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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:39 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Biosphere wrote:
Great write up...


Thanks.

Biosphere wrote:
Were you feeling pretty fatigued by the end of it? The heat can be a bugger


I was absolutely wrecked by the penultimate day (Alpe D'Huez grovel) after two days in a row of double HC  climbs. The heat wasn't too bad, other than on the Glandon where the sweat was spraying off me! The main problem was my back, which had not been strengthened on the turbo to the same extent as my legs and CV system.

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Over my last 7 days I clocked 300km and 6500m of climbing...


That's enough to tackle the Marmotte, I reckon!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think i need to speak to MrsBF about taking a break in the mountains in future years.


Indeed you do!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't just Team GB that opened their account yesterday. Team Slowrower bagged its first triathlon victory yesterday too. Needless to say this wasn't down to me but rather to the formidable Mrs SR, who won the "21 again plus a bit more" category in the Allerthorpe Lake Olympic distance event. Go Mrs SR! Whoop! Whoop! etc.

I finished a rather more modest 14th (out of 44) in the over 45 age group, 2 minutes faster than last year, just dipping under 2:30. I particularly enjoyed the cycling section, as I was able to inflect some serious pain on the deep dish rim, aero helmet brigade. (Triathlete cyclists have pretty poor bike-handling skills, so even my modest talents in this department yielded considerable benefits in the technical section.) It was ferociously windy, which made the course "slower" than last year, so my modestly improved overall time resulted in an improvement in finish position from top third to top quarter.

Mrs SR was rewarded with a tasteful trophy and a hopefully tasty bottle of wine. Miraculously, it remains un-drunk, largely because we were both so tired yesterday evening that neither of us could face wielding the corkscrew!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations to the better half of Team Slowrower. Not a shabby performance from the other half either - chasing down high end kit is always satisfying. As you were passing, you could always have been topical and reminded them of Baron de Coubertin and taking part Wink

Ambition got the better of me yesterday. I rode the stretch of this year's Tour Stage 17 that I normally ride (Zweisimmen to half way down Cod de Mosses) but thought wouldn't it be good to drop all the way down to Aigle and add in a HC climb. It wasn't (well at the time anyway). I grovelled my way back up nearly 1400m to the Col De La Croix - more taken apart than taking part. Ended up at 130km for the day and about 100m short of 3000m of climbing. And it was very pleasant descending into Aigle through the vineyards. Amazing how warm the Rhone valley gets. And it was nice to have the cycling version of every building the Queen visits smelling of fresh paint - some lovely fresh road surfaces.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Bio. Good work yourself, though ambition is a dangerous thing at our kind of ages!

I must remember "taken apart rather than taking part". That's a good phrase!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a nice wee 47km yesterday containing 520 metres of climbing in 2 hours 13 minutes. Happy with that, my legs have not felt great most of the summer but it is pleasant to seem to be getting back some groove in them.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well here's something odd...

Just before going off on my trip to the Alps "sans famille" I did a training ride that took in some favourite local climbs and lasted a smidge over 4 hours. I recall the ride being something of an ordeal from start to finish, with particular unpleasantness from my back most of the way. Yesterday, with around 20,000m more climbing and 1000k more horizontal in the legs I did the same ride and went a smidge under 4 hours and felt good all the way.

The total improvement was 40 seconds, which seems remarkably little given the difference in preparations and feeling on the day. Spinning this positively, the work in the Alps has toughened my back up so that I can ride for that duration without pain. And spinning even more positively, my hill-free training over the winter and early summer was actually remarkably effective for hilly riding, other than in toughening up my back. (This can only be done via climbing hills.)

Anyway, next up is the Brownlee triathlon in two weeks, where for once, the bike leg contains some non-trivial hills. Let's hope I don't lose my bike in transition as I did last year!

