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The Tough Files
8th April - Missing the Mark
Steve W took to the wholly esoteric world of medium gear (72”) time trial racing again on 8th April with a race over 25 miles on a known fast course near
A good day with only a light breeze saw Steve giving the event his best go and almost making the sub-hour-medium-gear-25
hall of fame (a very exclusive club) with a 1:00:34 effort. Compounding just missing
the hour mark was the relative disappointment of missing the podium too with a
4th place overall. Steve reports he wrung himself out and given an
inability to be 30 years younger that some ‘bike tweaks’ may be the only way
he’ll ever crack this one.
14th April - Scary Night Swim
Steve C consistently manages to find the strangest (and toughest) events. Swimming in Lake Windermere in April is challenging enough: swimming in
Lake Windermere in April after nightfall
is a different sphere of challenging entirely. In a wetsuit designed for
swimming, a couple of kilometres in a temperature of only 9 degrees Celsius was
only ever going to be a rough experience and - even following a winter of
indulgence and a subsequent layer of ‘natural insulation’ - the halfway point
saw Steve shivering uncontrollably and violently. In that way that he can,
though, Steve put the pain to one side and finished the event to a reward of a roaring
beach bonfire and steaming mugs of cocoa. We don’t know if he knows you can
just buy cocoa at the supermarket.
29th April -
Madness Three Peaks
Mick W is undoubtedly inspired by the crazy world of Steve C and is becoming something of a pain-meister himself. The
are a renowned
challenge to walk; so why not have a fell race over them? Well, on
Saturday 29th April nearly a thousand people did - and Mick was
amongst them (pic). The conditions - which can be notoriously foul - at least
didn’t conspire against competitors on this occasion, and even allowed each
peak to be clearly viewed from each of the others for the entire race duration.
Now, this can be a very good or - depending on mental toughness - a very bad,
thing. Running over hideously challenging terrain for an hour, yet seemingly
getting no closer to the next lung-bursting 2000 foot ascent can play havoc
with motivation. Mick was well prepared, though, and slogged it out to a 437/699
overall finish in a time of 4:37:35. Almost three hundred competitors didn’t
make critical time cut-off points and were pulled from the race. Putting Mick’s
finish into further perspective, this is not an event that is open to any entrant;
competitors have to prove via previous results that they are capable of running
the fells so each and every entrant is a proven-capable endurance runner. Yorkshire Three
During the event, Jenna G, in support of Mick, made her own big-hill debut and blasted up (and back down) Ingleborough to offer some much-needed humorous abuse. Serious fell running seeds may well have been sown…
30th April - First Tri
Steve W made his 2017 multisport debut with an appearance in the Ancholme sprint event (400m swim / 20K bike / 5K run) on Sunday 30th. A result of 2nd in age group and 6th overall belies the fact that until the very morning of the race Steve wasn’t sure if he’d even make the start line. A huge bike crash only two weeks previously saw a very battered and bruised Go Veggie really struggle in the run with a performance that was at least a minute slower than would ordinarily be expected.
Tough lot these Go Veggies!
Posted on: Tuesday, May 02, 2017