Up early for the 6.30am start to meet the gang although NO sign of regulars Leech, Hoey. Laura or Corky O’Conner and the whereabouts of the ‘Weetbix Kid’ Renaud still remains a mystery, as his long layoff continues.
Still good to see ‘Tea Towel’ Tony Fats back with us for a trot as so the Prodigal Son Dave ‘Kanser’ Kane who joined the likes of C.T, Enda, Jeet, Birch, Sweaty Sock (Craig) and a few others. Regular 6k loop at easy pace of around 4.42s to start and it didn’t take long before Enda was spinning his garbage wanting a scratch bet with me for the next 10k due to him missing so much training (as we then later find out he’s now done 12 days straight)
Picked up a waiting Kanser at the cafe at 7am and it was a case of ‘Double Trash’ as him and Enda were rambling whilst I was happy to talk to Tony and Jeet for the 10k loop. Pace was honest and it was Craig Wiseman of all people who was working from the front before Jeet, Tony and I took over as we pushed the Woollahra Hill section coming home in 45 minutes at 4.30 pace.
A few drop outs and people falling behind at this point and after looking around it was only Fats and Kanser that remained as I still had another 4ks to go, Pace quickened again for the final stages of the run as Kanser gave me his latest David Bowie CD review all the while Fats was planning a Pub Crawl around the local area of all the Craft Beer Breweries for sometime in March.
20ks done again in 91 minutes averaging 4.33s for the session.
Happy enough with that and pleased to get through the month of January knocking out 20 for each Sunday, will aim now for Feb to pick it up a little and start getting through 24-25 from here on in.
Finished off with a coffee and chat with Birchy and Jeet, where our English friend was beaming telling me all about his latest girlie friend.
Felt less than ordinary to start another week thanks to a fine afternoon up in the hub of Newtown enjoying some fine beers, so was happy to hit the pool at lunch more in hope to clear the head than anything else. Crossy Lad, Angus and Kroney were on hand and if Mondays are supposed to be a recovery day then someone forget to tell these lads. I got through a 500m warm up by myself before declaring a 1 x400, 4 x200 and 8x100 set. Just about sat on Crossy Lads feet for the 400m effort stopping the clock in 6.27. Before the pace quickened for the sharper 200s where Kroney and I took it in turns sitting in 3rd wheel on Crossy’s feet. If Crossy wasn’t whinging about his Achilles injury before then he certainly was after I nearly sliced about 8 of his toes when I slapped on the hand paddles for the extra speed. Averaging around 3.10s for the 200s with the fastest 3.03
100s to finish off and was able to keep them all under 1.30 which is pretty good for me
2.3ks all up.
Sad weekend just gone, first up Stoke lose in the FA Cup to the Tin Pot Palace, We Woz Robbed is all I can say. Still, it could work in our favour as we can now just concentrate on the Premier league and get that all important 4th spot that will take us into Europe next season with the big boys.
More sadness overnight with the passing of TV legend Sir Terry Wogan, I along with many was brought up with Wogan on the telly either with his chat or gaming shows. Very clever man ( I know it’s unusual for an Irishman but there you go) and his quick dry wit especially when hosting the shocking Eurovision Song contest was legendary.
Wow, January certainly proved a big month in the passing of many of the greats.
RIP Terry Wogan.
Will be back out tomorrow for the HuRTS 2 x 20 minute efforts. And I may even try to fit a bike session in first up as well.
I think Kroney forgot his shoes to get back to work after the lunchtime swim today.