MM, well done on your Ironman. How did you find the training for that then? Did you have a discipline that you were weaker in at the start of training, or did you find it all okay? Have you got a marathon in mind that you're aiming for?
KK, I admire anyone who does or contemplates and Ironman. At a push I could (possibly!) do each leg as one event, doing. Certainly with training, the bike I think I'd be okay with as a one off event, and obviously I can run a marathon, but I think I'd struggle with the swim. And stringing them all together for one event doesn't seem possible to me and isn't on my bucket list at all.
I did 5.5 miles yesterday on my own, and 7-ish this morning with my club followed by a coffee afterwards. Torbay Half tomorrow, which won't be a quick one for me, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it nonetheless
I have a few close Dutch friends, most of who have been and living and working here for over 5 years. I spoke to one earlier and she was saying she is kind of feeling uncomfortable walking down the street knowing that on average one-in-two people probably don't really want her here (whether that's true or not, that's what she's feeling currently). I must say, even I've felt that a bit in terms of knowing that half the people around me voted out and finding that a bit strange.
I voted to remain, but I don't think that those who voted out are stupid or gullible necessarily. There are issues with the EU, and I guess the Leave campaign resonated with more people, but like many here I am shocked with the result. I just hope that somehow the politicians can reunite the UK, but I worry that's more wishful thinking than anything.
Cougie, officially he pulled out due to injury. But the LetsRun lot are saying that his mileage only dropped from the point when he was being observed on the ground, which is technically true but still rouses suspicion. Before this, he was banging out large-mileage days through the desert, and then posting pictures on Facebook of himself doing handstands, playing football etc, although a couple of days after he was being observed he was broken and also sunburnt.
There's quite a long list of things that he may have elaborated on in his book (potentially being a pro-cyclist, his first three marathons in a couple of days as a non-runner, his 10K PB may have actually only been a 7K, etc etc), plus they're digging into how all this was funded.
He is sponsored by SKINS and their boss posted something about some golfing incident, talking about integrity in sport, and then the LetsRunners got hold of it See here if you're interested. In fairness, the boss did release another statement after that, and he's organising an independent review of it.
Shades, I remember working out that one PB I got a couple of years ago could have been attributed to the weight I lost when I looked at the calculator, which was quite sobering at the time. I have a little test of my own which is basically how easily I find it walking up my hill (which is very steep!), and if I'm struggling I know I need to lose a bit. I don't usually weigh myself that often any more, but I checked again this morning and I was 3lb lighter, so probably my gain was to do with hydration/fluid retention or something, like you said. I'm not dehydrated/thirsty now although I do need to shift a bit more weight, which I will do.
Regarding the election, on recent election nights I've managed to get into the ballot count at English Riviera Centre in Torquay. It's almost "democracy in action" as you see the papers getting counted, all the prospective MPs looking nervously around, and the TV cameras there. However, I haven't managed to get a ticket for this one so I'll be watching it on the TV too I expect.