Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:43
And a good weekend's work from Muss.
Down Tow Up Flow HM for me today. Horrible conditions (obviously) but this was along the Thames Towpath, so you can guess at the impact! Easier to do this by lessons learned rather than a report, so..........
1) Brooks t7' have to be the most inappropriate trainer possible for a primarily off road race in these conditions.
2) Gravel rash hurts - even more so when the reason you've got it is because you slipped in the mud yet managed to clear all the mud before you landed.
3) Nearly ending up in the Thames is particularly scary when you can't swim - refer to point 2; and yes I did actually think I was going in!!! If I hadn't grabbed a tuft of grass as I hit the ground and was sliding I may well have done.
4) A big bug getting caught in your throat will cause you to get physically sick.
5) It's frustrating to be closing ground on the leaders when you hit solid ground and reduced to a very slow jog as soon as you hit mud, and not much quicker on grass.
6) On days like today times are unimportant.
Somehow I still managed to come second (took a clubmate about 600m from the finish), 38s down on the leader. Points #2/3 and #4 cost me between 1:30-2:00, never mind the conditions/footing. I'm confident that today, even with the weather, I'd have been well under 75 on road (vs the actual 78:09).
I had intended to make this a 32km run, but I was shivering by the time the St. John's guy had sorted out the damage from the fall (still got some embedded gravel that he couldn't get out!), so didn't bother with a cool-down, so 26km for the day makes 170km for the week. Looking back it has been 45 weeks since I exceeded that, and I have to go back 109 weeks for the last time I put more than one week of that volume back to back (only 4 weeks bigger than this in all that time) - slightly scary figures given what I'm hoping to accomplish in 9 weeks time!!!