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Quebec training week 6

The heat continues in Bella Scotia.  If anyone is any doubt that #scotlandisnow they just need to be here.  The beaches are amazing, the wildlife is out and the mood is one of intense optimism.  Just like my training at the moment.

There are comments appearing on FB running pages about the heat and how it is hampering training I have news for you there is always a way.  I hate running in the heat but you do everything possible to make it comfortable and safe.

Run when its cooler this may not always be at the beginning or end of the day there might be a cool patch at some other time.  Stay hydrated.  Carry water with you, 0r cash to buy some.  Run in loops sp you can rehydrate when required.

Embrace the heat!!!

Anyway how did this weeks training go?  Really good as it happens.  More running miles than planned more cross training than planned and more weight lost!

Total miles run was 23.6 miles with 1100 feet of climbing.  My intervals have increased from 400’s to 800’s and the long run is 12.5 miles.

Biking 120 miles with 6000 ft of climb.

1 core class and 3 yoga classes.


Damp in more ways than one, fame and fortune? awaits and the sitootery saga.

Home ownership, as some of you will know can be a rewarding but expensive business!  I recently noticed that the wall by my back door was showing signs of what looked like damp so I called in the experts and had them take a look at it.  It was indeed showing signs of damp.  A few days after the surveyors visit an estimate came through the door for £200 knowing that it really should not be left to get any worse I called them up and instructed them to go ahead with the repair as invoiced.  The repair was carried out on Friday morning and took about 45 mins.  Having had a damp course installed the wall now need replastering but I am holding off until I get the socket fixed in what will be my office/workout room and if there is plastering required there it can be done at the same time.

Damp in more ways than one yep Saturday was the third and final Knockhill duathlon and the weather was atrocious!  All week it had been like summer and at the weekend the weather did a rapid dip.  I arrived at Knockhill to rain, hail, wind and sunshine.  By race time the rain and hail had gone but the wind was terrible!

The format of the race was 1 lap run of the Knockhill circ, 1 MTB lap of a course laid out on the rough ground belonging to Knockhill and finally 5 laps of the circuit on a road bike.  I had won the previous two races in the series and also won this one, first auld bugger prize a bottle of Scotland’s finest malt!

The Fife Coast and Countryside trust had been working hard at getting publicity for my charity run in The Great wall of China, they have a publicity company called Muckle Media pushing things I was interviewed by Kingdom FM the local radio station and they broadcast snippets of the interview on morning news bulletins on Saturday.  I spent Friday morning at Dysart harbour with 3 photographers, the result of which was a spread in The Sun, Star and Express!

Carol has bought a BIY shelter to “sit oot in” so we tried to build it oorsel which was a lot easier said than done!  The instructions had come soaked in oil which did not help the construction.  After much head scratching, dry runs and unscrewing the Sitootery was built and ready for testing we spent Sunday night with a glass of wine and the chimnea blazing, eventually.

T in The Park 2014, settling in and training on track!!

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!