Posted: 25/08/2014 at 09:03
Just catching up after a week away but some standout racing from PP and DrD. And a nice 80% from Dan. That gets a lot easier as you get older, I think most folks slow down less dramatically than WAVA suggests - at 47 18:00 for 5k gets me 80.00%, which I like in a round number kind of way. Just using parkrun times I've slowed around 15-20 seconds over 7 years, but I never got near 80% in those early days.
We've just had a week in Mallorca, not a cycling holiday per se but I did go for a few rides in the hills. Padams will be familiar with most of them, I think my last day long round trip from Pollensa to Soller and back via Sa Calobra is a standard route. Junior came on a few rides, his proudest moment was getting up the Col de Femenia, my proudest moment was getting him down the other side in one piece.
I also have new respect for you fell runners - a quick look at strava told me the Puig de Santa Maria might be a nice challenge - 1.2 miles @14%. 14 minutes of hairpins, steep steps and impossibly uneven rocky paths later I was done in. Someone hardened in the Welsh hills set the strava record at 11 minutes something, and to him I say 'chapeau'.