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Sainsburys_Ed

Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Jun 2019

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    training is done!

    last weekend was tough with a metric ironman on Saturday as our last big session
    Swim 2.4km 47 minutes
    Bike 112km 3:13
    Run 26km 2:20

    the sun came out so it was pretty toasty on the day which i was pleased with, i didn't drink enough on the bike, mostly because i cant count, and forgot that one of my water bottles had energy gels in it, wont be a problem with aid stations on the day...

    Ive not tried it before but the metric is a solid test, those little bis extra on the swim and bike come back to bite on the run in a way they dont with a 70.3, it was perhaps too hard at the end of the last three weeks training, as three of my group of 8 didnt complete it, one with an pre existing injury, one because of a niggle on the run and the third was seeing stars and cut the, but it was the first time in training that I've ever had to mentally dig that deep, body was fine apart from a slightly high heart rate on the run which i suspect was more to do with dehydration and fatigue than anything else....

    just tapering to do now, lots of little niggles to stretch/massage/yoga out and try not to panic about, bike to service and pack up ready for it to go one the bike shuttle this Friday!

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    Fenix 5 plus works as well, plus the Uber expensive ones (MARQ)

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    with difficulty, but there are good facilities out where live (maidenhead) hills to the north, and flat roads to the south, and lots of lakes and rivers to swim in...

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    Did what a former training buddy called the triple killer mega brick on Saturday, session is
    2.5hrs bike
    30 mins run
    2hrs bike
    20 mins run
    1.5hrs bike
    15 minute run

    Weather was ok until the final bike when the heaven opened, travelled 197km on the bike (33.3kph avg) and 12km on the run, both were a couple of minutes short of the total target time but it was getting hard to see on the bike due to the rain and not too worried about that hopefully only on the bike for around 5.5hours on the day, and felt pretty good throughout, didn’t take in as much nutrition or fluid as I’d have liked, but it was pretty chilly and I need to make a couple of tweaks to how I carry liquids so they are more easily accessible!

    Only downsides were that it completely wiped me out for the next day so missed my long swim on Sunday morning and was still feeling a lot of fatigue this morning too, but hopefully feeling a bit better by this evening and I can take advantage of being in sunny Switzerland for some warm weather lakeside training.

    Final week of training this week culminates in a metric Ironman on Saturday so 2.4km Swim, 112km bike and 26km run, then into taper mode!

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    Great work, transitions are pretty much free time so definitely worth practicing and walking through transition pre race in future!

    The run course is tough even for those who are natural runners so don’t beat yourself up too much about that. I really recommend the races held at Dorney lake, don’t wait till next year to race, or you’ll forget everything you’ve learnt! Dorney is completely traffic free and no current in the lake to contend with so it’s a much more controlled environment!

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    go on, a little more detail!

    well done today, looks like a solid result, especially given the crap conditions!

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    no its not tidal in windsor!

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    Good luck Mike.

    The flow in the river will be pretty rapid, so on the way downstream (first leg) keep as central as possible as that’s where it’s fastest, you turn at the bridge and you’ll be travelling quite fast so move over and prepare for the turn nice and early, then on the upstream hug the bank as close as you can, as the water flow is slowest here, if you aren’t touching the boats you’re not close enough!

    Thankfully with the current course you do about 80% downstream and 20% upstream so the fast flow should help you more than hinder you!

    Then Enjoy the bike!

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    had forgotten how nice open water swimming is until this weekend, up to this point this year its been a bit of case of getting in and focusing on not drowning, nearly 7.5k done over the two days and a big improvement in speed from Saturday to Sunday by focusing on technique.

    less than 5 weeks to Ironman Austria, hopefully i can get round at Sundays pace with Saturday perceived effort.

    amazing how much your mind can wonder in 4k of continuous swimming when you have no-one to avoid or turning to do!

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    The guys I’m coaching to do Ironman all had a great hit out at the Marlow classic middle distance yesterday, including what was officially 4th spot and 1st vet but looking at the top three they all have some odd results, with first place managing sub 2 hours on a hilly bike course (his previous performances at Ironman distance do not suggest a bike superstar by any stretch) second place running 39 minutes for 10 at Windsor Tri last year and somehow running 1:14 this year for a 19.5 ish k run and 3rd place seemingly clocking 3min 55 for the run... hopefully this will get cleared up but there surely should be some logic applied to results on the day...

    https://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/270/splits­.html

    Edit: second place seems legit, data on strava and did a 2:35 at London marathon this year...

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