Sunday March 27th. Stirling. Scottish water Duathlon Champs. At last the day had arrived and I headed to Stirling in a buoyant mood.
With 20 weeks training under my belt and selection of run and bike PB’s I was quietly confident of beating last years time. As I headed into ever darkening skies and a light rain my mood got as dark as the skies.
As I squelched across the playing fields to the start of the Standard distance race my heart start racing and my spirits lifted. The race started under grey skies and I settled into a good pace. Run 1 is four laps of a mainly road course but unfortunately the off road parts were muddy and churned up by the events which has gone before ours. It was a case of slipping and sliding your way through them. Running without my Garmin which had failed before the start I tried as much as possible to judge my pace and time for the run and thought I was at least on time but as the laps were done I could sense that my pace was going the same way as my footing….slipping! Run 1 time 50:25 2:10 slower than last year.
I ran into transition donned my helmet and shoes and made my way to the mount point. As I turned out of the University the wind and rain hit me for the first time. The rain did not last long and soon the wind died down to a manageable breeze. The bike section is a 2 lap 42K long undulating course and one I quite like. I got into a steady cadence pushing a big gear and at the start of the second lap reckoned I was about 5 mins ahead of last years time. Back on the open road after the return through the university and I turned into heavy rain driven by a strong wind and although the rain stopped the wind remained and that was the case till the end of the bike leg. Far from being 5 mins ahead I found that I was slower than last year on the bike as well. 42K 1:34:24 2:07 slower than last years time.
Bike racked, helmet off and back on the run course which was in even worse condition 2 laps 5K 26:55 2:30 slower than last year.
Not a good day at the office!
The weather in the UK has been terrible this week with high winds and rain all over the UK. Fife seemed to be pretty lucky in that it missed most of it but was still effected. I had tiles torn off my shed and the roof began to warp! Called the company out and had a repair team on the ob in a couple of days. They could replace the tiles but I shall have to wait for another squad to come out repair the roof.
Carol and I went to the “adult” edition of our local panto I think it was just the thing she was needing after the trial and tribulations of putting Toni in a home. Toni really is up and down and Carol never knows what o expect when she goes in.
The Glenrothes Tri Club Jantatsic team are doing really well they are in the top 30 overall and top medium tri club team. Go GTC!
The JogScotland thursday group went well with 6 people turning up 3 are total beginners with the other 3 having done some running before.
Sunday was the 3rd race in the Falkland trail runners Frostbite trail run series. A different course due to the rain but wetter and muddier than before. A great time was had by all!!
Managed to fit in all the training I had planned for the week although some not at the correct intensity.
3 cycles all on turbo 27.58 miles in 2h 42m
6 runs 25.76 4h 16m inc 1 race.
1 yoga session but no other cross training.
Weds 16th July-Spent last weekend journeying back and forth between Kirkcaldy and Balado to TITP and what a weekend it was. TITP was two and a half days of sun, rain, people watching, and amazing music. It was my first time at the festival and I really enjoyed it. Carol stayed at mine and we bussed it each day from Kirkcaldy the trip taking approx 1 hour even the trip on the bus provided some entertainment!
Friday was a day to wander, watch and explore. Headliners on the Friday were Biffy Clyro who closed the day with the help of a few fireworks. TITP gives new bands or unsigned bands a chance with two stages for that purpose some of which you listen to one track and walk out others like Wolf Alice you stay and listen too. Fridays other highlights were You and me at six and Neon Jungle. A great first day topped off with brilliant weather.
Saturday was main stage day kicking off with The Stranglers and during the day continuing with Twin Atlantic, James, and Paolo Nutini. We are scientists were a find definitely a band to watch. Not so good weatherwise a day when ponchos were on then off then on again. Wellies tomorrow.
The final day was another day not to stray too far from the main stage first on The Red Hot chillis (Pipers) of course this is Scoaaaatlaaaaand you are in! They were followed during the day by Kaiser Chiefs and Paul Weller. After the Chillis we wandered to the Radio 1 stage and caught the end of Inspiral Carpets which looked as if it had been pretty good they were followed by a disappointing Reverend and the Makers! Once more a couple of new bands came to the fore Catfish and the Bottlemen and the Vigo Thieves. quite possibly the band of the day though was Franz Ferdinand who had the crowd in the palm of their hands!
The day ended with a stunning display of fireworks and a see you next year at Strathallan message. TITP was good music, big crowds, missing bands, seeing new bands, surprisingly good and generally affordable food choices – a weekend and a half!
Monday my new tv arrived there is now only one delivery left and that will be my furnishings complete! The flat is taking shape and I am slowly getting stuff put away then moving it and moving it back, I suspect this will go on for months.
Training is getting back on track with a full body session at the gym nothing too heavy. Tuesday I took my weekly track session for the tri club and included a wee brick session. These sessions have been good and hopefully will generate some business for me at the end!