Sad news, Gul. A warning for us to remain vigilant about our health and go for checkups if there are any worries.
Couldn't agree more with the air travel playing a detrimental role when racing. I felt out of sorts in Berlin, had a virus and the dehydration from flying even short haul definitely didn't help there. I will also echo, PMJ, when he says that you do a lot of intense stuff in your life, Jools. I know it has always been a part of your life, the bar work and violin playing, but when I went back to uni last year and sat for hours a day, I was reminded of how the inertia played havoc with my body when I was in the city. My posterior chain switched off, I struggled with weight gain, my posture went downhill, my digestion went to pot and, of course, that all had an effect on my running. I think I am only just about feeling like I was when I started training for London! Age catches up with you too and I think has sneaky a way of exacerbating any of those variables too.
Was tracking you Jools and knew you would be disappointed but it is still a great time. Time out of the full cycle definitely has an impact. I really noticed only fitting in 7 weeks of full training for Berlin. 4th in AG is a great result!
I disagree with those of you who want Article 50 declared now, for the simple reason that triggering Article 50 hands over all negotiating power to the EU (that's why it is in the Treaty in the first place!)
Triggering Article 50 starts the clock on us leaving in exactly 2 years, so the EU only has to pretend to negotiate and then in 24-months-less-a-day they can dictate the terms to us. We're screwed.
Spot on. The negotiations will take years to develop*, let alone find a working solution. And then it needs enactment into law. In the meantime, any prospective trade partners will be steering well clear of the uncertainty.
* and if it doesn't, we should be very worried because it isn't straightforward and needs due regard.