I really am out of the game now. After trying all sorts of strengthening exercises for the osteoarthritis I got back to a few short races which went quite well. But then in January the knee got a lot worse again and I paid for an MRI as the NHS list was so long. Apparently I have (in no particular order) anseurine bursitis, a Bakers Cyst, water on the knee, swelling of the bone marrow, a tear in the meniscus and general wear and tear. Seeing a knee surgeon next week, but no great hope of a magic bullet. Meanwhile no running, walking 50-60 miles per week and cycling about 100 miles. Will reassess after the consultation, but am resigned to the fact that my running might be over
it is the time of year when I keep thinking I should be doing the Bramley 20 or some other event, whereas instead I am cancelling my VLM accommodation. Did a 30 mile event last weekend and basically walked most of it, but still hoping to get round the 100 mile event, albeit taking hours longer than usual.
i pop in and out to see how every one is getting on with their training but trying not to torture myself too much. BA has effectively given up running due to his knee, but since he did the same races as me over Christmas I suspect he just doesn't have the motivation if I'm not doing it.
Hangover 10k safely completed this morning - precisely 2 seconds faster than last year (just under 50 mins). BA also made it round in a few seconds over 1 hour - over 3 mins slower than last year, but he was just glad to complete. Won the FV65 with a new 'course record', over 6 minutes faster than the winner last year! If anyone wants a bottle of pink fizz please get in touch (Yeugh!!!!).
Hope anyone else racing had a good day and the rest of you are enjoying your hangovers. I'm going to give Christmas dinner a bash tonight - pass the packet stuffing, gravy granules and frozen veg
So today I finished 365 days (or a year in old money) of exercise every day - minimum 5k on foot (run or walk) or 20k bike. Not many days at the minimum except before and after VLM and various ultras. Plan to carry on into next year, but perhaps reduce the minimum to 3k
Anyway 50 miles on the bike today to finish the year.
Hope you enjoy the race tomorrow Nell, I'm keeping my fingers crossed there is less wind than on Boxing Day as we will be back on the sea front for our 10k