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Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:15 am
by IronGirl
Monday 1 hour Mountain bike
Time to get some practice in ready for Cross. First race in 2 weeks time. It's the week before my half IM, a short blast should do me good!

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:56 pm
by IronGirl

25 min run with 10 x 30 sec strides
River route at Lunchtime

35 min bike
should have been very easy, but then I have to get back up the hills to get home.
The hills actually made me feel better, I've been in a coma all weekend!

I think your body just keeps going whilst you are training. Mine realised it was actually going to get a proper rest and switched off.
still 3 weeks to go till the race, so having had a rest I can taper properly now.
My sensible head stopped me doing one last big brick at weekend - needed the rest more than the training. Done as much I can with my current level of fitness.
Got to keep some intensity going in the next 3 weeks and some shorter bricks planned.
Roughly following a plan from Triathlon Europe magazine. Never tapered for a half before, always used them as training and just trained through them, so this should be interesting.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:26 pm
by IronGirl

2000m swim with steady straight 1500m


5.5 mile time trial with VC Sevale.
Blimey not riden this one for years. 5.5 mile warm up, well timed went round the course with just 5 mins to spare.
Rode hard! Only 25 sec off my best. It's coming back!


Rest. Wow really did ride hard yesterday!


Steady 2 hour run on the Elan trail up the side of the lakes just outside Rhayader.
Stunning scenery.
Out with Mr I and the dogs. Had Poppa on a makeshift CanniCross set up which she really seems to get on with, so I'm thinking of getting her the proper harness.
It's ideal for the runs where dogs have to be on leads. Hands free makes running a lot easier, 2 hours of holding a lead can make you very stiff in the shoulders.
A proper harness would make it a lot more comfy for Poppa.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:52 pm
by IronGirl

1 hour Mountain Bike
"Playing" on Bringsty Common. Starting to trust the bike a bit more.
1 week to Cyclocross, 2 weeks to Half Ironman.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:05 pm
by Mr. Cleetus
There's an official sport?!!

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:57 am
by IronGirl
[quote="Mr. Cleetus"]There's an official sport?!!

Yeah thanks, I had seen this. I think Poppa would love it. She is very competitive when we are out running, always wants to be at the front. She can run an awesome 5km. Question is would I be able to keep up.......don't suppose I'd have much choice if we were attached.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:21 am
by IronGirl

Monday Swim 2000m with steady 1500m

Tuesday 1 Hour Bike - steady hilly route (hilly is the only round the block option I have!)

Wednesday Rest

Thursday 90 min run on the Malverns (North Hill to Wyche Cutting, down the Wyche Road and back up to the Beacon via Earnshaw quarry and back to North Hill)

Friday 1700m swim (should have been 2500, but public session was getting on my nerves!)

Saturday Rest - Chilling out at Bromyard Folk festival - turned out to be very tiring! At lest "No Bones Jones" did good Vegan food.

Sunday Feeling very lethargic! Bike this afternoon.

later............6.30pm still feeling lethargic and getting rather worried about it. (triathlete hypochondria setting in - read every article google could throw at me about taper and feeling bad).
Kicked myself out on the bike. Result!! Came back up Bringsty out of the saddle, grinning from ear to ear. No problems, nothing to worry about, now just have 7 days to stay healthy and fit. Bring it on!

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:13 pm
by IronGirl
Monday Rest

Tuesday Brick (30 min Bike -> 15 min Run)

5 days to go. Hope the wind drops. Better than yesterday. The 2nd stage of the Tour of Britain got cancelled yesterday due to the wind.
Seemed OK when I was out around the Suckley Hills tonight and Let's face it it hasn't been anything like Lanzarote wind!

Got yet another email about race day nutrition that is being provided. I think they are planning to feed a small army rather than a few triathletes.......will be no excuses for being out of food. (better get another one lined up haha!) I'll be mainly self sufficient to be honest but they are providing lots of things that are Vegan should I need extra.

My students started back this week (we have been back preparing for 3 weeks) so it's much "nicer" at work. My students are infanately better company than any of our management. I can just get on with the teaching which I love, rather than being hassled about "admin B*##*cks"!

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:47 pm
by IronGirl



1500m swim with 6 X 100m on 1:35 to 1:38

30min spin around the block
been tweeking the set up on my new bike, managed to get it pretty much identical to my winter road bike without any major changes.
She's so much ligher, very responsive and has very positive handling on the hills. The reviews I read before getting her were spot on. :D

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:19 pm
by IronGirl



Lazing around all morning! Strangely calm for me, the day before a race.

Got to get everything together this afternoon. I need to be up about 5.30 in the morning and off by 6.00

Using my Mavic heliums with the new road bike ("Panther" she is positively pink!) tomorrow.
Going to go for a spin this afternoon to check out this set up, but not anticipating any problems. Famous last words!

