Bad news re the phone; my computer expert was unable to sort it out. I've made an appointment with an O2 Guru in Southampton for Wednesday, to hopefully cure the problem. He'll probably say that I'll need an upgrade.
Ran a very slow 4.5 miles this morning on heavy legs. These "short" 5 mile races seem to take more out of me than the longer ones.
I'm expecting the computer expert this morning to sort out the synchronisation of my phone to the computer, so that I can receive e mails again. It's been a real pain, the change over from BT Yahoo to BT Mail, and I understand there have been lots of complaints. Ironically, I had one of those scam phone calls yesterday from some foreign sounding gentleman saying that my computer was corrupted and that he was going to fix it for me. Needless to say, I hung up.
Will be going for an easy pace run later as I'm not feeling so sprightly. Two weeks now until our Solent Half Marathon, and I've got my eye on the 65+ category which we didn't have last year.
My time was rather disappointing, as I was about 60 seconds slower than last year. My excuse is that I still had the effects of last weeks Overton 5 in my legs, whereas last year I hadn't run the Overton. Can't complain though as I was second male 65+ with chip time of 37.04, just 6 seconds quicker than last weeks hilly race, and WAVA of 76.92. I came 264th out of 483 finishers. It was very hot, and there were no drink stations. It was nice starting and finishing on the tartan track, but most of the race was on boring roads as flat as a pancake. My carload decided to stay on and they treated me to coffee and cake as I drove. It was quite stressful with 3 lady passengers who were expert "backseat drivers."
I thought I'd better clarify; we weren't eating and drinking whilst I was driving.
BIW, sounds like you've got a great life ahead of you after retirement, and not surprising you don't want to return to the UK to live. Hope you still find time to post on here.
Quite dark this morning and feeling a touch chilly. Conditions should be ideal for 11.00, race start time. I've got the wings packed, which will be handy along the stretch beside the sea which is always very windy. Not sure how effective though on return into the wind.
Welcome back JJ from the sunny IoW. Did you tackle any of the steep hills? I hope the car alarm did cut out after a time, otherwise the battery could go flat if it was already low.
Red thanks. I was third in the Male 65+ category last year, and there is just a prize for the first one. I'll do my best, but first is unlikely. The prize categories go up to 80+ which is most unusual. I didn't spot any 80 year olds in the start list. There were 571 entrants on the final start list. There is, however, a 10k race starting at the same time and place, which is aimed at less experienced, or slower runners. The course is the same for a while and then splits. I don't know why they don't start the two races at different times, as there is always congestion on the running track at the start. Additionally, many inexperienced runners start much too near the start, holding up the faster runners. Some even start walking before they leave the track. Very dangerous as they could get pushed or shoved over.
Well done on your hilly run, you are becoming quite an experienced hill runner now