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All about CJBrown

Joined: 08 Sep 2005
Location: North London
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Occupation: Financial Risk Analyst
Interests: Competitive (Masters) swimming, triathlon, running, surfing, snowboarding, alternative music

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Don't want to tempt fate too much
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:54 pm CJBrown
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Easing back into training again. 3 sessions with the masters squad and 6 sessions in the gym & pool on my own at the health centre next to work last week. Felt a bit of a twinge in my left knee after doing a couple of 5Ks on the treadmill at an easyish pace, so have backed off the running a bit (and avoiding breastroke kick in the pool) and have started on glucosamine. Seems to be working OK.

Its been hard getting back into training, with several false starts in the last 6 months. But I've tried to keep the swimming going at a low level rather than stop altogether, and thats been far better than previous times I've had extended breaks. Its coming together in the pool a bit these last few days, and this morning I clocked a 400m and 800m inside the World Masters Champs qualifying times. Was far from flat out too, so barring any mishaps I should qualify for my events (200m, 400m, 800m and 3K OW) in the next 6 weeks, ready for Perth in April.

I'm going to watch the running between now and the big meet. I was lucky to not end up with any injuries (just a few bruises) from an Xmas snow-boarding trip, so I'm going to give that a miss for the rest of the season too. Having 1000+ to blow on a new bike care of Ride-to-Work should keep me perked up tho'. Have to line up several late-season tri events as something to aim for, along with some longer runs in the autumn.

Nice to find there is another TTer training with the swim squad (savaloy). Should help me out a bit when I'm too lazy to write up the swim log for a few days Smile
Training blog ... not updated very often these days Sad
Crawling back to training ...

Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:30 pm Paul L
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Welcome back CJ, the trip to Perth sounds like it will be great. Cool Good luck with getting your old speed back and staying injury free. Swim Strong, Paul. Very Happy
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:27 pm CJBrown
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Great to hear from you. I hope the training and family are both doing great, and look forwards to running into you at various events later in the year.
Training blog ... not updated very often these days Sad
Crawling back to training ...

2008 planned meets and events
Here we go again - time to get qualifying times for the big event, the FINA World Masters Swim Champs in Perth, Oz. Meet is in April, with qualifying times to be done by 23 March. I've several meets lined up, and I'm entering 200m, 400m and 800m if I make the grade, along with the 3K OW swim. Fewer events than last time, but the 100m and 50m aren't going to do anything for me - I don't place well in the UK in those, let alone against giant Aussies and Kiwis. Hoping for at least one Top 20 finish in the event tho', despite broken training.

After April, aim is to ramp up running and cycling for a crack at some Oly distance events later in the year.

Rotherham Open, Sheffiled Pond's Forge (50m)
Feb 10th
100m, 200m, 400m FC

Silver in the 400, qualifying times in all 3 (100, 200 and 400). The 400 was the best swim, 5:16, lot slower than 2 yrs ago but good first race back

Isle of Wight (25m pool)
Feb 23-24th
prob 1500m, 800m, 400m

Had to scratch, as g/f was moving into the flat she just bought

Welsh Open, Swansea (50m)
early March
prob 1500m, 800m, 400m plus several others (3 day meet)

Pretty good meet, took 2 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze. Best swim was the 800m, less than 10 sec behind my best time of 2 yrs ago in full time training, but only got bronze. Huge motivator for sticking with the distance training

World Masters Championships
Perth, Aus
18-26 April
200, 400, 800m FC; 3K O/W.

4 PBs from 4 swims; the 400m and 800m were both second best times since coming out of retirement, the 3K was the fastest O/W swim (on avg 100m pace) I've done ever. Placings: 200=26th; 400=20th; 800=23rd; 3K=23rd. Very happy with results

Next up:

GB Swim Nationals: June

Regents Park 10K series: July onwards.
My Events and Results in 2006
I thought I'd really go for it in Tri this year, but I've now had second thoughts, and I'm going to be concentrating on the swimming - and why not, as I'm unlikely to get any podium finishes in AG Tri this year, but I might in swimming.

28th-29th, London Region Masters:
50, 100, 200, 400m FC
200 BR, 200 IM
aiming for World Champs qualifying times in all the FC events

Results: Got the qualifying times I needed on all the freestyle events. Just outside on the 200 BR and 200 IM. Should now be on for 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 FC in the Worlds, plus the 3K o/w.

12th, Wokingham Half-Marathon
after messing up Bedford, this will be my first 13 mile run

Results: Thank you South West trains. Another missed race. Great.

17th-18th, Isle of Wight Masters:
100, 200, 400, 800 FC

Results: Had to withdraw, as very, very sick with nasty cold/chest infection. Really gutted.

3rd-5th, Welsh Open Masters Champs:
100, 200, 400, 1500 FC
My next big pop at 1500m - hoping to make up for last time

Results: Well, I was still sick for the meet - was on anti-biotics - but I did extremely well all-in-all. 10 events, 10 medals, inc. two golds - one in the relay, and one individual - the 400 Ind Medly. I was beaten into silver 4 times, three times in big events of mine - 1500 FC, 800 FC and 200 IM - all of which I was beaten by international swimmers, being the top UK person (the problem with Open meets). Very pleased with results, all things considered.

Thinking about doing Windsor.
but only if I'm sure I can do it without messing myself up for the next weekend, which is ...

16th-18th, GB National Masters Champs:
tbd - but definitely the 1500 and 400 FC

Results: First National medal! 3rd in 800 Free, 4th in 1500 & 400 Free. 4 PBs out of 5 events; top meet and quality swims. Very encouraging.

25th, GB Masters Open Water 3K Champs:
Last minute entry to this one

Results: Fourther overall, third British swimmer and 2nd in the 35-39 age-group. 45:07 for the 3K, not a bad time for my first OW race.

No longer thinking about IMCH - maybe next year

3rd-11th, FINA World Masters Champs:
100, 200, 400, 800 FC; 3 Km O/W
No 1500 sadly - but (maybe) my first big O/W race

Ooops, forgot to update this! Placed 19th in the 3K event, and top 40 in the 800m. Not bad for my first World Champs Smile
Weekly Training Scedule, Q3 2005
am: Swimming, 6-7.30, TriLondon
afternoon: endurance spinning
eve: lectures

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters
eve: bike or run

day off

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters
afternoon: bike or run
eve: lectures

am: Swimming, 6-7.30 CSC Masters

am: TriLondon running drills
next month: bike run/track

am: TriLondon Bike run
afternoon: Swim, 12-1 CSC Masters
CJ's Events 2005
Worthing Aquathlon 2
16 Aug 05

Clash of the Tritons
20 Aug 05

South Coast Sprint
3 Sep 05

Regents Park 10K
2 Oct 05

Nike 10K
16 Oct 05

Regents Park 10K
6 Nov 05
45:17 oops - thats what happens when you run with a serious hangover

Barnet Masters 1500 Free
26 Nov 05

Nike 5K, Crystal Palace
27 Nov 05

Regents Park 10K
4 Dec 05

Bedford Half Marathon
11 Dec 05

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