Hey folks - how are you all? Quick check in pre VLM to see who I may see at the green start! I'll be there with a friend who ran a pb of 3.31 in brighton last week and is planning on trying to better that in London - she's well 'ard so while its a big ask I'm not gonna bet against her!
Trainings been going OK for me - clocked a couple of HM PBs (1.32 and 1.33) in Feb and Mar, and despite running out of steam a bit on my recent runs got the confidence back a bit today with a 20.25 parkrun - fastest for me this year (and a minute faster than a confidence sapping proper shit run last week!). Gonna go for 3.20 in London, would love for 3.15 but realistically I think that would be crash and burn-tastic right now...
Gah - too busy right now! Cheeky oly tri for me yesterday, it was a tired mediocre performance a good 5 mins off of what I should be doing - really should have done some swim and bike training...
AA - thats a sweet set of results you've had this summer! Push abo like hell, you are on form!
Nell - the people driving need to chill out! No different to the respect you'd give any other road user, if someone wants to overtake people cycling they just need to be patient and hang back til its safe to pass. I find people who arent used to driving around people cycling often assume they are way faster and think they have to get past as soon as they can, do a dangerous overtaking move and then often have to slow ahead for something - and then you come right back past them again. Its always much better for someone driving to chill out and wait. When you are in an experienced group you tend to know where the places are that people will be tempted to do sketchy moves, and its often safer for everyone for the group to ride to discourage those then wave people by to overtake on safer stretches of road - the group will usually know where these are and slow if needed to allow people to overtake. Its also a much safer overtaking move to go past 8 people cycling 2 a breast than 8 in single file - firstly the driver has to have enough room to properly overtake, and secondly that move then takes less time as its only half the distance.
Well done kiwi - its a new comeback PB, ready to be smashed next time you race!
Barry - sounds like you are gonna be more sensible that me for your pacing - good call.
Nell - yes it was a great night, and after getting to my bed at 4am, I also made it to the HM .
I guess you can imagine what the race felt like... Its a lovely race, pretty much all offroad on trails round Royston - a mix of grassy paths, field margins, ploughed fields, chalk paths and rooty woodland. It undulates the whole way making the most of what hills they've got there. I set off at about 7.30 pace, but realised after a few miles I didnt have the energy for that! Plodded away for the rest, suffering from the lack of sleep, lack of carb in the meal I had at uni last night, and legs complaining from having to do this after the last weeks fell running. Should have been in the mix for placing, but saw the leading women gradually pulling away from me and couldnt do owt about it. Ended up running 1.50, and now I'm really tired! Sorry oompa - no bling this time!
BH had a good run, and added a few more to make it 16, and good to catch up with our other friend running Beachy Head with us who did 7 before to make it a 20. No chance of me doing that today!
pink - sounds like a good plan. You've gotta be strategic on those swimming races against Barry, I think its only fair to compete over the longer distances! Think you'll do that tri next year?
Barry - sounds like you'll be heading into abo with a similar build up to me for my last ones. Dont take my advice on how to pace cos it didnt work! I'd say build up your long runs to a 20 at 2 weeks before (as long as the body says yes to that).
Sweet training going on there Nell, no wonder you are tired. Thats a cracking MP session on tired legs - sure that will see you well in york.
2old - golf definitely doesnt count! Nice fast parkrun - so close!
Good news the achilles feels better Chick - like nell said - I'm sure you can still get faster!
Took 3 days to recover from the fell racing, then did just over 6M at about 7.30's with the club on Thursday - which felt really hard. Wasn't expecting too much from parkrun today, but managed a relatively even paced 20.54 which at 40s faster than my effort a week after reykjavik shows despite last weekend I'm starting to recover, so happy with that. Wasn't even annoyed at not getting the win, cos the first lady broke the course record by 20s in a time that puts her around the UK top 50...
Potentially doing a trail HM tomorrow, but totally dependant on how boozed I get tonight at a uni reunion...