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spinning for running

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:12

It's a good complementary activity but - as the saying goes - the best exercise for running is running.  It's reasonable to replace easy runs with spinning but if anything what I tend to do is work quite a bit harder spinning than I would for an easy 45 minute run.  My thinking is that you can get a bonus high-intensity cardio work-out without punishing the running muscles.

I'm not in the spinning habit at the moment, having changed gyms recently, but even at the height of my marathon training last year (80-90 mpw) I was doing 2/3 spinning classes each week, and they made a refreshing change from the running.

What do you do with you race medals?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 21:49

Dammit!  Your listing must've been more sexy.  £43 for the t-shirt as well though.  

What do you do with you race medals?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 21:39

I sold mine on ebay for £77. I am now drinking a bottle of Valdemadera Gran Reserva, I have rosy cheeks and I'm still £67.50 better off.  

Sub 3

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 17:00

Welcome to all the newbies!  

cakesy - I'm not in your neck of the woods but you're not looking for a decent SE London based club to join by any chance??

RB - Bidding on the medal finished at £77.  And £43 for the t-shirt.  Happy days!  

So I've treated myself to a new pair of tyres for the Summer bike. The rest I'll spend on cream teas and beer on next week's cycle tour.

Obsessing over HR

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 11:47

A few observations from my own experiences:

- Without exception, the highest observed HR I've seen have been from 5k-10k races.
- I can regularly sustain an average of over 90% (estimated) max HR during a 10k race.
- Interestingly, my average HR stats for 5k & 10k races are very similar. I think this is mainly because, even though 5k is more intense, it takes a longer proportion of the race to get up to a high HR before it plateaus.
- Whatever the highest HR you've observed, there's always a chance your actual max HR is a beat or three higher.

So basically I think your HR observations are consistent with what I've experienced. It's not unusual to average over 90% max during a 10k so I don't think it's anything to worry about.

People selling their VLM chips

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 11:39

The medal's only up to £31 but I've seen them going for £80/90 recently so I'm hoping for a late flurry of strategic bidding by tomorrow lunchtime.  

People selling their VLM chips

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 11:18
PhilPub wrote (see)

I drew the line at the chip, but my finisher's t-shirt is currently worth at least £31.  

...£43... damn, this is exciting stuff!

Sub 3

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 16:15

We'll see. The t-shirt's doing better at the moment.

Lit - I just let ebay estimate it for me.  Maybe I can make an extra bit there too.  

Sub 3

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:00
Running Bhoy wrote (see)


Just terribly disappointed that NOBODY has reported in with reports of sales of their medal on ebay.  Money for old rope this marafun malarkey


Only because the auction doesn't end till Friday lunchtime.  

People selling their VLM chips

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 13:58

I drew the line at the chip, but my finisher's t-shirt is currently worth at least £31.  

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