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Travelling bikes by air

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:42

I've tended use aeroplanes. 


...and a box for the bike when it goes inside the aeroplane. Mine has survived plenty of flights in the B&W solid box.

Ironman Bike Routes South London

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:44

I find long roads best because the Ironman is a long way. If you use short roads then you have to connect loads of them up.

Inner tube "replaced" at shop - I'm not so sure ...

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:38

We could discuss latex vs butyl, transition guidelines re: deflation, flying with inflated tyres.... or we could just let cougie work it all out

Inner tube "replaced" at shop - I'm not so sure ...

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 11:28
Snap! wrote (see)

Depends how hard you normally have your tires. I was pumping mine to about 120 psi before I was advised not to but that's to some degree down to personal preference. And talking of degrees, change in temperature has an effect too.


T in degK.

Ambient change of even 20 degrees is only c. 7%.


Session frequency vs. session length

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:29

Certainly you need endurance, and a short session doesn't (on its own) give that. But does that mean that if you do a short session it should be hard? Not necessarily. Workouts fit into a plan, and if you need an easier workout to recover then a short easy bike is better than nothing.

The biggest mistake is trying to fit intensity and endurance into every week for all three sports.... You just can't do that many hard sessions.

Session frequency vs. session length

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:12
popsider wrote (see)

I would say that it's a waste of time doing 45 minutes z2 on the bike    


competing abroad

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:45

Little Sister.... check your helmet is CPSC certified too. 

Heart Rate Training

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:58
Goldstone wrote (see)

 I am also a long way off of my IM in September so at this stage still want to concentrate on building endurance.

I'll have a read up of Maffetone later on.  Is there anything wrong with it?

Maybe the intervals were too hard before. Maybe you came into them with a big volume of endurance base and felt you could fly as a result?  And maybe if you'd included a sensible amount of more intense running earlier on, your body would have been more ready for that type of load. Intervals don't break people, ego does. 

Though there's nothing wrong with Maffetone, either. Different strokes. 

Personally, I'm racing Wales too. And I'm doing intervals.

Heart Rate Training

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 12:06
Goldstone wrote (see)

I'm training towards IM Wales this September so not interested in any intervals at this moment. Having suffered with shin splints and achilles tendonitis when (over)training for a marathon in 2013, my biggest fear is that I'll pick up an injury that stops me running for several weeks and completely cocks up my plan. 

I will be doing shorter triathlons this year building up to it but just using them as training sessions and for the experience so won't be doing any interval /speed work for those.


If you assume intervals = injury, you're doing them wrong.

Goldstone wrote (see)

I've been training exculsively by HR since starting last September on both running and cycling.  I calculated my zones from Fink's book and stay within Z2.  As I've got fitter I do feel as if I could be pushing harder but am determined to stick with the theory and am happy to make marginal gains each week.  That ethic has resulted in staying injury free and my average min/per/mile numbers have dropped from 11:12 (142bpm) to 9:52 (141bpm) for a 30 minute run.

It feels sometimes as if you're making no progress but if you keep an accurate record of your training you can look back and see significant improvement over time.

That's essentially Maffetone Method.

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