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Posted: Yesterday at 21:38

Evening all!

Cheers for all the biking advice a while back; much appreciated. I did see it at the time but never got a moment to reply. A mate checked me out and basically said that the setup is too aggressive given I "have all the flexibility of a plank", but will also invest in better gloves and check tyre pressures - I don't want to add anything that will slow me down unless it becomes necessary.

Wardi - sounds like a good run, especially in the conditions. What do they base the handicap on?

Positive @ the JPM in that heat Padams.

Likewise ES.

Good training overall AlanB.

Welcome back SueC.

Dan - it seems like the stock response to your exploits, but nonetheless meant - "flipping mental and well done!"

Hopefully you can get a good rhythm going on the training front Jools!

I took Friday-Sunday off completely to allow everything to settle back down, which left me on a mere 27m for last week. This week has seen 9m with 20mins of fartlek, 10m as jog out, brisk back, and then 4m today as brisk out, fast back. All very hilly as I'm back in Ireland for family stuff. Time will be at a premium for the rest of the week, but my kids are away with the ex for 2 (separate) weeks during August, so that should allow me to knuckle down and regain some shape. 8 weeks to go from fat and unfit to not embarrassing myself at Berlin (though will only be looking to get to my target planned training schedule, rather than sticking in extra exercise to play catch-up)!

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Posted: 19/07/2016 at 09:47

4 weeks Padams! Wow! That wasn't long coming around! Good luck for the 'taper'
I suspected I was probably being a bit cautious as the last time I got on a road bike a few years back I knocked out an hour at a little over 20mph, whereas now I'm only doing a little over 17mph for the same (relaxed) effort. I was fit then though, and lighter, so that could be some of it.

AlanB - mtb is a Carrera Kraken and the road bike is a Scott Speedster 40, so both decent, rather than spectacular. Incredible training!!!

Nice bling collection and a good day's work CW.

CD - good point. I can see the top-end speed is much higher on the road bike, and I tend to slow down in advance for traffic lights so I don't need to unclip, so that will add to it.

LMH - 30 the day after a 24 in that heat!  You must be incredibly strong at the moment!!! Yes to cleats, but I haven't gotten the hang of 'pulling' the pedals yet so seem to be mainly just pushing as I would on the mtb. No aero bars though. I don't see the need for them yet until I get used to it a bit more.

What I do seem to be really struggling with on the road bike is the vibration/feedback from the roads, which are rubbish around here - my chest and shoulders are incredibly tight (and a little painful). My boss is a keen cyclist and said that will go in a few weeks though.

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Posted: 18/07/2016 at 10:46

LMH/Padams - cheers both. I'm comparing road with road. There are knobbly tyres on the mountain bike, but I'd say more medium than full on, and I have had a fit on both (though feel the mtb needs some slight adjustments).
For similar effort at the moment there only seems to be about 1.5mph in the average distance, and I had expected more and was just wondering if it could be because I'm just getting used to the different riding position/feel (roads here are rubbish so am noticing the bumps an awful lot more on the road bike) and might ride a little more restrained on the road bike at the moment.

A long run in this LMH? I hope you're well underway by now!!

When is the due date Padams? Sounds like it can't be too far away now.

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Posted: 17/07/2016 at 22:13

bains - I used to really enjoy it, but stopped because of the running. I would actually go back to it now but my mates play on one of the nights I've got the kids. I know Dan plays regularly without problems so I guess it's one of those things that if you keep it up the body adjusts.

That is a quality prize Padams.

Bugger with the Achilles LS21. Hopefully it settles down as quickly as it came on.

Well done CD! I'm booked in to see an ear specialist in October, and if I can get my ear fixed will start learning to swim, so will have all the tri stuff ahead of me hopefully!

Quick (cycling) question - how much difference in pace should I expect for the same effort between a mountain bike and road bike?

I seem to have entered my first bike related event - The Ballbuster Duathlon in mid-November 

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Posted: 14/07/2016 at 15:37

PP - funnily enough I threw in some hilly fartlek this week. A few of those and the trademark hills+stuff and it'll come tumbling off I'm sure. Nice opening 3k!

LS21 - good that you've got a diagnosis! Fingers crossed you can manage it ok.

