Archive for January, 2013

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Jan
13

i will survive

So have you missed me? It has been a while. Problem is, I was abducted by Aliens. No really. Except these aliens weren’t the vicious  HR Giger / Ridley Scott variety. No, these were nice ones that let me out for a run once a week.

So then, to paraphrase Gloria Gaynor, “Now I’m back. From outer space”

The combination of Xmas and a once a week opportunity to run has meant that the fitness that I built up whilst training for the Berlin Marathon has quickly vanished. My once a week runs were 10-12k but that was all. I did squeeze in a couple of reasonably long cycle rides between Xmas and New Year that made my legs burn and my lungs scream and, at one point at the top of a steep incline, had me almost certain that I was going to vomit.

No good at all. Particularly as the clock ticked over from 2012 to 2013, the realisation that this years challenge is in just under 5 months time.

Some of you will know that Hauling My Carcass and I have a little adventure each year in the shape of a European running race. It usually takes the form of a Half Marathon (except for 2012 when we did the Berlin Marathon). We have run in Prague, Lisbon and Den Haag. We have flown to destinations and driven to destinations. When discussing this years escapade, we wanted something a little different. So we decided to run the Maas Half Marathon near Liege in Belgium. Looks like a nice little race, smallish and flat. Then we decided that flying or driving there would be too similar to what we had done before so we decided that we will cycle there. Over 4 days. Starting with an overnight ferry from the UK to the Hook of Holland and then cycling 80-100km a day down through The Netherlands and into Belgium. We have a day off / day’s sightseeing the day before the race and then we get up, cycle to the race, run the race, cycle to the Eurostar terminal in Liege and get the train home. All things being equal, we should be back home in the UK about 12 hours after the start of the race. So 400 odd kilometres, culminating in a 21km run and then a train home from Europe. And you wonder why people worry when HMC and I are left to our own devices for a while.

Preparations are well under way, B&B’s are being booked and routes planned. I have begun buying bits and pieces that I will need for the trip starting with a pannier rack from Amazon – a bargain but supplied with the crappiest alloy nuts and bolts you ever did see. The the alloy had the consistency of dried chewing gum and the bolts rounded off the second a spanner got near them.

A quick trip to the LBS was in order to see if he could sell me some bolts. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any he could sell me as he refused to let me pay for them. Instead he patiently went through his collection of stainless steel nuts and bolts and supplied me with enough to fix my bike rack – for free. He then gave me a discount on some other bits I was buying. Brilliant customer service and I shall definitely go back there for any other bits and pieces I’ll need for my trip.

16kms run in the cold today and I didn’t feel too bad.

So just need to get up to running 21.1kms.

At a reasonable speed.

After cycling 400kms over the preceeding days.

Suddenly 5 months doesn’t sound like very long at all.

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