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Sounds like a nice ride VT. I know what you mean about the points thread, and the constant feedback from all of us. Positive attitude is where it is at. I hope to keep some of this encouragement in a bag for when it's needed. It certainly comes in useful when It's not going smoothly.
Thursday's run was only 4.5miles, but it was a good hill session, and I ached where I haven't ached for weeks. Low points, high quality.
I enjoy the tri club swims as they push me, but I do think it could be a risk. I'd like to do a 3k session at some point, but I might wait until after the Marshman to see how I fare. Slow and steady for the swim.
Need to check the wind direction for tomorrow and find a route.
Now you see the points thread doesn't do it for me. I find it a bit too competitive and it gets me down, rather than boosting me. I feel like I have to do more to improve my rating and will hurt myself in the process, but, and it's a big but, I know it will suit other people so I support it for them. You're all a bit too 'ard on the points thread for me.
I like this thread, just so I can see that I am doing similar stuff to the other athletes and I'm not too far behind.
Yesterday was a wipe down for me, should have been a long ride but a combination of what i suspect was heat exhaustion from Fridays Olympic and having somehow ingested gluten laid me to waste. Got out on the bike for a brisk 27 miles before work today, will swim at lunchtime so back on the road. My running and swimming are fine its bike time I'm finding hard to get at the moment.
The points thing doesn't work for me I'm competative enough without adding more into the equation!
I agree re the points thread. I'm better not comparing my training to others as it just adds too much pressure and can even be discouraging.
Hope the rest did you good DD, sounds like you're back to it.
Long bike for me today. Not sure why but I'm not full of my usual pre bike bounce! Hopefully enthusiasm will kick in once I get out there!
started doing to points thing but keep forgotting, plus with you lot doing outlaw and me going to IM Wales was getting left behind as your all getting toward peak phase and I'm just coming off base and into build
any how good 3.8k swim yesterday
21.5 mile run today
may be able to get back down to pool again today for easy swim
NV wrote (see)
I find that I'll do a bit more just to nick an extra point.
Loving your work, brothers and sisters. I've done the "points" thread solidly for nearly two years now, but never found it in the slightest bit competitive. Weird, huh? When the gazmanmeister dumps a 200-point load, I sometimes find it a bit intimidating, but it's all inspiring for me, and as above, I'll splash, bimble and trot a little bit further for an extra point... like Scooby Doo with his snacks. Anyway... prepare for free inspiration. In the words of Kung-Fu Panda......
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR MY AWESOMENESS!
Only had 90-120 minutes max today for my ride, Muffin having got lost in the wilds of north woollybackland and knocked-off a 6-hour ride. So I planned for quality, and with a steely jaw and an iron resolve, set off for a hard session of hill repeats. That resolve lasted until the gate at the end of the driveway, where i tried a high-difficulty gate opening without unclipping. As I held on to one of the gates in my left hand, with the other one swinging slowly away from me in my right hand, I felt kind of like Mr Bean, or perhaps more classily Harold Lloyd. Stretched to the limit of my reach, I wobbled for some seconds before giving up the ghost, tucking my arms in, and dropping like a sack of shit on the gravelly concrete. Ouch - idiot - ouch - arsehole - ouch - dickhead - ouch - sod it. Get up and ride.
Hill reps were going well, although my indexing was clearly buggered and clattering. Bugger #2. It's a 3 minute up-flat with then another 4 minutes of flat n down before you start again. Four reps in, I'm feeling good and sweating like Gavin Henson in an off license, when I work out that my front has flatted. Bugger #3. Pop some air in and decide to head home, it's only 4 miles back. Popping over a little hump backed railway bridge, I come off the bike again as my rear derailleur has become a rear derailler, getting itself stuck in the spokes of my back wheel and dragging the chain off. Bugger #4. Fixed that and dragged my sorry arse home, to find muffin trimming her clematis with the kids.
Ho hum. Nothing a couple of bottles of wine and a nice meal won't cure. Better luck next week!
