Abbers - Boardman bikes are great value, esp the ~£1000 carbon road bike. Ribs were ok enough to not hold me back in my race last week, and sneezing is no longer a problem. My youngest has a trial next week for Hampshires feeder academy bowling group for U12 to U16. Its nice to be invited but he wont get in as the County seamers are 6ft+ at age 13.
Orange is so 2013...and 2012...and 2011....and 2010....and 2009....and 2008
PP - great read, excellent digging deep esp when we all thought the splits would have been so even. Why no gels ? even if you train yourself to not use them reasearch shows that your body will still respond to them on race day. Its energy. Also, did you do all of your MP stuff with company ?
I think besst thing about an Autumn mara is that you can train in the heat of summer for a warm race day, rather than the cold of winter for a warm race day in the Spring. Must make a massive difference.
Padams - I like your 200, 250, 300 approach. I;m aining 100+ for October.
Selbs - another strong mlr, looking good for a sub3.
Abbers - I commute by mtb. But road biking is enjoyable so its worth considering one. I was still racing on my ??500 road bike last year. If you spend ??1k you'll get a nice bike. Second hand is a decent option. I bought my TT bike for ??350 cos I knew where it had been and its old enough to keep my numpty image alive.
82m for me in sept, 3rd month in a row in the 80s. Will have to up it a bit to repeat last years lordshill 10 and gosport 1/2 times in 4 and 6 weeks time.
Ds2 - the sessions are a mix of mp running and soke shorter faster reps. Witha bit of a warm up and down they can add up to mlr type distances. I wouldnt change p and d though, it should be done as a whole. Lots on here do their own thing schedule wise. Padams is looking to do them as a group which is how the bac lot do them. The one bonus of doing them solo is you can do them at your own effort.
Tt - I can see the benefit of the bac stuff with a group. But long runs with fast folks would take some handbrake esp if you do the midweek bac stuff too.