Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Morning Swim - P.A.P.

After a week missed it was back for the regular big Thursday set at PAP and after an easy 1k warm up (very slow), the set was called for 25 x 100m rolling off a set time that worked out 5 seconds per/100m faster then when we last did them around.
Knew it was going to be a tough one and once I got my head around it I was all set just to sit on feet for the next 50 laps and chip away best I could. Can't ever say I felt great at anytime but was getting about 5 seconds break after each rep that was consistent throughout.
Very much a mind thing as once I hit 20 I knew I was home and dry and was happy to tick another solid set from the list.
100 metre cool down was about as much as I could manage and with 3.6ks done it was time for a well earned coffee.

Rest day tomorrow but will try to fit a run in before massage time and hopefully get some work done on this neck/shoulder issue that is causing me grief.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Midweek Run.

Into the city for the midweek run and it was as if summer had returned with 30 degrees and the humidity returning.
Pretty easy and despite sweating buckets just cruised around in 53.10 for 11ks averaging 4.50s

First bet lined up for the Canberra Half in a little over 2 weeks, and its another Taffy that has rorted me this time - Craig has somehow managed to score a 6.30 minute handicap of me. Once agreed he then comes back and tells me he's done a Monna Fartlek set that included 5ks in 19.10
On that bases he won't be needing any start and will beat me from scratch.
$20 wagered.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Barangaroo 6 x 1k Reps

Planned to do my usual Tuesday early set but once again snubbed by 'Larry Let Down' Enda and when time got short it then meant I had to venture down to Barangaroo on a very hot and humid Sydney lunchtime instead.
Massive crowd and once 'main man' Barts had barked out his orders we were underway,  Must have been about 7 or 8 of the top guys ahead but I was happy to lead a good 2nd group in that included the 'Branagan Brothers, Angus, Jerome, 'The Mouth' (new nickname for Brendan Fehon), Hipster Chris,  Enda and a few others in with a 3.22
The next 3 were all pretty similar time wise but was spent after the 4th and decided to help the slower 3rd group out for the next two working at 3.45 pace to end with.
6 reps done and that was enough for the day, so it was a decent warm down with HuRTS girls Ruth and young Elle back up Hickson Road before cutting through the city back over to Woolloomooloo.
Rep times. 3.22, 3.23, 3.21, 3.23, 3.43, 3.42

Might try to get back out tomorrow for a run as I do need to start building the miles back up.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday Longish 20ks

Wet and blustery morning and I wasn't sure if it was for the return of Laura James or the fact Enda had hired a bus load full of Irish just to come to give me grief after his boys took us out in the rugby? Still it was the biggest Sunday turnout for the year and great to see Jerome & Leech patch things up, Rich Large, Laura, The Sweaty (Craig), Razor, Branagan Bros, and 'Elvis' (Costello) all tagging along.
Usual easy 6ks to start as we wadded through the puddles before the 10k loop at 4.38 pace then tried to rally a small team for a final flat 4k loop. Not much joy on that front apart from Rich & Jerome for about 800m before dropping and the surprise packet 'Elvis' who was about 30m ahead all the way as I was happy with my 3.58 pace
90 minutes all up averaging 4.33s for just under 20ks.
Retreated for a coffee post run with Leech, Jerome and Laura. Great to have the 'Shire' lass back running with us again after a spell on the sidelines.
No sign of Birch, Taffy, Jeet, or Enda again this morning? - worried about them boys.

Rest day tomorrow, but may head for a swim and I know I'm fighting a losing battle in these conditions but I'll try to persuade Crossy Lad to join me.

Photo from some of the team this morning.

Jerome, Timmy, Laura, Eoin, Champ and 'Elvis' - Rob Costello on his last run with us before heading home to Ireland today.


Friday, March 17, 2017

A.B.C Biathlon 20.01 3rd overall

Miserable morning and neck still playing up so decided to avoid any hard swimming to start the day. In fact only did an easy 800m before taking myself of for coffee and breakfast.

