Long time since I had the time to write something!
Belated congrats to Joan Wingfield who won her AG @ Worthing Tri and to Mark Bashford who won the Horsham Tri with Steve Ingham winning the Over 50 male AG and Gemma Hayes 3rd in her AG plus (possibly?) a first event for new girl Ellen Bennet. Congratulations also to two new ironmen – Ben Houston (sorry Ben but I've lost the mail for which race it was) and last w/end Paul Baker at Hever Bastion – great performances from both of you. Best of luck to those off to Ironman UK this w/end – have a great race Tim, Pete and Rich T. Apologies to anyone else that has sent me results but as previously stated I've simply run out of time recently to keep on top of the News!
I guess I'd better update those who don't know on my own attempts to move into ultra-marathon running! The trip to the Isle of Wight Round The Island Race was a fantastic experience and being in the company of Jackie Barker, Debbie and the incomparable Ted Swift was worth all the pain, lost toe nails and subsequent antibiotics! Saturday's 39 miles was tough with high temperatures, no breeze but the wonderful sight of the horizon filled with yachts taking part (even slower than me) in their own Round The Island Race! Overnight chalet accommodation, lots of pasta and the hope was that Sunday's 33 miles would be doable? Jackie's speed on the first day meant she would start an hour behind Debbie and me – could we stay ahead? Long climbs at the start including to the top of Tennyson Down before a trip to The Needles and Alum Bay had me struggling and by the 2nd checkpoint at 15 miles I needed a sit down and Debbie went on alone. A few minutes later Jackie passed me looking like she hadn't even started running! Walking at a fairly brisk pace seemed to be possible so that's what I did for the next 13 miles until the last checkpoint. By now I had a huge blister on my right big toe and my left one was throbbing bright red as the infection under the toenail became unbearable. So, sadly with just 5 miles still to do I took the chance to climb into Ted's car and get a lift to the finish. The guys I'd been walking with had still not got back when we left to catch the ferry nearly two hours later so I think I probably made the right decision? Jackie won the over 50 Ladies prize having overtaken Debbie towards the end. It was a great w/end and my undying thanks to all three of them for their support throughout.
Two weeks later and Stuart and myself where driving to Yorkshire to watch/ride Le Tour de France! We dropped the hire car at Leeds Bradford Airport and set off in the rain to meet my brother at a campsite near Reeth. Riding with full panniers is bloody hard work! Six and a half hours to cover the near 70 miles before we arrived at 10.45pm and it was still raining! We'd climbed the Cote de Blubberhouses and the Cote de Cray (although I'd had to push part of this one) and seen the air ambulance pick up a rider who'd obviously misjudged a sharp downhill near Grassington – very sobering.
Saturday we walked up the Cote de Grinton and waited 7 hours to watch the peloton flash by despite the 15%+ gradient! Back to the campsite we were in time to groan with 100's of others as Cav crashed to the ground – lots of beer eased the pain! Sunday we packed the bikes and rode parts of the stage, arriving in Knaresborough an hour after the riders! After 110 miles we arrived at my cousin's place in Sheffield – just too late to see the highlights of stage 2! By now we'd both got messages about needing to be back earlier than planned on Tuesday so we decided to take the opportunity to try some of the local climbs around Sheffield that the Tour had ridden the day before. These included Cote de Midhopestones and Cote de Bradfield and even the absence of the panniers didn't help me get up the 25% sections! Stuart then showed his true triathlete credentials by joining my cousin Ann in taking part in a local fell race at Hathersage in the evening! Thankfully I didn't have a pair of trainers with me so was forced to go to the pub whilst waiting for them both to finish! Two miles up and two back down, I'll leave Stuart to fill you in on just how tough it was – albeit fantastic training and you can see where the Brownlees get their fitness from?
In other News;
No Core training on 19 July and 2 August as Kim is on holiday. Martin is holding a Transition training session on 26 July and Paul Hedger has sent out an invite to EGTC members to take part in the local Horsted Keynes Triathlon on 5th October - details on his Hedgehog Tri website
No doubt there's all sorts of things I've forgotten but that's all for this week and as I'm away on holiday for the next two weeks I'll see you all in August!
Train safe and race hard