On a lighter note, Mrs SR and Elder Little Rower went XC MTB riding yesterday on their matching Giant Intrigues. Details are hard to come by, but I think there was a brief struggle for supremacy uphill before Miss SR dished it out, showing the kind of merciless approach to nailing shut the Hurtbox lid that her Mum could only approve of (having applied it herself to anyone daft enough to patronise her in her ruthless Marmotte training days)!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not fair! I did go powering past her on one particularly steep set of switchbacks. The fact that she'd stopped cos she'd lost her balance is neither here nor there.  Rolling Eyes
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Leave the excuses to me. Historically, I've had much more practice at coming up with them!
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It was my final competitive outing of the year at the Brownlee Triathlon yesterday. I was reasonably optimistic as training had clicked into place in the last couple of weeks, it's a relatively hard bike course and it was very windy, which doesn't seem to do the swimmers any favours when on their bikes.

There was an unexpected bonus is the swim marshalling area. Two choirboys claiming to be Al and Jon were on hand for idle chit chat and selfies etc. A camera isn't top of my list of "must have" items for an open water swim, so I contented myself with a brief chat with young Alistair and a disappointingly limp handshake. I doubt whether he will remember his chat with last year's 8th place finisher in the over 45s, but it put a smile on my face, particularly as I'm much taller than he is. (Both Brownlees may be fast, but they are also very prominent on the midget scale!)

Anyway, my masterplan was to draft in the fast swim wave in my age  group, to get towed along to a decent time. This all went out of the window in the first 100m as I found myself looking at a lot of feet in the far distance! It did give me clear water of my own though, and I had an untroubled swim. Unlike last year, I had an untroubled T1, as I located my bike immediately. Last year I'd lost it...

The bike was chuffing hard work. Where there wasn't a climb or a headwind, there was someone to overtake. I overcooked things somewhat in retrospect, or maybe not in retrospect, as the heart rate was well over 160 for a lot of the time.

T2 came and went and I was then onto the run, where I felt OK if not fantastic and I was very glad to finish. If I'd been a bit slower then the Brownlees would have been there to greet me as they started a shift there as I was staggering my way to collect my bike. I was 90s down on last year's time, which I attribute to the wind, but is probably do to getting old. Sad

I ended up 13th in the over 45s, out of around 90. Not bad really, as I'm now in the older end of the age range. Sad I "graduate" in two years time, by which time I'll hopefully have not fallen to pieces completely.

My legs hurt so much last night - I didn't warm down as I had to dash off to a gala to watch the kids - that even my favourite beer didn't dull the pain. I might re-medicate tonight. Smile
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The older members of the Slowrower household finally creaked into competitive action at the weekend in the latest running of the Tadcaster Triathlon. My objectives were simple: avoid getting beaten by Mrs SR and go faster than two years ago. Whilst we’re not able to be as committed as in our Marmotte days – too much time ferrying kids around to swimming and dancing – training had been quite serious over the winter, involving many hours of slogging through the mud running with the dog, a lot of turboing and a fair amount of swim coaching.

To be fair, the dog is a great training companion, with numerous ways to amuse without even going as far as chasing sheep. Though I guess the ex-rabbits might not agree! Turboing has been made bearable by the acquisition of Amazon Prime video and the discovery of such iconic programmes as “Prison Break” and “The Man in the High Castle”. Swimming is just swimming and is at least a good warm up for the business end of a triathlon.

We’d joined the local triathlon club, and as such, were part of the club-specific start wave. By a chain of coincidences (David Wiseman, captain of the GB Invictus Games team, is an old boy of the local secondary school) a detachment of Invictus Games athletes were competing. They were in the first wave, with our mob in the second. This was good, as whilst it didn’t rule out being beaten by a one-legged rival, it did at least mean there was no chance of being overtaken by one.

The Triathlon Gods were also benevolent via the lane draw. Firstly, I was not in the same lane as Mrs SR. She may no longer be the most competitive person in Yorkshire (her youngest daughter takes this accolade) but she would doubtless still take advantage of kicking me in the nadgers if the chance arose. With “clear blue water” between us, I was safe from this threat. Secondly, I was in a “clockwise” lane, dramatically reducing the chances of me straying into the middle of the lane and crashing into people. Finally, I was last to start in my lane, giving me the advantage of having feet to chase, though a further advantage of this only revealed itself at the finish.

