline Drive in 2 days, 8,000ft of ascent and some fabulous scenery. Today was 65 miles, only 3,000ft ascent, but temperatures that were just crazy - 80 degrees in the shade at 9.00am.  Day off the bikes tomorrow to do some sightseeing - anyone for the Quilt Museum???

belated HBTY Barry and welcome back Kiwi - I'm more or less a non runner at the moment but hoping to get some enthusiasm back when we get home.

Get up the training team and I'll just keep consuming the calories........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:13

Greetings from hot, sunny Virginia! After a couple of days sight-seeing in DC we brought the bikes via Amtrak to Charlottesville, where we rebuilt them yesterday. 20 mile ride today trying to find a sensible route out for tomorrow, when we will be fully loaded up and not wanting to be doubling back every time we get lost. Had enough of culture etc - time to hit the hills!  This is obviously a good town for cyclists, dedicated bike lanes on most of the major roads and priority at traffic lights.

We are fully armed with pepper spray - so bring on the bears........

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