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ST - enjoy the swim!
Sounds like everyone is doing great with their training, or at least their plans!
Steve - i have to confess that all my friends think I'm completely nuts doing anything at all! That's why this site is so valuable. I don't know anyone else who runs, swims or cycles. I am trying to pursuade my youth club to do a 5k charity run though. We had the Mayor come and speak to us this evening about his Teens Unite which supports teenagers with cancer. My youngsters are considering it
Today was my long bike ride. Smidge was in nursery and I didn't have to work so managed 2 hours on the bike Went up and down the canal and pretty slow but really nice. Much better than on the roads. And the mars bars were much nice. Might try jelly beans next. What do you guys drink? (other than sherry of course)
Oh, and the other good news is that my daughter's school has started a lunch time athletics club. And the teacher has promised to look out for any opportunities for her to run. She is really excited.
I have to report I did nothing yesterday, but have made up for it today.Did 20 mins cycle then straight to x trainer for 10 mins, repeated twice more for a 1.5 hour workout, although I did keep it at an easy level.
Feeling knackered, so will put feet up and just do some more wrist /arm physio exercises this afternoon.
Gosh, you've all been busy! Had to cancel my runs this week, still feeling yuck and coughing up all sorts of goo. Tried a brief bike ride this morning but not 100% at all. Debating a swim later.
Yersinia - a quick run after a short bike is a great way to get the feel of what it will be like going through T2 at your event. As a few people have said, even a 5k bike then1k run will be of benefit. Almost see the bike bit as a warm up for your run!
Chilibean - I drink either SIS Go or Lucozade Sport powder Orange flavour, unless i'm going to eat something during the ride or run in which case I drink water or half flat Coke half water. Tastes better than it sounds! I tend to eat either Powerbar or SIS Gels, or Powerbar Cookies and Cream bar if I need a whopping hit of 900 calories!
ST - Am waiting patiently for the swimming report...
Chili - great news about the athletics club and other activity plans going on! You are a driver for change!
SF - People generally seem impressed by the idea of triathlon in my social circles - even the friend who's boyfriend is thinking of doing a deca-Ironman....! My husband is disapointingly blase about it - I'd like him to be a bit more impressed when I say that I've booked onto two spin classes and plan on doing a 5k run after each of them. After all, I pretend I am impressed when he says 100kg on the chest press machine is too easy for him
Only training round these parts has been Zumba, and I'm not counting that. Yes I got a bit sweaty, but it wasn't what I would consider exercise. It was weird because it's like dancing, so I got into it a little bit, but then I realised I was in a gym hall in my gym kit and not out on the razz in my sparkly top with a cocktail on the side... Weird!
Oh yes, drink!
I am about to start experimenting. At the moment I don't drink anything on my runs or cycles, but I do drink water on a swim. Quite silly since when it comes to the event, I won't be drinking anything on the swim and lots on the other two!
I've got some asda own brand orange stuff to try and some red powerade stuff too. I'm also going to experiment with homemade stuff (water, juice, salt), and have also heard about eletrolyte tabs that I am going to explore too. I started a thread elsewhere that has a load of ideas for other food to take on during races/training too. I'm going to be eating all sorts of delights over the next six months!
Guys if you are thinking about a particular race for training you are going to find it very useful to take the same sports drink as will be at the actual race if practical to get it. Some sports drink can have a bad effect on your tummy and so if you can get used to it you won’t suddenly get tummy cramp or need the little triathlite’s room half way through the run. Always best to train with the same stuff you will be racing with.
Sliver trucker I know the drink at Stratford will be gavtoraid (sorry for the spelling) as they have a sponsorship deal on with the organiser’s. Personally I think the stuff is disgusting and will be avoiding it but you might find it quite nice.
Have to say the momentum on this thread is deffinitely keeping me going with my training plan!
ST - So you survived! Sounds pretty good since you haven't been swimming for a while.
Ginger- sorry you are still feeling ill.
Thanks for letting me know your drinks will experiment over the next few weeks. And I'll have a look at your other thread too Jevans.
Have just come in from a run/bike brick. Really didn't want to do it (which is quite surprising for me!). Was feeling cold before I started and there is a bitter wind - not strong enough to stop me going out, but chilly enough to feel a bit miz. Since my duathlon is run/bike/run I thought that this week I would do a run/bike brick. Felt tough but my watch says i did pretty well on my time. There was an idot boy cycling down the middle of the road in the dark on a unicycle that really annoyed me, but other than that it was uneventful.
Am a bit worried though that I might have a slight plantar fascitis thing on my right heel/instep. Been feeling tight for a few weeks and I've been rolling it with a golf ball. But this morning it was more of a niggle. Doesn't hurt now though after my run. Might rest from running for a few days and see if it will heal.
My hubby is away tomorrow so I'm going to have a girly day with my four little daughters. We are starting with blueberry pancakes for breakfast
Happy weekend everyone!
Hi Chilibean - I had Plantar Fasciitis in Autumn of 2008 when I first started putting in bigger miles running - horrible agony. It was characterised by being much worse in the mornings, so yours may not be PF if its OK in the mornings (my doc told me that overnight the tendons shrink/contract so when you get out of bed in the morning they stretch suddenly and its like standing on a nail deep inside your heel, just in front of the ball of your heel) .
I had to change my shoes to fix it (after having a gait analysis done) as they weren't giving me enough arch support (i'm a moderate overpronator) and they weren't giving me enough heel cushioning as I land hard on my heels. My funny narrow feet made finding some shoes tough, but finally settled on Brooks Adrenaline GTS and Saucony Hurricanes which have been spot on (I have 2 pairs on the go at once - I buy in advance of one pair wearing out, online, and get old models in sales for a cut price from sites like startfitness or runnersdirect).
Hope you're feeling better soon, Chili. Why not go for a swim? No strain on your foot!
I decided to try to kill of my lurgy this morning with 1 hour on the Turbo - i've got one of those training DVD's so gave it a whirl - dead good! Hard though, but made it through a 55min mixed Flat/Hill climb session. It's a Rides one in Southern California by Endurance films. Anyone experienced any other DVD's like this that they can recommend? I fancy getting another for a bit of variety.
ST - Sounds really good!
Seem to have gained an extra child and it is mayhem in my house. They are all rather grumpy considering all the fun things we've done so far - kids!
Ginger - it is worse in the mornings but not painful enough to stop me walking or anything. I have narrow feet too and wear Brooks Adrenaline. I haven't upped my milage but my trainers are a year old so have just bought a new pair in the end of the January sales. Am hoping that will solve the problem and maybe I should replace my trainers a little sooner.
Also think that walking several miles the other week in unsuitable footwear didn't help.
Hi Gang ..........................I am feeling really lethargic and weak at the moment and I can't put my finger on what is wrong with me . Normally I like my training but at the moment I've got no motivation to get out there and do something, maybe I'm coming down with something. I last ran on Wednesday (3.5 miles) and felt totally crap but my time was nearly as it usually is.
ST....well done on the brick session and on your first swim/ splutter lol. It will all come together in the coming weeks.