Neil: I was surprised to get into Berlin this year through the ballot. For the first time this year they allowed teams of 3 to apply. I got in with 2 pals and we're having a lads' weekend. I took the family to Berlin for a few days last summer and it was a great place, can't wait to go back.
Another mate did the race last September and said the course was excellent. It's dead flat and the roads are very wide. ideal for a PB if the weather is good.
Legs STILL hurt a bit today. Coach at the club recommends 2 weeks off twice a year, so I think I'll take that advice and get this hammy sorted.
Top stats there, Freemers! It sees to suggest an element of pain, am I right?
My quads are still very sore and my left hamstring is calling me all sorts of names. Can't see me running for another few days yet. I'll try to get out on the bike over the weekend.
I've been reflecting on Sunday and am very pleased with my race management. I was definitely feeling OK in the last 5 but that's because I was going slower due to the hamstring. This has given me great confidence for the upcoming Berlin campaign. The result could be spectacular (for me) IF injuries subside and weather is kind.
I got my nutrition bang-on on Sunday. Bananas and Jaffa cakes on the coach and in the changing tent. A few Clif Bloks for added carbo before the start, 4 x gels during the race. The gels were supposed to be every 6 miles but I brought the last one forward to 22 miles as it would be more beneficial.
I broke the rules and had a few swigs of Lucozade from the feed stations on the way round, I hadn't trained with it at all but have used it before. I felt guilty about the waste created. I had no more than a third or quarter of a bottle each time and then chucked it. I shared the bottles with my mate where I could but I suppose it's cheap to make and they'll recycle the bottles?
Water was taken only when I needed it and I showered myself in it to keep cool. My first pee that afternoon was purple. I had been taking Beet It juice all week but didn't have any that morning, just goes to show how long it stays in your system and maybe it helped me on Sunday?
moof: Screaming while getting off the bog? I hear ya my friend, I hear ya!
Abbers: Brighton is very good, did it for last 2 years. Well organised, some complain about the paper cups but I found it OK last year. The year before they had pouches which were difficult to get on with great crowds and a decent course, including the road to hell at 21 miles.
The park and ride system works very smoothly. A good mara to go for.
Legs are still sore today. I have pains in places that show where I can look to strengthen for next time (lower back etc...) I'll now have an easy month, get back on the bike and then devise some sort of training plan for Berlin in September where I'll make a sub-3.10 tilt on what is apparently a flat course.
X-post - looks like the transport issue has been sorted going by my experience?