BIW, I'm afraid I don't swim now, but I can understand your problem counting the number of lengths. I have swum the BT Challenge twice which involved swimming 5k in a 25 metre pool. We had "counters" at the pool side, who only told us how many lengths we had swum when we were half way, and again when we had 2 lengths to go. I do miss swimming, but nowadays ensure that running rest days don't include cross training.
WtmMel, well done on the golfing improvements. There is a golf course quite close to where I live, but the only times I have used it is for "the bar" and the Club's dinner and dance last Christmas. My neighbours opposite did start playing, and I used to see them putting their clubs into their car. However, it didn't seem to last very long, and I never see them setting off now.
Columba, your tempo session sounds quite a toughie! 2km twice is a good distance at pace. Best of luck with it!
Our club session last night was at tempo pace, but our distances were shorter than yours. We did 4 double hilly circuits which were 0.83 mile long, with one minute jog recovery between sets. I ran with another club mate, and we pushed each other very hard, recording 6.31 mins 6.02, 6.03 and 6.03. The garmin paces were again inaccurate, as the two 6.03's showed up as 7.18 and 7.23 minute miling.
Today is a rest day, but may well do a bit of tidying up in the garden. I'm off for a hair cut now, so that I will be "streamlined" for my Half Marathon Sunday week. Having said that, I will probably be wearing my "summer cap," if it is a hot day. My hair dresser is a runner for another local running club, and we always chat running matters whilst she cuts my hair. I haven't got much, so it doesn't take very long
Columba, I agree with WtnMel about the accuracy of Garmin's. They are quite accurate for longer distances, i.e. pace per mile, but for very short reps are not. I often find that when checking my short rep times, a slower time can record a faster pace. Just ignore the pace, and go by the times. This is probably because changing from recovery to fast pace takes the Garmin time to react. I also find HRM's are useless for recording accurately short efforts for the same reason.
WtnMel, well done with the hill reps! You will find the benefits by including regular hill work in your training.
BIW, you have already packed more quality training and racing into your life, than most of us can only dream about. I've never done a triathlon, let alone an ironman, and never run further than the marathon distance. My New Forest Marathon will be my 12th, and I can't imagine that I have many more left in me.
JJ good to hear that you are doing a bit of running with the Doodle. Hope the builders are on schedule.
Exhausted, that reminded me that I also used to have a score card book and kept track of every ball bowled, every run scored, batsmen's and bowlers names etc. I wish I still had it as a memento. I remember one particular Test Match when Gary Sobers was playing. On the subject of Surrey cricket team, the captain was Peter May, who was also England's captain.
WtnMel, I see that sales of vinyl are making a big come back. I took a lot of my LP's to Oxfam when I moved from Waterlooville to the New Forest, which I regret in one way, but on the other hand, hope the money they made helped the starving.
Columba, thanks for another ear worm. I watched the Celebrity "Pointless" the other day and "Right said Fred" were on the show. At the end they sang "I'm too sexy for my shirt." Still going through my head now.
We have a session on the grass track with the club this evening.
Exhausted, we can't find any suitable marathons before July, so Alice will be doing an Autumn one, possibly Bournemouth which she ran last year. This would be good for me too, as my marathon is in September, so we can continue to do LSD runs together. Glad that your back is starting to recover, and hope you enjoyed the cricket. I've never been to Lords, but quite often went to the Oval to watch Surrey, who were one of the top teams in those days.
Ran a good pace 6 miles this morning over a mixture of roads and trails.