• My First Rowing Competition: Row'd Royalty 2021

      Row'd Royalty 2021 Throughout this whole 🦠 pandemic last year and into this year I've avoided all virtual running events as they felt contrived, didn't have the excitement of a real event and it didn't feel right to pay for someone to send me a for challenging myself during training. I didn't even contemplate rowing challenges as "I'm not a rower". I was going to continue with this stance until Row’d Royalty Starts Today! appeared in my blogroll this morning which caught my attention from the very first paragraph:

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    • What's Up for 2021?

      In years gone by, I've started the year with a post reviewing the previous year's training and racing and finished off with my plans for that year. Not this year because we all know 2020 was a complete write off thanks to COVID-19 🦠 so I'm not going to summarise the year at all - there's nothing to write about. Instead I'm going to concentrate on the future only.

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    • I'm so glad I'm not running the delayed London Marathon today. I'd be soaked through to my rods and freezing my πŸ₯œ off before the race even started.

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    • 30 Burpees A Day for 30 Days

      People have been doing all sorts of challenges to keep themselves entertained during the COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing pandemic. I quickly wrote off doing the same at the start of lockdown as a) I always work from home and would still be working as normal during the lockdown so wouldn't need to entertain myself and b) I exercise pretty much every day as it is without needing any additional motivation like a crazy challenge.

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    • Instagram - CFwy78fJcrI

      Pretended to be @dcrainmaker on my run today by running with 2 watches to see how the new @corosglobal Pace 2 compares to the FR945. Impressive so far. @smashrunhq it would be πŸ₯° if you could sync with Coros too.

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      I’m a little disappointed to have used my last 50% investor discount on these @vivobarefoot shoes, only because they’re so comfy I should have bought many pairs.

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    • I took my oldest pair of zero-drop trainers out for their first outing in a very long time today: my bare πŸ‘£. It was wonderful 😁.

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    • And then there were none. 😭 Now that London has been cancelled, I have no more marathons or even races this year. I think I'll use the rest of the year to sort out my left leg/shin issue once and for all and come back fighting next year.

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    • And then there was one. The last man standing in this year's marathon majors, and the last race on my list of races for this years, is the London Marathon after Chicago cancelled last night. There's actually a chance this could still go ahead 🀞.

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    • Boooo!!! The New York Marathon has been cancelled. TBH I'm not really surprised, but I was ever hopeful. Lets see what happens with London and Chicago.

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    • I've just finished another longest run since the Valencia Marathon and closed off my biggest month since July last year. It was only 257km which is a long way off the 487km I did in July, but it's significantly more than I've run since. I think I might finally be back into running. πŸŽ‰ Gonna back off next week, perform a critical power test, and then push for a few 100km weeks in the second half of June.

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    • I've just finished my longest run since the Valencia marathon on 1 December without any pain or discomfort and it was a really enjoyable run. I also ended my biggest week of mileage since early November. I think this softly softly catchy monkey approach to getting back to running that I'm doing right now seems to be working.

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