Minni v Dubai Dave
Minni- hope the naked HM went well
Chick - Glad to hear you're running pain free. It will be great to enjoy Boston without the added pressure.
Stroud Half Marathon - A race too far??
Woke up this morning with my first thought 'Who's stupid idea was this?' knowing that just for once it was BA who suggested the race rather than me. The weather forecast was horrible, I felt tired and lethargic and I still didn't have the sense to wimp out.
Stroud is a reasonable size HM but the roads aren't closed and there are various places where you have to run in single file whatever the pace of the person in front, unless you want to risk being mown down by a large truck. To say it was a bit windy would be a bit like saying the sea is a bit wet and with heavy blustery showers forecast it was hard to decide what to wear. Didn't risk a warm-up as I wasn't sure my legs would even survive the race distance never mine any extra, just ran up the hill from the car to the start. Went off at what felt like a conservative pace and was reasonably comfortable - without a garmin I didn't have to worry about how slow it might be. There was a clock at 5 miles and I was around 38.30, so just under 7.45mm pace, which rather surprised me as I still felt OK.
Just before 6 miles we turned into the wind........ and we started the 1 mile climb, which is too gradual to shield you from the headwind but enough of a drag to make your legs complain. Additional problem is that you are on the A38 and only have a narrow coned off lane, so to get past anyone ahead you have to take your life in your hands and accelerate past outside the cones. I did this three or four times, but it is always a mistake as it takes far more out of your legs than mine had in them. Between 7 and 8 miles my legs punctured , not a slow puncture, a nail in the tyre sort of puncture - it was like someone had let all the energy escape. I felt the speed ebb away and on the next section of main road I just plodded along behind a fellow sufferer as there was no way I could accelerate.
Just before 9 miles you turn into an industrial estate and there is more road space [but no scenery] and I managed to wobble my way round to 10 miles in just under 80 mins. I reckoned I could still make it in under 1.50 even if I fell apart, which I proceeded to do between mile 11 and the finish [to be continued]
Between miles 11 and 12 the wheels came off big time and I thought I was going to throw up so stopped and walked about 20 yards before setting off again at a shuffle. Same thing happened between 12 and the finish althougb at least I managed to get past the club photographer before I had to walk another 10 yards until my stomach calmed down. Uphill finish although at least the wind was now behind us and I crossed the line in 1,46.21 - a little worse than I was hoping at half way and a lot better than I was expecting after half-way. I checked and 2 years ago when I did Stroud a week after the Rotherham 50 I was 1.46.34!!
BA came in in 1.54.04 also feeling knackered. Good news is that the time was still faster than Swindon by 30 secs and BA by over a minute, I was second LV60 and he was third MV65. Bad news is that I doubt I will be able to move for the foreseaable future - which brings us to BAs second stupid idea. A 2 hour walk through Westonbirt Arboretum on the way home in howling winds and torrential showers - thanks for nothing!!
Anyway I think next year we will have a realxing weekend after Rotherham.........
Kiwi: that's the same sort of weight loss I had on holiday and it still hasn't all gone back on, so get eating!!
KFC: how was the cyclocross??
Sounds like we are in for a rough night down this way, and we have a garden full of large mature trees..................................If I don't post tomorrow the house has been demolished
O4S - Great race report, and a pretty fast time considering. What have you got next w-end, another ultra, or a 100m bike ride.
O4S - great race report, dreadful conditions.
Simon - nice paced come back 5miler! Cyclocross certainly sounds like awesome cross training!
Chick - awesome you've had a pain free run
Need to be at the Swiss Embassy in London by 9am tmrw morning to get my biometrics done + hopefully a step forward to the visa situation being solved. just the 80mph winds and no trains to deal with, hoping the roads will be ok.....!!
spoons: good effort
O4S: do you ever takea weekend off
kfc: have been considering cyclo cross if only cos i could get another bike!
10K run around the Spanish hills in the glorious sunshine.
Nice ultra spoons!
Great pain free run chick - sounds like a sensible plan for Boston.
O4S - uphill, headwind, punctured legs, sounds like fun...
