Red, thanks. The visit to the Dentist was really good, except for the fee. He took about 2 minutes checking my teeth and said that they were in the best condition for years. He said I needed a filling which I had to make another appointment for. The 2 minutes check up cost me £44!!! How can they justify such daylight robbery. The filling which will be next month will cost me £87.50. Makes me wish I had had dentures years ago, which would have saved me a fortune in fees over the years. On the plus side, my hair dresser, who is also a runner, and has done my hair for years now, charged me the full rate. We were still discussing running and I mentioned age grading. She asked me how old I was and when I told her, immediately refunded some of the money. She said that she had no idea I was that age, and asked me to remind her next time so that she wouldn't overcharge me again. I think I have been paying the full rate for several years, but have never liked to mention that I was a pensioner. I'm really feeling quite chuffed now
Bright and sunny, but very chilly. Today is a rest day, and off for a hair cut later this morning.
WtnMel, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself now, being an IT dinosaur, as my Garmin now connects immediately with my phone when I get indoors. It also worked well at last nights club session where we did 3 x 1 mile hilly circuits. Our Club's fees don't include kit, as we have a member who is responsible for kit, and it is all held in our store. Members therefore buy their shorts, vests, hoodies etc from her. Our fees also don't include EA England Athletics membership, which is optional. I know that many clubs include that cost in their membership fees. It's only really worth while paying for EA membership if you do lots of road races and can enter as "attached," saving £2 per race.
Columba, I'm very impressed with your running for nearly an hour on a running track in windy conditions. It's ok running in one direction, and then turning the bend into the wind, its tough. I encountered sleet when driving back from the Dentist yesterday afternoon, but it only lasted for about 15 minutes. Visibility was very poor, as it was also quite dark, although 2.15. There were the usual idiots driving without lights. That really does annoy me, and they shouldn't be on the roads. Glad you got home safely.
Total mileage last night was 8.08 miles, and as I mentioned above, the session was 3 x 1 mile hilly circuits with short walk recoveries.. Conditions were quite good, with no rain and only a slight wind. Several of us had done Sundays Ryde 10 mile, so had achy quads etc. My first two were rather cautious, but I had "loosened up" for the third, so gave it my best shot. Times were 8.18, 7.52 and 7.26.
Red, glad to hear that you had no more storm damage during the night, and hopefully the worst of the wind is now over. Great news that Denny is still progressing well. Another double marathon this weekend, wow, I don't know how you do it! I um and ar as to whether to do shorter races on successive weekends, let alone successive days. I used to do back to back cross country and road races when in my forties, but they were shorter distances. I'd better start updating the wings for you
Exhausted, I'm surprised that there has been no mention of John Disley's death this morning, as he was such an important figure in the early days of setting up the London Marathon. He was, of course an International steeplechaser back in the 1950's winning bronze in the 1952 Olympics 3,000 metres. He ran in the New York Marathon in 1979 with Chris Brasher, which decided them to set one up in London. I haven't seen todays papers yet, but do hope he is given the coverage he deserves, bringing his name to the attention of those who run the London Marathon, and that without his input might never have got off the ground.
DBIW, good news that you have now been discharged.
Last night's AGM went well, with all vacant posts being filled by volunteers, and no one, having to have their arms twisted. We have mile hilly circuits this evening at Club, so I'm hoping the winds won't return.
A Dental appointment this afternoon, so more high costs for 5 minutes wiz round the teeth.
Thanks everyone, I'll try to keep up the good work.
Columba, Alice is the fourth from the right in the white top. I'm afraid the quality of the photo isn't very good, as it was taken on a mobile phone by someone unfamiliar with it, and consequently is a bit blurred. Also it won't enlarge when clicked.
I'm not looking forward to setting out for the AGM later. I'd rather stay indoors in the warm.
Hope this post doesn't disappear! A shortened version of the original.
We set off early yesterday morning in 3 cars, and caught the 8.30 car ferry from Southampton to East Cowes, an hours journey. The wind hadn't yet started at that point, so we had a fairly uneventful crossing. We then drove to Ryde, and picked up our race numbers, which incorporated the chip. The race started promptly at 11.00, and the wind had started to pick up. It seemed to be in the opposite direction from last year, and blew in our faces for most of the time. This made the never ending long hills even tougher to climb.
I ran as hard as I could, resisting the temptation to walk up some of the steeper hills. I overtook 3 of our runners at around 2 miles, who had started off quicker than me. I thought I had left them well behind, but when within about 200 metres from the finish, Alice came running past, and finished ahead of me by 5 seconds. She said that I was always in sight, and that I was her target to keep chasing.
My chip time was 1.22.15, a WAVA of 73.63% and I was 3rd MV70+ and 229th out of 419 finishers. My average cadence was 174spm and max 212spm.
When we had all finished, we asked another runner if he would take a group photo of us on the beach, and this is below, if it isn't too big to upload. It's a very narrow photo, as the webmaster cropped the original. We then proceeded to the café at the canoe lake for a nice tasty English Breakfast and large cup of tea.
We caught the 3.00 ferry from East Cowes back to Southampton, and landed at 4.00. There were several warnings during the journey to remain seated as the wind was blowing up and the sea getting rougher. Thankfully, non of us were sick, as the ferries are quite stable when fully loaded. I arrived home at around 5.00 feeling really tired. I did remember however, to stretch before showering. I had an early night but didn't sleep much. I never do after a race. Hope I haven't waffled on too much!
Tonight is the club's AGM, so I'm hoping the wind drops, although the venue is only about 10 minutes drive away.