Spent the rest of the day dilly-dallied on deciding to do the A.B.C Biathlon, before going for it. Once there though I knew I'd made the wrong call and once more the heart just wasn't in it once I saw the high winds and showers that were pretty constant. Lined up against some Spanish guru in full speed suit who's races in the ITU series and after 500m I could see why.  Found myself in 5th spot going through the first 1k but even at 3.45 pace I was struggling , Jumped up a spot at the 1500m marker and soon after the turnaround started to push the pace for home and went past one more. With the front two miles ahead I seemed to ease off slightly and I was about 20 seconds down on normal as I hit the steps at the top of the pool in 14.20
Customary 30 seconds as I try to bring the heart rate back down before the first of 6 laps, again never really pushed that hard and managed the swim leg in about 5.10 stopping the clock in 20.01 and the first time for the season that I've failed to break 20 minutes.
3rd overall with Spanish guy winning (although he was about 50m down after the run leg) just swimming over the top to win in 17.30
Few beers post race over at Wooloomooloo Bay Hotel after where Birchy joined me to showcase his NEW $200 haircut ( the lad must be mad)

Once home I started to receive all these strange messages from good mate Sammy Aggers over in London,  " Blue and White Army' (repeat x8), 'Palace for Europa',  'We are the best team in Sth London'
The poor man has lost it I reckon and my departing message was that he should go see his doctor. So concerned I checked out his blog and he said as much himself on his Wednesday 15th March posting.
Check it out.

Yesterday (Friday) was spent in the city to celebrate with the Irish for St Patrick's Day, Cracker as well as we hit the Guinness for the day, Decent enough showing from the team throughout the afternoon before hitting the Trinity Bar for the evening session.
A few photos from the day.

Great to see Frenchman Jerome get into it and joins us for a few beers.
Irish lass Jacqueline never one to miss out on her National Day.
Welshman Taffy James, on just another day out.
And with NO Enda around Macca took up his rightful position of Ireland's #1 runner and drinker.
Birchy undergoing his latest $200 cut, he's not happy about the price increase.

Big weekend on, Stoke play champions to be Chelsea at home , tough game and will be close but take the Cockneys to edge this one out.
Stoke 0 v Chelsea 1

Have a good weekend
Train well and stay safe

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Botany Aquatic Centre Swim

Still stiff neck and not feeling great but had a window to catch up with old training partners again Roger & Ian that saw us venture over to Botany Aquatic Centre, near Mascot.
Very heavy overnight rain meant we virtually had the pool to ourselves and after a 200m warm up we decided on a pretty straightforward session of 10 x 100m (off 1.45s) and 10 x 50m on the minute.
Never comfortable with my neck but got through it OK making the times followed by an even easier 200m cool down to give me 1900 for the morning.
Despite battling along I do enjoy catching up and training with these guys, neither train hard or race anymore but are still more than capable of swimming 1.25s per/100m without breaking sweat.

Finally found out who was behind the recent AnonGate episode, turns out the culprit was favourite and #1 reader the Old Stallion himself Michael Durante. Seems the Pie Eater finds time to read the blog and came out of hiding to own up.

Even though the two boys don't train - Roger (left) and Ian are still far too strong for me in the pool.

The man behind AnonGate - Michael 'Pie Eater' Durante, in one of his love-ins with partner Wildman Stevie T


Monday, March 13, 2017

Crook Neck with McKay 400s

Woke on Monday to a crook neck that restricted my movements and prevented a lunchtime swim. Not much better on Tuesday morning but seeing as I was already in the park and done 7ks warm up (slow) I decided to stay on and work on McKay Oval to knock out some 400s.
Wasn't in the mood to be honest with enthusiasm very low and it certainly showed in the times as I battled my way through the 10x reps working off a rolling 2 mins.  First one in 75 and it turned out to be my fastest, at one point was thinking of walking for coffee on completion of the 6th.
Only saving grace on this session was that it was all done in under 20 minutes.
Times for the morning. 75, 78, 78, 79, 78, 78, 78, 79, 78, 77
Took my sore and battered body off for a much needed coffee and Turkish toast once done.

I notice someone has been posting on the blog as anonymous questioning my recent times from the weekend ???? Mmmmmm - very strange that. I love the banter and slagging that goes around and welcome ALL comments ( positive & negative) but if you are going to post then please please don't be gutless and put your name to it. Many thanks

Back out tomorrow, think we have a swim set lined up with old mate Crossy Lad getting his nemesis Deano Degan to join us, should be interesting ?