Marigold -- magnificent. Priceless to see you leading the field with a cheeky smile at times early on, though a bit disappointed the Beeb missed your finish while doing a slo-mo rerun of the winner (sterling though his finish was). Must scour my recording for the interview afterwards, I missed that... [Edit: now watched it and felt slightly weepy ]
RS78 -- ha, I said I might take somewhere between 3 and 4 hours, so your 3hr30-ish prediction sounds right on the money! Hope I see you there amongst the crowd. Sounds like you're on good form too actually, that 2hr45 over 4 peaks sounds like a pretty decent dress rehearsal. I'm definitely expecting it to be more of a life experience than a (personally) successful competition, but wanted to give it my best shot anyway, hence the special training. (Also that should help avoid cripping myself on the first day of my holidays, which might otherwise cause problems in family walks...)
Looking after my elderly Dad this w/e so missed some bits, but a joy to see Marigold out front early and again after 20 mins or so (hope they show him again now they've thinned out).
Great stuff there PP.
Knowing I'd miss training today, I got in 10M including 20xCastle Hill including the steps yesterday, sharpening and tapering for Borrowdale next Sat. With a rest today. The climbing and descending are definitely getting faster, and I'm light and thin right now (got to be good for ascent). One of the rellies here said she might be incubating 'flu though -- terrifying
PP -- I love a good slipstream, but you've reminded me of a (probably apocryphal) story of a cyclist who was slipstreaming a little city bus in Cambridge a bit too closely, and said bus stopped rather fast, lurching forward on its suspension as it did so. Cyclist ended up touching the back of it with their wheel under the bus... which then relaxed on its springs, crushing the bike's front wheel nicely!
Lev_ -- "do be shirt" -- ho ho! Great training, have said before but I'll be really interested to see how it pans out. Getting your legs into the "don't want to know" zone seems to be something I achieve all to easily these days...
Welcome back Stet & HR.
SL -- amazing pace as ever.
So after my massive stair session on Weds, my quads were amazingly OK. However, my calves were trashed yesterday, definitely not up to running. Yet today, they were OK for a gentle run already; they clearly recover much faster than trashed quads (which take days). I'm trying to pile in some miles before a proper taper next week; also I'm looking after my old Dad over the weekend, so training will be missed there. Left tibialis anterior giving me a bit of jip today -- it's a perennial niggle, maybe a touch of compartment syndrome? -- so I hope that disappears during next week too.