It’s a Sunday and I am late out of the door, I do have an excuse we had a late night last night, cheering our friend Peter on in his first (and judging by his reactions, last) Iron Man. Iron Man came to Italy for the first time and was held in the seaside resort of Cervia. This is what Peter looked like after his well deserved massage and on his way home to bed. Not too bad, you’d have no idea he had finished almost 13 hours of gruelling effort.
In fact, Peter wasn’t the only one he was accompanied by over 2,000 competitors. One in particular, an unknown (by me, but confirmed on Monday as a Swiss guy Xavier Bruchez) man who was doing the Iron Man with his cousin (Gaeten Daves). According to Peter, this guy swam towing his cousin on a float, did the bike ride on an adapted cycle for the two of them and also ran the marathon pushing Gaeten in an adapted chair. Truly remarkable that’s Iron Man Squared in my book. It didn’t look like the famous USA Hoyt duo, I checked that out later, but there was a gloriously loud ripple of cheering that accompanied them wherever they went. We saw them twice on the marathon loop. Truly uplifting.
Peter – congratulations to you on achieving an amazing Iron Man stunt. Hope you enjoyed a long deserved sleep last night.
I decided to take a new route down the ‘Bitch of a Pitch’ – this is a 5km descent/ascent depending on your direction, I don’t know the elevation gain, that’s a question for Mr JCR. I was descending down Prune Way, and whilst it’s downhill, the gradient is quite steep and it is dangerous to sprint down it. Happily shuffling along, I get hooted at by a large tractor and trailer in tow. The usual road rules apply, it is bigger than me, tougher than me and can squash me. I complied with the toot and stood to one side and I got a wink. No, he didn’t have a fly in his eye, the sun wasn’t shining in his face, I got a wink.
At my age you take anything you can get, so it made me smile and I shuffled on down to Laundry Lane.
Laundry Lane takes me up a series of long winding bends and then back down again, Joe Jackson’s lyrics were in my mind when I saw the laundry below. This was the village laundry for many years, mmm not sure I fancy putting my running kit in there now to freshen it up. But it was very popular in its heyday, we are told.
This is my 3rd run after twingeing my back and it went fine, I ran back up Laundry Lane and heard Catatonia sing those wonderful twisted lyrics ‘I find myself constipated’, just at the point I was running out of puff, so laughed and carried on albeit slowly
Not my fastest, nor my prettiest, but then looks don’t count for much….
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Sign of the Times – Harry Styles
Rain on your Parade – Duffy
Common People – Pulp
The Jean Genie – David Bowie
F..k You – Cee Lo Green
Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
Hungry Heart – The Boss
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Modern Way – Kaiser Chiefs
Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
Dreaming of Me – Depeche Mode
Let’s Spend The Night Together – David Bowie
Mulder and Scully – Catatonia
Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
Help me Rhonda – Beach Boys
Distance 7.34km (but I walked .56km)
Average pace 7.56 mins/km
Elevation Gain 149 metres
Squats – 1 set of 10 reps before the run and 3 sets of 10 reps after the run…