Wow awesome pb Padams. Guess you were sandbagging on the virtual race then!!! I am back in Blighty. Haven't run for nearly 2 weeks and feeling fat. Tomorrow will get out for a run.
Nice wins CC2. Thanks for the good wishes and thoughts all. Bains hope the back eases.
just popping in to say hi and restore some sanity in my own head!
haven't read back too much but of course noted the usual CW stuff which looks great and DanA, with SL popping into it too - hope it all pays dividends and really look forward to hearing about those fell/mountain runs, definitely something i want to dip my toe into further at some point.
Nice to see CC2 getting back to it, and Jools and PP also sounding like getting into good shape again. hope some of the other regulars i havent noticed posting are OK too. Muss you sound liek you're going well, and ES likewise. i think i recall TJB doing some decent racing as well.
first time sat at a computer for a while, and it is just in an airport lounge/work computer... been sh*te few weeks. busy with work firstly travelling to paris and madrid, then travelled to NZ as my Dad was very ill and about to pass away (cancer, had previously never really been ill in his life, only last November he completed the Tongariro crossing http://www.tongarirocrossing.org.nz/tongariro-alpine-crossing-track.html which if u dont want to open that link, is basically a long walk up and down an NZ mountain/volcano which is nearly 6,500 feet high and at around 20km walk a decent effort for a 77 year old i think CRAB woudl concur. but the cancer hit his liver a month ago, and all over very quickly in the end.
so a tough week in NZ (well only 6 days in end, but 9 days of travel - on way out it took me 43 hours, as i also had fog delay in auckland resulting in sitting there for 11 hours after already travelling for about 30, which also meant not getting home before dad passed).
2 days at back in London at home, and at least managed to watch some cricket (was supposed to go to the oval, but had to can that due to NZ trip), and now today i am back off for work to Montreal. all good but little one has tonsilitis. never rains but pours!
so, after all that, i hope to get back to some sort of normality and re-build up the training from next week.
did manage one gorgeous trail run while in NZ. only about 12 km, but it took me 1.5 hours, and was stunning and cleared the head.
oh, and dont think i reported back on my olpympic tri - feels months ago but guess it was only a few weeks. i was happy with time of 2:24 something. absolutley surprised with swim of 33ish minutes which for me is fast (still bottom 3rd of all competitors though) bike ride was ok but scary as wet (over 100 crashes and i almost lost my back wheel twice and saw and heard some bad crashes) and in top 3rd of times, then run just as expected which resulted in top 2%. think bike well short of the normal 40km course (more like 36.5) and run a little short, but long transitions. as a newbie... people would have got to laugh at my transition from bike to run. i had it in my head all the rules about not taking off your helmet before racking your bike etc... but it stuck too much as i forgot to take my helmet off at all and got screamed at for quite a while before i clicked that people were screaming at me and i had to run back to the transition and remove said helmet!
hope TR is OK havent seen from him for a while which is unusual in all the times i have followed this thread.
nice one PP getting back to it. Well done Jools too. DanA - that's awesome you are in brilliant shape at the mo, hope it pays off in June/later in year.
Nothing to report from me, since the 10km race on Monday i have drunk too much, ate too much and run only once (Weds). Travelling with work Thurs/Fri to Paris/Madrid, then back on daddy duties today which was fun. Tomorrow doing olympic distance tri in hyde park which should be 2.5 hours plus or minus 10 minutes of decent training though so at least thats something although really not looking forward to the around 40 minutes it will take me for the swim at all, nor the bike ride nor the weather!! No idea how long bike will actually take hence i have around a 20 minute window for finish time (nor transitions as getting wet suit off could take a bit!) but hope to keep the run under 40 mins and know the swim will be slow.
my old man has gone down hill of late, so i will be off to NZ at some point in next few weeks i guess, plus a work trip to Montreal, so it's not going to be the training month i had hoped for but more important things to worry about at the mo, and at least i am not injured! hopefully get back to things properly later in year before i have put on too much weight or lost too much. will prob go quiet on here for a while now but will lurk and def pop in again once back to a decent routine.
Dachs, for me i think similar actually with the half. I am pretty sure that although macmillan says that is my best, it is actually the one i could most easily beat right now. but i won't know till i do one and thats not going to happen for a while!