Once I had rec’d my chq and a helpful race official had taken a team picture we headed back to the Sports centre where I consumed my recovery shake and headed for the showers. Stretches a shower and the ever present comp tights on we headed back to Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.
Monday dawned and legs were really tight. I decided to have a day recovery did some stretches and went t my Monday evening yoga class which helped loosen things off. No Carol this week as her mother has been ill and needs looking after. I managed to get some stuff on Gumtree and sold 2 of the three items which was good as they had both been on before and not moved !
Tuesday arms and delts at the gym and a run in RCraig park. 5.4 miles in 49:20 inc a 12 min faster session.
Weds I went out on the bike and had a nice easy spin out of 20 miles in 1:35 in the evening I took my Grandson to his first FAC race at Cairnie farm 1K in 6:35!
Sunday 26th October with high winds forecast and the Forth Bridge 10K already cancelled when I awoke this morning I was wondering if it was going to be worthwhile making the trip to St Andrew for the race.
I travelled via Glenrothes and picked up another Glenrothes Tri club member Maureen Hill. We arrived at the Uni sports centre in plenty time. Registered, set the bikes up and did a warm up.
The race started on time and I recorded 25:05 for the 5k run, into T1 and on the bike for a 21K ride out into the countryside. The wind was horrendous and at times it was hard to control the bike. 57:57 for 21K and onto run 2 2.5K 13:59.
There was 6 members of the club there and as we gathered for a team pic the results were announced and the team picked up 1st veteran male as well as 2nd female super vet Maureen and I picked up 3rd supervet.
Quite a good day for the club!!
A good race but my legs were still feeling last weeks marathon and the second run was hard work.
The trip back did not turn out too bad a small hiccup at Kings Cross but back more or less as planned.
Stiffness after the race was not helped with a 12 hour journey most of it sitting on my backside. I usually am sore after a marathon but Eden was hard and the stiffness after wards was worse. I had not planned any training. Yoga classes were cancelled during the school holidays but I did some in the house on my own. I also did 2 gym sessions one bike and a short run. I experienced pain in my right quad and left hip not a good sign for Sundays duathlon.
The clocks go back so at least I get an hour longer in bed.
If you like hills, mud, clay, hills, trails and hills this is the race for you. The race is billed as being 50% off road and trail shoes are de rigeur. There is a lot of single file sections be that due to traffic on narrow lanes, collapsing pathways or just vegetation overgrowing the path. There had been a lot of rain in the preceding days so although the weather was almost perfect for marathon running underfoot was slippy and you had to keep your eyes on the ground at all times. This is a pity as there is a lot to see on the course and you just make your way past it putting one foot carefully in front of the other.
The organisation of the race is good getting there though can be a problem as the first bus gets there too late to get changed drop a bag etc so it means getting a taxi.
This was my 21st marathon and probably the hardest I have done my garmin said the climb was 2111 ft.
Saturday 18th Another early rise today, pack the stuff I didn’t pack last night and make sure all my tickets were handy for the trip to St Austell. A short walk to the station and I got into Paddington in time for breakfast with a certain bear!
I had to catch 3 trains today to get to St Austell all without hitch and all clean and problem free. On the Paddington to Plymouth leg of the journey my companion was a football fan travelling to see his team play Plymouth Argyle he managed to quaff 3 tins of beer before excusing himself!
I had a nice walk to the Duke of Cornwall a large pub come b n b, great facilities and everything last nights gaff didn’t have this one had inc a large deep bath for tomorrow. I stopped at a Costcutters store for some food only to be told that they did not take Scottish notes. My jibe about us not getting our freedom went straight over the ladies head. Once settled in I headed out to St Austell for a walk around and of course a cream tea.
When I got back to The Duke I got my kit ready and organised a taxi to take me to the race. Hopes of an early night were dashed when a band started up so after skyping Muff I turned in and tried to sleep.
Book one in what I think is going to be a continuous series of titles. Edited by Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie a collection of original writings by the worlds best cycling journalists.
Great little volume containing writings on Wiggins, Pendelton, Orica Greenedge and Voeckler.
I have already ordered the other FOUR in the series. Great for getting a sense of history on the sport and catching stories you might have missed the first time round.
Friday 17th October- the day started well , up on time, breakfast, SS and S and a walk to the station for the train to Edinburgh. I arrived in Edinburgh and the KX train was ready to board. Then the announcements started. First a delay to departure then the 09:30 train became the 1000 with the resultant overcrowding. The next announcement informed us that as no electric services were heading down the East coast we would have to move to the 1030 diesel service! Cattle truck doesn’t begin to describe it. I Arrd in KX over 3 hours late which meant that my planned visit to the Imperial War Museum had to be abandoned.
On the way out the station staff were handing out forms so the fare could be reclaimed. We’ll see how long it takes to arrive.
I headed to Acton and the B n B I had booked due mainly to its proximity to Paddington my station of departure tomorrow. At £35 I wasn’t expecting much and didn’t get it- no internet no towels no tea making facilities no headboard and only one station on the TV! The only bright patch in an otherwise terrible day-a call from Muff.
Now time for sleep another early rise tomorrow heading for St Austell via Plymouth.