Monday, December 26, 2011

Fat Pudding on the Bike

After the constant eating that has gone on for the past 4 days or so it was a slightly heavier Timmy on the bike this morning as i made my way to the park to catch up with the BRAT tri guys, ( happy to see no RBTs out as well for that matter whilst cycling over)
If i thought last Fridays session was hard with Enda, Conor and Heyden then this really was the 'Creme dela Creme' of Centennial Park - My God, i knew i only had an hour to do with the boys as i had work to do but i was struggling from the off just to stay on the wheel. We did 4 laps hard continuous and i was breaking my ar$e to keep up when Clyde gave out a call (more an order) to wake up and do some 'flipping work'... think he took his angry pills overnight.
Couldn't believe i had nothing left and i still had another 45 minutes before my class was due to start, Did a few hills before thankfully the watch rolled around to 7am and i was never so happy to see my clients :)
Although i struggled badly today, i am pretty happy with my cycling as i don't think i have lost to much, it's just at this time of the year with constantly going out eating and drinking it will always be tough not helped when you are cycling with guys that do 500k + a week and they only have Soda Waters and eat Haloumi salads when they go out for a big night - Soft Lads, they'd never be allowed in at HuRTS  :)

Will try to knock out an easy run tomorrow and even try to swim at some stage.

Friday, December 23, 2011

5k Tempo/Time Trial

Christmas Eve and i was looking forward to a relaxing morning after the past tough two days training , when out of the blue (from a pub) Old Kanser was on the blower/texting me to meet him in the park for a 5k tempo run.
Rolled up and really wasn't in the mood to run any fast efforts today although Kaner looked terrible after a heavy night out on the town so i thought I'd give it a go. Easy 2k warm up over to the park from his house before we were off on our normal 5k route.
Knew the 1st k was going to be honest and we went through at 3.20 side by side, before Kanser drew ahead and i was falling behind on the 2nd as my times were drifting out to 3.30 pace. By the 3rd k it was 'all over red rover'.......just managed to hold 3.40 pace, going through the 3k mark in 10.30 tried to continue but 300mtrs further i decided to pull the pin and that was it for me.
Kanser run well, although he did fall off a bit towards the end 17.48 I think ? (3.36 pace), and you never know i might have caught him had i kept the same pace :)
It was then back over the 'House of Kane' for the cups of tea, and those regular readers will notice slight changes in the blog, (mainly colours) BUT i have already had some disgruntled readers demand it goes back as they don't like the grey writing that is coming through. He has also added a list of up coming races for the new year that i have to update, and i will be loading my new Head to Heads, Flakey will go as will Mike Race, and perhaps Tiger. Charlie Low will now be added as i figure come the end of 2012 he will pull out of more races then he actually beats me :) Tom will remain but on a handicap system, and old foes Palmer, Conway, Walker, and Stankard will again provide plenty of tough competition in 2012.

Have a very Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.

The Year in Review - 2011.

Well what a year its been, probably my most successful running wise of my career, Finally breaking through the sub 35 minute barrier (twice) and managing to dip under 50 mins in the big City to Surf race in August. With some good consistent training throughout the year helped mainly by the HuRTS sessions, and my training partners it really did make a big difference to my overall races and times achieved over the 12 months.
There were many highlights and they were;
Breaking 35 mins over 10ks
Running 49.17 City to Surf
Running 3rd in the Phuket Half in June
Running 3rd in the Striders Equalizer in February
Smashing Tommy H (albeit by about 5 seconds) in the Boy Charlton Biathlon
Smashing Enda in the Gold Coast Half in July
Winning Most Improved at the HuRTS presentation.
Husky Long Course Triathlon in 4.16

Low lights;
Disappointing Phuket Traithlon due to virus/infection that resulted in a DNF.
Sydney Half 79.59, despite running a 10k PB only two weeks prior.
Managing to let Kanser and Stankard to get one over me in the 'Head to Heads' at JP Morgan.

