I started as I mean to continue this weekend with 15/20/15 miles (very hilly) in Shropshire over 3 days. I also managed to impale the back of my left knee on the top of a barbed wire fence and was only rescued by BA ripping my running tights to free the leg. I have a row of bloody puncture marks on the back of my knee
Well my plans are fairly radical. After a few weeks thinking seriously about what to do I have decided to revert to my first love - off-road ultras - keeping road running as a fun extra in the winter months. I have further resolved never again to wear a garmin except as a means to measure the distance of a training route for the club, not to train for specific races, not to fret if my times get slower and to spend more time enjoying what I do and not worrying about the end result. As a result I have already entered 2 x 30 mile events in January plus a couple of off road shorter [10 miles and 10k] local races.
February sees another 30, 2 x20 mile runs [one off road] and a week of warm weather training on foot and bike at Club La Santa. March is 3x30+miles, 1x55 miles and a week walking in the Peak District. April so far is 3 x 30+ and VLM and in May I will be doing a couple of 40/50 mile events prior to the 100 miler.
Then it will be back to the bike for the summer season. As well I will be cycling over the winter (or spinning if the weather is foul), doing mid week 15 milers off road and running at the club, doing XC and shorter races as the notion takes me. I will be going slower than in the past so that for most of the off-road events I can go round with BA.
My appointment with the respiratory consultant is mid-Feb [a cancellation] and after that I might have to reassess again, but I'll think about that when the time comes. I'll pop in from time to time, but doubt I will have much to contribute
a) because I don't plan to swim and this seems to be rapidly becoming a swimming / tri thread
b) I won't be able to discuss pace because I will neither know nor care what pace I am doing
c) I don't have a training plan to discuss
d) us OAPs have blankets to knit and bonnets to crochet
Happy Christmas one and all - we are racing Boxing Day and New Year's Day with a 25 mile off-road event on the Sunday between........
Minni - forgot to ring for the results today but the nurse didn't think they looked particularly abnormal. They were checking to see if it might be exercise induced asthma (BA has it). If not, next step is a consultant to run some more scientific tests. Glad to hear they are looking after you well.
The last time I swam a mile (breast stroke) it took me an hour - an hour of my life I can never get back! Thought I might try drowning myself to relieve the boredom towards the end.......