PPP - I said "mediocre", not "awe inspiring"
JMC, don't start or you'll get ES going off on one again!
I still think we should get a VETS relay stage team together this year, I'm sure there's some local ones like the northerns and we may even give Wilmslow a run for their money. And we can all slap each others back afterwards (or ripp the p*ss).
SW - I ran the whole race either smiling or laughing. Brilliant fun!
My take on the thread debate is that we've all been running competitively for a similar length of time (maybe 7 years). Don't they say that when you start running you have about 7 years of progression before you start to plateau? It could be the case that we've all reached our peak (or are on a downward spiral) and we now have no PBs to look forward to. We've become too competitive and lost sight of why we started to run in the first place. Age is conspiring against us, the housing market is flat, the economy can't get out of a depressive state, shares are getting battered and if anyone has kids, they're getting older not wanting to know their parents and some are flying the nest.
We're all going through a mid life crisis so let's accept it and move on. We shouldn't forget the good things happening at the moment - our football teams are relatively successful (County will come good!), the Harriers are in one of the best periods of their history and we still have the opportunity to laugh at GBM's illnesses and ability to blow up in races and of course JMC's lack of a personality. Happy days!
ES-bit harsh on JMC, true but a bit harsh , and GBM isn't always ill, well maybe.
SARQ-the VET relays, down in Birmingham are coming up shortly, not sure what the minimum age is, i 'll find out, i did them last year and thoroughly enjoyed them, plenty of competitive spirit.
May 18-age cat. V35/V45-6 stage relay
V55/V65-4 stage relay
think John Wharfe tends to organise-whose up for it, unless someone's washing their hair that day.
Hey, I've never wimped out of a race in my life, nor given up in one and caught a train home. The fact I don't want to run a marathon is because I don't like them.
And SARQ, your arms would need to be very long to pat me on the back during a race. Vets team sounds good to me.
BHB - oh well thats gonna really liven the thread up, digging up my only poor race performance in 7 years - you need to come up with something original.
The fact that you still haven't turned up for a XC race to support the Harriers vets team is ample evidence to me that you wimp out of the hard races.
ES - speak for yourself, I reckon I've got plenty of PBs to look forward to!
PPP, there's only 3 of you helping out for the BG. Has he got more support to do it?
I have a full set of hill supporters
but I'm still looking for road-support at Threlkeld (Friday evening) and Wasdale (Saturday morning)...
ES-i've just seen your result for Mickledon, 49th out of 248 is very commendable, and you're on Denby Dale's website montage of photos, are you wearing a lot of clothing? it's also a bit more enjoyable than XC and certainly more technical.
PPP-maybe those not supporting Daz's BG, might want to consider the Vets relay?
Ha Ha! - Its getting better already. ES has deliberately bailed out of road racing because he knows none of my PBs are "do-able".
We could all retire and just use our kids performances to take the p*ss out of each other. But seeing as my lad regularly beats ES's lad and he is still a year younger, thats probably going to end up as one way traffic as well.
I suppose we could always discuss extensions and hand made furniture.........
Well a least my little nudge has sparked it back into life
On Pb's, seeing as I don't have a 5k Pb and my 10k is very poor, I might squeeze a couple in this year if I can be bothered to do them.
Minnie- Thanks for the smile and wave earlier, I was nearing the end of my 16 mile run.
No track for me tonight
Meeting 8 o'clock at Rose Hill on Saturday morning, I think we are doing one of RC's routes
Eric--I agree with you that the thread has been quiet lately because the housing market is flat but i don't agree that we have become too competitive. To be honest, i think the opposite is true. When we first started running we were all quite competitive, enjoyed racing against each other and enjoyed the competitive banter on here as it was all bright and shiny and new. However, i think we have moved on from that. We still enjoy racing no matter how fit or unfit we are and i don't think we are really that arsed anymore about who we beat or who beats us. But the competitive banter side is now boring everyone to death and, having spoken to numerous people on this subject, is partly responsible for the thread being quiet. I'm also responsible for the thread being quiet as i have got out of the habit of posting on here but the comments over the last few days have given me a kick up the arse and i will start posting more and start again wishing racers 'Good Luck' and saying 'Well Done' afterwards. If anyone genuinely has a problem with me congratulating my friends no matter how they perform and thinks i should take the piss out of them then they can sod off to the forums on www.boringcompetitivebanterforknobs.com. Its time to make this thread more friendly, more encouraging, more humorous and then hopefully we can get some of the old forumites back.
Daz/Eric/M--A belated well done for your racing at the weekend.
X-country-ers--Good luck this weekend!
Jonah8--I probably wont be up for Saturday but i'm hoping i can resume my VLM training next week.
GBM, well done on that post, yoiu did really well. I fell asleep reading about the economy and housing market by ES.
Let's get back to some lively conversation...
Anyway for those interested.... I eventually got Clairsters Garmin working on a PC running Vista, as it's difficult for a Mac to recognise it, even using a 3rd party serial to USB adaptor. I used some patch software for the Mac running 10.7 to recognise it and make sure it wasn't faulty. The problem lies with A, The serial cable and B. Garmins original software wasn't really Mac friendly at the time and of course it utilises old connectivity hardware.
Good luck this weekend racers, you've done the training, just concentrate on having agreat race.
SARQ - glad you got it working and i actually do have a spare ANT+ USB stick as well if you want that too (I should set up in business really!)...
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