Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday back to routine

Out to meet Darren, Dicky and Ben at the pool at 6.15am to kickstart the old routine.  Battery died shortly after so had to annoy Darren and Dickyveith constant updates on distance.  First 10km felt like a marathon but easier once we headed to Curl Curl.

Left hammy very tight in final 5km but got 26.5km done in just over 2 hours.

ANSW Relays

Arrived early with the Striders tent and for Maggie’s Under 12 relay at noon. She ran great, going second leg and looking strong on the hills which bodes well for her District XC in 10 days over a longer distance (3km).  She ran 8:28 and was 5th fastest on the day with her team picking up a silver medal.

Then started to get nervous for my race. Rejoov had a strong +35yrs team with me first leg, Eoin, Jerome then CT. I’ve raced once this year so was pretty unsure as to how I’d go. At least had Crossy and Jack running the same leg so people to look out for.

Headed out quickly just ahead of Crossy and Jack but with 2 big groups ahead.  Pace was face (that first km always is) but felt ok. Then Crossy comes past on the back field and I try to stick to him but up the hills he’s too strong and gaps me. Great cheers from Timmy, Mags, CT, LJ, Strommy and Elle though. Some guy from Athletics East (James Costello) comes by at about half way and from then on it’s just a case of hanging on with nervous glances at every turn to see where Jack is.

Finished in 13:49 (same as CT, 4s behind Jerome and Eoin just over 14 - but admittedly I had the easier leg). But we dominated the Over 35’s so I got a nice gold medal to go with Maggie’s silver.

10km all up and Mrs LJ came through with the best scones!

Thursday back into it

Tiger has been setting longer Thursday’s instead of speed so headed down to Rushcutters for some company and just ran loops easy. Fortunately found Q, Jerome and Andy doing the same thing so ended up running with them. 20km in in 4:34’s.  was slower than that until around the 14km mark when, running solo, a short blonde chick with tats came flying past. Looked a bit like Vic Mitchell but wasn’t. Anyway, speeded up to try and work out who it was and ended up running just over 4min kms from then on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

MLR’ish Wed

Got the call from Timmy so did a very easy 15km up to and around Centennial Park with him and Brendan F joining us. Another perfect Sydney autumn day for running and once again feeling bouncy and fresh. Enjoying niggle free running for the first time in 18 months and it’s so enjoyable.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

So nice to feel well again

Yesterday was a manic trip down and back to Melbourne in a day and no time for a run. So got up early and did the Church Point ride with the Peloton this am and decided to carry on in to work with Chappers for almost 60km all up. Pace was easy today so felt fine.

Couldn’t get out for the HuRTs session and, still easing back in and having Rodden I just did 10km in 4:24’s in the late afternoon.

So nice to feel full of energy again. Realise now I’d been pretty down for a long while. Last speed set was April 24th.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tentative return post 70.3

Finally back running after 3 weeks of sickness and Port Macquarie 70.3 recovery. Friday was an easy 10km with Emma, Saturday an easy 11km with Charlie on his bike feeling pretty good and bouncy. Today was 20km around North Head with Darren and Charlie on his bike again, again feeling great.  Stunning day and perfect cool running conditions which help, but I’m feeling better running than I have since returning from the achilles injury.  I reckon these 2 weeks off may have been a blessing in disguise.  Today was 1:29:05 on a hilly route.

Doing relays next week and need to get back into racing.  One race this year has left me a bit rusty.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

long sweat

So last night was the Manly Hardcore Mexican night and my liver is now past it. Somehow dragged myself around 28km (and not a flat 28km) with the Cap’n in the late afternoon in 4:42’s. 

Clean as a whistle from now on.


Friday was a rest day and the Super Series lunch where CT, Q, Scotty and I treated Barts to a top notch lunch at Bathers Pavilion.  The evening ended with the new tradition of ping pong where CT schooled us.

So Saturday in the heat and humidity was always going to be a struggle. Did the same 8km tempo with Timmy and Birchy as a fortnight ago.  40s slower in 30:13 this time, but 3:35’s were feeling fine. It was just the other factors that got me.

13.5km all up.

Thursday with Tucks

All time #2 is back in town so the session was dedicated to him. It was stinking hot so we did a shortened session at Rushcutters - 4 x 800m (2mins) plus 4 x 200m.

Times went 2:33, 2:32, 2:32 and 2:31.  Was just behind Tucks (Timmy remarked I was in his pocket once again) and Andy with Q a bit in front.  Then on to the 200’s with a different person leading each one out.  Brendan, Timmy, Q and Tucks did the honours each rising to the occasion.

Beers with Tucks in the evening.  The 5 day Christmas bender continues.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Another double

First up a commute on the bike with Dave Chapel but adding the standard Mosman hills. Beaut of a morning and a good way to add some efforts.  Caught Macca red handed emerging from the beach at Balmoral.  

Then at lunch the legs were a bit cactus but dragged myself out for a jog to Redleaf, dip in the pool and a jog back.  Talked all things Triathlon with Pete W and TKS, Mr Raisins and new bloke Vince also joined in the best lunch break you can take (bar the longer trip to Bondi).  12.5km all up.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday rooted

Up at 5:15am to ride with the Peloton up to Church Point and back hugging the beaches.  Nine of us this morning and with Toby, Dave, Smitty and Martin all ready to hammer it the pace was on from quite early.  I jumped on the back of the Manly Warringah train and, boy do they fly.  We were doing 46/47kmh from Long Reef on wards.  Dropped off the back towards Narrabeen and then did quite a bit of the work with Toby from there to Church Pt.  Got jelly legs on the final hill and lost them, only to almost regain contact right at the end.  Great ride and good to be back in it again. 

Then got home and ran into work.  Legs feeling pretty good (and achilles is better than ever) but towards the end I started to struggle in the heat.  Got to work and slumped over my desk for the next two hours having hoovered down a b&e roll.  66:25 for the run to work so better than recently despite struggling.

Monday meander

Was feeling knackered after the weekend so headed out in the late afternoon and found a couple of ovals to run around, mainly good old Reg Bartley.  Don't think I got one of the 10 km splits under 5:00 again.  This is becoming a habit.