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Sainsburys_Ed

Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Dec 2014

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    @Greenbank personally i think trying to go long when you only have one of the disciplines sorted is foolish, its not all about going long theres merit in all distances...

    I did Wales this year, the bike is c2300m, the run is 700m and he swim took 200 people out and probably another 200 who took so long they missed the bike cut off (which is 10.5 hours btw) .

    In other news - My training buddy has decided back to New York so planning a trip to visit him - will obviously include a race so looking at IM Princeton or Timberman 70.3s!

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    since IM Wales i had about a month off any training in that i turned up t a few sessions for fun, and to see people but there was no structure and certainly not a lot of effort. I then started to think about next year and decided that my best racing was olympic and 70.3, but also that I quite fancied wearing GB age group kit. I don't fancy travelling to Chicago for next years world olympic and sprint champs so that left middle distance or long distance. i wrote long distance off as there arent many races of that distance, and as i've never raced it before i would have no clue how to deal with the distance, which seems a tough way to try to treat an "a race".

    So i've registered myself for the ETU Middle distance champs, and as long as not too many more people sign up I've got a pretty good chance with my qualifying time of 4.54.

    I've started working with a professional coach, and this was motivated as i tend to train based on volume rather than quality and this isn't the bet idea as its probably not going to help me achieve my aim of 4.30 next season, and its not great for having a social/family life.

    1 month into training i haven't noticed a huge improvement, i've had to make quite a lot of changes to my normal routine to fit it in, but training buddies have started commenting on the fact that while they could keep up with me before, if they try to keep up with me in run sessions they'll blow up.

    My first club ride since before IM yesterday was a nice boost, as while i was tired afterwards, i was able to keep pace and even when I was trying not to push too hard on the hills when i was on the front we were still dropping people.

    So, I find out in January if i'm in the GB Age Group team, at which point i'll need to book my spot at challenge half rimini. I'm not sure what my target is for the race but I would certainly be aiming to get sub 4.45 and or top 10 in my age group...

    I need to find a few more 70.3s to do throughout the year, but i'll also do as many of the chicago olympic qualifying races as well just to test myself against some decent competition, oh and maybe find a small race that i can get on the podium for!

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    swam in the jubilee this afternoon, my god it was so cold, but worth it!

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    i don't think the physics of running on a treadmill on an incline are a good proxy for running up a real hill though.

    he'd be better off running long hill repeats, and i believe he lives on a steep longish hill together with completing some proper core and following a long distance duathlon training plan...

    the closest thing i know of int he UK to that race is the ballbuster duathlon, which is basically laps of box hill, but it looks like they are running it this spring...

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    @Dammit if you want to get better at running hills, then run hills, treadmills are not a great substitute for running in the real world...

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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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