Proven Robbie W


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Inflation

Posted: Yesterday at 11:01

I am lucky not to have suffered too many punctures in my time so elected to ditch mini pump in favour of CO2 canisters a few years ago.  Squeaky bum moment occurred during IMA this year when a slow flat sucked up half a canister before being followed up later with a replacement tube (& second canister) with one left in reserve it was a nervous final 80 miles.  Thankfully all OK.

My observations;

Unless you're prone to punctures, canisters are a great  time saving (& stress relieving) alternative.

16g tend to inflate standard road tyre between 100 - 130 psi depending on which manufacturer you buy from.  This is frustrating.

As mentioned above, remember to get correct thread / non-thread canister to fit inflator.  Mine is threaded as it gives me more confidence the two parts won't become unexpectedly & explosively detached from one another whilst being used.

My inflator is sizeable as it has a case to enclose canister (which gets bloody cold when being operated) and also a valve that will allow the canister to be used in part at a time.  Many inflator heads only allow for single use.  I wouldn't keep a part used canister for more than just one ride but it's helpful to have when inflating a part deflated tyre.  You're not killing a canister each time.

Finally & here comes the science part... I read that the CO2 permeates through tubes easier than air from a pump.  This may be fact or fiction, my brain isn't suitably well trained to confirm & I've not read up on the subject.  So, assuming the canister will get you round your ride and probably the next few without issue, it's probably worth deflating and re-inflating using track pump at the next available opportunity.  [I'd be interested to hear someone conclusively confirm / reject this notion].

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:14
Not drowning.

Outstanding October

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Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) (325) (266) 109
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) (112) (281) (137) 113
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) (119) (150) (123) 95
BamBamTri 62
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) (94) (94.5) (73.5) 53.5
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2)(55.3)(63.4)(45.6) 53.7
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) (199) (157) (190) 46
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) (201) (143.3) (128) (98.7) 43.7
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) (317) (235) (315) 36
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) (97) (65) (51) 30.5
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) (390) (357) (143) 24
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) (43.9) (32) (62.5) 12

Stupendous September

TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) (169) (134.5) 4

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:06

Under trained & over rested.  First time SNODer & occasional sub-4hrs Marathoner.  Go on T Rex you can pin a 4hr 15 target to my name.  Even if only for the amusement of the wiser & more experienced SNODers out there.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 15:17

Another weather obsessive here.  I know I can't change it but the weather OCD is a nice distraction from the usual taper (not that there's been much structure to mine - I just stopped running in early October!).

The (currently) forecast cool weather and lack of rain isn't much of an excuse for failing to achieve a PB so I'm perversely glad there are a few bumps in the course that can be blamed.

I'm a regular on the Triathlete's World forum (*ducks hail of runner's spit*) but less so here.  Subject to weather on 'race' day I'll likely be dressed in black with a yellow Pirate buff.  Being 6 4, the nice big ears (wind catchers) are my discerning feature.  Please say "hi".

Or, since my girlfriend is driving over from a different corner of the country and isn't due until late Friday night, invitations to join other RWers & experienced SNODers to exchange tales (& to have a beer with) after registering on Friday evening, would be welcome.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:46

Received with thanks LG!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:04

As mentioned above, I was chucked into it in the final hour of the 'transfer window' in late September when an injured friend wasn't able to find another willing runner to fill his place.

Unfortunately it seems this means I've been missing the e-mail updates from the event organisers and whilst I've tried to glean as much from their website as possible, things like getting to start (which appears to be a mile or so out in countryside from Llanberis) seem to be eluding me.

If someone is willing to forward relevant info sent by the organisers: robwindus (at) gmail (dot) com that would be appreciated.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 22:36

Evening all. I got thrown into this race when I took sympathy on a friend who was unable to transfer his race number. Made it by 23:59 on deadline day.

By all accounts I've read it's a fantastic race & it will be a privilege to experience but I have little to no idea what's in store.

I've once snuck under 4hrs at Amsterdam Marathon but that's hardly comparable elevation to Snowdonia.

Think I'm best off clinging to my ignorance, pacing as I would for a 4hr run & sucking up the pain as best I can when the last monster arrives at mile 22.

If the more experienced Eryri runners think that's a daft idea, by all means give me a kick in the right direction.

Failing that, see you all in Llanberis.

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 19:23
running

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Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) (112) (281) (137) 107.5
Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) (325) (266) 109
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) (119) (150) (123) 77
BamBamTri 62
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) (94) (94.5) (73.5) 44.5
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) (201) (143.3) (128) (98.7) 43.7
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) (199) (157) (190) 33
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2)(55.3)(63.4)(45.6) 33.3
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) (317) (235) (315) 31
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) (390) (357) (143) 24
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) (97) (65) (51) 22
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) (43.9) (32) (62.5) 12

Stupendous September

TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) (169) (134.5) 4

who is up for it

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:07

Seren your first post doesn't appear on my screen.

I'm hoping it's Norseman ..?

Race preparation advice

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 11:29

Nathan, if you are physically prepared before LCW, losing a long weekend of training to Glasto will make no noticeable difference.  Unless you're out to podium.

As for boozing, although slightly less so these days, in the four years I've taken part in triathlon (starting in late twenties now in early thirties) binge drinking has remained an integral part of weekend be it a training weekend or R&R.

I tackled my first IM in 2011.  The week before a mate (similar profile to me) had a massive party.  I abstained from booze, he got utterly hammered.  We both had similar predicted finish times from IM.  He beat me by nearly an hour.  Yes, it's far from being a scientific test but anecdotally, if you are well prepared for the event and don't struggle too much with hangovers, I suggest having fun at Glasto is unlikely to hamper your performance at LCW.

It will come down to how you're feeling & peer pressure.

If you do come unstuck at LCW at least you'll have a socially understandable excuse rather than injury or over-training.

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