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Posted: 22/07/2016 at 10:25

ES - well done, pretty good result. I think on that course it is inevitable that you will slow down as the first 2k are on tarmac and no corners, and from then on there are lots of turns and quite a bit on grass. Looks like BP beat us as well so I think we may end up 3rd in the team race.

17M on the TT bike last night, plus an easy 3.5M with the dog yesterday and another 5.5M with the dog this morning - that was on her limit I think as she was getting a bit tired by the end, but helps Mrs Padams as she'll be quiet for the rest of the day!

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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 15:25

ES - thanks, the first km didn't feel that fast so maybe the 1k marker was not in quite the right place. Mind you, my Garmin said 4:47 for the first mile - I don't really believe that either, but that's 2 consistent data points...

You're still running this evening I assume? Good luck! Despite getting our best team out, I think we have been pipped by KPMG last night - we averaged about 18:35 per scoring runner, I think they averaged about 18:30, which is a bit annoying.

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Posted: 21/07/2016 at 10:34

SL - nice ultra training, 15x400!

JPMorgan Challenge went reasonably well, 18:00 for 3.5M which is my 2nd best time and only a few seoncds off my best, I'm pleased with which given the heat. As usual the start was quite quick but there was a nice pack and I didn't want to let them go. I was at the back of the pack of about 12 of us at 1km in 2:57ish, then it had thinned to 8 of us by 2km in about 6:06. Four then broke away and the other 4 of us had a good battle for the rest of it, finishing within a spread of 2 secs with me the 3rd of the 4 (pipped on the line by one of them). The 2nd half of the course is much slower with lots of turns on grass.  I went through 5k in 15:58 which might have been more like 15:4x without all the turns etc.

So relatively pleased with that and suggests I might be able to get near my 3,000m PB at Watford next week.

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Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:43

CW - yes, it definitely cycling (not running) weather, as you don't get as hot cycling and as you say, you go faster when it's warmer.

LMH - yes, combining the results over 2 nights isn't really fair, but there's just too many people to do it over one night - I think there are around 20,000 participants each night. Hopefully it won't cool off too much tomorrow!

I tried a 5M run at lunchtime yesterday to test the heat. I was actually OK while running, there was a bit of a breeze and although I was sweating a fair bit it was bearable. But even after 10 mins in a reasonably cold shower in the office, I was still sweating and it took ages to cool off enough to go back to my desk without getting strange looks from my colleagues.

I told Mrs Padams that I'd been for a run at lunchtime and she asked why, which seemed like a very reasonable question! The only answer I really had was just to see what it was like, which sounds a bit stupid but I think that's how my brain works (e.g. "I wonder how my body would react to/cope with a 12 hour run?" and lots of similar thoughts I have all the time). I expect you all think in a similar way!

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Posted: 19/07/2016 at 11:42

LMH - amazing long runs, you must be in good shape. Not sure about a min/mile for aerobars though, that would mean going from about 20mph to 30mph! I expect you meant 1mph.

TT - roads round here are not great either but I don't have the same issue with vibrations, so either you will just get used to it, or you have a very stiff frame. Or tyres as PP said, or you might be pumping them up very high - I go for around 95 psi on these roads, you could probably go a bit lower than that (maybe 90 psi) as you weigh a lot less than me.

Just going to try an easy run in the heat at lunchtime in preparation for tomorrow evening, which will also be very warm by the sounds of things. Means the Thursday evening racers will get a big advantage over us (they combine the results of the two evenings), but our team is looking strong so we still might have a chance.

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Posted: 18/07/2016 at 13:05

TT - 1.5mph doesn't sound like enough to me but will depend on the set-up of both bikes. I expect you are more comfortable on the MTB so are able to put a bit more power down, but the more you ride the road bike the fastest you'll get on it. Like AlanB, a friend of mine (used to be a semi-pro cyclst and national duathlon champion) comes out on our Sunday rides occasionally on his MTB, and he can keep up. The worst bit for him is when we're going down a gentle descent as he sometimes runs out of gears and we don't!

Due date is 4 weeks, so not too long now.

CW - good effort yesterday, it was pretty warm so that must have cost you a fair chunk of time.

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Posted: 18/07/2016 at 08:32

TT - it will depend a lot on the tyres and other aspects of the mountain bike. But if it is a proper mountain bike with big knobbly tyres etc. then it will be a lot i.e. at least 3mph I would guess. I've done a bit of road cycling on my mountain bike and 16mph felt reasonably hard work, compared to 20mph being a similar effort level on the road bike.

CD - well done at Marlow, interesting about the run-walk strategy. I've often wondered about that but stuck to running as much as possible, even in an IM. The exception was at Kona where I decided to walk every aid station, partly as I wanted to enjoy it and wasn't too concerned about the time, and secondly due to the heat I wanted to ensure I got enough nutrition and fluids in. I suspect if I had tried to run the whole thing I would have ended up with a slower time!

Wardi - funnily enough I have a check-up at the dentist this week so maybe he can replace all my missing teeth! Must choose better lighting next time. Nice park run and other mileage.

LMH - the mileage you've done over the last few months will be plenty, no need to panic about last minute training. Hope you got a decent long run done though, it wasn't too warm early in the morning, but if you left it until later it might have been a bit unpleasant!

I've been making the most of my gym membership with a gym session on Saturday and swim with Mrs Padams on Sunday - I only did about 500m and spent the rest of the time bobbing about with her (the swimming pool is about the only place she can get comfortable now). Also did 14M on Sunday morning, about 6M of which was with the dog and the other 8M at about 6:50 pace which felt reasonably comfortable.

JPMorgan Corporate Challenge on Wednesday so will be hoping to put in a decent effort there as our company has a few good runners so we might have a chance at the team prize (plus I don't want any of them to beat me!).

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Posted: 15/07/2016 at 13:04

Dan - I was looking at the route of your ultra the other day and that ridge section (is it Pinnacle Ridge?) looked quite "technical"!

SL - not sure I'm qualifed to give advice on ultra training, but for the ones I've done I've broadly done marathon training, plus a couple of longer runs (30M or so), and then a couple of back-to-back long runs as you suggest. My theory is that once you get beyond about 35M it's more about nutrition and the mental side of things.

The dog is reasonably fit but I usually only do 3-5M with her, so she's probably doing about 25mpw. Her running is more fartlek though, generally alternating 200m in about 15s and then recovery sniffing the bushes, peeing, etc etc!

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Posted: 15/07/2016 at 11:07

AlanB - nice to see some progression.

TT - that's a tough session when you've not done many efforts recently! Gives you a benchmark for future and I'm sure you'll see a rapid improvement.

I've just been doing some running with the dog and a few miles on my own, but not a lot. I did go to the gym yesterday, starting my free year's membership thanks to my race win a few weeks ago. The gym is less than a mile from my house (on the way to work) and one of the best gyms I've been to, so aiming to make use of it. It's also got a really nice pool and spa which is included in my prize.

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Posted: 12/07/2016 at 15:38

Jimbob - thanks, yes, legs don't actually feel too bad today, although I haven't tried running yet. Well done in your races - must be a good bit of speedwork even if you weren't too pleased with the results.

That is a terrible photo of me, I seem to have no teeth on the right side (which is honestly not the case)!

SC2 - interesting you mention altering training for the short stuff as I was actually discussing that with a clubmate yesterday. As I might have less time for training soon, I was thinking about whether it might be fun to train for some shorter stuff (800-3,000) over the next 6 months or so. I suspect it might actually help me at 5k/10k if I went back to that next summer.

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