Martin, I've got this friend who was wondering where your "circuits class" involving being hung by the nipples and spanked by a cricket bat is. I'm... errr, he's free most lunchtimes next week and his experience of circuits seems dull by comparison - no less painful mind you!
Always good to know a fellow 43 yo is sticking to shorts in this weather - I saved myself some money last week by falling off my road bike whilst wearing shorts in atrocious weather. The cuts on my knee will heal but I'd have ruined an expensive pair of bib tights otherwise! No lasting damage to myself or the bike but I had to take a few days off training and swimming whilst I recovered. The damage to my triathlete bike handling skills in front of "roadies" will take longer to heal!
Hope everyone else's training is going well despite the conditions.
Good to meet up with Robin, Jim and HMM at the Race Over the Glens today. Tough conditions and a challenging new route meant that my mile splits ranged from 7:03 - 11:30! As ever, thanks are due to Ballymena Runners, especially the marshals, and Glenn at Championchip for getting the results out so quickly.
I may be biased, but I think every race should have an official piper
Well done to all the forumites running in Dublin today - great times all round in almost ideal running conditions. I was delighted to scrape in with a sub-4 finish after less than perfect training and a heavy reliance on a decent tri season for endurance. I also passed a wee milestone today, completing my 25th standalone marathon.
Your fitness and strength are inspirational, Paul, and you're demonstrating the massive benefits that running and triathlon can bring where it really matters. Make sure the family keep spoiling you and see you soon!
Thoroughly enjoyed the Causeway Coast Marathon on Saturday. The scenery is always stunning on the north coast but the fantastic weather just made the day even better. The event was well organised as always by 26extreme. Big thanks to Paul for the company travelling to and from the event and along the route. He's not exaggerating when he calls his entry a last minute decision - I texted him on Wednesday evening and he entered a marathon on Saturday! Thanks also to HMM and Kenny for the shouts! I briefly caught up with Robin Alexander, but didn't have the legs to stay with him for long! I wasn't close to a course PB, finishing 2 mins behind Paul, but will settle for 3 triathlon PBs at sprint, Olympic and Ironman distances over the last 2 months! Unfortunately I couldn't hang around for long to enjoy the post-race refreshments as I had to go straight back to work afterwards - not the best way to recover!