Bike It - loving that treadie Comrades simulation! Minus 7%! Epic stuff and there's has to be plenty of time to be made up over the first half of the down run. How are you going to train for the pain this is Fields...and those soulless motorways coming into Durban?
Very nifty as ever from BB, and very handy from KR and others too. Nice grimming by GD.
Birch - take it easy on that knee.
Gul - White Peak is point-to-point, almost all on gravel path/disused rail bed, with a very slight up gradient followed by 2 massive knee-crunching downhills about mile 24-ish. TBH I found it a bit tedious but by Peak District standards it's very flat.
Parkrun for me on Sat, mud like the Somme and even with spikes it was a case of stopping to walk round the 90 degree turns. 21.50 for 8th place shows how slow it was. Then 14m along the canal yesterday. Slow, slow progress.
I was once 35m into an ultra on a windy day when I took pity on a fellow runner who was moaning about having a bad patch (It's an ultra! Everyone has bad patches! In fact it's one long bad patch!) - I offered to run with her for a bit to help her along, but she announced that she would run just behind to use me as a windbreak, and would rather to listen to music than speak to me. If she'd been injured or obviously in real trouble I'd have stayed, but the rudeness was right out of keeping with the spirit of ultra running, so I sped off and left her to her own devices. Heartless?
Right, back in Blighty after some time in the sticks where running was impossible. 148m recorded for Jan, of which more than 100m on the treadie . Final #gymfail: businessman walking on a treadie in his fairly smart work clothes, wearing leather brogues. Maybe he only has 1 pair of shoes.
Quick read back: great stats from Birch, lots of good training all round, entertaining anti-shadow tactics from BB, and welcome (back) to new/returning posters. SBD that sounds like a promising comeback.
Is it just me or are people who shadow like that for mile after mile actually annoying/unsporting/d****ads? Or is it a legit tactic?