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2018 - Raid Corsica
Cobbie's Selected Race Results

Raid du Massif Central - 6 days, 562 miles, 16,300m ascent, 46 hrs Report


Aug - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 60/301. Report

July - Raid Pyrenean Report

May - Chester Tri West Coast of Scotland Cycling trip ... 300 miles in 3 days. Report


Sep - Scilly Swim Challenge, 11 miles of swimming in 5 stages Report


June - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:33; 25/275 Very Happy Very Happy


March - Gin Pit Marathon; 3:59:26. 14/39


Became a dad Cool

Oct 2011 - Feb 2012

Travelling the world Cool
Nepal - Annapurna Circuit and Chitwan
S. E. Asia and trekking in New Zealand
South America
Trekking the 'Circuito del Dientes de Navarino'; Chilean Tierra del Fuego


Sep - AXTri - Report

June - Chester to John O'Groats cycle ride with the Tri Club; 637 miles in 9 days

2010 Races

Sep - TILL ; 14:19; Report

2009 Races

Nov - Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge; 78.6 miles. Day 1 - 5th in 4:39. Very Happy Day 2 - Retired with ITB injury after 15 miles Sad

Oct 4th - Sandstone Trail 'A' Race; 17 miles, 1750ft 2:19:15; 29/156

Aug 8th - Norseman 14:57; 81=/230 Report No1 & Report No2 Smile

June 28th - A Day in the Lakes HIM 5:55:18; 68/309 Report

June 17th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 13/100 Report Very Happy

May 31st - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Cyclosportif 107 miles, 3000+m ascent; 7:20:26

March 28th Cheshire Cat Cyclosportif 105 miles; 7:04 Report

March 21st - Chester Tri Runners vs Kayaks; Llangollen Canal 32.4 miles; 5:22 Report

2008 Races
The year I was a fat bast@rd Rolling Eyes

Atlantic Coast Challenge 78miles; About 18 hrs Report

Norseman 17:05 Report

Etape du Dales 110 miles; 8:40ish with puncture

2007 Races

Nov 17th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:35:23; 50/220

Bala Olympic Tri 2:14:00; 217/773 (AG 61/203) Smile Report

Hathersage Hilly - 1:22:34; 19/169 and AG 4/43 Smile ; Report

July 11th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 23:16; 15/76 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 1:25:02; 59/3800ish finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 5th Vet Shocked Very Happy ; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 86:52; 152/1570


Nov 18th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:31:42; 24/237; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Oct 8th - Pentland Skyline (16.2 miles, 6,200ft); 3:30:54; 79/150; Report. Blisters Crying or Very sad

Oct 1st - Sandstone Trail A Race (17 miles, 1750ft) 2:15:14; 14/135 3rd V40; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Sept 24th South Shropshire Sprint 1:23; 28/234

July 23rd - TLD Bike Relay 5:52:38; Report

June 7th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 28:47; 24/97 Smile

June 4th - Bala Middle 4:47:39 Crying or Very sad

May 7th - Fred Whitton Challenge 112 miles, 4,150m of ascent, 8:18:52; Report

March 19th - Edale Skyline Fell Race 21.3 miles, 4,620ft; 3:48:25, 100/260

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 92:55; 52/3283 finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 6/521; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 85:43; 152/1655 Very Happy


Oct 30th - Snowdonia Marathon 3:54:50; 265/961

Oct 2nd - Sandstone Trail A Race (16.8 miles, 1750ft) 2:17:41; 29/111 Very Happy

Sep 18th - Bala Olympic Tri 2:20:31; 83/433 (AG 17/100) Very Happy

Sep 10th - Helvellyn Tri 4:17:38; 43/331
Report Very Happy Very Happy

July 24th - The Longest Day 11:00:25; 40/150

June 5th - Bala Middle 4:39:54; 92/318 (AG 25/87)
Very Happy

Mar 15th - Wuthering Hike [31 miles 4400 ft] 5:35 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 93:49; 161/3,500 Very Happy

