Run Ten - Hashing

29th September 2008

Bit tentative tonight, probably because it was the first time I have run in the dark for a while, plus the adventure race on the weekend. Great hash anyway plenty of river crossings to get everyone moaning. Ran OK but cold still hanging on, hopefully it will have gone by the weekend.


Bike Seven - Summers Here!!!

What a great ride in, but a long time since my last exercise!! Summer is most deffinatly here at long last. No really problems today although I couldn't catch a runner on the last hill which was a little embarassing, oh well at least I did ride up the hill without stopping. Nothing on this weekend but only two weeks to the Adventure Race!!!!!!!
2hrs 05min

Bike Six - One Fall, One Submission

Thursday 11th September 08

So back to back there and backs, if you get my drift. Weather much kinder today, unlike the other bikers out there that kept coming zooming past. Oh well. I had a little fall today after a van passed me in a narrow lane near home. I pulled in to let him past and left the road into a small ditch when I tried to ride out I failed and over I went. Again no one watching, and no damage done, getting quite competant at falling off. Then the submission had to stop half way up the final hill to collect my thought, well I was nackered..... Hopefully a rest at the weekend, and I will be fit to try again next week.

I still need to train................................

Bike Five - Game of Two Halves

Nice ride in this morning sun shinning, no wind, well some but that's a different blog. All's well legs OK. But about 15min before I leave to ride home the weather reverts back to type for this summer and the monsoon continues. So a ride home in the wet, but not as bad as I thought, as the wind was behind me so quite a fast trip all in all. Legs feeling the effects of the morning ride and the last hill up to home is still proving a hill to far. Having said all that I was still home in 1hr 4mins. May do first back to back trip tomorrow, but I will wait until I commit........
1hr 57min

Run Nine - Hashing

My turn to lay the trail, so out I went a 1700 and bashed around the moors for two hours, then out for another hour with the hash. Not a bad evening out, I am going to call it a Zone One run as you can call any movement that. It was good hash and the first I have laid on my own for a while. The nights are drawing in and this led to discussions about bike lights for my journey to and from work, which takes includes a cycle trail through a valley which gets very dark. £150 apparently gets you a good bike light!! So I know that's not a goer so I need to come up with a different plan. Have to get my thinking cap on. Meanwhile it's back on the bike tomorrow...........


Run Eight - Orienteering

Orienteering at Craddock Moor today near Liskeard, Cornwall. Not been feeling great, slight cold and just feeling generally tired. So wasn't expecting much today. As I committed myself to the Blue course earlier in the season I didn't really have a choice of course, which I was glad as the brown was 9km. I messed up early on and I expected that would mean my chances of winning were pretty well gone early on, which is never the best feeling. The rest of course went ok if a little untidy at a couple of controls. The running part was OK but I still lack basic speed, although I did feel stronger on some of the hills.

61min 10secs
Questions, Questions, Questions

Will the cycling add to overall running speed?
Should I use my heart rate monitor when competing?
I am I getting fitter?
How do I tell?
Have I lost any weight?
Do I need to weigh myself?
Should I just bin it all, go to the pub and take up Darts?

Bike Four - There and Back

Tough one today it was really hard work. Into a head wind this morning and just plain knackered this evening. So now it's time for a rest until Sunday and Orienteering, might even treat myself to a beer or ten.
2hr 18min

Bike Three - Follow the Rainbow

Nice ride home, highlight was the rainbow that I followed along the emankment. Thought my new shoes were going to take me to a pot of gold, but no such luck. Really liked the new kit, getting feet clipped to peddles easier than I thought and getting them out was OK. Well until I got home when forgot all about them and fell off, narrowly missing my car. Had a good look around and seems like I got away with it. Apart from dented pride and bloody knee!!!!

Legs felt a little heavy to start with but thanks to new shoes and a following wind I managed to set a new world record of 1hr 5mins. 1hr mark in sight.............
1hr 5mins

New Shoes

Well today I took the plunge and brought some new bike shoes and peddles, now I am not sure that attaching myself to my bike is going to be a good idea, but I’ll give it a go. My first outing will be tonight, when I ride home…….probably riding through Plymouth in rush hour isn’t the best way to get used to them, but you have got to start somewhere.

Cross your fingers................

Bike Two - First Ride of Autumn!! + Run Seven - Hashing First Run of Winter!!!!

Rode into work again, tried a different route in which was OK but a little slower. Or was that the wind and the traffic, who knows, not used to exercising so early, but some tunes and the thought of an interesting day at work were great motivators. Not riding home today as Hashing tonight see , will ride home tomorrow night.
Well hashing tonight was more like acclimatisation for the OMM than training, beautiful Dartmoor weather, mist, rain and wind not always in that order. Under foot was pretty much the same, well mud, china clay and more mud. I took it easy, and had a steady run. Looking forward to Orienteering on Sunday…………. Hope RH runs the same course.