Good luck BI. Looks like it's going to be just fine.
Spent all of yesterday at the BMW PGA golf at Wentworth. I go every year with some pals, love it. My fitness app said I covered over 10 miles yesterday. It was a long time on feet.
So this morning I went for a 10 miler. From the first steps both hamstrings felt very tight. I decided to just do LSR/fatburning pace as it was the longest run since VLM. Averaged 7.55 which is fine but the quicker efforts in the week and the golf certainly had an impact on quality today.
Bikes: As a kid I had a Chopper and a BMX. Loved it. I too was a slight lad and didn't share the prowess of my mates who were far stronger. Have made up for it now though!
Last year I did the Ride London 100 and treated myself to my first road bike. I couldn't quite get the fiancial justification right in my head to get a decent carbon frame model so had to settle for an aluminium frame but with excellent spec. I went for the Giant Defy 0 It has carbon forks, seat post and pedals but my bike chums told me the important bits were of a very good standard.
It has Ultegra brakes and shifters (22 speed) with 105 front mech and Ultegra at the rear. It's a fantastic bike, really pleased wit it. If that spec was on a carbon frame it would be £1400 -£1500. I've annoyed my carbon framed pals by leaving them for dust up hills and taking their Strava records.
It was £999 but I see it as future-proofing myself, I'm only a summer rider so it will do me just fine.
Very interesting read the MsE. Will pass it to my mate who has blown up to some degree in all of his raced marathons. He's done a couple of training ones and performed brilliantly but not going for a PB. He does push it too hard sometimes. He's over 2 stone lighter and 3 years younger than me and is a runner's shape, unlike me. Physio said I have footballers legs. As I used to play a lot of football, I'd say she's right.
Good luck GM. Enjoy the battery recharge.
Managed to get out for a cheeky 8 miles at lunchtime. Just ran on feel but worked the odd hill here and there. Average was 7.06 pace which is pleasing on the undulating course. Gmap-pedometer and Mapometer both measured the course at 8.36 and 8.4 respectively. My old Garmin 410 measured it at 8.14. It always measures short. I never change the stats as I know I have probably performed better than reported. It is frustrating, though. I wear it all the time now in the hope it will break and I can justify a new one which has both GPS and GLONASS for greater accuracy. Never mind.
Well done on committing to another campaign, Birch. Which one will it be? I'm predicting great things.
Had 3 days off and went out for a hilly 5 at lunchtime. felt a bit rusty and a bit fat after a heavy social gathering weekend. Managed 7.08 pace without looking at the watch, so my cruising speed is in good shape. I really hate the hill at the end, kills all my averages.