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Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Nov 2014

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    not that i know much but resistance bands are great, i do all my strength training now with them rather than weights as they fold up and go in a drawer and dont dent the floow when i drop them!

    Talking of which i spent 8 weeks post ironman doing bits and pieces of exercise but there there was a massive drop off in activity levels from 20+ hours a week down to 3-4 and combined with eating everything, and drinking like a fish put on about 4kg and lost a decent amount of muscle mass so probably more like 5kg of fat put on.

    I've been training properly again for 3 weeks, and despite still drinking too much and eating too much i've started to drop weight, feel strong and can see some muscle again! i've added a lot of core work, and my sessions are focussed on quality rather than volume, so lots of technique work, increased swimming up to 3 sessions per week and reduced cycling, which makes for a happier home life and a happier me!

    still about 3kg to get back to a weight i think should be maintainable, but ideally id like to lose 5kg before the start of next season...

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    Having never heard of VDOT tests until I read this post my coach interestingly got me to do a VDOT run test last night (3000m version in 10:45) for a VDOT score of just over 54 which the Daniel calculations are about right for 5 and 10k, but say i should be 2 minutes faster over a half marathon and 32 minutes faster over a marathon..

    but then the marathon PB is 2.5 years old, but is something I want to get closer to in the spring..

    The training paces look very useful though...

    I did a CSS swim test last week but given that my 400m pace was 6 seconds per 100 than my IM Wales pace I'm going to repeat it in a week or so once I'm back into training a bit more...

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    is there an idiots guide to using training peaks anywhere?

    My coach uses it to send my training schedule out, and I've got the hang of reading my plan, but no more than that, I've now blagged a free premium account, but I have no idea what the charts on the dashboard show or really what any of the different metrics it records actually mean...

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    Thanks, tried not to push but still beat my time target by 9 minutes to do a 3.21, it was hard, and cold, and wet, but I got a nice hoody, so I'm happy!

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    Ballbuster this morning, signed up in the wake of ironman and now feelingseriousky under prepared, and not that motivated...

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    fuck doing any exercise inside (unless its strength and conditioning) runnign outside in the cold and dark is all kinds of awesome, i've been out with a few mates and my dog tonight doing a technical session in which the main set was 10x2 minutes at 5k pace focussing on form.. it was pissing it down but great fun!

    I like lock laces for all the reasons above, i've used the lock lace and 2xu brand ones happily but the greeper ones i got cause the looked cool are the worst things ever, i've retired the shoes becuase they are now so uncomfortable after probably only 100 miles...

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    nice mixed bag of post payday treats, and given that i live in the sticks and commute by bike thought i should relaly do it a bit more properly, especially as now the clocks have changed its not properly dark on my commute!

    So to add to the exposure traceR that arrived last week, i got some vittoria rubinos in 28mm (ive always quite liked them and wasn't 100% that a 28mm tyre would fit under my mudguards so thought id try these for now and if they dont work i can always go for something a little more expensive) together with a solartech x3 light from ebay, some look keo classic pedals so i'm not using expensive pedals, and finally some energy gels for the few races i still have left this season!

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    garmin do a watch holder jobbie that i use, ive heard that the quick release isnt that secure and have heard of quite a few people losing 910s during the swim..

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    10k after work tonight in almost complete pitch black from Marlow to Cookham and back, is amazing how not being able to see very much (i had a basic headtorch on) makes you concentrate on your running.

    love not working in London anymore!

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    @Greenbank afraid i dont have data, but i have some anecdotal evidence im a little bit shorter than you so bear that in mind when talking about weight.

    Its hard to separate the effect of weight loss and training as in my case they are inextricably linked, as is muscle to fat ratio, but i used to be about 80-85kg (that was after losing some weight too!) and i'm now 70-75kg, i've gone from running 6min kms, to running from 4-5min kms depending on the distance, and i can promise you not carrying the extra weight makes things a lot easier!

    Having said that smallfurry is a heavy little nugget, but is mostly muscle, and he's not too slow!

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