The year actually started in the worst possible way at the Striders 10ks at Homebush with 40 degree heat and me having a bad cold, that resulted in me getting off my sick bed and then struggled to even finish in a time of 45 mins+. It was just carnage out there with people being carted off in ambulances.
 Concentrated on the tris and gave the Husky long course a go for the first time, went well with an overall time of 4hr16.
Saw some of the elite HuRTS guys line up for the final biathlon for the season at the ABC Pool, nerves and tension running high as everyone was out to be 'Top Dog' - Stevie T aka Wildman took the honours and our chairman Tom finished a distant last, even getting 'Chicked' by Greta Truscott :)
Not much running in May as it was a trip back home to watch Stoke City in the FA Cup Final (which we lost) it also meant i missed out on the Half Marathon around the city, but i did manage to run a 35.11 at the Striders before leaving, and in turn giving me the confidence i needed to get under the elusive time.
May time was also the month that certain members of the team brought SHAME to the great name and send the papers into overdrive at the Striders Presentation evening, old pests Thurston, Durante, Kane and Highnam were out of control whilst poor writer Bryce Courtenay never had a chance. It also led to the resignation of Chris Truscott from the committee.
June the 4th will go down as a great day - It finally happened, young Timmy dipped under the 35 mins for 10ks, and wasn't so happy since i scored in the semi Final under 17s for Stoke City in the Sentinal Cup.Crossed the line to be congratulated by Big Sam and the rest of  the team.......Nearly brought tears to my eyes :)
Another successful month , this time putting Enda to the sword up at the Gold Coast Half, after sitting on him for 18ks it was time to turn the burners on and he could only watch the big screen and his fans as i flew by. Meanwhile Old Kanser was tackling the hills in France and again bringing more shame to the squad as he decided he wanted to get his mug on the telly,
Run of the Year though went to chairman Tom who on debut in the Marathon smashed his way to an impressive 2.36
Whilst the biggest Battle of the Month was out at Homebush where Kanser was taking on Mikey Conway - in lightening quick times MC took the title and Kanser's $20 when he crossed the line in 37.30, but Kanser did get his own back when he demolished 17 Lamington Cakes at the end. whilst Conway sat happy in the car park counting his cash.
The good form continued into August and without doubt Sydney's biggest day at the City to Surf, managed to record a PB of 49.17 and take a few scalps along the way in good guys Richie High and Razor Wareham.
The Timmy run of the day though went to J. Fenton storming home in 47.41. A massive afternoon followed with the annual Tom's tent (Allens) hosting the boys and girls before Richie High pulled a few strings to get us into the Pie Face tent where we all went ballistic :)
Started another month with a PB 34.27 at North Head running with Paul Macca Mclarnon and Richie High.  this was possibly the strongest i felt all year at this time, but unfortunately only two weeks later Paul Macca run about a 75 mins and i could barely get home in under 80 mins - the decline for the year was on, i had run my races for the year i thought to myself.
Tommy H, also breaks through for his maiden Striders win taking out the North Head 10ks - many (well Kanser anyway) question the win as his nemesis Tuckey didn't race?
Another season started with the ABC Biathlon with more of the big guns lining up, unfortunately Tom's swimming didn't improve and came in last once again although he didn't get chicked this time around. Charlie 'Ribena' Low takes the crown.
Saw a massive high then a major down, The High coming in Noosa where i knocked out a 2.11 in O.D Triathlon on a day where everything went well and i thought Phuket was looking rosy, sadly a virus curtailed any dreams i had and i was left with my first ever DNF :(
It was also the month Kanser and Enda recorded the first win over Young Timmy at the JP Morgan 5.6k race to give them there one moment of glory in 2011. Another big party followed care of Richie Highs hospitality in the ANZ tent that resulted in me missing my classes the next morning.
Massive night with an even bigger crowd to witness Tucks take out the 'top award of the HuRTS team, and well deserved with Laura an obvious choice for top Female, with Mikey taking out his customary 'Overacheiver' once more. I manage to snag 'Most Improved'

Well that's pretty much it - A very good year for the Young Lindop bloke from Stoke, and hopefully i can keep it going throughout 2012, First race up will be the Striders 10ks in February.

Many thanks to the 3 regular readers of the 'Trash'.... Old Bert in the nursing home, Kanser, and my 7 year old nephew, plus anyone else who suffers from insomniac, i hope after reading it has helped you get some shut eye :)
To any others who may have checked it out anytime, hope you have enjoyed or even got a wry smile ( mostly at the expense of good friends Kanser and Enda) :)

All the best, train well

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Frantic Friday.

