Saturday, April 28, 2018

Surprising Session On The Treadmill

Okay, so me pootling on the treadmill is never going to set the world on fire but I managed the best of my sessions so far. That was a surprise as I've been a little off colour these last couple of weeks and haven't really been on focus. Ten reps of 60/60s at 14kph, 4% elevation today. Began with 30 minutes on the bike to warm up.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More Than A Few Days

but I'm feeling much better and managed an easy session on the treadmill. Five reps of 2mins/1mins. Not the greatest but just glad to be back on it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bad Weekend

With the weather so lush I was planning to head back into the real world for a proper run - but I've been feeling sick. Barely ate a thing yesterday and spent the day feeling cold. Feeling better today but not totally right - then again, most say I've never been quite right... Managed a bit on the treadmill but it's not been great. Hopefully manage a bit more in the coming week.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Spot Of Sheep Un-Rustling

After the completion of another successful mission water station (the Bigsweir Bridge branch) at this years Offa's Orra, us townies tried a spot of sheep un-rustling...

An errant lamb had somehow escaped the shackles of its prison field. With the gate only a few metres from the water station we thought we'd gently usher it back into its field - but with a massive puddle in front of the gate, it wasn't having any of it...

Anyway, having ushered it past the gate twice and totally failed to get it to go in, it was on a dangerous collision course with the main road but a shout and a holla at some walkers ahead managed to get the errant lamb headed away from the road and back towards the gate. I wasn't going to let it pass the gate a third time...

As it neared the gate it looked to have worked out that that's where is was supposed to go to get back into the field - but it put its front feet in the puddle and thought, f*(% that for a game of soldiers, I ain't getting wet feet... With it looking to pass by a third time I moved in and managed to scoop it up before it legged it away - I've still got a turn of speed, me. With lamb in arms, I waded through the puddle to safely deposit the lamb back in the field before exiting stage left - and then I noticed all the mud smeared down my jeans and on my coat. Grrrrrhh.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Solid Row Reps

Six one minute all out reps on the rower tonight with the same for recovery. The rower really does not take any prisoners...

Sunday, April 08, 2018


Six reps on the rower, 30/30s, followed by six on the treadmill, again, 30/30s at 16kph,4% elevation. The thirty seconds recovery was tight but I was able to stick to it this time. I was going to finish with six reps on the bike but then I thought, 666 - maybe not, so it was a ten minute cool down instead. Definitely feeling a bit fitter.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Back On The Reps

After two days on the bike I was back to some reps on the treadmill - and a bike cool down to finish. Eight 1 minute reps off 90s recovery at 14kph/4%.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Raging Torrent...

But luckily for me I only had to cross it as I finished checking the route markers where all in place around Gilwern Hill for today's Gilwern Grunt.

I actually quite enjoyed the run, keeping an eagle eye out for the markers to make sure they were where they should be. It has to be said though, it was very went underfoot, not to mention positively snowy. Parts of the track around the hill had literally turned into a stream - all thoughts of keeping my feet dry came to a very rapid demise.

After my run I had time for a nice brew back at the car before donning the waterproofs and heading back out to marshal. It was my pleasure to have to send those poor intrepid souls up the raging torrent - most looked to be still smiling as they paddled their way up stream...

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Tight Calf

Not sure what caused by left calf muscle to feel really tight so I cranked up the treadmill elevation to 12% and ran some slower reps to help stretch it. Finished off with a steady 15 mins bike cool down and it feels a ton better now. So now I'm all set to go get cold and wet tomorrow as I check the hill section of the Gilwern Grunt and then marshal...