Greetings all, forgive me for I have not posted in a while. Will a 3 month old with a cute smile suffice as a puny excuse?
Malcs: Awesome effort on your 10km, you are a machine.......sent from the future to change the past etc etc etc. What a purple patch year you have had! It must be quite satisfying to realise that a proper schedule of training can have you outsprinting father time into the home stretch, with a sneaky little hip check as you bump him off his stride.
Training is going well for the Half Ironman. Cycling is a strange phenomenon with loads of MAMILS around at the moment. I have resisted the lycra squeeze so far, although the dark side is tempting. I did my first brick session on Wednesday which was bizarre, the wobbly legs off the bike were disconcerting.
Running is going well, although there is an annoying foot ache that sneaks in occasionally. Think I will get that checked out after reading the 'down list' on this thread.
I volunteered as a pacemaker at the Huddersfield park run last weekend. Hoping to come in sub 24, whilst pushing the Mini Hans in the pram, I went off conservatively. I had hoped to build a small cushion in case Mini Hans went into nuclear meltdown. I suspect I may have burnt off the sub 24's and to my shock came onto the final stretch in 22minutes. With a bit of sheepish slowing of my pace I managed to stall across the line in 23.18. Lesson learnt, pacing is not easy!
Park run this weekend as I trickle towards the red top.
Hey Stan, maybe catch you at the Huddersfield parkrun sometime? It is very busy and can get in excess of 600 runners from time to time. I try and start near(isn) the front, but the first small loop can be very frustrating. The last two loops tend to thin out so one can get a free space. I do sometimes miss the sub 20 minute days of yore, but buggyrunning does bring out a whole new set of challenges and different scalps to take.
Wow Malcs, what a year! Awesome running with a clean sweep of PB's, you must be over the moon.
Chickadee, assume sleeping is your body's way of healing. That is why I am so fond of a snooze. Sometimes I sleep just in case there is an injury there I am not aware of. Better to be safe than sorry.
Just spent an awesome week jogging along the Pembrookshire Coastal trail, running 'naked' for the sheer love of running. No gadgetry or splits (sorry Malcs). Also been open ocean swimming everyday clad in rubber (chilly water!) My neck is so chafed I look like I have been fighting adimantium clad Minni. All in all good training for the half ironman.
Missing Parkrun tomorrow, but I am sure I will get over it.
Reikirabbit: IMO, having done both Comrades up and down, up is easier. Down hurts more and takes longer to recover. Down has more nail, blister and cramp issues. Provided you have done the proper training, I would take UP any day. In truth the 'up/down' is a misnomer, there are big hills in both and very little flat.
I believe they do live coverage through You tube every year.