Into the Great Wide Open… and the long, dark night of the soul: the Connemara 100 Race Report

“Into the great wide open Under them skies of blue Out in the great wide open A rebel without a clue” Into The Great Wide Open Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (Warning: for this blog is long and full of terrors!) Where to start? Probably little point in going down the whole ‘why would you … More Into the Great Wide Open… and the long, dark night of the soul: the Connemara 100 Race Report

Through the Gap

IN WHICH WE FINALLY GET OFF THE FLAT TRAILS OF COUNTY KILDARE AND INTO THE MOUNTAINS IN PREPARATION FOR THE CONNEMARA 100 I’m about 6 miles out of Laragh on the road heading for Sally Gap, and the weather forecast is letting me down. It is certainly a different world up here, in the Wicklow … More Through the Gap

The Quest

“The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.” Lady Galadriel The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring So the training continues, though the Connemara100 is not just a one-man band. … More The Quest

A modest week

Another modest week’s training. And another short post. During the week, I managed two runs, 10 and 4 miles respectively. Yesterday’s long run clocked in at just over 27 miles, and I got a free bonus farmer’s tan thrown in for good measure. Just as well I made the most of the sun though, because … More A modest week

Bonus

So, a quick update. Training is ongoing, though not exactly according to the programme. Mainly this week due to a heavy head cold and niggly cough. Still, got out for a few runs. One of the nicer ones was up the Green Road in the Caher Valley near Fanore in Co. Clare. That was part … More Bonus

A Tri for training

Last week’s long runs were supposed to be repeated this weekend, but as usual, life gets in the way. In this instance, though, it was a good distraction. For the last month or so, I knew I was stepping for S in the Athy triathlon. Even though it was her great idea to get two … More A Tri for training

Hitchin’ a ride…

IN WHICH WE CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND DEVISE A CUNNING PLAN FOR ENSURING TARGETS ARE MET, AND WE DISCOVER SOMEONE HAS BEEN HITCHING A RIDE, PLUS ODI BREAKS A NAIL… Another busy week, and a fine week, weather-wise. S had a significant birthday on Wednesday, and of course it would be rude to mention the … More Hitchin’ a ride…

Minus the above

A quick post, just by way catching up. Training is going okay. I am shy a few miles each week, but as long as I am getting out on the days when I am supposed to, and get near the target, I am happy. And stay injury-free too. S has had to pull out of … More Minus the above

Maxed out

How time flies when you’re having fun. And likewise, it drags when you’re not. And in between is where most of the rest of life happens. It’s been a busy few weeks between work and home life. Odi the wonder greyhound continues to win our hearts with his suave nonchalance, incredible turn of pace in … More Maxed out