Enjoying a relaxing Thursday evening when all of a sudden it was ruined when i got a text from Enda requesting i join him for a Friday cycle at 7am - So it was off for what i thought was going to be a cruise ride for an hour before i realised that Enda had also got a crack team of cyclists for the morning and a tough set was indeed on the cards. With HuRTS man, Jason Heydon, Enda and his good Irish mate Connor in attendance the set was announced as 4 x 10 minute hard efforts with a 5 minute recovery between each.
.....My God, the pace was on from the gun with all of us hanging on for grim death to Connor, with me riding 2nd wheel, Went through a complete lap in 5.37 so i knew i was working hard. Survived the first rep and thought 'no way was i going to get through another 3 of those'. Second was pretty much the same as the 1st...only quicker, completing a lap in 5.30 with us all trying to do our share of the work at the front, except Enda who decided his stint would be at the 9minute 30 mark when he would come by shouting '30 seconds"..Unbelievable:)
3rd was the same and it really was a case of digging deep, and again Enda outdid himself with the 30 second warning. Was actually thinking i would pull the pin after the 3rd rep, but i thought the abuse i would cop wasn't worth it so reluctantly and against doctors orders a 4th rep was completed.
One of the toughest bike sets I've done for a long time i can tell you - certainly the fastest, going around in sub 5.30 laps. Irish boy Connor seemed to take it all in his stride mind you and showed what a very good cyclist he is, poor Enda was gone for all money on the 4th rep and could barely get his 30 second call warning out to us. He was doing his best to try to sit as close to good mate Connor on each rep as witnessed on the photo below:)

Connor helping good friend Enda around on the last rep of the morning.

From here it was on to McKay Oval where we went barefoot to knock out 8 x 400s going of 2 minutes, I felt terrible but luckily the bike took more out of the others then what it did me. Rolled around for each of them in under 76 seconds and even managed to kick the last one down to 72. With Enda doing his  8 in 82s with Connor a further 6 seconds after that.
Bloody tough session all up, knocking out 55ks for the morning, the banter fired up once we had recovered enough with an impartial adjudicator (Connor) deciding that i would get a 5 minute start on handicap over Echinachea Enda in the upcoming long course triathlon at Husky in Feb.
So bet has been laid, just need to get an entry in now :)

That's pretty much it training wise for the year now. So until the New Year have a great Christmas and New Year, Enjoy the break, and for those that race me, please drink and eat plenty to give me a chance in 2012.
Stay safe and see you all out there in the New Year.

* Year in Review will be up later in the day * .....Some of us have work to do you know:)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hickson Road 1.2k Reps

Met Andy Heyden after agreeing that i could park my bike in his office and made our way down to where it all started Hickson Road. 12.25pm came and went and no sign of anyone...???? then Slowly Hamish rocks up, Well at least we have Andy & Hamish i thought ( no not from the radio either) then casually a small crew arrived,with  Mikey Conway deciding to put in an appearance at 12.33pm. A quick slap or two to pull him in line from me ( in Tom's, Tucks, and Richie Highs absence) and we were away:)
Bartles and Razor Wareham were the first to bolt as i tried to tuck in and get through this tough session best i could with the help of no one else around me. Tom then does his best Enda impression and comes out the bushes at 943mtres into the first rep and joins the team.
Hit the line bang on 4.00 mins, and was happy with that, Past experience tells us that the return is quicker and today was no exception as i held 3.18 pace to record 3.55
Times were.4.00, 3.55, 3.59, 3.54, 4.00
Remarked to Tom that despite doing this session many times over the years it never seems to get any easier, but after a lacklustre couple of weeks i am more then happy with those times.

Last night i was out over Bondi at Hurricanes Steak & Rib House with the BRAT tri boys that include some of the HuRTS crew, many awards given out last night and sorry to say many of  the HuRTS boys cleaned up, I say sorry as some of the awards weren't what you would like to win, there was -
The Tarzan Award ( trains like Tarzan, races like Jane) .... went to Clyde
The Hiroshima Award ( biggest Blow up in a race) .....went to PODster ( claim any one of about 8 races)
The Chocolate Award ( if he was chocolate he'd eat himself) ..went to J.C
The Best Excuse Award .............Enda , Really was there anyone else ??

