Hello world, it’s been a while!

23 08 2012

  I keep glancing at my watch; a year ago it was 18:15 in the Alps, on the last Thursday before the bank holiday*, and I was on my feet (probably). I had been for 9 Hours and 15 minutes. I had no idea that I would be on them for another 21 hours and 49 minutes, I was still vaguely on target for a 24 hour finish. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s starting to look a lot like a season…

26 01 2012

So, slowly but surely, I’m developing what could loosely be called a Season Plan.

 Until recently it was looking quite different to the last couple, there wasn’t much running in it at all, but slowly things are creeping in that might just change that.  Read the rest of this entry »





I feel lost

21 11 2011
I wrote this a few weeks ago, I was feeling really down about the whole training thing… but it’s improving. I wasn’t going to post this, but felt that I should as the main point of this is a log of what I’ve done, how I’ve felt and all that jazz… I hope to occasionally be helpfull, and so hopefully this will help someone. This loss of training momentum has also been the reason for the loss of postings on here.

I don’t know what to do anymore. I should be training, but I don’t have the motivation and the desire to do it at the moment.

I’m also injured; I have “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” which is what I always referred to as Shin Splints in the past.

The following is ridiculously self pitying, but I think to write it down will be quite cathartic. With that in mind, you might not want to bother reading it, and perhaps go to a website dedicated to Halloween costumes for dogs, they’re worrying and amusing.

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Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie

30 09 2011

In the footsteps of the Dukes of the Savoie

Warning: this is 6,955words long. That’s LONG

Warning 2: Contains profanities, from early on, but not huge in number.

Col du Joly, >80km run, vert. climbed ~5,530m, alt. 1,989m, running time ~19.5 hrs

26th August 0424, text from Dad:   “Daylight soon ”
26th August 0430, reply:     “Can’t come soon enough, this is fucking grim…”

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The Blues

6 09 2011

I survived the TDS Ultra Marathon, Just. It ended up being 120km around the alps. It took me 31 hours and 4 minutes.

It was, by a long way, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Now that it’s done I’ve noticed what a huge part of my life the TDS and IronMan UK had been over the last few months. I’m not complaining, I enjoyed the training (mostly).

Now they’re done I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t properly train at the moment, recovering from the TDS is taking its time.

In short, I have the post-race blues; and I’ve got them hard. According to Wikipedia:

Melancholia… is a mood disorder of non-specific depression, characterized by low levels of both enthusiasm and eagerness for activity

According to Hippocrates I’ve got an excess of Black Bile, since I wasn’t aware of the colour of my bile before my month of silliness I don’t feel qualified to comment! I do have a low level of enthusiasm for activity. Almost any kind of activity, with the exceptions of sitting down, drinking beer, and eating junk – but I’m not sure they count as activities.

I’ve been here before, but never to quite this extent. After most races I can train again (at least a little) after a day or two’s rest, and often there’s another event to be training towards but the TDS has been different; it’s completely knocked me about. 11 days after and I’ve finally given in to the fact that I now have to go and see someone about the numbness in two toes on each foot!

I summoned the energy to go for a bike ride on Saturday with a friend; it was a relaxed affair involving coffee and cake and enjoying the sunshine, and while I felt pretty good on the bike (apart from my bum – it’s been a while since I last spent 3 hours in the saddle!) when I got home I was exhausted and had to have a nap. The same thing happened after a 30 minute swim.

The other things I’ve lost motivation for include writing race reports. I’ve pretty much finished my IMUK one, I should proof read it and put it up I guess, but the TDS one is something else; at last count I was 2,400 words in and only about 50km through the race. It needs cutting down, but when a race takes 31 hours it feels like there’s a lot to say!

Next event is the Beacons Ultra – 45 miles around the Brecon beacons; a few people have said “after that last race, this should seem simple” and I guess they’re right to some extent, but 45 hilly miles is never actually going to seem simple. It’s in November too, so should be nice and warm .

Planning next season always helps, though I don’t quite know what it is I want to do; another bash around the alps? Another IronMan? Both (but further apart this time!)?





TRAINS: AN UPDATE…

16 06 2011

At the end of a spectacularly dreary day I had a quick check of voyages-sncf, not holding my breath for any train updates but…

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Travelling plans…

8 06 2011

There have been times, in the past, where I’ve ended up paying rather more for a travel ticket than was strictly necessary due to my putting off the booking of transport for holidays and the like because it seemed a bit too complicated.

When I signed up for the TDS I decided this wasn’t going to be the case.

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