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2019-10-18 7:29 AM
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Originally posted by rpaulson7  Ironically, when asked at work what my career plans are, I consistently have no idea.

That is SO funny - I'm 50 years old and still don't know what I want to be at work, yet I have my ENTIRE 2020 workout schedule planned as well as our vacations planned through 2022.

Good luck with the BQ, that's always a huge accomplishment.



2019-10-19 10:31 AM
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Originally posted by bulfrog In other news, how is everyone enjoying the rugby world cup? We're into the playoffs now, and a very lopsided draw in my opinion, title contenders NZ, England and Ireland all on one side, with South Africa having a pretty open run to the final on the other side. It's going to be an interesting few weeks.

 

OUCH! You lot look amazing!!!!! On the good news front: at least we beat your noisy neighbours!!! 

2019-10-19 9:10 PM
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Quick update. Home in MA this weekend for a double long run (7 and 17) as part of the Dopey Challenge plan. 17 will include the Baystate Half Marathon in Lowell. Going to try 2 mi warmup, 13.1, and 2 mi cool down. It's going to be in the 30s (F) at the start. Yay....
2019-10-20 7:18 PM
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Originally posted by sappho96

Originally posted by bulfrog In other news, how is everyone enjoying the rugby world cup? We're into the playoffs now, and a very lopsided draw in my opinion, title contenders NZ, England and Ireland all on one side, with South Africa having a pretty open run to the final on the other side. It's going to be an interesting few weeks.

 

OUCH! You lot look amazing!!!!! On the good news front: at least we beat your noisy neighbours!!! 




Well the quarters pretty much went to plan.The Welsh can feel very lucky to still be in Japan, even with the red card they managed to almost not make it. A very deserved red card tho, unlike some we have seen this tournament. No chance they get past the Bokke this week.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about Ireland before the game, but you're right the boys are looking very good, definitely peaking at the right time. The nerves had all gone 15 minutes into the game.

England, sorry but that score flatters you. if you give up 65% of the ball to NZ or SA, you're getting a hiding. My goodness the Australians were poor, and made some really terrible tactical calls. That said, yes, England are capable of the upset, but should be considered very much the underdogs going into the semi. The biggest concern is coach Eddie, he has a history of getting a team up for that 'one off' performance to win the big game he really has no right too... See NZ vs Aus semifinal in 2003, or Japan Vs SA in '15

There will be some nerves for sure building up to this weekend.
2019-10-20 7:49 PM
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Getting through that first week is such a positive direction forward, congrats!



Thanks,

Unfortunately week 2, not so good.

I was away 3 days for work, long hours as usual with site work so 3 days unwanted enforced rest.

So, I switched week 2 for week 3 (first rest week) so I wouldn't miss too much. Got all 3 rides as planned, but was 1 run short. Looking forwards to week 3 (or 2) this week and getting some solid numbers in.

In other news, my pools closure has been extended for a week. So it's going to be 11 Nov before I can start doing laps again. This means I might be doing the first 2 OWS's of the summer with no swimming for the previous 2 months... should make it interesting.

Also, the consistency of the last 3 months or so seems to be showing up in my runs over the weekend. I'm not going fast by any stretch of the imagination but my heart rate this week was nice and low, even staying in zone 1, or lower, for 80 minutes of my 95 minute long run Sunday, while sitting nicely in the middle of my target pace (Z2). I'm sure 3 days of no exercise mid week helped me go into the weekend nice and rested, but I think I need to try and find an opportunity to do a 5k fitness test, and maybe speed up my zones a little.
2019-10-20 7:55 PM
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Originally posted by rpaulson7

Now, I've reinvigorated my desire to run a Boston Qualifier marathon. This week,
I re-hired my running coach from 2017, and dedicated the next 12 months to running a BQ. Should be a realistic goal - I need a 3:20 marathon to qualify, and about a 3:17 to successfully get registered.

Apparently I'm ready for the madness again! Assuming I qualify at Twin Cities Marathon in 2020, I'd run Boston in April 2022, which means I can do a few triathlons in 2021.

Ironically, when asked at work what my career plans are, I consistently have no idea.


I know what you mean, I have a potential race plan (or dream list I suppose) looking years ahead. (Don't tell Mrs Bullfrog that, we'll get past Ironman before mentioning ultra running etc... ) And I also don't know what I want to be when I grow up, despite being in teh job for close to a decade.

