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A week of adventure and getting back into training

Posted by thepeteplan on November 16, 2009


warm up = 2510m / 1:50.7 / 24

11 x 250m / 1min rest:
1:32.4 / 32
1:32.2 / 34
1:31.8 / 34
1:31.0 / 34
1:30.8 / 34
1:30.6 / 34
1:32.0 / 34 (missed the start!)
1:30.4 / 34
1:31.0 / 34
1:32.4 / 35 (missed the start!)
1:25.8 / 41 (was to be 10 reps, but had to do a fast one to finish!)

2750m = 8:20.2 / 1:30.9 / 34


warm up = 2723m / 1:51.0 / 24

2 x 1k / 3min rest:
3:07.1 / 1:33.5 / 33
3:07.7 / 1:33.8 / 33

Total = 6:14.8 / 1:33.7 / 33


30:04 = 8108m / 1:51.3 / 23
Pretty tough forcing yourself back into it after a week off and with jetlag.

A quick trip summary:

I can’t remember if I mentioned much about my work trip away last week, so this summary may or may not make much sense!

Day1: Flew from UK to Keflavik, Iceland, to begin with where we spent only 45mins or so for refuel (about 3.5hrs flight time). Then on to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the night stop (about another 7hrs flight time). Picked up from the airport in a limo and taken to our hotel then out for a few beers and a steak.

Day2: Up early to fly from Halifax to Minneapolis (about 5hrs flight time) where we went through US customs and got some fuel. Then on to Yuma, Arizona, where we’d be located for a few days. Picked up by a convoy of mini vans from the airport there and taken to our hotel. Evening barbeque laid on for us with free beer, both of which there wasn’t much left of by the time we arrived as the other 62 on the trip had been there a few hours having flown into LA the day before!

Day3: A short hop from Yuma airport to the US Army testing ground and the aircraft unload, then security briefings etc for a few hours. Out in the evening for more steak and more beer.

Day4: Supposed to be the first day of parachuting. Loaded the aircraft up with 10 special forces types and climbed up to let them jump out. Engine problem meant a shut down though, and a diversion to the US Marines base. Special forces paras a bit annoyed they weren’t allowed to jump out! Waited for our engineers to drive down to assess the aircraft problem, then left them to it while we headed for the shop (ie the “Marine Corps Exchange”). Went out that night to an expensive Japanese restaurant, then to a dodgy back street bar, then back to someone’s hotel room who had beer in the fridge. Late night not the best plan the day before a long drive.

Day5: Drove from Yuma to San Diego along the mexican border. Stopped 4 times by border patrol to see if we had any mexican bandits in the car. Afternoon walking around San Diego and doing a bit of shopping, then out in the evening for italian.

Day 6: Drove from San Diego to LA via Pacific Beach then Long Beach – tried to find Joan VBs rowing club in Long Beach but failed, might take a map next time. Went to LAX finally and few home arriving back late morning Friday.

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