The weekend started on Thursday night for me I had arranged a squash game at 7.00pm but wanted to get some swimming in the pool at the squash club before. One of the triathlon forums (Tri Talk) were trying to swim from Lands End to John O’Groats metaphorically speaking of course. The idea is that forum members put in swim session in their local pool and the mileage should total the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats about 861 miles. Shouldn’t be a problem just need 861 people to swim a mile over the weekend and we should be there (more to come later). I swam 1.7km and then played Copper Man at squash. 2-1 up but got knocked off court, still it was an enjoyable game and I had a good workout.
This was an easy day with a lay in and a lot of dossing about.
The weather was a bit wet on Saturday morning so I decided not to join the Saturday club ride. Played squash with Roger and swam another 1.5km.
Betty and I decided to drive down to the New Forest and ride the bike route of the upcoming half Ironman Triathlon. It was an 80km ride around and through the New Forest it was a great ride that went through Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst both places bring back childhood memories as we spent many holidays in the New Forest.
The ride was quite flat with some small hills; the worst hill is out of Beaulieu back towards T2 quite steep but not very long. There are lots of flat straight sections so if you have a TT bike I would use it. Some of the road surfaces are very rough, not pot holes, just those ones that have been resurfaced with big rough stones. I’m sure they are hard wearing but no fun on a road bike with 120psi in the tyres. There are also some very exposed roads across the moors, so if the wind blows it will be a tough on race day. Lookout for the run down to the coast it is very nice here, also some great views in the forest but look out for the Ponys, Pigs and Donkeys.
We stopped off for a curry in Lyndhurst which well deserved.
Neil convinced me it would be a good idea to enter a 10km race on Monday morning so I picked him up and drove to Stockley Park to enter and race at 10am. It was a nice small race around the golf course mostly on gravel paths with a couple of hills thrown in for fun anyway I managed to get in under 50mins for the 10km 49min 5 seconds. Drove back to the club for another 2km swim (another 2km closer to John O’Groats).
Link to the Race web site here
Nadia, Neil and Jeremy were coming over for dinner so I dashed down to Sainsbury’s to get some supplies for dinner. The menu was as follows:
Starter – Roasted Peppers, Carrots and Tomato Soup
Main – Baked Stuffed Mushrooms with boiled Vivaldi Potatoes and Salad
Dessert – Lemon Cheesecake
Coffee and Cheese selection