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Big Woody

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:03

Well, the good news is that the local authority have now repaired the road that climbs gently up towards English Bicknor.

All you have to do now is cycle up it, and The Tump that follows shortly after.

I'd like to report that all roads were in perfect condition....but I got lost.

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 08:06

Morning all. Is it only Tuesday?
LMH: the only marathon I'm doing is at the end of the day in Tenby.
I'm off on holiday at the end of the week, so that will involve lots of hot weather, hopefully hot weather training. I hope the liver and the waist line survive.

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 00:02

Shame I had to miss the LCW. It sounds illuminating. I didn't know that the UK had non-stinging jellyfish. I had rather hoped that I could ignore them and that they would go away.

However, I did manage my first 100 mile bike ride this weekend, including lots of hills and headwinds. I've got some lessons to learn.

Monday 20th July 2015

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 23:55

Some nice race reports on the short sharp stuff, and then there's Alex.
Oooof. Respect there chum. That sounded tough just reading it. It's made me nervous now.

For me, I decided that if I am going to run a marathon, I'd better start doing some training. I'd just lost the urge to go for a run over the past few weeks. 5 miles done tonight. It's progress. Little stages.

Would you take a cheap holidayi. Greece right now ?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 23:46

Angela Merkel takes a trip to Greece.

At immigration the officer asks the questions.

"What nationality are you?"

"German" she replies.


"No, just here for a few days....."


Posted: 18/07/2015 at 18:10

I don't like the DBS comments either Kat.

I prefer "Remember the Pirate Code" (said with a touch of irony, because nobody can actually remember it).

Saturday 18 th July 2015

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 18:06

Emzap, I hope that the little race went OK. Those shorter ones can be deceptively tough to pace. It's eyeballs out or nothing.
Chick: I'm no fan of running in thunder storms. Russian Roulette if you ask me.
RFJ: How long is a parkrun? Are they all the same? I presume that the undulations and mud vary from one to another. What sort of field turns up? Clubby whippets or chubby wannabees?
Poppy, I'm sure that you will fit a decent length run in there somehow. Maybe step up the distance in stages?
LMH: What are you up to?
OH: You can keep your wild weather, thankyou. I heard that the Orkney definition of summer was when the driving rain started to come from the south.

As for me....this week was much like the last, and there was no running. I didn't feel like it, I wasn't motivated, I kept finding excuses and other jobs to do.
Today: Bike ride. I went straight past the group meeting point and did my own thing. I needed both hills and distance. Boy did I get them! The breeze was significant, and riding solo meant catching it all. In my face all the way to the Forest, that's 15 miles. In the Forest it's all hills, and I planned to find 50 miles worth there. A slight loss of directional surety and I emerged (blinking in the sunlight) with insufficient miles covered. OK, I'll go down to Chepstow, over the Severn Bridge and back home. Again, the 10 miles to Chepstow was a grind into the wind. On the home leg, I was absolutely flying along, hitting 40mph on a slight down grade. I had to put in an extra loop round a hilly detour in order to make up my mile tally to 100. Job done. Knees a bit sore, bum definitely tender. Total 6 hours 10 mins.

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:43

Dibs I can't possibly comment on any potential link between hormonal things and female plumbing. However, I can confirm that after ANY target race your emotions take a real trip. I had a great HIM some 3 weeks ago, was bubbly and enthusiastic for days, but, apart from biking and swimming in group training I haven't been able to drag myself out for a run since. Add to that some comfort eating and associated drink and my midriff has grown a little. The result is that my overall mood took a trip south.

At least you have confirmed that you're not pregnant, so that's one factor out of the equation.

I hereby promise to go for a run tonight.

Saturday 11th July 2015

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 23:11

It  seems like folks are truly enjoying themselves now that July is truly here.

Personally, I went for a bike ride: only one group of 5 riders as the others were racing or something. All were Group 1 or Group 2+ riders. We actually decided to split after 20 miles and I went out for the longer ride option, going with the 2 strongest riders. Hmm Challenging. However, we went for a lovely outing across the Cotswolds. Fish Hill: 2.7 km of continuous climb was a nice warm up. After a bit of hunting we found target number two: Dover's Hill

With deference to my colleagues I asked for 30 to 60 second head start and gave the climb some beef. HR hit 160, which was as much as I have seen for many years, and to be honest that toasted me for the rest of the day. They still beat me up it, but I gave them a good target.
Total mileage when I got home was 76. To be honest, I'd had enough.

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