Sweedo - yep, I think 2001 was the year I did it too. You may have just pipped me though, as I think I was 6:26 or so. 6:18 is impressive, especially just in the gym!
PP - speaking of someone being built by a tank, the year I did the Blue Boat trials, a guy showed up who had only been rowing a few months, not much technique etc. (happened to be a maths undergrad like all the best people!). He got on the erg and pulled a 6:06 IIRC. The year before he was the National U18 hammer champion - about 6'3, 90kg+ of muscle basically. There were faster 2k guys there, but he was just raw power.
sheruns - yes, you can get to a decent level off just slow running, but there comes a point where some MP, tempo and interval-type training will be needed to improve further. Sounds like you have a good plan though.
Sweedo - I think I was at the PIRC that year two. We probably raced each other!
ON7 - yes, our club had a good grouping around the 30:xx so there would have been a couple near you. I know what you mean about being able to do a 4th lap - I felt absolutely ruined after one lap, but gradually felt better from then onwards. I'd like to get nearer the top 10 in one fixture this year - there were loads of fast Bedford guys at MK so hopefully they won't have such a strong team in the remaining fixtures.
CW - I was thinking the same about the abbreviation! I started writing srswc but thought it looked a bit weird.
PP - great effort in the BIRC. Top lightweights are only around the 6:30 mark I think, so with a bit more training you'd probably be up there.
Jools - sorry to hear about the calf, hope it heals up.
ON7 - I thought it was a good course at MK. Some very tough hills anbd no mud! I went for trail shoes in the end so I was able to run on the footpath on that one section per lap. I ended up 16th (15th exlcuding the non-scorer) in 28:0x - no idea if that's good or not as there's not an obvious way of measuring (I don't know the runners around me in the Chiltern League yet).
TaN - nice run for the furst race back in a while.
CW/Sweedo - very nice long runs.
sheruns - welcome to the thread!
Fairly quiet weekend for me, no Xmas dos etc., so just the XC on Saturday afternoon and then a 3 hour ride yesterday. And putting the Xmas tree up, decorating etc!
ON7 - yep, I'll be there. Any idea what the course is like? I've heard it's not too hilly but not sure on mud.
On the cash prize thing, I've always been of the opinion that you wouldn't need to pay tax as your expenses would be larger than the prize (unless you've won something fairly major - £600 might be hard to justify!), but could be wrong.
LD - haha, "better than cash"! And since when could cash prizes not be awarded? I've had some in the past, although not for the last few years.
TR - nice session, and well done on the commando-style roll! When I trip I just end up face-first on the concrete.
75 mins spinning last night including 1,2,3,4,5 min efforts. The bikes display power, but given the accuracy there's no point in reporting it. Either they're very generous or I should get in touch with the GB cycling team.