Laps of Badbury hill fort on Monday morning – 8.6km (5.3m). With Sunday’s run, that was over 25km – half of next July’s ultra .. but spread over two days. Hmm, these ultras do seem to be a long way,
We have been enjoying an Indian summer of late but the mornings have started to get a little nip in the air before turning into very pleasant days so autumn is coming. Apologies to American friends, but I think it’s a nicer word for it than ‘fall’.
Would Keats have written ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun’ in a poem To Fall?). The smallest beech tree is starting to turn colour, the innumerable rabbits are getting bigger and the squirrels are getting even busier.
After the run, back to the construction of the new compost bays and more post driving. The post driver weighs over 21kg (47lbs) and I’m grateful for that every time it hits the top of a post … but equally, I curse each pound of it every time it needs lifting. It is genuinely hard work with more than 40 blows for each of the 15 posts.
Also back up in the tree picking apples – at of close of play on Monday, we’d put 26 bags on the front wall of the house (with about 5kg of apples in each) and 21 had been taken.
After the run and labouring on Monday I woke feeling better than I had any right to so I went for a ride. As individual time trials go, it won’t have Pogacar worried, but 38.62km @28.7kph (24miles @17.8mph) is good enough for me, having done so little cycling this year.
I ran out of a bit of steam coming back into a fresh breeze which got me wondering about the value of running as training for cycling. No doubt both are good examples of valuable cross training for the other but the much more limited range of knee and hip movement used in running makes me guess that it might be easier for a cyclist to move into running than a runner to cycling. I assume it’s fairly simple – if you want to be a cyclist, do more cycling and some running – if you want to be a runner do the opposite.
It also reminded me that I need to think about challenges for next year and work out how to prepare for them properly.
Picking a couple of hundred windfall apples from the lawn, mowing, clearing and mending gutters and fixing the bottom bracket on the bike from the pop-up shop, filled Tuesday afternoon.
I booked a session in the gym for Wednesday which was good – I was half expecting our newly re-tightened anti-Covid measures to put the gym under threat but it’s still OK so far, although it is still much quieter than it was early in the year. As it was always a very low-key gym with a lot of fairly elderly folks (even I look relatively young at times) I suppose it’s not too much of a surprise if they haven’t flocked back. I wonder how many people are still paying membership fees, whether or not they are using the facilities?
On Thursday morning I put the gently smoking bonfire out as the wind had changed direction – a good performance to have lasted the whole week. That was followed by a shorter run with my wife (5.5km – 3.4miles), then painting before the rain came in again. Back to the gym for another hour on Friday before a frustrating 7+ hours with no electricity as high winds blew trees/branches onto the main power cables (again).
Happily, I was saved from the folly of extending my 9 successive days of exercise (5 runs, one ride and three trips to the gym) by driving up to London on Saturday morning. The aim was to plumb in the new dishwasher at the flat but I ended up driving the 8 miles (50 minutes!) to join our elder son and his girlfriend in a couple of house viewings.
We saw both of them and our younger son for lunch on Sunday, a lovely brasserie looking out onto the Thames by Hammersmith Bridge. I managed the plumbing job before lunch and it works well.
A really good weekend with two days off exercise, which I guess will do me no harm at all.
Interesting stuff this week
1. African wise words: The rain does not fall on one man’s roof.
2. BBC news website: New Forest Fairy Festival organisers ‘devastated’ by cancellation of a popular event where people dress up as fairies.
Sad – sensitive folks those fairies
3. BBC news website: ‘My bank is shutting my account because of Brexit’
As Brexit means UK banks lose their European ‘Passport’ to do business in other member states, some will pull out of those markets which means closing accounts of expat Brits without an address in the UK. Disappointing for those involved perhaps but let’s get a sense of perspective on what is really important just now.
4. BBC news website: France street harassment: Strasbourg woman attacked ‘for wearing skirt’
French police have opened an investigation after a student, 22, said she was punched in the face “by three individuals who complained about me wearing a skirt”.
Words fail me