Tommy - Well done. You made it. Yes, that stuff they have the cyclists doing sounds utterly horrendous, and as I mentioned at the time at the borderline of 'dubious practice' in my view. Did they give you any helpful stats and numbers about your own physiology / fitness? Not sure I'm going to be able to make that Charnwood Open event on 13th August now incidentally. Despite not racing it, I ended up as 2nd of 4 points scorers at the Worksop Summer League race (results finally out, Lit) for our Vets A Team who are still sitting in 3rd, and thus the bronze medal position overall. 13th August is also the final race at Teversal, so as I'll be in line for a team award now, I really ought to turn up there to try to help secure it.
Regarding the talk of building context around Lit's 17:55, another way I like to look at things is by working out for how long in a longer elite event us mere mortals would be able to keep up if we were running at PB pace over shorter distances. I noticed on Sunday that both of the first two 5km splits in the Commonwealth Games women's marathon for instance were slower than Lit's new 5k PB. Usually do this for myself though obviously, and had my 1500m pace as keeping up with the women's 10000m over their (albeit rather slow) opening laps last night. I also noticed that John Lane who finished 4th in the Decathlon came over the line in his 1500m in 4:55 last night - the same as my PB. Not sure I could run 4:55 having done 9 other events in the preceding 36 hours or so mind!
A handful of very easy miles for me over the last couple of nights ahead of tonight's 3000m Vets League outing in Nuneaton. Not an A race obviously, but should still be able to comfortably beat the PB of 11:02 which was done immediately post-injury off minimal mileage and zero specific training. Aiming to set off at 85 second laps, which if I can hold it might see me sneak under 10:40. Don't get under way until 8.25pm - going to be a late one by the time I've raced, cooled down, driven the hour or so home, fed, showered and climbed wearily into bed!
Thanks for the updates, Skinny. Some very decent improvement going on at the moment. Hopefully others will be hopping aboard soon. Lou and DT perhaps best placed to be next in line based on recent training reports.
Good news that you're still making measurable progress yourself, even if (at least running wise) it's not as swift as I'm sure you'd like. Have you got a follow up physio appointment planned for a further assessment?
Lit - P'raps. A Garmin activities explore suggests others didn't lose anything like as much on that mile as I did though, so I think I was just a bit sh*t.
Skinny - Get yourself down for Newstead next year. Not just flat but net downhill. Plenty of room at our house for a Skinny lad, and Tommy and I will take you out to get p*ssed afterwards.
Lou - Excellent threshold session that. A real boost when you get the splits going in the right direction throughout as well. Looks like you're definitely getting back into some form now. Could be a good late summer / autmumn for you if you pick out the right events. I predict lots of PB action.
Welcome back, Tommy. Glad you enjoyed the Berlin bevvy up. Hot? Cool and fresh here now compared to what it had been, at least for the first half of the weekend. Have fun tomorrow - the home straight at last. Hope you get some useful input. I'm down there tonight, but just to pick up a vest for Wednesday night's Vet League meeting - might do the warm up round the campus with the group, but definitely skipping track this week!