Well I have had a day around the house today after yesterday's excitement.
I hope Rob got home OK. I assume that he did and isn't blogging from a train station somewhere.
Anyway in true blogging style I don't feel like I have done anything today but I did do an hour and 15 minutes on the exercise bike.
We have a patch of mould which comes back every winter in our house. It's caused by the tumble dryer. I've cleaned that up with some bleach to kill the mould. I've also baked some muffins.
So then. There have been some ideas about other meet-ups and gathering. While discussing such options I threw the following idea into the mixing pot. Entering an endurance event as a team.
I have done 3 of these events. I've done 2 24hrs events once in a mixed team of 5 and once in a team with 5 mates. One of those it rained the whole 24 hrs and the course was like a World War 1 set. The second was one of the hottest days of the year and I got the best sun tan I have ever had.
The 3rd was a 12hr event I did as a pair. That was quite hard. I'm not too keen to repeat that experience.
So the format for these events is simple. It's normally a trail/off road course which is about 10km long. You have a team. Normally up to a maximum of 8 people. And each of you runs a lap and then passes over the baton to the next in the team and so on for 24 hours. The winning team is the team with most laps.
There are mixtures of nutters at these events starting with the solo runners! Yep people who run the whole 24hrs on their own. Then there are pairs and mixed pairs. Next up is teams of 5 (mixed or not) and finally teams of 8.
Now I have found these events to be far more fun than running a marathon. You get to have a weekend camping and cheer on your mates for 24 hours. It's all about the team. The marathon is all about you on your own.
So the event to have a look at is the Mizuno Endure event in Reading. Its at the end of June.
I would love to do this as a mixed team of 8. So at this stage it would just be interesting to see who, if anyone, is interesting.
Things to bear in mind. If you run 10KM in 35 minutes and want to win the event outright, then you probably need a team without me in it.
So you need to have the right expectations. For me. My expectation is that everyone gives 100% and if they are ill or injured they don't brave it out. They are honest and stop. I would rather lose time because of being a man down than through making someone really injured because they felt they couldn't stop for fear of letting the team down. I don't care where we finish as long as we follow those rules. I would expect that we could get a mixed team together that could average 45-50mins for 10km. So some people low 40s and some people high 50s. I would expect to average 45min per 10km for 24hrs myself.
This would give some people 4 laps to do and some only 3. Or depending on the team would could split the loads letting some people do only 2 laps.
So thats my suggestion. I look forward to comments
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