Contents tagged with Training

  • Finding cycling routes

    Tags: Training, Triathlon, cycling, milton keynes

    Having recently moved to a new city, in fact a whole new country!  Well, technically not new as I’ve moved back to the UK from the Cayman Islands, but a city in the UK where I have never lived before.

    As any self respecting cyclist/triathlete would do, I immediately joined the local club.  Obviously this is a great way to meet local people with similar interests and a way to learn about the local area.

    However I found myself wanting when it came to searching out cycle routes.  I’m all for just going out and having a ride, but that does have its downsides. 

      1. MK is quite special and with so many dual carriageways and main roads it’s sometimes not just a case of jumping on and riding round. 
      2. I’m training for the London Triathlon in July and I want to be able to train for a certain time, distance and terrain.

     

    First stop for me was the local club’s (TeamMK) forum.  It was suggested that not only do they have some routes on the site, but to join Strava and link to the Team MK.  I’m on Strava and so I linked to Team MK and true enough I found numerous routes.  Premium members can download the gpx, but I am not, so I was stuck with just looking on the screen.

    Being able to download the gpx is great idea, I can put it on my Garmin 500 and (after some app searching) I can put in on my phone (via email) and open in a little *free* app called GPX Tracker (this is a very simple app, it basically just draws the route on a map and shows where you are …  so does what I require!!

    imageUsing the GPS on the Garmin 500 is not as good as the 800 or 810.  You don’t get maps, you simply get a black line on the screen and prompted where and when to turn – when its not messing around looking for signal … which does happen and of course at the wrong times!!

    I still didn’t have any gpx routes without joining Strava premium, I’m sure there are many out there, but I found ridewithgps.com and searched for local routes, of which I found quite a few.

    The perfect solution!!  Kind of – having the map on the Garmin means you can see your stats that you're used to (speed, cadence etc) and having it on the phone means you have to keep checking, waiting for the map to refresh etc.  All of this does affect the training, I found it hard to get into a rhythm and bang out the miles. 

    Still – a lot of fun!!!  Geeky, training fun – the best kind Smile

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  • Lance Armstrong–such a shame…

    Tags: Training, Triathlon, IMO

    This is obviously all over the news at the moment, I for one find it disappointing reading about it (BBC article - http://scle.me/T5gHDV ) .

    I can’t really understand the thinking behind it.  This goes back a long way, and they appear to have no proof other than the word of other people – which as we all know is not proof.  Of course you can’t allow a doper to simply be “allowed” because of who he is.  But this all happened a long long time ago – and they don’t appear to have conclusive evidence.

    I understand his comment, he must be tired of fighting you and as he gets older why would he want to continue fighting and fighting.  He wants to enjoy time with his family, I would too.

    I think Lance is an icon, an inspiration (albeit with an arrogant American approach), what he has achieved and continues to achieve racing in Triathlons in quite incredible.

    He is a credit to your country and done a many great things for a great many people.

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  • Cayman Stroke and Stride–Race 2

    Tags: Triathlon, Cayman, Training

    SaS-R2

     

    After a bit of a bad start to the set of 3 races, last night went a lot better.  For a start I made sure I had plenty of battery in my watch.

    I decided to go for it a lot more with the swim, I still started near the back and on the wing, I’m not a great swimmer, but I’m better then my effort last week.

    I wasn’t so shocked by the amount of arms and legs flying all over the place and stuck to my task, although still not in my normal rhythm,  I don’t think I ever will be!!  I soon started catching and overtaking people.  Trying to draft where I could, but I couldn’t seem to find the right person to draft.  Either too slow or too fast.

    The current was against us on the way out, and you could certainly feel it!  After the turn, bodies were spread out, with the current behind us it was certainly easier.

    I finished the swim in just under 12mins, still a very slow time for a swimmer, I was probably 4-5 mins behind the leader.  That’s still at least 2 mins slower than I would do it in a pool!

    Transition took me just over a minute, I was never going to be fast.  I don’t have “quick” laces, I have to double knot my trainers and with wet feet and hands,  it’s tricky! I also need a good drink because the taste of salt water is horrible!  Most people that come out of the water with me or just after me started the run before me!!   I wasn’t worried in the slightest about that!  Some of these guys are very serious!

    The run went pretty much as standard!  I certainly would like to have run faster, but the heat is a big factor for me, I’m not a small slim guy.  I weigh over 80kg and not having been here long, I overheat … a lot!

    Thoughts that stick…

    • The guys and gals in Cayman are quite elitist and serious about their training.  There are not many “have-a-go” people here in the races.  Apparently its the same crowd for all these types of events.  Bugger!
    • I don’t like running straight out of the water.  Wet feet don’t make it overly comfortable and my heart rate doesn’t get chance to recover like it does on the bike – which is probably my strongest event anyway…so I miss the ground I can make up after my slow swim!  Also, I don’t like my nice trainers getting so wet!!!!

     

    Next week is the final race in this Series.  The swim goes up to 800m.

