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Posted: Yesterday at 14:52

No worries, Minni.  I know they never allow transfers.  Thanks again though for trying to fix me up with a number in the first place.  I'll have to be less sloth-like when entering next year. 

I'd say that 7 at marathon pace in this heat equates to 10 on a normal day, Leslie.  So let's chalk that one up as a successful session.

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Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:04

Sorry to hear you couldn't run, Minni.  Hopefully you'll be fixed in time for the Thunder Run.

1.28 is a great time on that course, OO. 
Impressive PB there, Jools.  Did you get confirmation of the time?

Clearly not a real foot, marrows.  Nice CGI trickery though.

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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:08

Sorry to hear that, GM.  I hope it all turns out well.

Wetsuits all round, marrows.  I think they were compulsory.

Slokey - Did you notice that the 3.8k and the 1 mile swim were both won by the same guy? (45 & 19 mins).  The bloody show off.  Are you doing the next one in the series?  Thankfully, I'll be on holiday.  So I'm excused.

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Posted: 14/07/2014 at 11:08

Nice work by the family Birch.

That's an impressive day's training, Slokey.  I did admire the scenery of that mountain.  Didn't occur to me to run up it though.

I got there early and watched a bit of the 2.4 mile race.  Then I slunk off to a cafe for tea and cake and tried to come up with a valid reason not to go through with it.  But, unusually for a race day, I had forgotten to be ill or injured. 

I was only mildly terrified as I entered the lake and managed not to scream when a fellow swimmer inadvertently splashed some icy water onto my face.  Starting right at the back, my focus was solely on not drowning or (even worse) having to call to one of the kayak marshals for help.

After a few minutes of friendly bumping and bashing, I found myself in clear water and was swimming well.  I had obviously left those losers behind.  I forgot about the cold and just concentrated on form.  I was King of the lake.  In fact, I was probably going to win this thing. 

After a while, I looked up and realised I was heading the wrong way.  I was going at a 90 degree angle to everyone else.  What a nuisance.  So I turned around, caught up with a group and re-joined the bumping and bashing.  Two swimmers actually stopped and apologised after they had punched me in the face, which I thought was very polite of them.

The winner crossed the line in a frankly ridiculous 19 minutes.  I finished hot on his heels in 35.37, relieved that it wasn't quite the humiliation I had feared (182nd out of 340).

Slokey - What kind of voodoo gadget do you have that tells you the time and distance of your swim?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 20:17

What a swizz.  Just as I'm starting to appear all macho by swimming a mile in a freezing lake, somebody comes along and out-Alphas me.

Slokey - You're testing my patience now.  If you complete your 2.4 miles before I've finished my measly one mile, then I will be seriously upset with you. 

Just visiting, Abbers.  It's my favourite place to publicly embarrass myself.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:39

I spent ages trying to work out Gul's euphemism, before I realised that he really did mean watering the tomato plants.

Happy birthday, Jools.

Minni, GM et al - stop being ill.

The Ullswater mile on Sunday will be my first ever open-water event.  The target is to reach the halfway point before the winner crosses the finish line.  I think it's going to be close.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:42

Yes, a wonderful experience for local fans, Birch.  No doubt about it.  And your own delight shines through.  Like you though, I've been quite taken aback at the levels of Yorkshire enthusiasm and love for all things yellow.

I lived in Blackheath for a number of years and the marathon used to go right past my front door (about half a mile from the start line).  Not once did I ever get up early enough to watch it (I didn't know or care about running in those days) and neither did any of my friends or neighbours.  There was a general sense of apathy amongst non-sporty types.  Not quite the same thing, of course, as that was an annual event.  But still...

Maybe the clichés really are true and northerners are simply more open and welcoming than southerners?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 14:37

That sounds quite an adventure, Lorenzo.  And I loved Birch's 'Ey up' photo.
Impressive crowd scenes on the telly, but what motivates the majority of these people to attend?  Are they really all cycling enthusiasts, or do they just relish the opportunity to be close to an 'event' (nothing wrong with that, I suppose).  Anyway, I like the idea of the tour, but can't quite seem to muster any enthusiasm for the reality.

It's 5 minutes from my doorstep, so it seemed rude not to jog round the Southport half as a slow training run yesterday.  Starting right at the back, the first mile took about 10 minutes.  The last was about 7.  It all made for a fairly enjoyable 1hr, 55m.  Much more fun than the usual Sunday long run. 

Good to hear, MsE.  My own injuries are holding up.  Aided by my new mantra of 'no running on consecutive days'.  Mind you, that philosophy probably doesn't lend itself to a successful marathon training schedule... 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 15:00

Blimey - that's annoyingly impressive, Marrows.  Splendid stuff.

PMJ - Thank you for the 220 info.  All very useful.  OO too, for the Sweatshop tip.

Mind you, perhaps there's something to be said for running without a Garmin.  Thanks to the loan of a 305 from a so-called 'friend', I'm able to confirm that today's 10 miler came in at an average pace of 9.15mm.  With friends like that, who needs enemies?

How's your achilles, MsE?

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Posted: 29/06/2014 at 19:44

Gothic - I'm here to help.  On page 1834, Badbark very generously tells you everything you could possibly wish to know about walnuts.  Some people might advise you not to read it while eating your jam sandwiches, but ignore them and just tuck right in. 

Does anybody here use the Garmin 210?  Any good?  I think PMJ bought the 220 recently.  How's that going?  Really, I just need somebody to do the decent thing and tell me what to buy, so that I don't have to read all those tedious and nerdy online reviews.  Thank you.

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