Week of feeling that maybe I am getting better after about 5 or 6 5ks in a row all pretty much 19:30 on the nose and thinking I am on a plateau and the only way is down.
Did a handicap on Tuesday: just over 5k and my handicap is 9 minute sand the first off is at -3 minutes so he had a 12 minute start on me: it is an out and back thin loop so I reckon he must have been close to the turn before I even started. Handicappers seem to have got it right so I ran the first half solo and wandering where everyone else was. Made the turn and I could see runners for what seemed a mile ahead but over the last half mile all the runners seemed to be lined up ahead of me and I just had to pick them off one by one and hope I had got them all by the finish line.
SJ: good swim and bike, but this is a running forum Hat's off to anyone who does this stupid triathlete stuff. I have a friend, Nicholas Browne, who is a seriously fast runner (go look him up on https://www.worldmarathonmajors.com/marathon-stars/six-star-finishers/ and see he has done all 6 world majors and his slowest is 2:44 and best 2:26) and he just did a half this weekend and his run was 1:27 when he is a sub-70 guy standalone.
Odd week for me. Tuesday 5k in over 20 minutes, felt just can't be arsed and wasn't helped when my glasses got knocked off by a low branch and had to spend about 20 seconds back tracking and hunting for them. Thursday 2.5k (one lap of the same course we did two of on Tuesday) and I was much faster and felt much better. Saturday parkrun took it steady as I had a 4am drop-off for my son as he set off on a tour of the atrocities of the Second World War but cam out 19.2x which is what I have been doing when pushing recently. Nice run this morning in the sunshine up the Thames.
40 miles for the week, pretty much the same as I have done every week since London with one week off. 1,279 for the year, if I have a solid July and August will be a good total.