Chapeau to you too LMH! Very well done indeed! Loved the report. I avoided getting rosy yesterday as was careful with the suncream! More than can be said for my lovely wife! May have had rosy cheeks due to greater than usual alcohol consumption in the evening.
I'm intrigued by the "strange and disturbing trophy" though...
RFJ - sounds good fun!
I'm joining WP and Chicksta in the 10 mile club for today. Didn't feel too bad considering yesterday's efforts. Feeling it now though.
What: 10.5 mile LSR
Last hard: bits of yesterday's run
Last easy: decisions yesterday to stay with injured horse rider and concede 2nd place trophy to a kid!!
Haha...no, absolutely not the same race! This was very much a local little charity fun run!
Hope your BBQ was good Blisters. I've just got back from one. Plenty of food and beer...what's not to like? Also, I debuted my pirate tri shorts today for the ride...Pleased to say that no ill effects! I was expecting more soreness without proper bib shorts but they were really comfy!
Had great fun at Man vs Horse today. 55 mile bike there. Set off at just before 7am. 2 of the first 3 cars to come past were "elbow brushers" to say the least. Thankfully the rest of the ride was uneventful!
Man vs Horse is a very small locally organised event and completely informal. I.e. unofficial and really a fun run! Set off and ran with the guy who was clearly going to win. Had a young kid running behind me, probably about 14 or so. So...early pace was far too quick really but I was having fun and felt pretty good. Picked off the horses one by one. Through mile 1 in 7:25, which is much faster than usual!!!
Mile 2 in 8:02 and I could feel the ride in my legs. Fast guy had disappeared into the distance and one horse up ahead that had dropped me too! Young kid was nowhere to be seen behind. Decided to aim for 8:30 - 9 min/miles to see how that went.
After about 2.75 miles though I saw the horse and rider up ahead. Rider was walking...had the horse had a mechanical?! 2nd place could be mine...i could win a trophy!! As I caught up I could see blood from the riders nose. Horse had tripped when cantering on the grass and she had faceplanted big time. She was coherent but seeing stars. Walked with her for 10 mins as there was no way I was leaving a concussed person on a road in control of a big animal! She had phoned her mum so I knew somebody was on way. After 10 mins of walking the young kid came past, so I told him to make sure that people down at the race HQ were aware.
Anyway, the mum turned up and I was able to continue the race with just under a mile to go.
Sure enough, I caught the youngster up and he was done. Moral choice to make...go and get the trophy for second or maybe help this kid finish second, get a cup, and possibly do more in the future...
I've never won a racing trophy; indeed I have been the last male before. ..
So...i told him to pick his head up, get some deep breaths in to get some oxygen through the blood and use the downhill to recover and go...
As he kicked on for the finish I trotted in 5 secs behind. No trophy for me but a knowledge that I did the right thing twice! Finished in 44:58 for what was 4.5 miles on the watch. So a sub 10 min mile effort with a big chunk of walking. Good fun!!