What a year, one for all of us to remember.
Started well having completed a number of running events that I had entered at the beginning of the year prior to the triathlon season. I just squeezed in Bath Half a few days before ‘Lockdown’. A bit gutted as I was aiming for 9:10 minute miles my goal being sub 4 hours in the London Marathon, and I ran comfortable 8:49 minute miles in appalling condition giving a time of 1:55. Not sure I’ll ever have the chance of that sub 4 again..
Rest of the year was planned with more running events plus two sprint triathlons, two Olympic distance triathlons and an Ironman. The idea was to qualify for the Worlds in all four disciplines in 2021.
Needless to say none of that happened so………lets start again. Now aiming for Worlds in 2022 which should take place in Abu Dhabi, Kona and New Zealand. Next year 2021 will be all the qualifying events, but who knows, one can but dream !!!!!
In the meantime I’ve grown a love for trail running. We are so lucky living in Dorset, surround by countryside and hills and with the Jurassic Coastline. I have certainly made the most of in the the past few months.
I had a go at the Cafe 50 Single Ultra Shot, a 50 miles circular route taking in Portland Bill with 1500m of climb and descent. It’s a challenge dreamt up by Sam & Josie, the owners of Sandsfoot Cafe, who are enthusiastic athletes whether, Ironman, running, cycling, gravelling, paddle boarding or winter sea swimming and as a result the Cafe has become a magnet for all like minded folk.
As an open air cafe it’s been a real live saver once restrictions were eased a bit.
The run has to be completed within daylight hours, so I chose close to midsummers day and set off at 5:30 in the morning to give myself ample time. Managed to get back well before dusk in just over 13 hours, and thus I became ‘hooked’ on yet another discipline.
I immediately entered The Oner for April 2021, a gruelling 24 hour 83 mile Ultra along the Jurassic Coast. So guess what I’ll be doing all winter?