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London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
London 2013; Misty eyed optimist?
With the season over for 2012, sights are now set on the ITU World Champs in London in September 2013. Qualification race booked at the Dambuster in June, so 7 months of graft awaits!

Rest day? No chance!

jamesrunchmanby jamesrunchmanNov 16th 2012
Up early again today and down to the beach in Benidorm for a swim. Did around 3.5km in the mill-pond like the sea. With the sun rising on the distant horizon it made the water surface seem like glass, a real joy to swim in. Also warmer than anything I have swum in UK even though it is mid November! Coffee and cake in the usual restaurant before heading back to the house for stage 2 of our "rest day"!

A spot of lunch in the house, forty winks and on with the kit to do some hill walking around the local peak - Puig Campana. Resigned ourselves, very quickly, to not walking but running instead! The circuit from the house, around the peak and back again is approximately 16km with around 700m of ascent. The first 8km of this "walk" is straight uphill over pretty difficult terrain. The route then tracks around the peak and descends again back into Finestrat (pictured at night - the mountain is behind it but has not been visible for the last few days due to cloud) over loose rocks, fallen trees, mud and steep slippery rock! A couple of the lads had run this yesterday, however they had failed to tell me about the terrain, merely saying it was hard but I would enjoy it.

Up we went then, up, up, up! After only 10 minutes my mind had been replaced by that of a 10 year old Tourette's syndrome sufferer, leaving a trail of expletives up the mountain that I am sure could be heard in Alicante! I had worn my road trainers, these were wholly unsuitable for the task and I spent the entire climb muttering to myself how the lads should have warned me about the going! The downhill leg was even more painful! Less of a run, more of an exercise in not breaking my ankles! Incidentally, I am midway through reading a book entitled "Feet in the Clouds", about fell running and the people (nutters) who do it (worth a read). I take my hat off to these fell runners, as I have no idea how they do their sport. It seems to me like a suicidal pursuit. Anyway, I managed to get to the bottom in one piece, I have no concept of how! One of the toughest "runs" I have done in a long time, My lasting memory will be that of saying to myself - "this isn't running, its just trying to stay upright and not killing myself"! think I will stick to the roads for the foreseeable future!

Back to the house and the same ice treatment in the pool. Tomorrow we are back on the bikes and going to get an all-day ride in. Leaving after breakfast and heading up the Sierra Bernia (amongst other climbs). Will drop down into Moraira and perhaps Javea and then back to Benidorm. Will be taking food and puncture repair kits unlike the last couple of day's school-boy errors! Will let you know how this goes, but am expecting a day of serious pain.

Hasta maƱana.

View from the house of Finestrat at night

Rest day? No chance!
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