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Ironman Uk 2015 who's in?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 12:49

it does suck... but am being extremely disciplined and not rushing back to anything - I want to set pbs at running distances after IM this year so the last thing I want is a much more damaging, longer term injury.

How is your training going?


From my recce - I'm pretty sure the run out of transition isn't even a hill. I was about 15km into my run when I got to it the other week so it wasn't just that I was fresh for it. There is a horribly steep bank to climb up as you come off the canal path, but it's literally a 4 metre bank that you only do once. I was unable to run the hill from the canal path to the main road as it was closed annoyingly when I was there, but then the long stretch of a 'hill' was barely noticeable either at the start of my run or at the end of my run at about 25km. There is one sharp one in the city that you do 3 times though which will probably be enough to get quite a few people walking on by the final time you do it... but I thought that was it pretty much. 

Ironman Uk 2015 who's in?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 09:09

Am still in for this, but unfortunately have been on the injury train after tearing my calf 3 and a half weeks ago. 

Have ran the run course a few weeks ago and can't understand why the run times are so slow each yeah? Can only presume people are going too hard on the bike.

Was supposed to go and ride the course last weekend, but unfortunately am still out from cycling, so had to cancel my trip up - very annoying as unsure if I will get the time now. Also had to pull out of my half Ironman (Outlaw Half) in 2 weeks time as I won't be running by then! Will hopefully be back on the bike properly in the next week or so, and running probably in about 3 weeks... but have missed a huge chunk of training at the critical point in the year.

Oh well... will just enjoy the day and look forward to 2016! 

Manchester Running Tracks

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:19

Have looked through old posts but couldn't find a good answer unfortunately


Does anybody know if the Manchester Regional Arena athletics track can be used by the public? Spent about 20 minutes waiting for them to pick up the phone yesterday to ask but never got an answer, and the website seems to only mention the indoor track.


If not does anybody know any other tracks in the area? Am here for work for a couple of days each week so don't have any transport, and ideally was looking for a track I could run to/from for weekly intervals.

km intervals on the ring road aren't really all that fun!! 

Pirate kits for sale for Harrison's Fund

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:39

Will let my arm warmers go for a small donation if anybody is after some - size L. They do have a small hole if I remember rightly on the elbow where I crashed in them, and maybe some other scuffs. Happy to pay the postage myself

Pirate spotting

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 13:32
Symes wrote (see)

 Parkrun on a bike on ?

Surely cheating?

Pirate spotting

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 10:48

So come on... fess up... who shouted at me yesterday as I was pacing at a local 20 miler on the Thames path? Great spot as I wasn't in pirate gear, but didn't turn quickly enough to see who it was?

Garmin Express

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 11:13

Haven't been able to connect my 610 through Ant+ for about a week now!

Sufferfest Opinions

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:29

Currently 20% off for a few more hours with the code 'BASEISDEAD'. Think this runs out sometime today so I would be quick...


Have just picked up Rookie for £8.50. Will be doing that in the morning with the Long Scream straight afterwards to make the session a little bit longer

Sub 10:00...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 16:29

What kit/club were you with Dave? Was nice to think I was starting way too fast for what I was expecting to run, only to pick it up at half way and go on to run a negative split!

Have entered IMUK, so not a quick course. Sub 10 would (usually) be KQ so think I need to be realistic, my biking unfortunately isn't up to that level unfortunately... let's see what the next 5 months can bring!

Sub 10:00...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:12

How's training going everyone? I'm managing to average 12 hours despite starting a new job (with weekly travel) which is good, especially for this time of the year.

New marathon pb (3:03, on a training run) and a half marathon pb (1:17:44 at Wokingham) set, 1500 pool time trial pb set this week, and have been fairly regular on the turbo... all in all rather happy for January/February. Unsure that I will be quite so close to 10 hours this year but definitely a step in the right direction

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