Monday- Gym induction today after 30 years of a free onsite gym including 15 years of running it and supplying programmes it irks me that I have to pay to use one. One benefit however is the fact that the machines are current I never did much training rather I just tested out machines I wasn’t familiar with. Im planning to use the gym 2 or 3 times a week and the sauna once or twice after long runs and bikes. Ran to gym and back to Roberts St total 2.8 miles in 25:01. Yoga at night. Put Gatorskins on the Ridley as the existing tyres were in need of changing. More packing and cleaning and hassling of tradesmen.
Tuesday-Octavia St really begining to take shape now. Called about my bed as I had not heard from Bensons and was informed that it would be delivered Thursday between 0700-1300. Felt like saying I was trying to get my training back on track how can I manage that if I have to sit about for 6 hours. It will soon be done and I will get all the training and rest I need. Managed out on the bike screwed up the stats though as I must have knocked the magnet when I changed the tyres. App 13 miles in 1:00:00 had Garmin set for mile ints which never happened! Yoga at night. Back to Carols to plan our wee trip to Yorkshire for Le Tour.
Wednesday-Carol was off so she helped clean up and brought her steamer again a magic wee machine. Got the bookcases built now all I need to do is fill em.. The joiner was in today and laid the bedroom and hall flooring. The work remaining should be done by Monday and then the painter can finish off. Should be done by Tues 2 days later than planned but worth it. Have put a post on the Tri club site offering to run track sessions once a week during school holidays hopfully this might encourage some clients! Ran to Balwearie to check that it would be ok. 5.94 miles 53:27 av pace 8:59 ahr 129 5 efforts on way down.
It’s been a busy 3 days since my last post met Matthew on Saturday for a cycle from Dalgety Bay to Loch Leven and back early start meant nearly empty roads 38 miles in 2:25. Then Saturday evening took car to inverkeithing P n R and ran across FRB with Muff 5 miles in 1:0. The gap between the two activities was filled with shopping and weeding!
Sunday- Finally started moving stuff to Octavia St. And major packing of boxes. Cut the grass on my huge lawn lolol and put weed killer down. Muff brought her dream cleaner along and blessed up the small bedroom which is almost finished now except for final glossing. Got more stuff packed at Roberts St and the small bedroom cleaned up . Time for bed!
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Friday 20th June-Posting this from a partially completed flat as BT did a “Home Move” and cut me off at Roberts St, all to save me money apparently as a “week bridge” means 2 contracts and a whole lot of hassle!
The flat still looks like a bomb has hit it but at least there is now the smell of fresh paint, drying plaster and the doors are on.
It seems that since I got back I have done nothing else but spend money on furniture, tradesmen and electrical goods with more to be shelled out tomorrow and next week. There is light at the end of the tunnel and I am confident that I will be fully moved in by next weekend.
I have been out for two easy runs each 3 miles and am meeting a friend home from abroad for an early morning cycle tomorrow.
Next week I have a lot of deliveries but should be able to get in a half decent training week around them.
Saw another RSC play last night with Muff and Toni another excellent production.
Sunday 15th June. I awoke in plenty of time had some food and got changed and slipped out the door. I knew I was heading for 42Km in the least prepared shape ever!
Buses took us from the memorial to Courcelles Sur Mer where we had over an hour to wait for the start. Most of the runners congregated in a small park to try and stay out of the cold wind which was blowing.
The race got underway on time and I settled into a nice slow rhythm realising this was just goin to be a grin and bear it race. The course stuck pretty close to the shore and eventually moved onto the canal side and up until 25K was flat. As soon as it turned off the canal bank it went uphill. The course now undulated for the rest of the distance and came off tarmac for a short way onto grass.
After about 30K with a mix of heat, lack of long runs and the undulations taking its toll I slowed right down and saw the 4hr then the 4:15 markers disappear into the distance!
At the finish we got a medal a t shirt a recovery dring and some food all laid out and well organised. C done. D next.
Now for food and packing up at 6 for the 8:30 ferry.
Saturday dawned wet n stormy. Not much sleep as the room was too hot even with the windows open.
Took a walk up to the Caen memorial to register and once I got my number wandered over to the memorial museum. A huge building and although it is a great exhibit you cant help thinking that they are not using the space as best as they can.
I spent the major part of the day there and walked down in time for a wee nap and then out for food. In time honoured fashion pasta and a beer this is the first real meal in almost a week and I savoured every minute of it.
I laid my kit out and tried to get to sleep once again it was too hot.
Left Bayeux early this morning with a wet tent packed away in my bag. Headed for Courcelles Sur Mer, Juno Beach, Oustreheim and Caen. Pleasent cycle on quiet roads and cycle routes, the first part was through lush farmland with the latter part along the coast taking in some of the route I shall be running on Sunday. The cycle route went through a lot of small villages and it seemed every one had a memorial or a vehicle or a gun all well cared for.
Checked out the port on my way past just to get my bearings for Mondays sailing.
Got into Caen and found hotel no problem about 500m from the end of the bike path!
Marathon expo tomorrow and a visit to Caen memorial.
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Stayed off the bike today and took a lovely riverside walk into the centre of town.
Visited the tapestry, museum, wartime cemetery and the cathedral. Thats pretty much it for Bayeux except just wandering around the town up and down alleys just to see where they go and whats there. A great day.
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