MWW - I shall be somewhere along the VLM route, cheering-on Youngest Son who (rather to his own alarm) has secured a place. Nearer the time maybe you will let me know what your number is and what you'll be wearing, so that if I can pick you out in the crowds (unlikely...) I can cheer you too. It's very encouraging that you're back running despite the knee problem.
Aquarius, since the "handicap" is supposed to cope with the faster-slower runners contrast, I more or less expected that we would all reach the finish line together in a crowd. What amused me was the contrast between approx 4.9 km very quiet and peaceful and apparently all on my own, and 0.1 km in a roaring crowd.
John B - I suppose you wouldn't think of asking each of your local clubs in turn if you could join one of their runs experimentally, so that you and the club could see if you suited each other? Or can you see what information you can pick up from their websites?
TS - so glad you and your friends got the world sorted out. What a pity about the train deadline, otherwise we might have got world peace too.
Lunch out yesterday, courtesy of my two youngest and their respective Established Inamorata. They all live in Bristol; the five of us converged on a country pub / restaurant south of Abergavenny. Youngest son had already run 17 miles earlier in the day. Rather to his own consternation he has secured a place in the VLM, so he is following a training plan. He looks well on it. They were all wearing Fitbits (or something similar); I said I wouldn't have one of those because I was afraid of getting obsessed by it, - always checking to see how many calories I'd burned, how many hours I'd slept, how many steps I'd taken: "Oh, we are!" they choroused.
This is my second full week of No Running. Another two weeks and I will cautiously attempt a come-back.
Aquarius - I love handicap races. You're all on your own for ages, then just as you're in sight of the finish a great tidal wave of runners comes whooshing up behind and past you - always makes me laugh!
South Wales is getting all the sun then, - certainly none in mid Wales today. I went for a longish walk along a stretch of the Wye Valley walk.
MMW - my knee has been x-rayed and I have been told it is arthritic, but I don't think that can be the full story. I do go swimming, but unfortunately I can't swim front crawl (I have tried, over a long period of time, but cannot co-ordinate arms, legs and breathing) and breast-stroke is not recommended for arthritic knees. So I do back crawl alternating with a sort of adapted breast-stroke with minimal kick.
I shall sneak a look at the rest of the class next week, and see which weights they have chosen. The teacher herself seems to be using 1.5kg. She is quite a muscley lady.
Rohit Garg - world record for V60 doing what?
I went for a long walk today, and enjoyed it greatly although the weather was overcast and grey. The walk went along a stretch of the Wye Valley walk, then doubled-back along a footpath close to the river Wye itself.
Thanks for the contact, Red. Sorry to hear about all Mike's tests; it must be very worrying. On the other hand, good to know the medics are being thorough. A friend of mine is in a rather similar situation; she's being subjected to test after test, no stone being left unturned; may all be nothing in the end, but will be good to know it is nothing, if it is.
John B, I don't know that I'd persist with the spinning if I was doing it on my own (i.e., not in a class). The teacher introduces quite a bit of variety which keeps us going for an hour. Left to myself I think I'd get bored after 20 minutes.