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So most of you will have picked up on some of this, as have been whinging liberally, but was sat in the garden today and really had a proper wobble (actually wasn't sat down but was cutting the grass).
AA goal was set as Brighton Marathon and it was hit with a 3:57 (training/tests indicated 3:48 but had chest infection for three weeks before and 4 weeks after). However very happy with hitting goal of sub-4 for an ex rugby prop forward.
A goal is the Outlaw. With a 12:22 at IM Regensburg I had a sneaky eye on sub 12 as a platinum time.
B goal was 100 mile LDWA event unfortunately positioned 4 weeks in front of the Outlaw. I bailed out at mile 77 with feet that had turned to mush after 24 hours of pounding, the last 14 hours of which it rained. This has left me with a severe ticking off from Chiropodist, blisters through to dermis, well strapped feet and signed off bath time for a week.
So to sum up, I trained well for a marathon in April, got as much biking in between then and Jubilee weekend as I could. This included four 80 mile rides at 16-19 mph averages. With some mid week rides as per the training plan. But nothing over 6-mile runs have been done since the marathon, bar 77 mile effort. Not much biking in the last two weeks. Swimming weekly with masters for 1:15 and some solid 45-60 min sessions mid week I have little fear of the swim. Although haven't made it OW this year.
Last year I was sitting here happy with 95%+ of plan nailed
So the question - how bad is the Outlaw going to be?
Happy I can do the swim. Reasonably comfortable that I can go sub 6:30 or sub 6:00 on the bike (IMR 6:02). What is the run or walk going to be like (ran 4:50 at IMR). Clearly have the endurance to slog it out for 24-hours, so know I can finish.
If anyone can offer any experience of what to expect on the run and I can get mindset in place to cope with it.
P.S. - Race plan for next year is going to be better planned.