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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Long drive before 70.3 Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm driving to Provence for the Pays D'aix in two weeks and I'm musing on how to split up the drive.

I drove there three weeks ago in a single hit, but it was a bit boring. Rode three hours next afternoon, two on the course but wasn't really motoring.

The next day I drove ten hours to Spain, and the following morning tried to do a 1.5 hr Vo2 max interval session - I just could not hold VO2 max for more than a minute and quit after 1 hr into the session.

I had assumed sitting down in a car for ages was equivalent to rest and recovery, but it seems I'm losing something else.

So my plan is;

Friday
5 hrs driving, 2-3hr break, 3 hrs driving, 1hr swim. Bed at 10pm.

Saturday
5hrs driving, lunch, build bike, 0.5hr turbo then head to transition. Bed at 10pm.

Sunday
Race

So am I going to be rested and ready to race, or should I leave on Thursday?

Ta.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would try and head out Thursday - your Saturday plan looks very rushed and stressful with 5 hour drive, registration, bier build/test, getting your bearings, sorting stuff for transition, racking etc.

I would rejig to do as much as possible, and certainly all the driving THurs and Friday (even if a late night Thurs or early start Friday), targeting an arrival early afternoon Friday, so I could maximise sleep on the Friday night and minimise stuff to do on Saturday.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Long drive before 70.3 Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
Hi all,

I'm driving to Provence for the Pays D'aix in two weeks and I'm musing on how to split up the drive.

I drove there three weeks ago in a single hit, but it was a bit boring. Rode three hours next afternoon, two on the course but wasn't really motoring.

The next day I drove ten hours to Spain, and the following morning tried to do a 1.5 hr Vo2 max interval session - I just could not hold VO2 max for more than a minute and quit after 1 hr into the session.

I had assumed sitting down in a car for ages was equivalent to rest and recovery, but it seems I'm losing something else.

So my plan is;

Friday
5 hrs driving, 2-3hr break, 3 hrs driving, 1hr swim. Bed at 10pm.

Saturday
5hrs driving, lunch, build bike, 0.5hr turbo then head to transition. Bed at 10pm.

Sunday
Race

So am I going to be rested and ready to race, or should I leave on Thursday?

Ta.


we've done lots of long drives in Europe - often 8-10 hr drives but with 2 of us sharing the driving. frankly, I feel pretty bolloxed for about a day after - they do seem to take a lot out of you and aren't the R&R you think.

the earlier you can go, the better you will recover in time for race day so an extra day would definitely help. and on the return, you are going to be pretty knackered as well so make sure you have frequent stops to stretch the tired legs, and keep awake! you'll probably want to get home quickly but just remember how tired you will be so take care.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've driven Glasgow> Bristol non stop (over 5h). Even that much time sat in a car without really moving is not good, not to mention a bit dangerous wrt breaks. I know it's too late now, but why didn't you fly?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I drove Derby to Barcelona in an 18 hour stint with a couple of breaks- arrived Friday morning for a race Saturday.. Still my PB race!.

Not recommended though - I was wired on Red Bull on the trip down and pulled over for a power nap by the Milau Bridge and just couldnt sleep so pressed on.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
I've driven Glasgow> Bristol non stop (over 5h). Even that much time sat in a car without really moving is not good, not to mention a bit dangerous wrt breaks. I know it's too late now, but why didn't you fly?


I don't like flying, I don't like airlines, but most importantly I don't like spending weeks searching for the perfect flight/time/price/airport combo Smile

I've been driving the family to the Alps for a fair few years now, and I like the sense of journey that you never get with flying, the direct control over ones own fate and the ability to go and take whatever I want when I want.

Stopping every two hours even just for petrol and espresso is cool and he whole thing is quite relaxing, it's just that I'm bushed by it all apparently!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the sense of adventure is greater....once you get across the Channel unaffected by any strikes Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Yes the sense of adventure is greater....once you get across the Channel unaffected by any strikes Rolling Eyes


motorway madness, strikes, migrants, tolls, french toilets...

i drive across france quite regularly...i like it as a method of travel - clear roads usually, no ignorant security staff, no fragrance shops, always somewhere to sit...my only beef is that the fuel prices have equalised in recent years and it takes ages to clear security crossing back Caen to Portsmouth...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd prefer to take a couple of 40min breaks. Wee, walk around, stretch, grab some food, fuel up & hit the cruise control again.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Yes the sense of adventure is greater....once you get across the Channel unaffected by any strikes Rolling Eyes


motorway madness, strikes, migrants, tolls, french toilets...

i drive across france quite regularly...i like it as a method of travel - clear roads usually, no ignorant security staff, no fragrance shops, always somewhere to sit...my only beef is that the fuel prices have equalised in recent years and it takes ages to clear security crossing back Caen to Portsmouth...


I hate to think how many times I've driven that A26 from Calais down to Reims - over a 100 at least - but it always leaves me with a sense of excitement as we start another road trip. it doesn't matter where we are heading or time of year, but driving in France is just a joy compared to the UK.

just opened a frequent traveller account with Eurotunnel as we already have a few trips planned - Kitzbuhel for the ETU Champs being the next.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fat buddha wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Yes the sense of adventure is greater....once you get across the Channel unaffected by any strikes Rolling Eyes


motorway madness, strikes, migrants, tolls, french toilets...

i drive across france quite regularly...i like it as a method of travel - clear roads usually, no ignorant security staff, no fragrance shops, always somewhere to sit...my only beef is that the fuel prices have equalised in recent years and it takes ages to clear security crossing back Caen to Portsmouth...


I hate to think how many times I've driven that A26 from Calais down to Reims - over a 100 at least - but it always leaves me with a sense of excitement as we start another road trip. it doesn't matter where we are heading or time of year, but driving in France is just a joy compared to the UK.

just opened a frequent traveller account with Eurotunnel as we already have a few trips planned - Kitzbuhel for the ETU Champs being the next.


yep, most of my journeys are/were to Belgium and Holland when I used to race, with two or three a year on the Calais reims road and now more recently on the Caen - Montauban road...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fat buddha wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Yes the sense of adventure is greater....once you get across the Channel unaffected by any strikes Rolling Eyes


motorway madness, strikes, migrants, tolls, french toilets...

i drive across france quite regularly...i like it as a method of travel - clear roads usually, no ignorant security staff, no fragrance shops, always somewhere to sit...my only beef is that the fuel prices have equalised in recent years and it takes ages to clear security crossing back Caen to Portsmouth...


I hate to think how many times I've driven that A26 from Calais down to Reims - over a 100 at least - but it always leaves me with a sense of excitement as we start another road trip. it doesn't matter where we are heading or time of year, but driving in France is just a joy compared to the UK.

just opened a frequent traveller account with Eurotunnel as we already have a few trips planned - Kitzbuhel for the ETU Champs being the next.


I came back to Calais this time on the A16 via St Etienne au Mont - much more picturesque.

Reims is nice, but I do like the centre of Dijon.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driving sucks. It is like inverse stretching. Feel those hamstrings shortening. I hate drivi g for more than 2 hours at a stint. Fly???
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got the frame in the boot, had to remove the largest chainring to get it in, which is a first. I hope it attaches again.

Still can't upload pictures, but I suppose the new forum will sort that over the weekend.
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