Friday, May 07, 2010

Short and Concise

Whenever I think of the training for the Cork marathon, I get two opposing panic attacks. The first is “Oh my God, I need more long runs, I haven’t run longer than 13 miles since Connemara” and the second “Oh my God, I need to rest more”. This contradiction is so far unresolved.

And then there is the small matter of my first ever triathlon. The closer the date gets, the more I’m dreading it. I think that’s not a unique perception of your first tri. But luckily I have told far too many people about it, there is no chance to get out of this now. We might get to Valentia this weekend and I’ll make sure to bring my wetsuit.

The last few days have been really windy, which I can feel both on my runs and on my bike commute. I had the wind behind me for the first half of yesterday’s run, which of course meant fighting it for the return leg. But I found that it doesn’t really matter on easy days. The effort remains the same, and the fact that the pace slows a bit does not matter.

It might be way late, but I thought I’d post our video from the Easter Egg hunt anyway. The kids had great fun, and you would not believe how much organisation has to go into setting up a dozen or so treasure stations. Unfortunately my computer is more a museum piece by now and had real troubles with the size of the video files, which is why the final video isn’t quite as nice as I’d have liked, but it’s the best I could do with limited resources. The kids love watching it anyway.

Ewen, how’s that for a short post?

6 May
8 miles, 1:03:45, 7:58 pace, HR 146
7 May
5 miles, 40:35, 8:07 pace, HR 143


  1. Bloody beautiful Thomas! I let out an audible "Yes!" when I saw the length of that post.

    Great morning for the kids. Best of luck with solving the contradiction. I'd say keep the easy days coming, with very occasional longer, or harder sessions.

  2. Fantastic Easter hunt video. It got me so excited I started searching around my apartment for chocolate that someone might have left for me while I was away for work. I've found nothing yet. :(

  3. I laughed in recognition of the feeling of needing more long runs and yet also more rest! I know just what you mean.

    Lovely kids, no chocolate left in our house either. :(