Good old night with J.C holding court for much of the evening, think everyone is scared of him, his banter is pretty spot on and his sledging has Enda shaking. He is known as the Hardman within the circle of friends and he has in fact got his own U- Tube package online that has gone viral. check out the Hardmans latest.

With the BRAT Tri team at Hurricanes, Bondi.

Clyde, aka Dolph Lundgren collects just a few of his awards.

The Hardman J.C holding court and reducing Enda and POD to tears :)

Had intended to give my Year in Review today but will just hold it back till tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Easy Run

After a hard workout yesterday it was a much easier run this morning as i just caught up with Enda and his cronies for a cruise around the park. Nothing spectacular and did 10ks in a touch over 45mins, but good enough for today before its back for the original HuRTS set at Hickson Road tomorrow.
Got a big evening on the cards tonight, hitting Hurricanes for the mammoth 'Ribs' on offer before Enda and the BRAT/Hardmen/Centennial tri team get together for there yearly awards at the Bondi Hotel.

Mentioned  how Enda came out of the bushes yesterday on the 1st rep after about 8 minutes - Well eagle eyed 'Trash' supporters roaming around the Domain snapped our dear friend only moments before he joined the session.
This is what was filed through to me late yesterday :)
Outrageous behaviour - when will it stop?

Tomorrow, i will give the Lindop year in review for 2011 and who will go and who will stay on the 2012 'Head to Head' board............. Flakey, don't wait till tomorrow - you've already gone :)


Monday, December 19, 2011

Double Day - HuRTS Run/Swim

Rolled up to find a big crowd despite it been Xmas week for the HuRTS 4 x 10 minute efforts, although there was no sign of Kane (who i believe has got another injury - Planter, in his 3rd foot now) or Enda who has set a record for 6 days straight drinking, J- Fen was absent as well but i do believe he is back visiting his Uncle Sam?
Set off and run with Tom and Richie High ( they were taking it easy and running at about 63% to be honest), but was still working at a decent gallop when all of a sudden Enda jumps out of the bushes after about 8 mins and precedes to run with us. Managed to get 2.78 ks done at 3.37 per/k pace before returning on the downhill quicker leg averaging 3.31 pace with 27 seconds to spare.
The smell of beer coming of Enda on the way back was nearly knock out material, it was terrible and i don't think Tommy H was to happy to see one of his boys roll up looking like he did. I even think Richie H was slightly disappointed in his mate as well as he refused to talk to him.
Knew the 3rd rep was going to be tough, so decided early to back of and keep it at Half Marathon pace - (well that was the plan), unfortunately i had nothing in the tank and was forced to run on the back of Mikey Conway and top HuRTS girl Laura running at 3.54 pace. Big effort to try to bring it home strong and made it back to the gates in 9.35 averaging 3.45 pace.
Tough old session again and  is tough enough i find even when you are running well - so just happy to get through it.
Backed up and went over to ABC Pool where i agreed to meet Mermaid Emma for a swim set,  probably not my smartest move as i was wrecked even before i got in, and when she called the set i was nearly ready to call for the paramedic there and then.
5   x 200 (15 second break)
10 x 100 (10 second break)
I said to even it up i would do 4 x 200 and 8x 100s, got a very hollow win over Em when i touched the wall first ( all by about 6 seconds) and she did an extra 200 :)
...and she was only working at about 50 % as well.
Managed to knock out a few 100s but it was nowhere near 8 i can tell you , before i exited the pool in a sad and sorry state - Got cramps in places i didn't know even existed.
Like i mentioned yesterday, i can't believe how much fitness i have lost and how much the injury condition has taken out of me, I will just try to get through the next fortnight and hope i can build back up in the New Year.


*Just received ALL the night time photos from the HuRTS presentation evening - All i will say is i hope some of you are leaving the country over Christmas or be prepared to cross my palm with Silver to avoid such photos hitting the news stand :)

HuRTS winners for the night Tuckey, Laura, Lindop and High.

then who let these Muppets in ....Kane and Heyden, With HurTS Number one swimmer Mermaid Emma.

