If I do decide to do Tokyo in the future some time, It'd likely be as part of a longer trip back to Japan, to go and catch up with old friends there, plus we have kids to take with us now, so would probably need to make our own plans.
Very jealous! I lived in Japan for a couple of years and would love to go back to do the marathon in Tokyo. I didn't realise they run a ballot for entry. What are the odds of getting in?
As for sushi, I can't believe there are people saying they're going to give it a miss in Japan!! Top tip is go to one of the small sushi places at Tsukiji fish market. That's about as fresh as fish gets
If it's going to be working with an iPhone app, then surely there's no need for the GPS watch at all, is there? What you're looking for is a running app with audio feedback, that doesn't depend on having a data connection to work. I'd have thought that would be easier to find than one designed to ignore the on-board GPS and act as a reporting tool for a blue-tooth connected watch.
When my wife returned to work after maternity leave with our daughter, six years ago, we both switched to working four day weeks. I stayed home doing the childcare on Mondays, and my wife Fridays, with three days at nursery in the middle. We've continued the arrangement with our son (now two). It's worked brilliantly, means we both get quality time on our own with them and isn't as big a hit on income (especially as we're now both doing condensed hours - 4.5 days into 4). I've no intention of going back to a five day week when my son starts school in a couple of years. I'm looking forward to having a day to myself every week
I went on the local bike club website and sadly realise it will not be for me. Their club rides are a steady 15-18mph! I ride around 13-14mph, but could I sustain that speed all the time - doubtful.
Seren nos beat me to it, but I'd back that up - if you're riding 13-14mph on your own then you'll be able to go comfortably faster riding in a group. The same is true of distance - any distance you ride on your own is going to be easier as part of a group, so ultimately you should be able to go further riding with others.