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages half marathon 90:39; 256/1504

Survival of the Shawangunks - 5:29:45 35/120 Very Happy
Wolverhampton Oly 2:19:50 Very Happy

The year of illness and poor motivation Crying or Very sad
Powerman UK 3:47

HIM Llanberis 5:09:40 Very Happy Very Happy

HIM Llanberis 5:38 Cool Cool
All about Cobbie

Joined: 02 Aug 2005
Location: Chester
Occupation: Consultant
Interests: Red wine and cakes

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Fitbit Update and Q1 2018
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:16 am Cobbie
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I did a review last year about how helpful I'd found wearing a Fitbit:

Now I have over 2 years of data I've been doing a review of longer term trends. The thing I was most interested in was resting HR variability because mine seems to go up and down like a yo-yo. Here's the graph of my resting HR by date with 2016 / 2017 and Q1 2018 overlaid on each other.

As I was fitter in 2017, I had expected to see a drop but this didn't happen, in fact, my average resting HR was almost identical to 2016:
2016 - 54.2
2017 - 54.6
2018 - 53.8 (first 100 days)

I am still a little surprised that the variability is as high as 10-15% but a quick search didn't reveal any data on what's normal and since I've been pretty healthy over the period, I guess it's to be expected.
The stats geek in me made me do some further analysis which showed a standard deviation of 2.2 bpm. This means if things are well controlled, there should be barely any readings below 48 (lowest is 49) or above 61. Here there are 14 data points but they are all associated with an assignable cause (my one period of significant lurgy in Feb 2016 and both of my multi-day cycling RAIDS). So, stats geek can go back in his cage Smile .
One last thing I looked at was more useful, this being to take out some noise by averaging by month and quarter as shown in this graph:

Here you can see that there was an initial drop as I started back on the road to reasonable fitness, a climb to a peak around my second RAID in June 2017 and a gradual drop since then. Since the gradual climb was from 53 to 55 bpm and the subsequent drop has been back to 53.5, the effect is obviously very small. My take is that I spent a year and a half building up strength and have probably been recovering more quickly since then for the volume / intensity of cycling that I'm doing.

My main measure is still calories burnt and this remains encouraging as my enthusiasm for cycling has stayed high. Focusing a little more on performance since last summer has helped to get me a little trimmer, along with the training benefit of having a heavier winter bike.

Enough on Fitbit then, still loving mine and the data it gives me.

Q1 has been pretty dreadful weather-wise but I've managed to get out a lot and am averaging 111 miles a week to date, well above my 100 mile target.
My fairly ambitious target of 100km vertical ascent is a little behind but as the weather improves I'm catching back up with more hilly rides into Wales. Currently I'm averaging 1894m/week against the target of 1923.

My first century ride of the year was at the Forest of Bowland epic sportif on Sunday. I perhaps shouldn't have given blood on the Friday evening but was still happy with 7hrs 24 mins given a very strong headwind for the first half of the ride. It's a very pretty ride with several long and surprisingly steep hills in an area that I don't really know - there were no stand-out views so that probably explains it, especially with the Peak / Lake Districts and Snowdonia as alternatives.
Being back on the summer bike now I can really see an improvement since last year. My priority is to focus on enjoyment but it's reassuring to see myself getting a bit faster.

I also managed to get out for a hike with Darryl (Daz) as we don't live very far apart nowadays - as we both have young kids, it's all a lot more fun than in the 'old' days.

Snowy Mc Snowface & Muddy McMudface

Daz in the snow, hiking in Shropshire

The sun comes out on the tough climb up to the Llangollen panorama

2 months now until Coast to Coast in a day, plan to put in another couple of hilly century rides before then. Smile
Almost back to being an athlete in 2016 Shocked

Wed May 23, 2018 10:54 am hammerer
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photos and graphs. what a treat. More please Cobbie!


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