Posted: 31/01/2016 at 18:07
selbs -- funnily enough, there is a catch to re-weighing yourself with a payload. Some bathroom scales (including mine), in an effort to show themselves superbly consistent, remember the last measurement and just show it again if the next weight is "near enough". Sneaky eh? And speaking of payload, I'd be well chuffed with your 5K if I was 5kg over normal weight! (Or even as I am...)
CD -- nice long run I saw, I wouldn't put any money on beating you at VLM!
Jools -- 21st and team silver are both impressive. Well done.
Ryan -- jeepers, that's a lot of (actually quite quick) miles. You'll be a whole new outlier for Tanda. I'm sure I've asked before, but what's your target race?
And me? Well I was hoping with chip timing we'd have some swift results, but in the absence of any I'm guessing my performance was "solid" but unspectacular on Saturday. It was a bit short of 15K (8.7M by my watch); I did another 11 or so in bits and pieces (home to station, up and down platform, next station to venue and around a bit, similar on the way home) to total 20M for the day. And I've rested today, probably tomorrow too, to avoid repeating last week's mistake of training too much before my aged legs had made their slow race recovery.
But it was, as ever, epic. I made the schoolboy error of starting near the back of the pens and was boxed in for ages, but couldn't resist looking left and right as we charged up the hill to drink in that special _Braveheart_ moment, when a ridiculous number of men plough wildly across the blasted heath in dangerous proximity. Had a good giggle and savoured the situation for future recall before turning my attention to the job at hand; some significant stretches were churned to serious mud, maybe a foot deep in places, with an endless series of short climbs, descents and turns. Starting too far back, I at least had the pleasure of mainly passing others, especially on the downhills as usual, while I struggled on the uphill bogs through lack of raw power. At least my 9 m/M plods had indeed gone. It took me 65 mins (7:30/M), whatever that means given the terrain. No idea what my position was, though I fear I just missed even scoring for my club. But it was fun, I've got through it unscathed, just a few aches of mud-extracting muscles I don't normally use, and now I can train sensibly for 4 weeks until the Cambridge half.