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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by dr3do » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:00 am

Thanks Barbara.

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by dr3do » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:05 pm

My yesterday's HM was not too bad. The first hour my HRT was little higher (with tendencies to "rise") than the last half hour – can't explain it, but it felt like being in a good "flow".

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…after finishing it I felt that I still have some good amount of energy in the tank, so after a short drink and pee pause, I decided to add some extra "effort"… and did an additional half HM, with same speed.

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by CamiCrew » Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:20 am

Interesting that you kept the same speed, Boris. I haven't tried back-to-back HMs, but did wonder how it would go. My elbows and lower back have felt this challenge, so I don't want to incur a permanent problem by overdoing more than I already have. A night's sleep is a wonderful, healing thing. :)

After #23 last Monday, I have rowed each day up to #29 today. Fastest of these was Friday online, #27 in 1:33:16.6 at a 2:12.6 pace. Did not suffer repercussions of this speed, as I did initially. The slowest was yesterday #28 in 1:45:41.2, which is a 2:30.2 pace -- I really rowed it around 2:26 but had to jump off briefly to deal with distractions. Watched Shawshank Redemption today and rowed at a 2:24. Very much enjoy the movie rows, especially films I haven't watched in awhile.

Scheduled to finish up #30 tomorrow. Then I can get back to just plain holiday craziness instead of both holiday and crazy bear craziness combined. :lol:
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by dr3do » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:02 am

CamiCrew wrote:Interesting that you kept the same speed, Boris. I haven't tried back-to-back HMs, but did wonder how it would go.
For now 2:08 is my solid base speed. The first hour I can go at 17-19SPM, then I have to increase the stroke rate a little bit… to about 20SPM.

Barbara, I don't get it… what's a "back-to-back HM"? :-k

Scheduled to finish up #30 tomorrow.
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by strider77 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:12 am

Barbara absolutely brilliant effort well done you have true intestinal fortitude =D> ^O^
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Paul Victory » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:55 am

Absolutely brilliant Barbara! And going to finish with a day to spare. I hope you'll be able to take a couple of days off to enjoy the Christmas festivities.

Boris, "back-to-back" means one after another. So if you had a done a second HM a few minutes after completing your first HM the other day, that would have been "back-to-back HMs". As it was, a HM followed by a HHM was pretty impressive!
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by dr3do » Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:58 am

Paul, kind and helpful as always. Thanks! I got it. :-)

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by CamiCrew » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:59 am

Oops! Thought those were 2 HMs, Boris. :oops: Can I blame my little phone screen? As Paul says, good timing for a half & half-half. :)

Crazy Bear HM #30 is done. Took it out at 2:07-:08 and hung on for dear life. Such an interesting feeling to run at paces you never imagined were sustainable. I saw the sub 90:00 projected finish within my grasp for a good long while, but splits deteriorated when the going got tough near the end.

New PB of 1:30:27.4 at a 2:08.6, ~27 spm.
Previous PB of 1:32:17.2 at a 2:11.2, ~25 spm, Nov 27.

And that's that. Next year, steering far clear of this one, now that I've done it. #-o :lol:

Ps Uh thanks Alan re: the intestinal fortitude :-s :fsbgrin:
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Paul Victory » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:30 am

Fantastic achievement Barbara. =D> =D> =D> Not only did you nail the overall challenge with two days to spare, you also smashed your PB twice in the process. ^O^ ^O^ ^O^

Take several bows, milady and a very well deserved few days rest. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by dr3do » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:05 am

CamiCrew wrote:Can I blame my little phone screen?
Of course you can, it's christmas time… a larger one… :mrgreen:
New PB of 1:30:27.4 at a 2:08.6, ~27 spm.
Previous PB of 1:32:17.2 at a 2:11.2, ~25 spm, Nov 27.
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by strider77 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:54 am

CamiCrew wrote:- Ps Uh thanks Alan re: the intestinal fortitude :-s :fsbgrin:
Its a long phrase for you showed great guts doing this :D =D>

Fantastic new PB well done =D> ^O^

This long stuff really works :D
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Juergie » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:14 am

Does anyone know if this challenge will be held this year? I thought I read something about it some weeks ago. But right now I can't seem to find any links to a CBC 2015.

Anyone got a link?
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Paul Victory » Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:49 am

Juergie wrote:Does anyone know if this challenge will be held this year? I thought I read something about it some weeks ago. But right now I can't seem to find any links to a CBC 2015.