First ever century ride to day in the Downlands Sportive. I didn't realise there were so many hills in Kent!I quite like the points thread. I find that I'll do a bit more just to nick an extra point.
Good riding NV - how long did it take you?
Bet you were one of the few who managed to ride all the hills - around me there were as many walking them as riding them and I only did the short version....
Cat5 in the Hat wrote (see)
Where I lived in Kent it was very flat, but yomping around Dover/Folkstone way certainly opened my eyes.
That's where the sportive went Cat! Canterbury to just beyond Hythe, along a bit behind Folkestone and Dover and then back to Canterbury via the forest and a couple of 20%+ hills and plenty of others close to that...........or at least that was the short course..........not sure where the longer one went entirely!
Dustboy yep down hill blowouts can be scarey. Sounds as if your training well.
NV: How long for the 100?
Max: Whitsand bay? Do you live around Torpoint? I'm a Camels Head boy.
Will swim 3K at lunch, run 13K tonight.
I agree about the descents NV - couldn't enjoy them partially because of the dreadful conditions of the tracks, especially through the forest south of Canterbury and partially because what went down of course went up again
I remember the forest part from the Tour de Sandwich last year and I hated it then too!
Max will give you a shout as and when I'm down that way.
Potholed / gravel covered roads are what I hate about cycling in the UK, especially after 13 years of baby bum smooth pot hole free tarmac that is Dubai.
seren nos wrote (see)
a new week and a new start.... remember with the points thread its better to compete with your own months totals..... nothing to be gained from big totals if you then injure youeself and not make the start line of the race........that said march was my lowest thios year so april will have to make up for it
+1 for this although you also need some big totals if you want any realistic chance of getting to the finish line.
March was also my lowest this year..
Awesome blog post from STIL there. I'm so sorry that I laughed but you told it so well!
The Joker Sportive for me yesterday. First sportive of the year because bad weather stopped play at the Surrey Rumble earlier in the year. 100km long plus 4 extra challenges if you chose to take them. The standard 100k route took in almost 1500m of climb. Allegedly the steepest climb (of the standard route) was 14% but I'd contend there was one hill that was between 17/20% Today my bum is sore, legs are aching and I'm very hungry! A superbly organised event although I think some of their route choices take you a long roads which are a bit too off the beaten track and in very, very poor condition.
All good training though!
Great work Dusty, NV, Podds, Max & Mouse.
After a crumby day yesterday I've got myself back on the horse this morning with a good little brick. An hour on the turbot into a 5-mile run with a bunch of pickee-uppees. That feels a lot better.
Apols to anybody who didn't appreciate the sweary words in my post yesterday. Tried to edit it this morning but the "edit window" had closed.
don't think I fueled right after run and swim as today feel like I've been hit by a truck and am so hungry, will rest tonight and eat
Question...how long does road rash take to heal? I came off the bike 8m into the Kent 100m sportive on Sunday, and taken most of the skin off my left thigh/arse.
On the positive side, at least I've got my first fall out of the way, and my kids are finally interested in what I'm doing..."Dad, can I touch it? NO!!!"
On the negative, I spent the rest of the ride shitting myself down every hill, and trashing my brakepads. I can't even look at gravel now without wincing.
I'm on holiday next week in Portugal, planning on kicking off my open water swimming (with my lovely new wetsuit) in the sea, but the thought of putting my 'wound' in the sea is making me sweat at the moment...any old wives remedies out there that will help it heal? (Please, no suggestions of soaking it in vineagar etc.)
Morning Guys & Gals
Some great stuff going on here, plenty of time yet so all good base / build work, apart from OC who is just legendary (in his own wetsuit anyway!).
Lake, Welcome to the world of roadrash, no solution that I know of for taking away the pain. Your descending nerves will come back though, I split my arm open in a fall on gravel at a real gentle pace and spent the next month riding really nervously, happy to bomb down hills again but am still really cautious over loose gravel though.
I'm another one feeling like I've been hit by a truck and am just going into a stupidly busy 3 weeks at work, so will make sure I get out for a decent run at lunchtime today and try to ensure there is sufficient sleep being banked.