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Good end to the track season yesterday at MK - Eastern Masters league final for Bedford & County
Worked to the bone again..
1500 - Front ran it and managed to come out with a seasons best of 4.13.6, think splits were 65,2.15, 3.06 at the bell.
800 - won it but the guy out in front dropped out after 400. Wasn't quick as quite close after the 1500, 2.10, think it was 65 at the bell.
3000 - bit later, went off at the front trying to keep to 75's, team mate and super V55 Andy Leach tracking me all the way round, fresh from his Euro masters win in Italy! (wearing a fresh pair of Nike 5%). Still managed to pull away a bit last 2 laps and won in 9.15.
Had to do a 400m relay leg too, not got the split yet
Shame we lost to MK by 1/2 a point! bugger. Good fun and piss take between the teams at the end, as it should be.
Bet it is MH! Hope the fens isn't too boring for you though. Yes the A8's are very unforgiving, so they are my summer grass session racers, although I might use them for a 5k at a push, but nothing more than that. I couldn't do Sunday runs in my Adios, the DOMS would be too much a day later!
Reg - Glad you are getting there now. Exchanged a few messenger messages yesterday with SG, seems to be getting a little bit better
SW - Vapourflys in a 1500? Already been beaten by someone wearing them in a 1500 this season. Still think 5,000m is ok (Phil Sesseman was 4th in the UK champs wearing them), but should be spikes under that really. Fly in the ointment for Sutton Pk - we didn't qualify after only coming 35th at Crystal Palace! We 'might' sneak in if the B teams are taken out and some teams don't bother. We're pretty low quality at the moment.
Double soaking today - from the house to the station, then doing the reps on the canal towpath, the usual 30 x (35 on 25 off), a lot better with the lack of fair weather cyclists. Childishly excited about my new Bluetooth earbuds arriving today - £39.99 down from£125 so they'd better be good! Had to buy them as got an Iphone 7 and realised about the lack of speaker jack.
Bus - Really like them. Was getting warm on the 4 mile loop to work so took my skull cap off and they still stayed in OK. Do need to be sure before I peg it along the towpath though, that theyre not going to go in the canal. They are ENACFIRE ones if you fancy looking them up, iconic day not having a dangling cable!
Reg - If you find the secret of going to bed early, let me know! I'm still not asleep before 11.30 every night.
Sound quality pretty good - hard to compare as I previously had £10 Sony earbuds in my old Iphone SE, suddenly moving up to an Iphone 7 with fancy earbuds. So obviously I don't have to have the volume up to the max to hear anything now!
They are quite big - the man playing tennis in the advert must have the Grand Canyon inside there. I look like Frankenstein with the bolts in my ears rather than my neck
The rain is a pain already. Only just finished summer and it's getting on my tits!
Stevie W – very best of luck for Berlin. By the sounds of it you’re in absolutely
stupendous form, and you are well placed to capitalise on it.
SG – wow, sounds awful!
How did that come about? Your FB
post inspired me to come back and read what went on.
SC – excellent trio of races, hope your father in law
appreciated your efforts. Mine just
thinks I’m mental. Bad luck on the
relays. I say bad luck, but as you’ll
see in a minute, we have a worse tale of woe…
PMJ – nice parkrunning. I travelled to Rickmansworth this summer,
thought it was a very decent course, but still had to put up with more lapping
than I expected on a 2 lapper.
Bus – aren’t you always in the lakes anyway?
Joe – fantastic holiday marathoning,
Reg – fingers crossed the injury will clear soon.
I seem to be back in full flight. Training times are somewhere near my
best. Did a track 10000 at the Ladywell
10,000 at the beginning of September with a view to cracking 32 minutes, but it
wasn’t quite to be. Felt a bit lethargic
on the warm up, and took that feeling into the race. Was able to hang onto the pacer to 5K in
15:59, but I was already hanging on at that point and faded to 32:12. Still my second fastest over the distance,
but I do feel I have more in the tank at the minute.
This weekend it was the Southern Road Relays at Crystal
Palace. I was massively looking forward
to this, and I had managed to get a full three senior men’s teams out, which
was amazing given that 6 years ago we were scratching around for a single
team. Not only that, but our A team was
looking like our strongest ever.
Qualification for the nationals (top 25) was the minimum expectation,
and hopefully top 20. Previous best ever
for the club was 25th last year.
Route changed again slightly after last year, now entering
the stadium and leaving it at different points, cutting out about 200 metres.
Up first was a fellow V40, Seb. He had a very decent run, bringing us home in
44th, running 18:20. 44th
at that point is no problem, because Leg 1 is stacked, and I had reckoned with
us being outside the top 50 at this point.
Next up is our star man, Rob, currently in training to represent
England at Toronto marathon. He’s taken
all my club records from me this year, but I’ll forgive him if he runs
well. He takes more than 20 places, with
a 16:59, and we’re already in a qualification spot.
Third leg is Matt, a very good if occasional runner for
us. He has a stormer for us with 17:36,
and we are into the top 20.
I wasn’t sure whether to put new Dutch member Sibrand into
the A team, as he is something of an unknown quantity, but he has looked
comfortable in training, and he justifies my faith with an 18:24, so we’re 18th.
I’m on Leg 5. Been
feeling coldy all week, so I know I’ll be a bit off, but still confident I can
keep us in the mix. During the first lap
I go past Belgrave to put us into 17th, and hold that almost until
the end, until a Newham and Essex Beagle zooms past and pips me on the
line. Balls! Never mind, it’s 18:05, and we’re surely
heading to a top 20.
Last up is Jack, one of our strongest. He gets back past Newham, and brings the team
to the finish in 17th, and only seconds behind 16th. By far our best ever performance and an
invitation to the nationals! B team were
48th, so pretty strong too, and our C team did well as well.
First sign something is wrong is when a couple of teammates
message noticing that we are showing in the results as an incomplete team. OK, a chip problem maybe, I think, it’s
annoying but sure it can be sorted out. I
e-mail SEAA pointing out that we’re incomplete and most of our leg times are
Their reply is that we were disqualified. Rob, on leg 2, was not on our entry list, and
the referee had disqualified us mid-race.
This sends a chill down my spine, because I had done the entries. But surely I wouldn’t have forgotten to
include our fastest runner? SEAA give me
a link to the entry portal, and sure enough he’s missing. I mean, I remember putting him on the list,
but the system was a complete nightmare and kept re-setting and maybe by the
time I’d eventually filled it out, I was just so glad to finish that I’d not
Totally gutted and embarrassed. I’ve let everyone down. We ran so well, everyone was fit, this was
surely our year. Still can’t quite
Dachs - Nightmare eh. But as I have heard the screams of anguish from upstairs as the missus tries to complete the Bedford women's entries, I know exactly how shite that system is. Not that anything to do with SEAA is great or straightforward.
Well run though, I'm going ok at the moment and would have been looking for something around 8.20.
Track last night, session was 4 x (1,000,800,400) 2 mins between sets and 80 between reps. One of those sessions where the 800 is a complete pig. Times were (3.09, 2.27,65), (3.08,2.26,66), 3.07,2.27......dreaded dodgy guts intervened and a 4 minute break, so I then stuck the last 400 at the end of the last rep (3.10,2.26,65,67). Actually quite warm and sweaty and bloody knackering.
The kid wants to do Wendover parkrun again, so up early..any locals want to join us? (if there re any locals )
Do it you lazy sod Bus!!!!
I'll track you SW....like Templehof? What an amazing building to house the expo.