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He seemed a decent chap.
Reg Wand said:
Strava really has no idea how many watts you laid down, unless you have a power meter, Ric? Surely Samir wasn't as good as Colin.
Reg Wand said:
Ric, it won't even provide a consistent comparison on the same bike. There are so many variables. temperature, air density, road quality, traffic levels, clothing, wind, tyre pressure, tyre width, helmet, body position, clothing.....Not doubting progress though, you'll still be able to notice a trend.
Don't worry Scotty - I'm sure it will come back at some point.
Nice photo of Samir there, sad though that we don't have the relays there at Aldershot anymore, especially when it used to be on the Saturday. Me and the missus used to be out with our mates in Guildford after - and I used to have to run back to Aldershot (usually hungover) on the Sunday to watch the women's and kids event. Good times..
Mix and match session last night - 800,1k,1600,1k,800 I think...something like that somehow, helping IK out in his 1-2-3-2-1k session. Just bit of a livener for the weekend.
Ah, Samir's thread... I miss it so much. It pulled
the best out of me creatively, just a pity that I was playing to an audience of
about 12 people.
I remember Samir at the relays, 2014 I think, we were both on
Leg 1. He appeared at the start line about 10 seconds before the gun went
off with his vest on backwards, and about 5 of us helped him put it right in
time. Then he shot off like a blue arsed fly and it took almost the whole
first lap before I overtook him again.
Scott, you were clearly more talented. You couldn't go
about 3 weeks of training without a bit of you falling off or exploding in
sickening fashion, yet you still managed a 33:00 10K. You had the innate
running talent, but not the innate talent to run more than 25 steps without an
important part of you turning into custard. You did have some right old
strops though, Samir certainly pushed your buttons.
Anyway, I did the Reading Half. Was targeting 70.
Didn't run 70. Went off too fast, which didn't help, but in general terms
it felt like I had very little in the tank. Gradually died a death over
the course of the race, culminating in Steph Twell coming past at about 11
miles. Finished in 1:11:58. The gun and chip time say 1:12:00, but
I am not having that, the clock was definitely on 1:11:58 when I finished as
was my watch. Screw your additional 2 seconds! Anyway, that's still
my second fastest on that course, but I am definitely in better shape than
that, as shown at Wokingham. Onwards and upwards.
I have had a bit of a nightmare work day, so apologies that I haven't had a proper read back, but fingers crossed for Pete on the England vest. I will read properly when I have a moment.
A simple question – ‘joining Team GB’led to ten thousand posts of ridicule – commemorative plates, pavement PBsscotch eggs – Samir was treated like a fool.
His bobbleless bobblehat firmly securedour hero, undeterred, pursues his dream:food tech teachers hang on his every word(unless they’re lesbians) but still it seems
Samir’s world record goal is no safe betif he’s to prove his talent and beat Mowhat’s needed is something we’ve not seen yet:jurassic improvements (thanks to D. DeVito)
Sub 2 hours won’t be happening soonbut shoot for the stars, you might just hit the moon.
Btw I agree that Samir was never actually threatening two hours for the marathon, but it's worth considering that he had only just taken up running as a late teen. We've got very good juniors/young seniors in my club, including U23 women who can beat Samir's times, but they all came up through the distances with structured coaching from a fairly young age. So it's a bit unfair to compare his standard to theirs as he had plenty of potential improvements to make if he'd carried on.