Anyone got a link?
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Juergie » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:07 am

I'm not on Facebook so it would be kind of you to ask.

Do you have a link to Stuart's page on Facebook? Seems you can not do a search there unless you're logged in.
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by plummy » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:41 am

The Crazy Bear Challenge will happen again this year as it has become part of the accepted event calendar. It comprises of trying to complete 30 half marathons in 44/45 days starting mid November.

I should be seeing Stuart this weekend if he makes it to the Devon Championships so I will ask him for an update and advise on my return (likely it will be Monday before I can post anything here)

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by CamiCrew » Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:23 pm

Launch minus a few days -- who's in for Crazy Bear 2015?

Not me [-X I am decidedly and definitely NOT in. But signed up anyway. You know, just in case. :roll:

Jill... got your nerve tablets? :D and -- are you joining? :fsbgrin:
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Paul Victory » Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:12 am

I definitely won't be doing it this year as it would not to possible to fit in a number of HMs without totally disrupting my preparation for BRIC on December 12th. As it is, have had to abandon the WP for the last 10 days because of the state of the ergs here in Alvor and I'm just doing steady distance to keep things ticking over until I'm back home on Tuesday.

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Liefcat » Sat Nov 07, 2015 6:51 pm

Signed up for this one - but doubt I will make it to the 30 or even close... ATM preparing for January´s 2k races, which limits the number of HMs I can fit in... :fssmile:
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by plummy » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:22 pm

First one ticked off. 23 seconds slower than my SB but 3~4 minutes faster than I thought it might be. Should have gone slower but happy to get one on the board.

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by K_Cat » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:03 am

Just got the okay from my eye doctor today, but I'm signed up now. Any HMs will be very slow, but it will be a good motivation to get some reading done :lol: Nothing today though, as one eye is still dilated. :shock:

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Post by CamiCrew » Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:17 am

Yay Peggy! =D>

Wondering if your doc understands the ramifications of clearing you to exercise... did you mention crazy bear by chance :shock: :lol:

And for sure take it easy on the eye. Slow is the way to go.

I queued up a few movies on amazon prime. Got stuck yesterday watching a truly awful thing with Julia Roberts. Have never felt so trapped on the erg! But had to row through it before 7 am to make breakfast and get to work.

Have fun!
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by K_Cat » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:24 am

Thanks, Barbara! The eye doc said he thought rowing was great exercise. But no, I didn't mention any pending rowing challenges. I was busy worrying that he might suggest that I end my 912 day running streak. The horror. #-o [-X

Watching a dull movie during a HM sounds like a special kind of torture, especially first thing in the morning. Bravo for enduring! =D>

Anyway, first one down. We'll see how far I get, but I'm going to need to stock up on eye drops. I did lots of rowing with my eyes closed to keep them from drying out. Not something I've worried about before. Although the eye that had the vitreous detachment a couple of weeks ago was kind of blurry, I still managed a lot of reading :D

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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by Paul Victory » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:44 pm

Not able to do multiple HMs because I'm preparing for PIRC in Limerick on November 21st and BRIC in London on December 12th. But I figured I should do at least one as a show of solidarity, so I did a HM yesterday. It was a bit of a struggle, but I managed to tough out a 5 seconds SB, finishing in 1:23:25.3 @ 1:58.6 pace. I'll try to do some more HMs after BRIC.
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by plummy » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:24 pm

3 completed now (I forgot how tough two in two days is). 27 officially to go (although I think it'll be 20 in total at best for me)
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Re: Crazy Bear Challenge

Post by CamiCrew » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:07 pm

Here's the spreadsheet link for tracking, if anyone's looking for it...

Crazy Bear Challenge 2015

Five are done. I've purposely taken them much slower than last year, knowing I have erg tests ongoing and a race coming up. Speediest HM so far is a 1:40:51.8 at a 2:23.4 pace. At that pace and slower, it's more a matter of motivation and planning the time. Last year's blisters on my heels, soreness, etc have not been an issue, other than icing my elbow and keeping it stretched out. This year I have a Fitbit Charge HR and am tracking heart rate on it, occasionally comparing it to the old Polar chest belt/receiver on my erg.

We have a cold front blowing in off the Pacific this morning. Stormy clouds & wind picking up outside, so I'll settle in and pick a decent movie for #6.

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