TB, Kane Enda, Mikey Conway and Travis.

Kanser, telling the guys, 'But did i tell you about my latest injury?", Durante, Tom and Lisa.

And the lowdown - Enda moments before his shirt was off and he was on the bar. :)
More to come:)

Back on the Bike Again

A new week saw me get back on the bike around Centennial Park for the first time since Thailand, mindful of what the doctor told me about 'Not overdoing it' i went out and did 50ks but tried to keep the pace honest on each lap. Can't believe how much i seem to have lost in such a short time - hopefully it won't take me long to get it back.
Was supposed to go swimming at lunch but Richie H had a lunch on , Mermaid Em was still over in W.A, whilst Enda is STILL in the pub on his 6th consecutive day drinking - unreal, And there was no way i was going to go in and swim with Pete Walker solo :)
Did manage an easy 7 ks with a client late this afternoon back in the park so good to turn the legs over, although they did feel heavy after yesterdays longish run.
Will try to get into town for tomorrows 4 x 10 mins with the team, but don't think i will push it to hard.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sunday Longish

Thought I'd better get back out there and do something so tried to call Enda to go for a long cycle, he was still in the pub (from Thursday it sounded like) and said he would go if he could get home in time. In the meantime old Kanser was on the blower asking me to join him on his long Sunday run.
Decided on Kanser's request and hit Centennial for the morning - great morning out there, seeing Benny St, CT, Tiger and a good few others pottering around. Pretty easy pace from the off to be honest as i am still feeling really heavy in the legs. Kanser seemed to be struggling even more though as like Enda he has been supping the Yeast for about 4 days straight now, Those boys drink to much!
 All up 18.5ks in 1hr.26 averaging 4.44 per/k
Was looking forward to my tea and breaky at the end but Kanser had other ideas, and took me over to his friends house Ronan and Niamh's at Queens Park complete with 29 screaming kids, although did have a 'Top Cup of tea.......special make Barry's Tea - Quality, and so much better then the Audi ones Kanser supplies these days:)
From there it was down to the BRAT triathlon where although i wasn't racing i swam in the pool and struggled my way through 500mtrs before jumping out and watching Ireland's number 1, POD take out the win whilst i was munching on a couple of sausage sangers from the BBQ hurling abuse :)
Nice to see POD actually managing to run the WHOLE 5ks without stopping to walk as that seems to have been his race ploy in the last two races he has done?

Easy afternoon planned with no drinks allowed and will be out for the HuRTS Monday swim with Pete, Mermaid Emma and Richie H if they are around.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Presentation Part 2 - The Tilbury

With J.C suitably dressed and Charlie with a half a ton of Brl - Cream in his barnet it was of over to the 'Tilbury Hotel' for the years awards, got there to a full house  in attendance and was surprised how everyone scrubs up out of there sweaty singlets and shorts.
The usual banter was flying around early before the serious and not so serious awards were handed out by chairman Tom. Tucks took out the top honour of the night in best performance, i think possibly for 3rd time since we started. Laura took best female,which was never in doubt and i think she swept the board of votes. All round good guy ( and bloody shark ) Richie High took out the new 'spirit' award for the evening after attending nearly every event on the calendar and making sure all HuRTS members are looked after. Old friend Mikey Conway made it a threepeat in the 'underachiever' stakes - although surely Kane and Stankard must be pressing hard in the coming years:)
And the final award was the 'Most Improved' ..........and your host of the 'Trash' managed to bring home some silverware to add to the collection. Was very surprised to get this to honest as i thought J.C was a standout, and the only thing that went against him was the fact probably not everyone knows the 'Hardman' just yet?
As the night went on the beers flowed, and the 'Perpetual Pests' Wildman and Durante had that look in there eyes that told me they were on for a big one, whilst Richie High was in lovey dovey mode again with Enda, and M.C wasn't happy to be overlooked for the HuRTS year in review booklet given to Tom after he felt he does all the work - I'll have to get him one now as well :)
....whilst both Kane and Stankard kept up there normal drunken behavior, drooling and slobbering over everyone wanting to be in EVERY picture taken throughout the night.
The evening was finished of sitting muling into a Pie & Mash at Harry's - nothing better at that time of night. The boys then tried to coax me to Kings X but i made a quick exit with Kanser when i saw the first taxi come by.
Great evening had by all,
Have a great weekend
Some pics from early in the evening - the late night ones will be posted later
Pete Walker, Tom and Warrior Charlie.
John Bartles, J- Fen and Tucks
Enda, A.N. Other ???, and Rob

Starting to get late, as Charlie, a drunken Kanser and Italian Stallion Durante show.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Presenatation & Biathlon Wrap up. part 1.

