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Nice racing TR, sounds like conditions were pretty ropey so no surprise the time doesn't reflect current form properly.
Conditions don't sound much better for you, SJ, but a good run nonetheless.
A mixed bag for me this weekend - I managed 10 miles on Friday lunchtime, from the office to the top of Box Hill and back. Yesterday was my annual 'never again' run at Lloyd Park for the XC league, which as Dan will know is always a mud bath and yesterday, in the rain, was no exception. Deep mud in places, slippy everywhere else even with 15mm spikes in. Never again...
Then this morning I ran 5 miles over to the start of the local 10k, then decided I was feeling OK enough to pay for entry on the day. It's a nice road course, a bit undulating in places but nothing major, it can be quite fast if you're in form. Well, to cut a short story even shorter, I wasn't, not after XC the day before, so 38:11 was no surprise but it was pretty evenly paced and solo for the most part, so not too bad. 1st Vet which covered the entry. Scott Overall turned up and had a ridiculously easy win in 30:29. Good to see him at a local race though.
TR - sounds like a decent result to basically match your previous time in those conditions.
SJ - nice to get a 20 under your belt, especially in those conditions.
Lots of other decent mileage being banked e.g. OO, Wardi. Sounds like everyone's starting to ramp it up a bit!
I managed to squeeze a couple of runs in over the weekend which were both pleasing in differing ways.
On Saturday morning I managed to achieve one of my goals for 2018 - winning the St Albans parkrun pushing mini-Padams. I started way off to the side to avoid getting in the way of the fast starters and so was probably 20s or so back from the leaders after 1k. But I noticed they weren't pulling away and I had a chance (obviously most weeks there's no chance of winning with the buggy as there are some fast runners), so pushed on a bit. Managed to catch 2nd place with about 1k to go - he's a good friend of mine so was a bit annoyed! Then caught the leader with about 400m to go and managed to drop him in the home straight. 17:31, which is a PB for mini-Padams by 12 seconds. Pleased with that given I had to put in about 10 surges up the bumpy grass to overtake and they take it out of you with the buggy (especially as he now weighs about 13kg).
Yesterday I got a window for a long run so did my first 20 miler since May. Fairly uneventful - miles 1-10 were mostly 6:5x (10M in 69:30), then picked it up a bit for miles 11-18 (6:3x mostly) and backed off a bit for the last couple. 2:16:30 for the whole thing, which felt OK although it was hard work on the windy sections.
TR - to back up CW's comments about the wind, Marders' run on Strava has him not much below 6m/m for some of those headwind sections, so it must have been pretty horrendous (that's usually roughly walking pace for him).
CW - whether it's optimal training or not, I'm impressed you can keep knocking out runs like that. 20M was enough for me yesterday, I just mentally find them tough as I think I get bored, until it starts to get painful, and then it's just painful! But I guess you get better at them the more you do.
JoeB - nice to break the 300W FTP barrier, I would have thought that would put you on a 5ish hour split on a fast Ironman course. I never really did a proper test but based on other intervals I think I was around 320W when I was doing a fair bit of cycling, but then I'm a lot bigger than you.
TT - that's a great time in those conditions. Just out of interest, is prednisone a banned substance for competition? I'm sure I've seen it mentioned in some drug story, but I could be completely wrong. Just wondering if you'd have to get a TUE if you were in a serious race?! I'm sure you would know about this anyway as you're pretty knowledgeable about this sort of thing.
I don't think anyone was annoyed that I won the parkrun pushing the buggy, but I got a lot of comments (like "I've never been buggied before") and there are quite a few comments on the St Albans parkrun facebook!
Just some easy running since the weekend. I won't be at track tonight as I've been out for dinner the last two nights so should probably spend an evening at home (and I want to!).
Nice pic padams. If you could just get one with the wheels off the ground as well as your feet you'd look proper fast. And someone needs to tidy up that hedge.
JB, the pointy end of that division is just ridiculous, a different class entirely. Finishing in the top half is very decent.