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Congrats on the TT trophy and the 7th place Reg.
Nice work on the track double Millsy.
THM3 - having to dig in at mile 14 suggests to me you simply went out a bit too fast. It’s easily done, as it’s so hard to really know what your perfect race pace is, even with a multitude of calculators and other predictors. Marathon training is also very cumulative, the more I do the better I feel towards the end, so another trying cycle should see you better prepared.
Solid long runs there JohnOz, Tom, and Millsy.
Well done getting back in to things JCG.
Nice racing Jooligan.
Amazing work Joe congrats. Very impressive stuff from Katie too. You’ll both be at Kona at this rate?! Looking forward to seeing how you do at the Outlaw.
Solid couple of weeks there AlanB.
I had a good time at Velothon Wales. Cycling on closed roads was great fun - especially going down hill on the wrong side of a dual carriageway . I think I paced myself quite well finishing in 4:35 (including a few minutes at one of the food stops) - well under the five hour goal I had in the back of my mind. I managed to do both big climbs without stopping too, which I was pleased with as I didn’t really do much hill training. Totally overdid it on the nutrition though - my jersey was packed with gels and flapjacks but I only ate a few flapjacks. Still don’t quite get cyclists obsession with fuelling…
My attention turns back to running now - I’m taking this week as it comes although I have the Bourton 1 mile race on Saturday evening. Then next week it’s back to the big miles. Quite looking forward to it!
Quality performance at the weekend Reg and enjoyed reading your report. Incredible how you have maintaned such high fitness levels despite the injuries.
Well done on the Velothon Spooons. Looking forward to hearing about the upcoming monster mileage!
Nice track session in the rain Jools-much more preferable than running in the heat!
Gutted for you HA-was looking forward to reading about you winning that race by half the track. You will just have to win Abo now to make up for it!
Looking forward to reading your report a bit later Joe. Cheese sandwich and coffee to accompany it.
Not much to report hear. 9 miles with strides Tuesday, an easyish Half Marathon yesterday and then a 6 mile jog this morning. Feeling a bit sluggish this week. Not sure why......could do with a holiday and more sleep!
North Downs Way 5th August
Oxford Half 8th October
Munich 8th Oct - OuchOuch 2.49-2.52
Birmingham 15th October
SteveMac - P&D/DIY - Target Time TBA
Amsterdam 15th October
Joe Bloggs-BR - DIY - Target Time 2:39
Melbourne 15th OctoberJohnOz - P&D 12/70 plan - Target time 2:59
Abingdon 22nd OctoberReg Wand - DIY Plan Target time 2:43
HA77 - DIY Plan Target Time 2:30
Tom-P&D/DIY 12/70 plan-Target time TBA
AWC – P&D 12/55 – Target Time 3:29:59Coops - P&D gently gently version - Target time TBA
Autumn 100 21st October
Eryri/Snowdonia 28th October
Jooligan - DIY (P&D guided) Target Time sub 3:30 (aspirational sub 3:15)
Frankfurt 29th October
PJFrizzle - P&D up to 70mpw - TT 2:59:59 (A) 3:05 (B)
Valencia 19th November
Currently running c65 mpw, but need some speed...
Glad I’m not the only one who thinks cyclists overdo the eating. I suppose being used to doing most of my runs before breakfast helps. Haha that video made me chuckle JCG, I do like GCN it’s a shame there isn’t a similar running one around.
Nice track session Jooligan.
Impressively low recovery HR Steve.
Enjoyed the race report Joe, and looking forward to seeing how you get on at the weekend. Good luck! Congrats to Katie too, her progress has been incredible lately. Given how quickly she’s been progressing, who knows how far she can go!?
Sorry to hear the sprint suit went to waste HA…
Top running as ever Tom.
Quality sessions there John, and nice HM. That’s a solid time to be doing at the start of a training block.
Training looks like it’s going well Alan, solid long runs and nice downward trend on the aerobic efficiency.
Hope the taper goes well NE.
I had a reasonable race at the Bourton One Mile Challenge on Saturday evening. Bourton-on-the-Water is a ridiculously pretty village and the route is a nice simple point-to-point running in to the centre of Bourton. I had no idea how I’d perform given the Velothon was less than a week ago, I hadn’t done any specific training, and I’m a good 1/2 stone over race weight. My legs felt very flat at the start but I tried to just push on as much as I could, and finished in 5:29 with the last 1/4 mile being my fastest split, for a 2 second PB.
The legs felt fine afterwards so I think I had more in me, but I’m happy enough with the result. I definitely want to target a mile race one day, and do all the super-fast speedwork. It’s a shame there aren’t more proper mile races around - most tend to be kids races tacked on to bigger events!
I followed that up with a 16 miler the next day along the canal, which I was happy to average 7:31/mi. Then today the 12 week P&L plan officially started, although it’s been totally rejigged this week as I have a meeting tomorrow and a 10K race on Sunday (replacing the tempo run), so it was another 13 miles for me this morning.
Legs felt a bit tired from yesterday, but still managed an average of 7:21/mi so pleased with that. Right around the higher end of the pace I was doing medium-long runs at during the Brighton build-up, so a good place to start from and hopefully plenty more to come over the next 12 weeks.