It’s been two months since I penned my last post of the triathlon season and according to Facebook it’s been 5 years since I started this blog.
The last two months have been fairly packed out, although to be honest, there hasn’t been much racing going on mainly because it’s the off-season. Basically, the off-season is a good excuse to eat and drink and add a few kilograms of unwanted weight to the skeleton
I did pin a race number to myself in October to take part in the Royal Parks half marathon. This is a race that was on my bucket list for many years and never managed to get a Ballot place. This year I decided to run for Cancer Research and secure my place on the start line by raising money. Firstly, thank you to everyone who sponsored me. With your help I managed to raise £420 (Plus Gift aid) for a very worthy cause.
As I mentioned this was a race that has been on my bucket list for years, admittedly this was mainly for the wooden medal! Anyway, I stood on the start line before the race and really wasn’t in the best position to race. With focus being very much on the end of the triathlon season I had largely neglected longer runs due to a niggling Achilles issue. So in all honesty, I was under prepared and probably shouldn’t have run. However, I had raised money for charity and I wasn’t about to let people down who had sponsored me. So I ran.
I say ran, I use that term very loosely. The first 3 miles went really well, I had started at a good pace as we left Hyde park and headed through green park past Buckingham Palace and rounded St James park. The good pace continued through admiralty arch and on the out and back past downing street and into the strand. Then my Achilles decided it wasn’t happy and it felt like someone kicked me in the back of the heel. My paced slowed significantly over the rest of the race and as a result I finished some 15 minutes outside my PB.
Considering this was a race on my bucket list, I was hugely disappointed. I totally get the attraction if you do not live \ work or train in London. The chance to run around the sights and through some lovely parks should be very appealing. However, to someone who has worked and trained in London and run the majority of the route in training runs it was just…. dull. Perhaps my frame of mind at the time took the shine off the experience as I was struggling and in a lot of pain, but I just found the route a little uninspiring and annoyingly complicated. There seemed to be an excessive amount of out and backs and zig-zagging which just added to my frustration. As you can tell, not a great race for me. That said, I did finish and I did get my wooden medal!
A few weeks later my girlfriend and I took part in a local “Zombie run”. There I was, decked out in full run attire ready to power my way through hoards of blood thirsty walkers in true walking dead fashion. I feel that the organisers had slightly mis-sold this one . Upon arrival it seemed that we were the only ones in running gear and the only ones not smoking and drinking! The “race” director (who was dressed in drag) then took to the stage and advised everyone that it was too dark around the lake to run. Therefore it was now a Zombie walk…
Forty five minutes later we finished the walk \ jog \ run and in all fairness it was a lot of fun. I have to admit that we did have a good laugh and it was worth the entry fee. Yes, I still felt a bit of an idiot in run attire but whatever, most people were too drunk to notice. My girlfriend was over the moon to find that she was the first lady back. Happy days.
The off season also contained a number of great weekends away and an amazing trip to New York to watch the girlfriend take on the New York City marathon. She did really well on what was a really tough day. I also took part in a 5k whilst I was out there but with 12,000 people doing a 5k I managed to do an additional half a mile going round people so again, not one for the record books.
With the end of the off-season approaching it’s time to turn my attentions to the season ahead. I have my race entry and hotel booked and my Tri-suit purchased and ready to go thanks to my race sponsors “Leading Talent” (www.leadingtalent.co.uk).
Training for IMUK starts in Mid-December and will continue all the way through to July 15th. I have a big learning curve ahead and for once I am slightly nervous about what’s to come. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited but I know there is a lot of hard work ahead of me.
I would just like to sign off this blog by saying thanks to everyone who has read this blog regularly over the last five years. (Thanks both!!! ) Here’s to a much more successful 2018!