Moraghan Training - Stevie G

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Cortina5    pirate
06/02/2013 at 15:39
Metfail...the wind is blowing NNW to NW, so it is SSE to SE wind.

I'm not in for Woky. It was suggested I focus on speed rather than distance, though I kind of wish I had entered now...
06/02/2013 at 15:43

well if it's wet or windy Ric knows of a spare place...

Cortina5    pirate
06/02/2013 at 15:49
A fast pair of shoes to fill......
06/02/2013 at 15:57

That'd be a shame Ric - will play havoc with my pacing strategy if you're not there 

Surely after Marlow, anything will seem like pleasant conditions anyway 

SG - there's something about those Adios that just beg to go faster 


06/02/2013 at 16:13

A race at this time of year is for me dependant on conditions.

For a HM I'm going all out for 13 miles. Under normal circumstances the only thing to contend with is the sustained effort, level of gradients and the corners. That's enough for me.

I didn't enter the Wokingham HM because it was the Wokingham HM. I entered it because I wanted a chance at a fast time. Freezing rain and wind will put pay to that so I'll give it a miss. Unless.

No interest in 'tough guy' activities.

At least at Marlow the rain stopped.

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 16:22
06/02/2013 at 16:34

Fair enough. Not sure rain (unless really heavy) will affect times too much, but a stiff breeze certainly will. I'm sure the wind in 2011 cost me a sub 1:19 there....

06/02/2013 at 16:35

Ric, just how bad are you expecting Sunday to be exactly?!

06/02/2013 at 17:03

BBC weather is currently predicting 9-10mph winds on Sunday.  Not exactly going to blow us off our feet.  Of course, much can change between now and then.

06/02/2013 at 17:24
Stevie G . wrote (see)

Ric, just how bad are you expecting Sunday to be exactly?!

 Like this, only colder, windier and four times further.

Its the low temperature with the rain. I've had a brush with exposure once. And once is enough.

06/02/2013 at 17:26

Que sera, sera...

Besides,  5 days out, whatever the BCC forecast says usually ends up being the complete opposite of what actually happens!

06/02/2013 at 17:29

I think we may be in danger of falling into soft southerner stereotype here.

06/02/2013 at 17:30

Cross post - I'd agree you wouldn't want to risk that again Ric. Presu,ably not a final choice until the day before though?


06/02/2013 at 17:38

My mothers from Yorkshire, so not quite your typical southerner. But if that rain clears then its probably on

All current training is geared towards Sunday. Only 4 miles today, mostly fast.

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 17:43
06/02/2013 at 17:59

i hope you haven't wasted your week then if rain will put you off!

presume you didn't ever do most of the XCs then? As they'd often be appalling weather.

06/02/2013 at 18:12
Was you expecting a break in the clouds with you wearing the cap Ric?
06/02/2013 at 18:12

I did one or two XC in bad weather. Just killed me. Heatwave anyday.

Training not wasted. I've entered the Harrow Hill race as a back up. Its not 10k but whatever time I get is equivalent to a 10k on the flat. I enter this event to support one of my clubs.

I don't do it as a pot hunter, but for the standard of runners and sheer lack of numbers, the prizes are massive. 

06/02/2013 at 18:17
mattl wrote (see)
Was you expecting a break in the clouds with you wearing the cap Ric?

You'rd be surprised at how useful a peaked cap is in a downpour. Not only did it keep the rain out of my eyes but kept my head warm (relatively).

In fact I wear it all the time in training. Chuck it for most races. 

Its a Tiger Woods cap. In our house we refer to it as the Twat hat!

This was from a doctored picture of Tiger Woods on the front cover of a magazine after his episode with the fire hydrant.

He had his head bowed towards the camera while wearing one of those TW hats.

There was some block of text alongside the picture relating what a pillock he'd been.

Alongside the trademark TW on his hat was added in tippex the letters 'at' hence TWat.

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 18:25
06/02/2013 at 18:46

you've entered 2 races on the same day?


What if the Harrow race is really bad weather?

will you just do your money on both?

06/02/2013 at 19:21

Nooo. SG

The Harrow Hill Race is on the 17th. It could be a wash out as well, but only costs a tenner and is held only 3 miles away from where I live.

The thumbnail picture on the left is me finishing last years race.

06/02/2013 at 20:08

10.25 @ 7:12 pace tonight, feel great at the moment *touches wood*

Interestingly, (well for me at least ) I got an email confirming my entry to the National XC. I didn't think I'd be entered but my club have done. It's the 23rd so I might give it a blast as a no pressure debut to 2013 before Trafford.

Last year I was 634, which was not a good run. This year I'll blitz that so it could be a positive experience.

Now, I may have the wrong end of the stick but is Ric suggesting if a race is wet and windy it's going to be a DNS?!

Remember Ching getting a massive PB on a hilly course in 40MPH gusts? He totally spoilt our 'wind' excuse the sod!  

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