    Then the Triathlon build-up (practice) events start.  Which include a bike leg!  I’m looking forward to that!

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  • Cayman Stroke and Stride–Race 2

    Tags: Triathlon, Cayman, Training

    SaS-R2

     

    After a bit of a bad start to the set of 3 races, last night went a lot better.  For a start I made sure I had plenty of battery in my watch.

    I decided to go for it a lot more with the swim, I still started near the back and on the wing, I’m not a great swimmer, but I’m better then my effort last week.

    I wasn’t so shocked by the amount of arms and legs flying all over the place and stuck to my task, although still not in my normal rhythm,  I don’t think I ever will be!!  I soon started catching and overtaking people.  Trying to draft where I could, but I couldn’t seem to find the right person to draft.  Either too slow or too fast.

    The current was against us on the way out, and you could certainly feel it!  After the turn, bodies were spread out, with the current behind us it was certainly easier.

    I finished the swim in just under 12mins, still a very slow time for a swimmer, I was probably 4-5 mins behind the leader.  That’s still at least 2 mins slower than I would do it in a pool!

    Transition took me just over a minute, I was never going to be fast.  I don’t have “quick” laces, I have to double knot my trainers and with wet feet and hands,  it’s tricky! I also need a good drink because the taste of salt water is horrible!  Most people that come out of the water with me or just after me started the run before me!!   I wasn’t worried in the slightest about that!  Some of these guys are very serious!

    The run went pretty much as standard!  I certainly would like to have run faster, but the heat is a big factor for me, I’m not a small slim guy.  I weigh over 80kg and not having been here long, I overheat … a lot!

    Thoughts that stick…

    • The guys and gals in Cayman are quite elitist and serious about their training.  There are not many “have-a-go” people here in the races.  Apparently its the same crowd for all these types of events.  Bugger!
    • I don’t like running straight out of the water.  Wet feet don’t make it overly comfortable and my heart rate doesn’t get chance to recover like it does on the bike – which is probably my strongest event anyway…so I miss the ground I can make up after my slow swim!  Also, I don’t like my nice trainers getting so wet!!!!

     

    Next week is the final race in this Series.  The swim goes up to 800m.

    Then the Triathlon build-up (practice) events start.  Which include a bike leg!  I’m looking forward to that!

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  • Cayman Stroke and Stride, Race 1.

    Tags: Triathlon, Cayman, Training

    This is a series of 3 races.

    1. 400m swim and 2 mile run.

    2. 600m swim and 2 mile run.

    3. 800m swim and 2 mile run.

    (then the triathlon build up begins!)

    You can check it out here. http://www.triathlon.ky/tri-events/stroke-and-stride

    Last night was the first race, and my first attempt and a mass open water start.  There was about 100 swimmers starting. I was feeling quite confident because I have done enough open water swimming to feel confident.  I was wrong, the sound went, feet and arms everywhere.  Water was so rough and I couldn’t get a rhythm.  I found myself at 200m feeling really tired because I was just using too much energy swimming in this madness!!  I ended up doing breaststroke at some points, where I was stuck behind people or there just wasn’t room to turn the corner.

    Really the swim shocked me, I must have been 5 mins slower than anticipated.  (I couldn’t tell because the battery was flat on my watch…)

    I got out of the water feeling pretty tired and out of breath for a 400m swim, it felt more like a mile swim.  Anyway I plodded on the with run and felt ok after half a mile, I made up a bunch of places, but came in on 29 mins.  Not a good time.  I was hoping for 25.

    Time to practice open water swimming with people, not just me!!!

    (Note to self: Do not eat a lot of broccoli for lunch, internal action is way too high!)

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  • Cayman Stroke and Stride, Race 1

    Tags: Triathlon, Cayman, Training

    This is a series of 3 races.

    1. 400m swim and 2 mile run.

    2. 600m swim and 2 mile run.

    3. 800m swim and 2 mile run.

    (then the triathlon build up begins!)

    You can check it out here. http://www.triathlon.ky/tri-events/stroke-and-stride

    Last night was the first race, and my first attempt and a mass open water start.  There was about 100 swimmers starting. I was feeling quite confident because I have done enough open water swimming to feel confident.  I was wrong, the sound went, feet and arms everywhere.  Water was so rough and I couldn’t get a rhythm.  I found myself at 200m feeling really tired because I was just using too much energy swimming in this madness!!  I ended up doing breaststroke at some points, where I was stuck behind people or there just wasn’t room to turn the corner.

    Really the swim shocked me, I must have been 5 mins slower than anticipated.  (I couldn’t tell because the battery was flat on my watch…)

    I got out of the water feeling pretty tired and out of breath for a 400m swim, it felt more like a mile swim.  Anyway I plodded on the with run and felt ok after half a mile, I made up a bunch of places, but came in on 29 mins.  Not a good time.  I was hoping for 25.

    Time to practice open water swimming with people, not just me!!!

    (Note to self: Do not eat a lot of broccoli for lunch, internal action is way too high!)

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