I take a few weeks easy over Christmas. Always seems sensible as I reckon it takes about 4 weeks to loose form but about 2 weeks to cure any niggles, so I base build from October to mid December and then come Jan 2nd I am ready to go, niggle free, for 3 months solid.
Phil knows by now not to keep ruining it for me. He's been told enough times.
Yep, SG has sworn me to secrecy about the HX XC this weekend so you didn't hear it from me.
I did the tourist route this pm in Paris, La Rive Gauche, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Champs-Élysées, the palaces of all sizes, the tombs of everyone, and had I been minded I could have taken out more Frenchies than a dose of clap does but I was good and stopped and swerved and generally gave way. Will have to make up for it in London and Cambridge over the next few days.
Dean, Leek is a great place to run, used to be based at Anzio Training Camp for the few weeks in the summer. Seems to have gone downhill since I was there in the 80's.
I'm in Paris and despite all my planning I have managed to get here with no iPhone cable and no Garmin cable so will have to manage with a single charge on each. Worst bit is, inspired by Lit, I found a nice route from my hotel to Bois de Vincennes and forgot to send it to my Garmin. I now have the route in memory from google street view and will try to do it tomorrow.