I've picked up the Park Run (www.parkrun.com) again. Did Bushy Park 2 minutes faster than my PB. So happy with that. I did my first Richmond Park version. I held back as people kept on telling me that it is hilly. Well it's not really but hillier than the Bushy Park pancake.
On Sunday 07 October I met another MdS compatriot, Alexander. Who will be trying a top 50 place. You rock man, but what's good is that you are realistic enough to understand that it should not kill your chance finishing.
Have nearly finished the book by Jolanda Linschooten Eenzame Uren (Lonely Hours), which she should translate into English.
Been slacking a bit on training but have picked up swimming again, so happy with that. The next thing I never thought I would say, but I am very much noticing the fact I'm a non-smoker since 25 August. I believe that's what helped my 2 minutes off in Bushy Park.
Therefor on 14 October I am doing the 8.2 miles Kingston run. Hopefully I can do this about 5 minutes faster than I used to. If not, well then not.
Today, 13 October I did a lovely walk in London, from Waterloo Station to Tower Bridge on South Side and back North Side with my daughter Kim and her friend Tess who are over. They are the other reason I am doing the Kingston run, as it's cool to have one or more of your kids cheering for you. Like I had my son Ezra and his mate Carl in the Summer during the triathlon Holten.
For some obscure reason, I feel ready for the MdS. I am thinking of doing a heatchamber as there is one in Kingston University about 5 minute walk, but not sure yet.
Have been thinking that trying to predict everything for the the MdS will take away the mystery so may not do that. Will just see what happens I think.
This week my dvd and t-shirt for http://www.racingtherez.com/Home.html - Racing the Rez arrived. It's a movie I sponsored about Navajo and Hopi kids running a race. Go and watch it, specially when you in the USA as it's broadcasting there. Very inspirational.
Talking about inspiration, while I write this in Kona Hawaii 1800 athletes are participating in the Ironman worldchampionship. My friends Martin Muldoon and Matt Molloy are there and I saw Mr. Molloy came out the water in 54 minutes, in the middle of the pro's. Mr. Muldoon needs to work on his swimming, but he'll make it up on the run. Keep in mind when I say Mr. Muldoon needs to work on his swimming, he is still about 30 minutes faster on the IM 2.4miles/3.9k swim then I am.
This week I signed up for the SDW 100 miles. Next journey, do that within 24 hours.
Met some great people already in our Sunday morning Richmond Park runs and look forward to the expo next week. Specially as Sir Ranulph Fiennes (And others I can't remember) will be there.
I met up with my friend Mark Hines last week, who resigned his job, but still did a VO2 max test for me. I scored 53 but feel I should have gone 2 minutes longer. He's off next year to Yukon and the North Pole to do some 1100 miles or km (can't remember either) to get to the a couple of North Poles. I won't tell more as he will write a book about it. But pretty cool he resigned to go travel the world and do stuff he would want to do.
So much for now, not sure if this makes any sense to any of you. But I'm not very structured so you will get sort of my thoughts on paper as a braindump. Can we still say braindump? Or is it brainstorm we can't say anymore? Can't remember either.
Well I'm happy with my training, I'm ready for the MdS and can't wait for the sun.
Speak to y'all soon.