Ant - regardless of what the others say I think you were awesome yesterday!!
What do the others say? Lovely to see you yesterday and spend quality time in the boozer. A shame things didn't go to plan in the race.
Really great to speak to Speedy, Poacher, OO51, AR and Lorenzo in the pub, too. You are all really special people.
Many congratulations to all those of you who got PBs and/or reached their targets, especially Speedy, Lit, Marrows (ladies first, eh), OO51, Lorenzo,Martin, TR and the relentless Poacher.
To those who didn't come away so happy, bad luck and I hope at least you had as great a day out as I did.
My race can be summed up as follows: I cruised - cruised - to half way in 1:32:55, and felt great to about 17, when everything started to tighten up. I kept my head, however, and, convinced I had loads of time in the bank, slowed up a bit til 22 or 23 when I realised that a) I was now feeling really tired and b) it was going to be a tight thing to even go sub-3:15, so badly had I paced things. I made a frantic (relatively speaking) effort from Big Ben in, with the last km in 3:52, but it wasn't enough and I finished with a miserable 3:15:14.
I am not too disappointed, however, as the positive thing I can take away is I didn't totally crumble, and however poorly deployed the effort was, I can honestly say I gave it my all out there. I will be back next year to put this one to bed and do myself justice for once.
No excuses at all on the day, but I do feel the two-odd weeks' training missed, and esp two or three 20-22 milers in March, told negatively on my endurance in the end, and that is that.
The whole event was, for me, absolutely brilliant - the weather, the crowds, the volunteers, everything.
So I had a small skinful in the pub, said my goodbyes, staggered/limped to the tube, got on it, met a Spanish girl who apparently took a shine to me and kissed her, got the train to my mum's, had a quick dinner, and crawled off to bed at about 9:00.
Thanks for all the good wishes. I got over to London, and actually quite enjoyed the expo, although the goodie bag was spectacularly rubbish. I picked up a pair of NB1080s for 60 quid and some top Ronhill kit. I was also stopped by this gentleman asking to have his photo taken with me:
PMJ - I hope you have sorted the picnic blanket and the Fortnum & Mason hamper for pre-race?
Lorenzo - Hope to see somewhere around Woolwich!
Poacher - Buck up, old chap! You're British, for Haeaven's sake, man!
Very, very best of luck to all the VLMers tomorrow, and I hope to see you all looking happy in the Chandos!!
Minni - Forgot to say, just leave the key in the usual place and I'll let myself in
Mennania - Great report and the main thing is that you know what time you did.
Slokey - Great presence of mind to take pics at those various stages. Not attractive, however.
Sporty B - The girls on here were telling me they hoped you'd be better-looking than that.
Bike It - Sad news - hope dealing with the will doesn't prove as difficult as it seems at first.
I had the longest lie-in I can remember this morning and have only just got up. I thought about going for a run but it really would be tempting fate and I just don't see the point. The physio seems to have done a good job and my niggle is in remission, with the whole leg a lot less tense. I have lowered my target from sub-3 to 3.05-3.10 so can go into the race more relaxed, and that means resting up as much as possible from now on.