Good luck for the BQ mission. That is an amazing goal, that is way beyond what I could ever attempt.

But do you really need to wait till 2021 before doing a Tri again? A little bit of cross training in your training plan, and treating things like a catered training day rather than an all out effort, I'm sure you can fit some sprints or something in next year. Obviously in discussions with your coach.

Either way, good luck, and I look forward to following your progress.


2019-10-21 2:42 PM
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Originally posted by sappho96

Originally posted by bulfrog In other news, how is everyone enjoying the rugby world cup? We're into the playoffs now, and a very lopsided draw in my opinion, title contenders NZ, England and Ireland all on one side, with South Africa having a pretty open run to the final on the other side. It's going to be an interesting few weeks.

 

OUCH! You lot look amazing!!!!! On the good news front: at least we beat your noisy neighbours!!! 

Well the quarters pretty much went to plan.The Welsh can feel very lucky to still be in Japan, even with the red card they managed to almost not make it. A very deserved red card tho, unlike some we have seen this tournament. No chance they get past the Bokke this week. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about Ireland before the game, but you're right the boys are looking very good, definitely peaking at the right time. The nerves had all gone 15 minutes into the game. England, sorry but that score flatters you. if you give up 65% of the ball to NZ or SA, you're getting a hiding. My goodness the Australians were poor, and made some really terrible tactical calls. That said, yes, England are capable of the upset, but should be considered very much the underdogs going into the semi. The biggest concern is coach Eddie, he has a history of getting a team up for that 'one off' performance to win the big game he really has no right too... See NZ vs Aus semifinal in 2003, or Japan Vs SA in '15 There will be some nerves for sure building up to this weekend.

Just for the record, the above dialogue might as well have been in Russian for as much as I understood it. 

2019-10-21 5:33 PM
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Just for the record, the above dialogue might as well have been in Russian for as much as I understood it. 




Nah, the Russians didn't make it to the playoffs

If you get the chance, watch the semifinals this weekend. The England vs NZ game should be a great game, and spectacle.
2019-10-22 7:49 AM
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Short run this morning before I head off to the desert for the next eight weeks. The trip is a ba$tard. I won’t arrive at my final destination until Friday afternoon (leaving my house today at 10am). Coach has new run program set to start on Monday. Off season is coming to a close!
2019-10-22 8:43 AM
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Originally posted by jmhpsu93

Originally posted by bulfrog
Originally posted by sappho96

Originally posted by bulfrog In other news, how is everyone enjoying the rugby world cup? We're into the playoffs now, and a very lopsided draw in my opinion, title contenders NZ, England and Ireland all on one side, with South Africa having a pretty open run to the final on the other side. It's going to be an interesting few weeks.

OUCH! You lot look amazing!!!!! On the good news front: at least we beat your noisy neighbours!!! 

Well the quarters pretty much went to plan.The Welsh can feel very lucky to still be in Japan, even with the red card they managed to almost not make it. A very deserved red card tho, unlike some we have seen this tournament. No chance they get past the Bokke this week. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about Ireland before the game, but you're right the boys are looking very good, definitely peaking at the right time. The nerves had all gone 15 minutes into the game. England, sorry but that score flatters you. if you give up 65% of the ball to NZ or SA, you're getting a hiding. My goodness the Australians were poor, and made some really terrible tactical calls. That said, yes, England are capable of the upset, but should be considered very much the underdogs going into the semi. The biggest concern is coach Eddie, he has a history of getting a team up for that 'one off' performance to win the big game he really has no right too... See NZ vs Aus semifinal in 2003, or Japan Vs SA in '15 There will be some nerves for sure building up to this weekend.

Just for the record, the above dialogue might as well have been in Russian for as much as I understood it. 

 Was out to a Portuguese restaurant with a good friend, and they had the Wales Australia match on.  Trying to figure out what was happening was like trying to  read Russian...  :D

2019-10-22 9:10 AM
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Gretchen - Safe travels!!

Ryan - AWESOME on the Boston Qualifying mission!  

