Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Dorset Half of Stupid Hills

The inaugural 'PMO half marathon contest' took place on Saturday in Dorset. It was only this because I shot my mouth off to Dave at work and turned it into a showdown. Which, with him having a 10k time of nigh on 40mins, wasn't my finest decision.

The race was part of the Coastal Trail Series and of five possible levels of difficulty, this one was a five. And it lived up to the billing, exceeding my expectations. Asked afterwards if it was the hardest thing I've ever done, I'd have to say no, but top tier and up there with the hardest three hours I've had. The hills were seriously steep and the 3,800ft of ascent really did me in - I think I actually bonked, which hasn't happened for a while.

After 3hrs and 9min, Dave beat me by all of 70 seconds. But hey, he threw up afterwards. In fact we both felt pretty terrible afterwards and I think I did it as fast as I possibly could have. Although it didn't feel like my fastest day.  I can 127th of 421 so 30th percentile. Satisfactory. James and Lee came in soon after.

I think I've gone beyond DOMS and actually strained my quads. Ran to work yesterday, very slowly, but had to be picked up to get home! 

Apparently the scenery was stunning.
Note the trail of people, for scale

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

2017 - a big year

2017, or at least the first half of it, looks set to be a year where my lofty ambitions of athleticism return.

Norway is booked for February.  And I have a place on the Grand Union Canal Race at the end of May.

So now I have two competing and conflicting areas to train in, given I didn’t really cotton on to there only being two months between them.  Norway is a significant investment of time and money and as such demands that I go there strong and ready to perform.  The GUCR poses significant problems in that I am trying to do what I previously could not, despite now having aged five years, having a much reduced commute (that provided the bulk of my training miles) and having the small matter of two kids to distract me.  Not to mention my wonderful support crew have mostly all now had kids so the whole thing will be less appealing to them too.

I guess we will see…

Monday, 24 October 2016

Tough 10

Yesterday I did the Cancer Research Tough 10.  A surprisingly hilly 10k in Epping Forest.  I came 59th of 467 (total field) with a time of  50min 36sec, which unscientifically I guess must be equivalent to about 45min flat road.  Quite pleased.

height gain

Sunday, 18 September 2016


I have been most slack in my blogging, and this is no recompense, but here are a couple of pics to catch you up.

Diet is still going very well, although socialising and holidays have meant a few cheats - but that is no bad thing.  I did hit 74kg - actual fighting weight - but it should really be composed of more muscle than I have now.  I have finished the '22 press-ups for 22 days' thing.  Still crap at them.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

What fatherhood does to a man...

Most of the time:

Some of the time:

'I've see things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like Time to die.'

But then, occasionally...

Friday, 1 July 2016


A big thanks to James for letting us use Puffin Cottage again.  Southwold may have the dubious accolade of being my favorite place that doesn't have mountains.

Funniest moment must have been Willow reporting that 'the fence did just hurt me!' after touching an electric fence at RSBP Minsmere.  Such jokes.  And quote of the week was from Willow while she ate dinner "I'm getting down. I'm just going into the kitchen to think about ladybirds."

Fuller blog on the private one, so I won't repeat myself.

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