Thursday saw the annual HuRTS presentation held at the 'Tilbury Hotel but not before a trusty and hardy few turned up for the unofficial Biathlon down at the A.B.C Pool. No sign of High, Kanser, Italian Stallion Durante( who was already at 'Harry's Cafe on his 5th hot dog) or Tommy H who simply refused to show after been rocked by news that No Armbands were allowed. We did however get a ringer in with Andy Skippy Heyden rocking up and then rorting the handicap to go off scratch, with Charlie having to find 4 and a half minutes somewhere to catch him.
Good hit out for the guys with Heydo's crossing the line first, with Woker (Charlie's mate) 2nd and Enda gettign on the podium with his 3rd spot only to be disqualified for wearing a swimsuit can you believe? Hardman J.C was later D.Qed as well after a Japanese tourist fired in a complaint that he was seen running past the Art Gallery with his ' Town Halls' for all to see.
Times were
Charlie 18.29
Travis   18.55
Enda     18.57 (DQed)
Pete W  19.13
Richie P 19.48
Angus     20.01
John C    20.33
Woker    20.37
Heyden   20.52

We will be having one more race at the end of the race season sometime in March when i suspect Tom will be out for revenge from earlier in the year?

Just getting a few swim tips from our mate Geoff Huegill, with Charlie, Travis, Peter and Richie Palmer.

Enda coming out of the pool, only to be DQed later for the use of an illegal swimsuit.

Not really sure what Richie P was doing here, with Travis and Peter Walker.

Hardman J.C moments before he was to give the local tourists a new sight.

Presentation wrap up to follow later - just getting all the pics of Kanser cleaned up :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tough Times.

D - Day arrived and it was back to the doctors for all the results from the tests that i have done over the past week or so. Unfortunately it wasn't the news i was looking for as i have a condition called Rhabdomyolysis, which is  the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage.For those that want to check out more, the details are here;
Doctor said all the kidneys are OK though and hopefully i should make a FULL recovery, It does mean however i can not do any tough sessions or hard training for up to 6 weeks as they have taken a bit of a battering :( More disturbing news is the fact i can not drink any alcohol until things get back to normal..... What a great time of the year for that hey ?
So its look like i will have to take the quacks advise and take it easy over the coming weeks, bit gutted to be honest .... still we move on, and i will try to stay positive.
Seems like tough times at the moment for a few of us with Tom struggling along, Richie H has a minor back issue, Enda has his usual 27 symptoms,  although on the flip side Old Kanser is flying the HuRTS flag, and he goes from strength to strength, going to call it now...this guy will break Tom's Gold Coast time in his next Marathon :)
If you think i am doing it tough spare a thought for our Corporate King Mikey Conway..... Oh how times have hit this one time high flyer, not only did UBS not have the tent at JP Morgan this year, but MC's Hammy has since decided to twang again and restrict him just as he was starting to find form (for the 739th Time)  Times are that tough at the moment that MC was spotted looking for handouts on the streets of Phuket recently as the picture shows. He didn't want me to publish but i told him us HuRTS guys are a decent mob, so to help him out we will be passing the hat around at the presentation.......So c'mon dig deep for Mikey :)

Tough Times for Mikey Conway, if you look closer you will see he is actually wearing a pair of ladies boobs under his sign :)


HuRTS new session ...but no Conway ???

