Dachs - Congrats on the County vest. Are you up for the Southern or National? (Have we ever XC'd together??)
TT - I reckon you'll be a happy man when all the house business is sorted! Yeah, we've got a pretty good record in the Southern champs. 7th last year, a few top tens and I think our best might have been 5th. I'll be kept out of the 6-to-score assuming we have most of our best runners out but ought to be somewhere in the 12-to-score. I think I'm looking forward to it in a strange way!
A reasonably solid training week for me so far. After a row/jog on Monday, I've done 46 miles in 3 days including the classic Winter track session of 20 x 400, average 76 on Tuesday and this evening a repeat of last week's tempo run on the track with an extra mile added, 5 miles @ 5:37. Flippin' cold wind. Ugh! I'll probably get out on the new bike tomorrow to test my new tyres, then it's another Surrey League XC on Saturday.
Doing too much too soon on any surface can be "bad for you". Build up gradually and I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with running on hard surfaces. In fact, it might be misleading to go along with the mantra of "off-road is better" because it depends on the individual; when I was coming back from one of my injuries, the physio suggested that pavement would actually be better than running off-road because my dodgy hip was at more risk from uneven surfaces than hard ones.