Anyway, as my start whistle sounded, I was off, settling into what felt like a good rhythm. As I completed the 12th of my allotted 16 lengths, I spotted the fastest swimmer – one of the Little Rowers’ swimming cronies – already bounding out of the pool building. I often wonder what it must be like to be that good at swimming! I finished the swim, hauled myself out of the water with all the grace I could muster, noting I’d done the swim in a smidge under 7:30, a good time for me, particularly as I hadn’t really pushed that hard.

I’m not the fastest in transition. The combination of an inherently low level of coordination and a back that doesn’t really bend is not ideal, but I was soon away on my bike. I’d rested for three full days and the benefits of this were immediately apparent. My legs felt great, and I was soon dishing out summary justice to the faster swimmers and transitioners. The aforementioned speedy swimming girl is the daughter of one of the club and I noted that Dad had nobbled Daughter as effectively as possible, kitting her out on a bike that would have looked old fashioned if it had featured in a documentary on Coppi and Bartali, whilst he had a sleek aero Boardman with deep dish wheels and an aero helmet!

The Tadcaster triathlon is notable for the dismally short bike section, so I was soon back in transition. Remarkably, I was 45s faster than two years ago, when I was benefitting from a whole winter of chain gangs. There were only two club members ahead of me at this point. One was already out of sight and the other was soon edging away from me as I started the run. So it was a case of trying to hold it together to the finish and counting the number of people who came past. Two came past around 1/3 distance. One was a guy who is 12 years younger than me and the other was a lady who is an over 50s age-group GB international. So I didn’t feel too bad about either of them, particularly as the legs felt OK (they never feel better than OK running) and the watch reported a good average speed.

The great thing about this level of triathlon is that it’s not over until it’s over, given the wide range of abilities and variability by discipline. So you can get the strong cyclist being hunted down by the 3:15 marathon runner. And this is exactly the scenario that panned out. The second half of the run is quite twisty, and I could see a familiar figure getting closer and closer as we went round each bend. With half a mile to go, I went past a spectating club mate who gave me a cheer, which was very nice, but around 10 seconds later she gave a cheer to Marathon Man which meant it was pretty much “Game Over”. Still, as I tell the Little Rowers before swimming galas, the only failure is the failure to try, so I put aside the feeling that my chest was about to explode and put a call down to Mr Scott in the engine room. The response was all too familiar: “If I give her any more she’ll blow, Captain!”

Mr Scott must have found a little something as I held off Marathon Man until the final 20 metres, clocking not much over 4 minutes for the final k, but I was edged out by a mere 2 seconds. As I staggered over the line I knew I’d beaten my previous time (an 80s improvement over an hour is not to be sniffed at) and was pretty confident that no children had been traumatised by my facial contortions in the run-in.

It turns out that an even better aspect of triathlon is that even when it’s over, it’s not actually over. We got our results print outs at which point the significance of me starting last in my lane became apparent. Marathon Man, in a different lane, with both of us oblivious to how things would pan out, had started 10s earlier than me, which meant that my finish time was actually 8s faster than his. I should be above such things but this was quite satisfying, not least because he’s nearly a decade younger than me and the look on his face when he saw what was what was priceless. We’ll gloss over the fact that he was probably still kn*ckered from the London Marathon last weekend.

Mrs SR, despite a few bike issues, came in a handful of minutes after me, muttering as darkly as I had been about the shortness of the bike section. Unlike me, she’d also had the satisfaction of dispatching a victim or two on the run.

Overall, Mrs SR was comfortably in the top sixth of the ladies and I scraped into the top quarter of the men. If only there was a prize for the fastest married couple. There were plenty of lamb kofta kebabs for tea, so all ended well, despite this omission!
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Great write-up as usual SR, congratulations on your personal best and on beating Marathon Man!

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