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West Country Eagle

Member Since 19 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active May 21 2014 08:17 AM

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In Topic: This Weekends Results 17th/18th May

20 May 2014 - 01:55 PM

Did no one tackle in the Gloucester game. Taking into account a few penalties and knock on's there can't have been that many full sets of 6

I was at the other game in Oxford (it was actually 44-18) but apparently the A team game was played 11-a-side… hence the space on the pitch and the ludicrous scoreline. Lots of players new to RL on both sides.

No excuse for our first team. Our defence was just poor, certainly in the second half.

In Topic: 5K run on a treadmill

20 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

Well, the first run yesterday was painful. Still, no pain, no gain. Quads are particularly sore today. Going to head to the local pool for a recovery swim. If I've any chance of getting round this triathlon course I need to be training five days a week, if only in relatively short bursts. Will return to the running tomorrow. Ouch!

In Topic: 5K run on a treadmill

18 March 2014 - 10:09 AM

I somehow managed to miss this thread - inspirational stuff, and timely since I'm starting running later today for the first time, well, ever. I have of course run before, but only when doing RL training, playing other sports. I've never run for the sake of running, aside from in P.E lessons at school, where I dreaded the darn cross country run we were periodically made to do. I still have nightmares about that!
Over Christmas, at the tail end of 2012, I decided - in a spur of the moment kind of comment - that I would get myself fit and lose weight. I'd not thought about it much up until that point, though deep down I knew it was something I had to do for my health. I've always been overweight - even when I was more active in my teens/early 20s - but I'd let it slip to a point where I was well over 20 stones (probably closer to 21 and a half/22) and basically lazy. I always used to enjoy sport and exercise but had got out of it. Of course, the longer you leave it and the bigger you get, the harder it becomes to start anything.

However, having made the commitment I couldn't put it off any longer. I took a two-pronged approach. Firstly, I changed what I was eating, and when. I cut out almost all dairy products (bar some natural yoghurt with granola and fruit in the morning), reduced my non complex carb intake in the evenings (I.E no potatoes, pasta, white rice etc) and massively reduced my fat intake. I started eating much more fish(grilled, baked or poached, not fried) and chicken. Oh, and lots more fruit and veg, of course.

At the same time, I started swimming three times a week. To begin with, it was extremely hard. In fact, when I first started I had to stop and have a breather after every four lengths. Within a month of doing this, I'd managed to extend it to 20 lengths without a break. I'd swim for half an hour, and see how many lengths I could get through. By the middle of February I was up to 30-odd without stopping, then later 40, then 50. I signed up for the charity Swimathon and did 1.5k last April. It took me 39 minutes for the 60 lengths, swimming breaststroke. That's not super-fast, but at the time I was chuffed.

Since then I've kept up the swimming and the changes to the diet (I prefer to call them lifestyle changes, as thinking of it as a diet is restrictive, plus if you change for good then it's no longer a diet). I'm not as hardcore as I was about the food side of things, but I'm still keen and apply the same principles, with some additional leeway at weekends.

All the way through the process I didn't weigh myself once, until I recently joined my local leisure centre (I should have done this when I first started swimming, as it's the same place I go for that) and they told me I had to go for an intro session at the gym. Amazingly, it turns out I've lost just over 6 stones since I started in January 2013. Obviously I knew I was getting smaller, as my waist size has shrunk by about 7 inches, but I didn't realise I'd lost that much!

At Christmas I decided to set myself a new goal: this year I'm going to compete in, and complete, a sprint distance triathlon (400m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). I've been writing for triathlon magazines for 5 years and have never done one, so it was about time I had a go. Hence signing up for the gym.

The swimming I've got covered - my times keep coming down - and the cycling doesn't worry me that much. I've been doing combined sessions at the gym - 45 minutes on the bike, followed by 500m swimming at a good tempo - but have largely steered clear of the treadmill, other than a fast walk to warm up. Try as I might I just can't run on a treadmill - it just doesn't seem natural. So, I'm going out on the road instead, and today will start the "couch to 5k" programme (I.E start with alternating between fast walking and running, build up the time and distances over 9 weeks etc), running up and down the Bristol to Bath cycle path which helpfully passes by the bottom of my road. I have ordered a smart racing bike, too, which should be built by the local triathlon shop by the weekend.

The triathlon is in July. Brilliantly, my brother and his wife are also doing it. He's told me we're going to start, finish, and go through the whole thing together, which since they're much fitter than me is a bit scary - better get myself up to scratch!

Oh, and I've also been roped into doing the Swimathon again, though this time as part of a charity relay team. Should come in handy for the training!

In Topic: Published attendance figures

09 March 2014 - 08:14 PM

They all copy from each other, so if that main source gets it wrong, the wrong attendance gets published everywhere.

Well, generally speaking the club will give the figure to the journalists who are there. The one that really matters is the person who is doing the live score updates that go out on "the wire". The information used by most websites - BBC Sport, Press Association etc - is generally supplied by a company called Sportstat, part of a group called Sportsdata. If they input the wrong attendance, everyone will get it wrong.

I have known journalists estimate crowds, but it's a rarity.

Still, the figures being reported do seem far lower than the actual attendances, rather than the usual inflation/rounding crowds up to make it look better.

In Topic: History of this forum?

09 March 2014 - 08:07 PM

My memory posting on here goes back to the beginning of the Noughties when getting involved in the Media Petition.

Aye. Funnily enough I was flicking through my copy of "The Petition" a few weeks back - brought back a few memories.

It says on my profile that I've been a member since 2004, but I was here way before that - I have a feeling at some point the board format changed, or we all had to rejoin. Either way, I was definitely posting in 2002, as this very forum played a vital role in the formation of the Bristol Sonics. Phil C posted a message on here about arranging a meeting for anyone interested in helping to start an amateur club in the city. Quite a few people (including yours truly) saw the post and went to the early meetings. In fact many of us are still involved all these years later.