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2.5km sounds a long swim to me - I could probably manage it if I didn't die of boredom first, but my arms would ache.
I'm most comfortable breathing every other stroke, but I do try to fit in a few lengths each week where I breathe, firstly, on the opposite side to I'm most comfortable with, every three strokes, and every four stokes.
My breathing motion is not smooth to my 'other' side, and I end up gasping on a longer interval. It's worth trying though, as it can also help with stroke symmetry.
Ankle held up fine.
V. v. windy ride there, and boy am I slow!
But it's only the second time I've actually run 5K since starting running again four weeks ago, so it's a true baseline that I can hope to build on
Well done Bootsie! I'm still stiff after last nights swim.
Nice one on your 5k Yersinia - getting out there is the key! Gotta be the right thing to do! Enjoy the rest you've earned now! I wouldn't mind a pop at one of these but none are near enough to me to make it easy. Oh well, back to the prom!
They're weekly, Silver, but I won't go every week.
I'm at my mum's next weekend. There's a parkrun within cycling distance of her house, so I'm vaguely contemplating that, but I'll see how I feel.
I didn't have a watch, so I don't know my time, but I'm pretty sure I won my wooden spoon fair and square.
The results aren't out for this week, while it seems that a lot of the parkruns are already online. Last week, there were 44 runners, the maillot jaune was about 18 minutes, and the lanterne rouge was between 34 and 35 minutes.
ST ............................Well done on your run mate, a decent time for run/walk. I bet it felt good to be out and about again
Yersinia.....................Well done for getting out the there in the wind. Thought about doing my Parkrun this morning but didn't have enough time to get there (bad planning).
Got abit of a head cold at the moment so I'm a bit stuffed up , Was going to do my LSR today but will have to postpone untill my head clears, if I feel better I will get the bike out tomorrow. I will content myself with stretching and core work later.
Have a good weekend Gang
Our times aren't out yet, but mine will be terrible. I didn't time the cycle ride. We've popped a bottle of Champers to celebrate completion of my first parkrun, and I'm cooking ham in cider.
I'm also thinking of doing it maybe once in each of my four-week training periods, but there may be shuffling to fit around other weekend activities..
ParkRun is great ST. I would really recommend it. My big girl and I went this morning. A bit windy and I had to hold on to her in places! Our time was 30:29 and I think our PB is 29.49. Don't know what mine is alone, cos it's the special thing that we do together. Was great to get out there though. I think my brief cold has gone! Was very surprised at how ill I felt though.
So we did that this morning and then my hubby was busy this afternoon so I took my girlies to my uncles' house, an hour drive away. He's rich with a lovely indoor swimming pool. We had a great time. My big girl is really working very hard to improve. Have found an aquathon at the end of April for her. Her backstroke is really pretty good - can you do backstroke in a pool based tri?
Gingergav - I was a onesided breather. Every four strokes. But last autumn I decided I needed to be able to breathe both sides. And so i began doing that for all my front crawl lengths. Now it comes very naturally every three strokes which actually suits me better.
Razor - pretty good week!
Okay - I have one of my very stupid questions. I took my tri-suit and wetsuit with me today to experiment. Although I am a size 10 I am 5ft8, so slightly on the tall side. All the info I read said to buy the tri-suits based on bust/waist/hip size not on height so i bought a size 10 on e-bay at a brilliant price. But although it fits perfectly around me, the length is slightly too short making the crotch too tight Had planned to wear this under my wetsuit and then throw a t-shirt over the top for the bike and run. But I think it might be too tight to run comfortably.
I have some tri shorts that are more comfortable. Can I get away with wearing shorts and a crop-top style bra under the wetsuit and then add t-shirt?
The other problem is my wetsuit - it is a fairly nice one but belongs to my mother who is larger than me and too much water goes down the neck with each stroke. So I guess I need to buy a wetsuit that fits. This tri business is expensive! Am wondering the best way to break the news to my hubby...
I wore shorts and a shock absorber vest with a proper high impact built-in sports bra under my wetsuit for London, didn't add a tee, and it was fine, except the top was a little low-cut for my preference.
If I could find a slightly more modest cut of top, that's what I'd do again - I'm pretty well-endowed and do need a proper sports bra for the run section.
I had lycra running shorts - may not be ideal but they worked ok for me. I don't need padded shorts for a 20km ride - if it was longer, maybe it'd be different.
I think I'd need to be fitter than I currently am to breathe less often over a long distance. Another thing that needs a bit of practise is sighting. Shouldn't be such an issue in a pool tri, hopefully.
Thanks for the swim advice folks - i'll be giving it a whirl later.
Ran yesterday afternoon in pouring rain - not too bad once I was out in it. 5k in 25mins. I think I wanted to get home!
Watch out for blue Vauxhalls! Nearly run over on a zebra crossing after 4k - I wasn't even running either! I was more than half way across the crossing, walking, and he drove right past in front of me - I jumped back out of the way, but I was close enough to put my hands on the side of the car. Too close for comfort! Needless to say he never even noticed me or stopped. I even had my red flashing LED belt on!Might publish his number plate if I'm in the mood!
Hi Gang.....................How is everyone doing, Well done on your park runs.
ST.....................My parkrun is Heaton Park Prestwitch, Manchester.
Gav.......... Close shave mate, glad you got home in one piece and in a decent time.
This morning went out on the bike and rode 32 miles averaging 14mph which I was chuffed with considering it seemed to be a head wind whichever direction I turned.
Seem to have got rid of my head cold (there's half gallon snot trail on my bike route)(they say you can see it from space)
Hope you all had a good weekend.
Gingergav - not nice. Really pleased to hear you are okay.
Been out this afternoon for a bike ride. Had planned 10miles of hils. But the wind was unbelievable. Pleased the roads weren't busy cos I got blown around quite a bit. In the end i changed my route after 5 miles to flater ground. Feel a bit of a wuss. But had yet another rough night courtsey of a self-starting story CD at 2.34am and Smidge at 5.40am.
Have a good week everyone. Enjoy your morning ST.
Well done, windy cyclists!
I've been hiding indoors with a hangover - a definite "gremlin boogie" in my innards! Will be back on it Tuesday with my regular run!
ST...................Well done on the swimming front, big improvement from last week, it will get easier and better as the weeks go by
By the way I worked hard on the bike today and you've nicked a mile off me (32miles)