Still feeling very average i rolled up today with all the excitement that comes with Xmas as a new session was released yesterday by Mikey Conway and i wasn't about to miss out. Big crowd there waiting in anticipation ....But where was MC ? Rumour was he tweaked his Heart...sorry Hammy again :)  So it was left to Tom to tell us we were on for 2 x 20 min efforts with a 3 minutes standing recovery.
Started off with Tom and J- Fen ( who were working about 37 %) but soon felt more comfortable with Enda and Hardman J.C ( although what Enda was telling me about his holiday was making me blush in embarrassment on what he got up to at nighttime  in the town)
Worked at 3.47 pace going out covering 5.27ks feeling OK, the tempo stepped up on the return where i tucked on to Enda who was working around 3.35 pace. Struggled big time coming around Mrs Macs especially the last 7-8 mins up the hills and the head wind. Somehow got back with 20 seconds left on the clock as the ever improving Kanser , flew by with Tom and J- Fen in close attendance.

Back to the doctors in the morning for ALL the results of the tests - fingers crossed all is OK and i can get back into some decent training and get the all clear.

48 hours and counting till the HuRTS night of nights and the Biathlon we are putting on, sent out all the times and handicaps today and you wouldn't believe how much whining went on - Non worse then the chairman who had the audacity to ask me for a 60 second start, this after me beating him on the line by a mere 5 seconds in the last race and the fact i am nearly on deaths door at the moment ........Can you believe the cheek of him:)


Friday, December 9, 2011

Saturday 10k Tempo Run

Busy morning at work that saw me finishing at Centennial Park, There was supposed to be a BRAT 10k race on so i thought i would check it out and see if i could run it as a tempo run. Unfortunately there were no takers with only Brendan Crone showing up. He wanted a hit out so i agreed to run with him for the same 10k distance. The course is 2 x 5k loops in and around the park, Sat with him for the first lap and came through in 19.04 (3.51 pace) before picking it up slightly and pressing ahead on the 2nd loop. It never felt that comfortable to be honest  although it was controlled and completed the 2nd half in 18.52 (3.48 pace)
37.57 all up at an average pace of 3.50 for the morning, Happy enough with that in the fact i can actually get through 10ks at the moment.
Spent the morning yesterday at the doctors doing a series of tests, hopefully get the results back next Tuesday to find out if there are any issues ?  I do have to go to the hospital at RPA next Tuesday for scans etc.. on the kidneys to see if anything shows up there as well.

No sign of anyone in the park this morning, i think everyone is pretty much done for the year now and its hard to find the enthusiasm when there are no races coming up. I was speaking to Master Sweeney who can not understand why us HuRTS guys don't do more of the track in Summer to keep our speed up. He also gave me a few of his words of wisdom to try to aim to knock some of my training partners PBs off in the next few months clues to who he suggested:)

I find it interesting also after i wrote on Thursday that Kanser was running well, You can always tell when he is on fire as his BLOG is up and written even before he returns to Shelley Street and at his desk at work, although when he's struggling you wait a fortnight for any news :)
No sign of anything from Enda either, i do worry and hope he is OK over in Thailand as those new found friends he has can be a little demanding at times, although his latest squeeze did say he would look after him after i left,
Check him out, i think he's harmless :)
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HuRTS 4 x 2k Reps

Armed with my sick note in my pocket i made my way to the start at the Park Hyatt to see a good crowd of the same old faces, Tom, J-Fen, Razor, M.C, Pete W,Clyde, Charlie, Gangster, Bartles, High and Kanser in bright Green Shoes - i had to ask him if he forgot his leprechaun outfit to match ?
Normally a session i do well in this one but i knew today's was going to be a struggle with  doing nothing for the past two weeks. Decided early to go out relatively hard and to see how long i could last (especially after being badgered by Tom and co)
First one was quick and crossed for 2ks in 6.44 and would have been happy to call an end to the session there and then. Return was slightly slower averaging 3.25 pace for a 6.49 but knew it was all over by then.
Worked hard to do the 3rd in 7.05, but had nothing left for the 4th rep and really was just happy to cruise home in a very modest 7.40 whilst the rest of the lads were having a cup of tea by the time i crossed the line.
Battled though today but in all honesty was struggling from the off and only really firing on two cylinders and its a trip to the doctors in the morning to try to resolve this problem. Maybe i should consult Kanser, as he has had every symptom known to  man  over the past 18 months :)
M.C was running well today, even prompted a comment from him about when will i be ready to take him in  a race ???????? Kanser was also flying from the front, Richie High on the other hand looked a broken man...Word filtered through from Thailand that his boyfriend Enda has been spotted roaming the streets with another lady boy and has forgotten the love with poor Richie:)
Next Thursday is the HuRTS presentation evening and a biathlon has been lined up before we go the boozer, same format as normal although we will do the swim first. Think we will do it on handicap from the previous times that we did in October, Although Chairman Tom has already started sulking and demanding times from me or else he is refusing to race...... What's going on there?
On early handicap i am tipping Pete Walker to take it out.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