Me - my weekend went mostly to plan.  We got the 7 mile long run in Saturday, Sunday was supposed to be 17 (the Dopey Challenge plan starts working in additional long runs throughout the 6 month plan - eventually getting to 4 long runs over 4 days, to simulate the race 5k/10k/HM/Marathon).  The idea was run 2 mi warmup, run the Baystate Half Marathon, then cool down 2 mi more.  17 didn't happen, we got maybe 15 in total. The good news though is that I successfully run/walked a race for the first time.  I've done the Galloway run/walk method for years with good success at preventing and mitigating injury.  I've always raced on race day though, just running a consistent pace start to finish.  My running partner has only been successful at run/walking races, and any time I've pushed him to run the whole thing, he's fizzled out.  

Not only did we run/walk an HM, we passed our 2hr goal and got him a PR in the process (1:55).  Considering we're Dopey Challenge training, and marathon PR focused at that, I'd call a 1:55 a huge success for us.  I'm psyched!!!

BTW the winner of the HM was 1:05.  The winners for the Marathon were M 2:34:37 and F 2:39:00.  Only 5 mins between Male and Female - the barrier is falling!  Yay!!!!!!  Funny side note, the HM and Marathon have the same finish line.  A friend of ours was finishing her first Half Marathon and as she's coming down the chute the announcer starts getting excited going on about the first female finisher and how it's a course record and literally our friend is coming across the line for her Half at the same time as the Women's overall Marathon winner and our friend had to break stride and move out of the way so as not to run through the Marathon winner's tape. 



2019-10-22 1:54 PM
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Safe travels Gretchen!

John, rugby is American football without the forward pass. Or more accurately, American football is the mess you create when you allow a forward pass in rugby.

I still haven't figured out a good way to watch rugby here. This weekend I decided to see if anyone had uploaded any bootlegged games to YouTube. The game I thought I found turned out to be South Africa vs. New Zealand under 20 championships. Some good rugby nonetheless, and if the U20 team is any indication, SA is going to be a powerhouse in a couple of years.

The England/ New Zealand game is at 4AM my time... there won't be any pubs open. Looks like subscribing to a VPN is my best option. I'll probably see if the rugby club is doing a watch party for the final.

Training is going good. Two weeks ago my joints were feeling so beat up I was thinking of ditching my HM in December. So of course I doubled down, adding hill repeats, functional strength work, and compression on the joints that were bothering me. Still a slight niggle or two, but so much better now. I did a threshold test this morning, 3.5 mi in 30 minutes puts me at just over a 2 hr HM using McMillan's pace calculator. I'd be very happy with a 2:00-2:10!
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Originally posted by riles32807 Safe travels Gretchen! John, rugby is American football without the forward pass. Or more accurately, American football is the mess you create when you allow a forward pass in rugby. I still haven't figured out a good way to watch rugby here. This weekend I decided to see if anyone had uploaded any bootlegged games to YouTube. The game I thought I found turned out to be South Africa vs. New Zealand under 20 championships. Some good rugby nonetheless, and if the U20 team is any indication, SA is going to be a powerhouse in a couple of years. The England/ New Zealand game is at 4AM my time... there won't be any pubs open. Looks like subscribing to a VPN is my best option. I'll probably see if the rugby club is doing a watch party for the final. Training is going good. Two weeks ago my joints were feeling so beat up I was thinking of ditching my HM in December. So of course I doubled down, adding hill repeats, functional strength work, and compression on the joints that were bothering me. Still a slight niggle or two, but so much better now. I did a threshold test this morning, 3.5 mi in 30 minutes puts me at just over a 2 hr HM using McMillan's pace calculator. I'd be very happy with a 2:00-2:10!

The only place I know to watch rugby is through the NBC sports app...you pay for subscriptions to the different sports (I pay $35/year for cycling, but you get EVERYTHING there is in cycling - Tour of California, TdF, Vuelta d' Espania, Giro di Italia, UCI worlds, and all the one-day classics).  The rugby world cup all access is $144 (!!!), but there are per match prices, too.

Or you could just go to a bar at 5 AM, so there's that. 

 



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2019-10-22 4:03 PM
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@John - nice work on the HM...I've always thought that run/walk HAS to be slower but somehow it's faster.  Makes my head hurt.

@Gretchen - good luck on the travels

Me:  Finished day two of the prep phase...really easy stuff at this point, just getting back into a schedule and doing a ton of core work.

2019-10-23 10:36 AM
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Gretchen, have fun and stay safe on your travels!
2019-10-23 10:37 AM
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Just signed up for Ironman Mont Tremblant next August. Redemption for my hypothermia DNF in 2016. Beautiful course, now to get more consistent.


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