Kiwi - what Simon said. Its a bit like cross country - its how road cyclists keep fit during winter. Races last about 40 mins riding laps marked out on grass and mud in parks. Once the winner finishes, everyone finishes at the end of whatever lap they are on.
Anyway, it was good fun, but I'm not very good at it!
Like most cycling events, the gender balance is rubbish - a few hundred men, and about 10 women. We raced in the Vet men race, setting off a minute after them. I don't have a cyclocross bike so rode my full sus MTB - an unusual choice, the only others I saw riding them were in the 'fun' race at the end of the day. Despite the MTB I still skidded around a bit in the grass and mud and took a few tumbles, but made up ground on the downhills to lose it on the ups. Despite the womens field being small, it was speedy, and most I didnt see again. Not sure what my finish position was, but I don't think there were many behind me!
OH rode in the senior men race, and quickly found himself in a battle of the shitans with 2 other guys, a long way back from the rest of the field. He's very proud to have won that battle, and very pleased with his 3rd (from last) placing
KFC - Nice race report. It must be tough with the extra weight of a full sus Mtn bike. Like you say they're mostly in muddy parks, so you don't get the benefit of the suspension, that you would, with say a big downhill.
DD - One for the chrimbo list, a new cyclocross bike.
Safe travel to all you commuters in the morning, esp in the south.
AA--some great cycling. Achilles is still tender and very stiff in the morning but apart from some discomfort when I run no pain which is the important thing. I've still got some way to go though. Ditto Simon - any issues when cross training cycling swimming etc?
Simon-good run today- it's getting out there that matters isn't it. Trouble is when I you eventually get out you want more
O4S- quite incredible performance again today so soon after an ultra and midweek race. Amazing. enjoyed your report a lot
KFC- that's the first cyclo cross report I've read ...great stuff and ?placed
DD- just my luck it poured in Spain yesterday when I was there. Good 10k
KIwi- get eating !
Chick- great to see you out there running again.
Chick- my Boston confirmation arrived too...excited now. Don't rule out anything yet. Still lots of time. I managed 10.5 today ,still some discomfort but no pain. 8.15mm in strong winds . Still a long way to -3.15 for me too.I have to be patient which is a struggle.
O4S - an amazing effort. Hope your house is still standing!
kfc - sounds mental!
simon/2old - foot doesn't hurt when cycling or swimming, more when I've been sat or stood for a while
been listening to the wind for the last few hours. Getting stronger.
Sounds fun KFC
Lovin' it Freemers! O4S: that was an amazing performance so close to your ultra. I've said it loads of times before but you are a machine!2old: of course I'm hoping for some miracle to give me my strength and speed back all of the sudden. But it's more likely I'm going to grind out loads and loads of frustratingly slow miles HADD stylee before anything happens. Right now I just don't care about pace. As long as I can put in the miles and there's no deterioration all is well. I hope to be up to 20 miles around Christmas and then take it from there. 8:15 pace is great. I'm about as far from that as I am from the moon KFC: no idea what cyclo-cross is but it sounds like something adrenaline fuelled that 14 year olds would do I'd be very scared about me old bones Massive winds and lots of rain scuppered my planned trendy 5 this morning. Hopefully things will have calmed down by the evening so I can still go out.
Kiwi - you must have lost a lot of weight. Hope you get your visa's sorted. Did you get your passports back?
Chick - I agree re the pressure but wait and see nearer the time. The enforced rest will have given your muscles a really good rest and you'll be good to go in no time.
2old- SLOW DOWN! You want to get back running consistently and not aggravate that injury!
Simon - nice to you banking a good run. Great that the shoulder is ok when running.
Spoons - great ultra and great planking!
kfc - cyclocross sounds like run. I like it that the whole thing is over once the first place finishes.
Freemers - nice 17 there and good to get a shout. When's your next HM?
freemers - nice to enjoy a 17!
124 lengths in the pool this morning. Took it up to 1h10. 3.1k
Crikey, AA - that's almost Ironmen length!!
Chick - I did an Ironman length in the lake in August. But my 10k swim is 400 lengths so I need to get some decent swims in before the lake reopens in April. The 10k is June 1st...
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