Back again, twice in a week ! In Houston now so was flying yesterday ... BRRR cold here too. But no snow.
DD - you have a funny idea of tapering ! Good result though.
Great training TT, Tom Sandrunner10 and fab to see you bouncing around Stickless.
Little Miss Happy - well done in IMWA ... did it go well for you ?
Race report Western Australia IM, Busselton
It sas my slowest ever marathon on the flat by a long way .... during having arrived over a week before the race to acclimatise + get over jet lag, the temperatures soared to 37 C (in the shade) with blazing sun for the race.
The swim at 6:15 am was fabulous - one 3.8km lap around the famous and long Busselton jetty. I am not a swimmer but had a great dip coming out the water in 1 hr 17 min. The bike was a 3 lap course and the temperatures quickly rose + wind too. By the 3rd lap I was really frying and despite downing litres of electrolyte + taking on lots of carbs I started to cramp and had to hop off a couple of times. Still 180 km in 6-1/2 hrs was not too bad .... but not really the best prep to start a marathon in the hottest part of the day.
The first 5 miles of the run were fine but the body temp started to zoom up in the mid 30s C temperatures and cramps began again so I started a run walk .... which became a survival walk jog. I kept the cramps managable with masses of electrolyte - some of it over strength - and by shoving lots of ice down my back. But gradually the miles passed and as night drew in the air cooled and we were able to raise the pace slightly. 5-45 was a desparate marathon time. An unprecedented 12% of the field dropped out .
Finishing was great ! 13:54 was 1 to 2 hours behind plan but I am still very pleased. Training has below plan in the last 3 months .... but given I had never swum more than 2km or cycled more than 60 miles at the start of the year things have come on a long way!
Great to see everyone out running as well as ever ... Dubai Dave nearly at yet another marathon (good luck !) ... Tip top, Tom and Mava pushing out some decen t miles and Stickless so impressed ! Gobi also going as fast as ever wtih RJF not far behind - impressive.
I have'nt posted for ages ... April or May I think post Paris mara. After that I have moved house (great), completed the Etape in France to get cycle fit and upped the swimming too. The running went backwards a bit but the end results was being able to complete my first Ironman in December in Western Australia - v slow but also v hot at 37 C. Since then I have been getting a bit more back into my running
The current conditions are just A1 super duper fantastic !! Takes me back to the Arctic / Antarctic, apart from being more slippy and a lot warmer. I have finally found use for my Swedish Icebug shoes which have sprung carbide tipped spikes in the bottom which let you grip very securely to ice and are ok for short periods on tarmac etc. A tremendous help for speedwork on the current roads and pavements.
RFJ - fantastic run at Maidenhead - well done ! A quite brilliant PB. 9m caught me a bit last year too but a great finish. I was spectating .... Gobi / Rach - saw you and hollered a bit - good course for hollering. Tip Topp - how did you do ?? The top guy was really motoring, were you the #2 runner ? If so, really motoring too !!
A rest day for me, racing post Paris would be a bad idea injury wise. A good 35 min run yesterday and the legs are starting to feel better. Lots of walking too. Tomorrow it is onto the bike as Etape training starts in earnest.
40mins - the Grizzly was a fabulous race, really good fun - despite the shingle stretches, continuous hills and dreaded bog. The support was amazing, pipers, folk bands, drummers and supporters everywhere. And so many marshalls. Good luck in the Yeovil 5k - where do they take you ? My folks live just down the road.
Clink - that is the stuff on nightmares, hope the ankle fixes itself ok
Tiptop, good luck at Maidenhead - I am missing it this year being recovery week
Rest day today - so will swim or cycle or both for a bit. Did a 45 min recovery run yesterday, about 9k or so, started slow but got tempted to run with a faster group for the last 3k or so which was fun although the quads had their comeback later.