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mattsurf




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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: IM Vichy - I am finally excited Reply with quote

IM Vichy is now just over 2 weeks away, and I realised this morning that I am finally excited about it.

The last 3 months my thoughts have been focused on whether my knee would ever recover in time.... It is still a long way from being perfect, however, I can run, and I am pretty confident that it will go the distance, so long as I am careful

Even though the season started really strong, and I had visions of qualifying for Kona, in March I had a nasty bike crash and broke my collarbone, then soon after returning to training I injured my knee

Then to cap it all, I start a new Job in Switzerland in September, and my training time is being taken up by looking for an apartment, sorting schools for my kids, getting our house ready to rent and a thousand other things

Next year I need to get a trainer and put together a plan to qualify for Kona; I am pretty sure I can do it, just need to stay injury free

For Vichy, I have no targets for time, just plan to get round and enjoy myself and hopefully, call myself an Ironman
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck. Remember to post a race report afterwards.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt
I am doing this event as well; only entered 3 weeks ago
Still need to find a hotel !
Parents live in Dordogne so doing this as part of a family holiday. Roads here are great for cycling
It has been very cool here the last week; lots of rain. Wondering how this will affect the lake temperature !!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Auberge Bourbonnais, if you go direct to their web site they have rooms, only 7k from Vichy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: IM Vichy - I am finally excited Reply with quote

Next year I need to get a trainer and put together a plan to qualify for Kona; I am pretty sure I can do it, just need to stay injury free


- wait and see how you do at Vichy, don't get ahead of yourself.

Have fun, amazing race.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on the new job in CH; should be a great experience! I wouldn't worry about the Ironman too much, just get to T2 and take it from there. Most of us end-up walking at least some of the run (I've only managed to run all of it 3 times) even if it's the aid stations; I would even recommend it now, from the first one, as it would stop me (at least) going off too fast!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I am now an Ironman. 11h48m with just 3 weeks run training since May. As expected Bike was good 5h27m, but first half was 2h37, second half 2h50, so 15 mins potential there, swim was 15 mins slower than expected at 1h27 run was 1 hour slow, but that is due to injury. I need a trainer, and hopefully can do a sub 10 hour one day.... it was 36 degrees today on the run
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cracking result there, well done. I had a 10K race today and it was 25 degrees and I was dieing on my arse, 36 degrees would be the end of me.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did it as well
Did 10.05 -wanted 9.30/9.40 but the swim being non wetsuit did not help that Real kicker was the heat on the run; have never (in 5 IM) walked on the run before
This time was walking by 3rd lap and by 4th lap I was very tempted to quit - would have 100% done so if it was not for fact I had dragged the family to the event and to make them stand in that heat all day for me to stop would have been height of selfishness !
Thought it was a really good event; volunteers were great and the run was full of support
Standard of the Euro athletes is astonishing - in 40-44 age group 4 people broke 9 hrs
How do you run a 3.01 in that heat?!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work, heat is a killer in an IM run - not really sure what the bety way round it is, other than make sure you're born a skinny f&*ker and were born and raised in a hot country...

(hope to find out: got two warm ones with Italy and Florida coming up)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bespoke wrote:
I did it as well

Standard of the Euro athletes is astonishing - in 40-44 age group 4 people broke 9 hrs
How do you run a 3.01 in that heat?!


Standard of the Euro's is higher than any other in the tri world in my opinion.
A lower work ethic and better weather makes for a lot of quality training time Smile

As to your last point, this should interest you

http://www.samiinkinen.com/post/64273562229/how-can-mirinda-carfrae-run-a-250-marathon-in
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bespoke wrote:
Standard of the Euro athletes is astonishing - in 40-44 age group 4 people broke 9 hrs
How do you run a 3.01 in that heat?!


Dunno about Vichy, but after Barcelona last year my answer would be 'by soft tapping the bike in a large peleton'
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vichy seemed pretty fair to me
I did IMCH and there were huge draft packs around the lake - was a joke
I did not see anything like that on this one

Barcelona is notorious; anywhere with a strong cycling culture seems to have high awareness of benefits of the pack !
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This year in Vichy the officials were really strict on drafting, lots of people got penalties some for relatively minor infractions, but rules are rules, and it is good that they were enforced
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattsurf wrote:
This year in Vichy the officials were really strict on drafting, lots of people got penalties some for relatively minor infractions, but rules are rules, and it is good that they were enforced


A few of our coached guys were either penalised or severely warned during the bike leg, but it was all for the same thing, athletes cutting in and the overtaken athlete not dropping back immediately. I guess the race referees were told to to be hot on that this year.
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