Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby scibby » 07 Aug 2015 19:43

Haha. I think you perspective may have changed after the various long things you've been doing since. My memory is that it was lumpy and slow (ie not a PB course) and that I had difficulty setting into a rhythm. But that is was OK...


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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby birdyman » 08 Aug 2015 19:45

I am in France at the moment, and then in Somerset, but will be out on the course on the weekend of 29/30 Aug (and subsequent weekends up to the Gauntlet). There is a cycling cafe called The Velo House which is a good starting / meeting point in Tunbridge Wells.
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby Tarka the Nutter » 09 Aug 2015 21:34

scibby wrote:Haha. I think you perspective may have changed after the various long things you've been doing since. My memory is that it was lumpy and slow (ie not a PB course) and that I had difficulty setting into a rhythm. But that is was OK...


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I fear you're right. It's probably not that bad when dawdling at my long distance pace but a whole other ball game when trying to go fast. I just remember being very cold for the first lap or so and having hands that couldn't break or change gear properly :-)

It was also after a season of doing far too much and I was very feeling very tired. Only thing I expect to be faster at this time round is the swim.
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby birdyman » 15 Aug 2015 21:05

I have just got back from holiday - I am a stone heavier than my weight at Henley in Sept 2013, and did very little training while I was away (2 runs). I had a chest infection and felt very run down. Anyway, I am feeling very depressed about it, and am wondering if it is sensible to do the Gauntlet. I will, of course, but I am going to be bloody disciplined in getting to a weight and fitness level in 6 weeks. Any suggestions?
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby Jack Hughes » 16 Aug 2015 07:37

Set yourself a realistic plan for improvement and commit to it. :)
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby scibby » 16 Aug 2015 13:40

Do you use training peaks? If so you can download relatively generic plans for not too much money. Having a session turn red on TP helps motivate me. Plus paying for stuffs helps me commit too.

The only thing is that you'll unlikely find a 6 week plan, so you have have to select a suitable block from the plan, which may or may not be the last 6 weeks...


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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby birdyman » 16 Aug 2015 14:54

Jack Hughes wrote:Set yourself a realistic plan for improvement and commit to it. :)


You mean adopt a sensible and grown up approach with logic and common sense applied? Well I suppose I could give it a try. This is the BCTTT though. :lol:
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby Jellybaby » 17 Aug 2015 09:12

Continue eating and drinking, don't train too much and just rock up (ideally having missed the race briefing and not being in the water quite on time). I can confirm this plan works for me, Bendy and Jody...

Disclaimer: this is a 'just finish' type plan for middle distance. You might have to find reputable sources for doing one quickly.
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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby ris » 17 Aug 2015 09:59

play badminton. eat cake. *

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Re: Hever Castle the Gauntlet (Half Iron)

Postby md6 » 21 Aug 2015 11:36

i'd go with, ride a bike a bit. do some running and maybe turn up to th race and see how it goes...that's how I plan on doing it. But I am on a 'get round (without breaking)' plan for this year
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