Will be sporting the Vegan runners top will be a proud day if I'm going well.

Just made some energy bars............yummy mixture of dates, apple, pear, apricot and oats.
Going to start with a couple of bottles of my usual homemade energy drink which should do me on the bike unless there is a sudden change in the weather and it gets hot. There's plenty of water out on course if that happens.

Wish me luck! Full report tomorrow.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:49 am
by IronGirl

RACE DAY!!!!!!! hehe..................just 4 hours to go.

pretending to wake up with decaf coffeee, breakfast is in the car for later, far too early to eat.
Strange haze of tired and excitement at the moment. Not much sleep last night, but got lads of sleep during the week as this was expected!

here we go...............

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:26 pm
by IronGirl

Full Boar Middle Distance Triathlon ( Half Ironman Distance)

1900m swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

5 hours 35 min

had a ball, to summarise I got on the bike and back in the pool mid-June and today was only 20 min off my pb at this distance. Very very pleased.

swim..........only 13 degrees and it felt colder. My feet went from freezing to numb within minutes. I tried kicking a bit more but felt like my calves were going to cramp with the cold, so I gave that up as a bad idea. lost 7 or 8 of my 20 mins on the swim. I was very glad to get out. There's something to be said for racing triathlon in hotter climates, if only I could convince Mr I.

T1........terrible. My new wetsuit is somehow much "spongier" than anything I've had before and gets very ruffled up whe I take it off, that and I got stuck trying to undo the velcro at the top (just very cold! and thought I was going to pull something). Quite hilarious to watch I should imagine.

bike...........Gently undulating course, with 3 very long drags as opposed to steep hills. Seemed to go well and was able to maintain a good rhythm. First proper ride on my new bike (I know that could have been a disaster!!) but she was fab. I think I might have just squeeked in under 3 hours (2:55), will have to wait for results.
My feet stayed cold for the whole bike. I tried moving my feet around and wiggling the toes but they were numb. I actually created a blister on the inside of my right big toe as I just couldn't feel what was happening. Blinkin well hurt on the run! Can you use hot oils on feet or would that just hurt and would it really keep them warm anyway?

T2.............. much better, straight through and out at a good pace. "steaming out of transition" according to the commentator!

run.............the race was advertised as a gravel / grass run. It was actually a road run...........yippee cos I've done so much road running..........not! Story of the day my feet were still tingling going out on the run. After about half a mile I thought I had a stone in my shoe and reluctanly set about removing it. There was no stone, it was the blister I'd created myself from toe wiggling on the bike. The run was 2 laps, twice up a hill and back. My feet finally came back after the first lap, which was good and bad. Good as they felt normal and I could push off more, but bad as I could now feel how sore they were from the blister and pounding of the road run. On the positive side I was running OK, just below 8min/mile pace which is OK for me at the end of a half. Yeah I so need speed work!

And despite the foot problems I really did have fun and really enjoyed it. The organisation and marshalls were fantastic. It was very laid back and uncommercialised, just like triathlon used to be. I got lots of shouts of "C'mon Vegan Lady" and one lady at the end an ex Veggie Cycling and Athletics club member actually thanked me for showing people that this was possible as a Vegan. That's why I wear the vest and is just about the best comment I could have got. Really proud! Based on counting people out on the lapped run I think I was round about 20th lady.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:49 pm
by VeganGraham
Well done, good result.
So, if you can do this with only three month's training, how long before you set a new PB then ?

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:15 am
by IronGirl
[quote="Big Good Wolf"]Well done, good result.
So, if you can do this with only three month's training, how long before you set a new PB then ?

Cheers BGW.

There are no more races this year, the water is too blinkin cold anyhow.
Planning to build the biking some more over the winter and then have crack at some halfs next year.
Big decision is whether to concentrate on getting a good half or go for the full Ironman next year.

Re: Timanfaya Dreaming

PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:30 am
by IronGirl
4th Lady Vet.

38 min swim (so much slower than in training - must have really suffered with the cold water) Was even gasping to get a good deep breath at times, not from the effort but because I was cold.
3:06 bike lots of work still to do here- this used to be my strength? Was aiming for 3:00 with current fitness so not so bad. Did waste a few minutes doing a lap around a car park after a car pulled across and turned in nearly knocking me off. I just managed to swing out of the way in time!
1:46 run about what I thought, havn't run a half this year but it's as good as any I did last year, so pleased I havn't lost any having brought the swim and bike in
to my training. Also maintaining the run off the bike. Also know it could have been better it wasn't for the dead feet and blisters.

I think there is pb potential with a good winter of bike training and a race on a nice warm day!