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Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:13

KFC: not nearly as much as we had expected, sadly. No real atmosphere and a crowd who only appeared to cheer the Scots and had no idea what track cycling was all about. The couple beside us spent the full 4 hours of the session on their mobile phones .  And don't get me started on the (lack of) transport..........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 08:13

Pink: you can only claim to be a cyclist when you have fallen off at leat once because of cleats - are you in SPDs or racing cleats?  We are taking part in the Bristol HM - the way things are going at the moment to call ir running would be a bit of a stretch. I was back in Belfast this week and need to get back again soon so might try the Belfast HM the week before Bristol. Also Wiltshire half is entered and considering Swindon and Stroud.  i haven't worn my garmin since we moved house!!


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Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:15

Chick: respect for keeping going. I have more or less given up until it cools off. 30 minutes very slow at 6.30am and 40 mins even slower with BA this evening 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 14:50

Minni: I thought everyone arrived at races (certainly ultras) unprepared and usually with at least one piece of essential kit missing. For our first marathon (1985) BA discovered on the afternoon before that his only pair of trainers was locked in a government office. The only pair he could buy late in the afternoon was a make and model he had never worn, half a size small.   He still did 3.37 and beat me by 2 minutes.   I even got to a 100 mile event and at 9.00pm the night before discovered I had forgotten the insoles for my trainers. Did the whole event with a cut up towel stuffed in my shoes............

of course this might explain why we are both rubbish....... 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 15:05


I've done a pretty decent half marathon the week after a 50 mile run, nowadays I still do a HM the week after a 50, but both are slower than they used to be 

I did 5 miles at the club on Monday night which nearly killed me in the heat. Last 3 days I've been out at 6.30am and only managed about 40 minutes. Did 40 miles on the bike yesterday as well, which wasn't as bad as running.

Less of the 'nutters' on the 50 mile front - a mere sprint 

Off to the Commonwealth Games tomorrow - hoping it cools off a bit.


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Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:09

Nothing crazy about a 50 mile race!!!! 

Minni: does this mean you won't be doing Rotherham?

i am currently lurking, sulking and generally trying to get my life back on an even keel

X-rays revealed nothing so next step will be MRI and consultant, going stir crazy. In the lat 3 weeks I have retired, spent a week in Yorkshire for the TdF, organised the completion of the sale of the family business property in Belfast, completed 5 tax returns and co-ordinated various builders and tradesmen at the new house - at times it feels like project managing the construction of the Taj Mahal 

have barely run for 3 weeks and my longest bike ride has been a miserable 72 (albeit hilly) miles. Bizzarely I have managed to lose some weight while not exercising much -wtf???

Left work with £200 vouchers for the bike shop so a new lightweight bike is in my sights - also had a queue of hunky young men wanting to give me a hug at graduation, much to their parents' bemusement. One asked if he could have a hug before he left - to which I responded that at my age I was unlikely to turn own offers like that 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 14:27

KFC: Ventoux is my all time favourite - have been up three times, once from each direction. Enjoy! 

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Posted: 07/07/2014 at 16:45

Blown away by 2 days spectating at the TdF. We were on Cote du Cray (!) and Cragg Vale.  Unbelievable atmosphere, crazy number of cyclists on the road. Loving the yellow sheep. 

No wi-fi at cottage - back sometime!

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:09

Got my VLM confirmation after a 5 hour crawl up the motorway from Bristol to Burnley. Alcohol has made things look better - holiday now starts properly 

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 10:11

Don't want to worry you Free but my cold started Monday and am still feeling ghastly today, just when we are heading off to the Tour De France - cottage in Yorkshire for a week.  X ray on my foot yesterday, possible stress fracture although I feel the pain is in the wrong place for that.  Had my retirement dinner on Tuesday [couldn't taste much] and now have £200 worth of vouchers for the local bike shop and my eye on a lightweight road bike.  Haven't actually retired yet, but dinner coincided with the end of University term so seemed a sensible time to do it.

No word from VLM and got my entry in earlier than Free, so starting to fret a bit, although part of me thinks a rejection might not be such a bad thing

Ran a slow off-road 5 miles with the club on Monday after a gruelling 12 mile relay leg on Saturday, which I know I shouldn't have done - but team of 10 people doing the prestigious and very popular Cotswold Way 110 mile relay event so didn't feel I could let the rest of the team down.  Got caught in a torrential downpour at the highest point on my leg [2,000 ft of ascent - the hilliest leg] which turned the paths to sludge.  Didn't do my hamstring or my foot any good but at least I was well within the time limit - 20% of the teams were timed out on my leg

Was driven back to Bristol in soaking wet clothes which probably didn'rt help me to fight off the cold.

Anyway no running for a week and I'll get the results of the X ray when I get back, which should tell me where I am

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