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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Nov 2014
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    My phone is completely fucked. I haven't had a single bar of signal in over a month now, and while I'm personally quite enjoying being unreachable both my GF and my boss are starting to prickle a little bit.

    My first thought would be to go for the Nexus 5, however I'd probably prefer the 32Gb one which is out of stock. What else is out there in the £300-£350ish price bracket? I don't think I want anything larger, and a decent camera would be nice. I don't know much about 4g but I suppose it's the future and so would be good but I guess not necessarily essential. Oh yes, and decent battery too.

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    It's weird, I tried to think about where my recovering arm was I started to pull but found it almost impossible to visualise it as I was swimming. Guess that's why being videoed helps.

    That was exactly my problem too... I watched the video of myself and thought 'oh, that's a bit messy' but didn't really have any idea what I was doing wrong. Then my coach started hammering on about rhythm and timing but for 4 weeks I just didn't get it. I sort of understood what I thought he wanted me to do and I thought I was doing it, but apparently only for a couple of strokes each length, and never consistently. It wasn't until watching that Hazel video and mine side by side that something finally twigged and for the first time I can now actually feel when I get it right in the water.

    I'd seen that Hazel video several times before, I guess you also just need to have that serendipitous coming together of different things in your mind.

    I only use paddles and fins in the masters sessions and only for drills, they aren't allowed in public sessions in my pool (even if the lane is completely empty!!!!!) so they don't get much use. Also, I only use kick board and pull buoy rarely and my pool have a stack of them for people to use so I wouldn't bother buying my own.

    I think if I were going to spend any money on swimming then I'd buy some coaching time and then maybe one of these swimsmooth.com/finis-tempo-tr­ainer-pro.html I don't have one but it might make pacing lengths easier (swimsmooth.com/training.html)

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    I did a few of these races a couple of years ago. They are expensive but nice races in hilly places with a range of distances. ( endurancelife.com/event-new.a­sp?series=85 ).

    Also: North Downs, South Downs, Ridgeway, Chilterns, Cotswolds are all within relatively easy driving distance of London.

    Look at the XNRG website and maybe the Centurion Running websites - both of those organise ultras in those areas and they might give you some route inspiration, even if you don't fancy running the full distances.

    xnrg.co.uk/events.aspx
    centurionrunning.com

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yeah free beer at IM Austria, but IIRC i was non alcoholic which suited me just fine after the race!

    @hats Which Cotswold 113? I think there is one in June and one in August. I'm doing the June one, which is apparently sold out for 'general entry' but there are still reserved places for group entry.

    My cycling club are pulling together a group entry right now, and I don't think you need to be a member to be included on our entry. If you want me to put you on the list then send me a PM and I'll do it now. I think it also gives you 10% off entry price.

    (actually, I think having you on our group entry may help us out too... I think we need a minimum of 10 people and we have 9 for june at the moment!)

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Cheap enough that I'm tempted to buy one even though I'm skint and currently my only fixed gear bike is my rat/commuter.

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    Can anyone recommend a good, authoritative, online guide to grammar (English usage)?

    @Oliver Schick?

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    Wow, would love this. Beyond my budget but looks like a lovely frame. GLWS

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    I've gone from 25:56 (2004) to 22:31 (2014) for my best 10 mile times

    Pics to compare?

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    Excellent thanks! We'll see if I get this Pomp... I almost bought one when they were £99 for the frame-set on Planet X but dithered and now they're up to £150 again.

    I've never tried SSCX but I can't imagine I'd need more than 50ish gi for the stuff I run on around here (which would be where I think I'd ride mostly). c. 70gi on the road is what I ride as well so it could be ideal.

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    Thanks both... convenient that I was enquiring about a pomp.

    Set brakes for SSCX, use MAD SKIDZ to stop when fixed = best of both worlds :-)

    Since I'm unlikely to need to swap mid-ride maybe easiest to have a spare chain handy at home.

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