ceal, It looks to me like they're interpreting "Master Athlete" very broadly, probably to include athletes with a disability (fair enough, obviously) or able-bodied runners who are currently injured or ill in some way. Otherwise I think they could assume participants don't need a zimmer frame to get around or can walk at least a minute without having to stop because of pain (two of the questions). They were quite vague when I asked what the study was aimed at, maybe because they didn't want to bias people's responses.
I'm watching some of the Commonwealth Games but it can't compete with seeing cyclists battle their way through spectacular scenery in the Alps or Pyrenees. Still, it's the Vuelta in Spain before too long.
Actually the youngsters trained separately under a different coach, although I'm sure any of them would have been welcome to join us if they'd really wanted to.
I meant to say, Stewart's been very sensible to get his eye sorted sooner rather than later. So easy to put these things off. I found the laser surgery completely painless and hardly at all uncomfortable.
ceal, I'm taking part in the Masters study too and have been wearing the monitor for a couple of days now. Not so sure I want to do the second part, which involves going to Manchester and having a bone density scan.
Columba, I had some spectacular floaters when my eye trouble first started. The first sign was what I thought was a large black insect near my eye, which wouldn't have been that surprising as I was in South Africa at the time. They dispersed over the next couple of weeks to be replaced by thousands of tiny ones which clouded my vision. That improved too until the curvature and graininess etc appeared in the winter.
busbar, I too was surprised by your 10 mile run but pleased to hear you can now do that sort of thing again. Fingers crossed.
JJ, you must both be pleased the treatment's nearly over.
I went to the first session with my new club last week, an interval one. All very friendly and welcoming. One difference was the presence of quite a few youngsters. My original club can only cater for adults.
I'm suffering from Tour de France withdrawal. There can't be many other sports which require such physical bravery.
Columba, I meant not sure I could do it without racing it. It would make a lovely training route, especially if the tide was well out, but of course it's a linear one so not so easy to arrange transport.
The Coastal Run yesterday was tough tough tough. Everyone was saying it was the hardest for years, mainly because of the hot weather. The forecast had said 18 degrees and cloudy but it turned out to be 21 and sunny. Ideal for the families enjoying the sandy beaches but not so good for racing 13.3 miles, especially as there's no shade at all.
Also the tide wasn't very far out so the sand was particularly wet and I noticed we had to negotiate some short stretches of slippery rocks which I'm sure we've been able to avoid in previous years. About 3.5 miles are on the beach. Most of the rest of the course is along paths, often with lots of rocks sticking through. A club mate had quite a nasty fall which left him grazed on arms and legs but he bravely went on to finish after a few minutes recovering.
Anyway, I finished in 1:51:25, nearly three minutes slower than last year, but no complaints about that. The last four miles were hard and I definitely needed to find a small patch of shade in the sand dunes at the finish and sit down for a while. I was 7th over 60, no separate over 65 category in this one.
When I got home I couldn't believe how red all my exposed skin was, especially on the legs. Luckily we've had quite a bit of sun this summer so I'm not actually burned.
It's such a scenic route. I keep thinking I should do it some time without racing and just enjoy the run but I'm not sure I could.