Nice racing Padams!

Loads of excellent training from plenty on here! Good stuff!

Last week was 31m of running and 2:50 on the bike. All pain free, bar the 6 aside football tournament on Saturday which has left me ruined (the last time I played was the same time last year).
Plan for this week is to hopefully total 40-50m of running, over 3 hours on the bike, and 2 weights sessions, plus introduce some quality again.

Started the quality with 5 x 2mins jog/2mins 'fast' fartlek on Monday, and then track last night (4 x 400, 6 x 300, 10 x 200). Paces were all over the place and it felt an awful lot like hard work for paces that are relatively (to my pb') slow (at least for the 400s and 300s), but it's a start.

400s: 77, 82, 83, 84.
300s: 64, 59, 61, 61, 61, 58.
200s: 38, 38, 37, 37, 38, 36, 36, 36, 38, 34.

Weight hasn't really started to shift yet, but that's the norm for me starting back.

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Posted: 08/07/2016 at 13:40

Those were very nice 800s PP. And the assembly race (sounds like my kind of afters too).

Lol LS21. Quality post, as always!

RB - as elsewhere.

The anti-inflammatories have continued to make a huge difference to me so I've cautiously managed some jogging this week, as well as a bit of time on the bike. By the time I get home this evening it'll be 31m of running (2, 5, 8, 8, 8) and ~50m of cycling, so I'm cautiously optimistic I can get back to it now.

Legs are thrashed; I'd forgotten how painful it is getting used to the impact again.
I also made the mistake of stepping on the scales, so now know I'm about a stone heavier than London (where I was already half a stone heavier than pb shape - though that was partially due to the change of training to include weights).

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Posted: 04/07/2016 at 13:14

Cheers all. Hopefully it won't be too much longer as I'm incredibly unfit.

AlanB - apparently so, and it could have been more as I took the 'as much salsa, cheese, sour cream and romaine' bit of the challenge very literally - something I was regretting as I got to the last few bites!

Jools - nice one on the 3000m.

Glad to see you're knocking out casual quick times still Padams!

For the cyclists amongst you, I've picked up a new bike today - Scott Speedster 40. Snazzy orange and black colour scheme, which is about the extent of my bike knowledge at the moment............
I suspect as part of the eventual road back to fitness it will get more use than my trainers, at least initially.

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Posted: 03/07/2016 at 10:00

x-post with you Jools

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Posted: 03/07/2016 at 09:59

AlanB - Joolska is probably your best bet.

Morning all. Kept meaning to check in here but haven't had time between one thing and another and I'm not even going to try to read back on what I missed (bar scanning for SL' and Dan' reports - incredible levels of mental (and physical) toughness guys; chapeau!), so hope all are well, etc.

I'm currently the most unfit (and heaviest - at a guess; I've avoided the scales) I've been in years. I somehow fractured some ribs 6 weeks ago, as well as tearing some intercostals. I was almost healed up and was back jogging when I managed to tear the intercostals even worse (grade 2 apparently) - I'd sold a lot of (heavy) furniture and everybody who showed up wanted help lifting it........

My only 'achievement' was completing the Mission Burrito triple challenge yesterday (obviously eating 4lbs+ of burrito will have helped loads with the fat and unfit part! ).

Theoretically I'm facing another 2-3 weeks out but the GP who gave me this timescale had also told another 2 people that morning they faced an extended period out so I'm guessing he is a little on the pessimistic side. Naproxen seems to have massively sped up the healing process in the last week or so and I'm now pain free and haven't had to take anything since yesterday morning, so I reckon I'm close to getting back to it. Fingers crossed.

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Posted: 10/05/2016 at 15:13

Dachs - not at all - it just means I put in a good effort at London and my body was a bit run down after; I'll take that! I understand it was a tad hot here on Sunday, so maybe that with the marathon just two weeks ago? I know a few have said they were wayyy off what they expected.

CW - you've not got another race this weekend, have you? I don't know how you do it!!! Beer was medicinal pain relief, rather than balance (that was only an issue when we were flying), though maybe it might have counteracted any remaining issues.

Sorry to hear your back is still not right LS21. Hopefully it just settles down and you can get a good campaign bagged for Berlin!

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