From Fame to Shame in Phuket

Since returning home i have felt very flat and still not right so missed the HuRTS session with the boys yesterday in the end and ended up doing Sweet F.A.
Will try to get out tomorrow for the 4 x 2ks reps at lunchtime to see how we go , i also have an appointment at the quacks on Friday to get some blood tests to make sure all is OK after what happened at the latest triathlon.
Well i did say and promise some more pictures and have been sent these from the local Phuket Press overnight of HuRTS stars Enda and Charlie Low. Both went from having great races and being stars for the day only to taint the HuRTS name at night and bring shame once more. Don't know how there better half's, the Angel Angela and the Sultry Sonya put up with it to be honest and wonder if they in fact know of the double life's the lads are leading?

Charlie & Enda pre race.

Charlie powers his way to a Kona Spot next year.

How Enda left to begin his bike leg...

and then after losing a few kilo's flying on the run.

not shy of a picture?

The Shame.......Enda at the night time post party

Nights End  ....Enda and a tired Charlie :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Laguna Phuket Triathlon = D.N.F

At the beginning of the year i wrote 3 goals that i was aiming to do for 2011, The first two were to break  35 mins for 10ks, (done twice), Run a sub 50 mins City to Surf (49.17) and the 3rd was to go one better then last year and win my age group at the Laguna Phuket Traithlon (LPT) over in Thailand.
So with the first two in the bag and with a near perfect preparation i set off with confidence high that i could achieve the trifecta for the year.What was to follow could only be described at the most disappointing race outcome of the year after succumbing down with a mystery virus that gave me  my first ever DNF in a triathlon.
Race morning woke to a scorcher of a day even by 5am as i made my way over for the 1.8k swim, that consists of a 1.2k ocean swim and then a quick transfer to the Lagoon for the 600m freshwater leg, Struggled through that and  could barely walk out the water on the ramp, Got to the bike and really struggled just to get the leg over the frame as i had virtually seized up around the hips, quads and hips, Could not get down on the tri bars and basically just rolled for the first 2ks praying that it would 'come good', Knew then the race was over for me and the 'Dream' will have to wait another year, but thought i would try to cruise around the course for the morning taking in all the sites and sampling the atmosphere, but another 1k down the road i realised that even turning the pedals was proving to be near impossible and then made the call to return to base a sad and broken man :(
Was gutted to be honest after putting in a good training program leading up to this only for this to happen, Still not sure what the problem was and i was still sore and aching even for about 4 days after, Personally i think i had some sort of kidney infection? It was touch and go whether to go to the hospital later in the day after constantly passing red like urine but tried to pump as much water into me as the thought of being in a Thai hospital is about as enthralling as listening to Kanser's injury woes for 12 hours.
So all doom and gloom there for a time - although when your are in the 'Land of Smiles' its hard to be down for to long and with the  good sun, sea, massage, and the nighttime parties Young Timmy soon had the smile back on his dial. Had a great rest of the week and then caught up with Enda who was over there with his wife Angela for the Half Ironman,  He went well as did Charlie Low, and i am sure Enda will give you a full write up on his blog, although i do have many a photo from his night time activities in town that again will be posted over the next day or two that  will bring SHAME to the good HuRTS name that will surely bring more grey hairs for Chairman Tom once he sees what his troups were up to .
As for me i think that pretty much wraps up the year race wise, and i will just try to keep the training going albeit at a less intensity for the remainder of the year,
Enda did this Movember Charity thing with his 'Mo' if you can remember? .........Well i saw him on the last day over there and i think personally he took it a little far, i could hardly recognize him on the start line for his race.

tomorrow i will post ALL the pics from the holiday - but please if you are easily offended then don't log back on for a few days as some of the pics i have of the HuRTS duo Enda and Charlie will leave you shell shocked?