Only one run last week, so I'm trying to refocus this week. The last few days have been: Thursday - Lord's for the Test Match, absolutely superb! Friday - 48 mile bike ride over Box Hill with my 18 year old lad. Saturday - very long day at Wentworth watching the BMW PGA Golf. Sunday - Rest day? Was actually DIY all day converting small bedroom into a study Monday - More DIY but did manage to get a gadget free 11.5 mile session done.
Got out at lunchtime today for a sneaky 10k and have spinning tonight.
Have only scan read the previous page so will go back for a proper lead later. But, well done to Badbark for a fine performance!
Great bike work SJ, really impressive. Well done Minni on the sprint tri. I want to give that a go this year.
I followed up my Thursday night race with track intervals with a mate on Friday afternoon. Not my best short pyramid reps but job done. Then it was out on the bikes with my lad first thing Saturday morning. 42 miles with 2400ft of uphill work including the biggest in the south, Leith Hill.
Stayed in the saddle all the way and had a jolly old time. Loving the bike work. Rest day yesterday, mainly due to a hangover and then 5 miles at 7.05 pace today.
Mixing the two sports is a struggle at the moment but I'm slowly getting some running enthusiasm back. This week I have to squeeze my sessions around the Test Match at Lord's on Thursday and the BMW PGA golf at Wentworth on Saturday. Beer will be involved at both!
Had a race last night. Windlesham Pairs 10k Relay. 7pm start and I work 45 mins away. Idea was to leave work at 5.15, get there for 6.00 and bag a parking spot in the small car park to avoid hunting for a street parking spot and then have an easy w/up.
The M25 had other ideas. No problems over the previous few months, home in 35-45 mins every day. Last night?, Oh no; M25 had other ideas. Ended up making it to the general race event area with just 10 mins to go after a 1hr 40mins in the car!
Fortunately I got changed at work and was ready to go. My race partner had got my number from the organisers, put the safety pins on it, I grabbed it, put it on, had a sip of lucozade and before I knew it we were having the pre-race briefing. 5 x 1k laps each on trails. I would be out first as my mate thought I could get us at the front end meaning he would be able to see me at easier at the changeover point and send him on his way in clear traffic.
Within 200m I knew we were all in for a tough night. The back trail had turned into a quagmire and was on a slight incline (you'll know the route from last year PMJ). Trying to find the harder ground was a priority for everyone, so the trail edges were very popular but deteriorating with each lap. Tight corners added to the fun and we had to tip-toe our way round at times. I only spotted one bloke wearing trail shoes, unfortunately it wasn't me.
I saw this even as an interval session. Yasso 1000s if you like as my pal was the same pace as me meaning rests would be the same time as efforts. Knowing the difficult terrain, each lap felt like a chore and I wanted to slow up but I couldn't let my mate down as he wanted to take a few scalps from his running club.
With one final heave-ho I completed my final lap and shouted to him at the change-over that we were on for a sub-40. he looked surprised! he confirmed this afterwards. He bombed round for a final time and brought us home in 39.46, a great effort considering the difficulties underfoot. Our average pace of 6.25 and my first (a-hem!) sub-40 10k
Results aren't yet published but in better conditions last year 26 out of 90-odd pairs beat 40 mins, so I'm hoping we're top 15 to 20 for this year.
Great little event, well organised (where would we be without volunteer marshals? ) and in the pavilion afterwards there was plenty of tea and cake for all.
More intervals planned for lunchtime today at the track with a colleague but I may take it easy and just run alongside him as he's a tad slower.