Back in the swim (and the saddle).

Tooting Bec Lido

Tooting Bec Lido

Do I really have anything to say you might ask? After all, my blog was about my first and only marathon and that has not happened. And even my alternative plan to do an independent marathon is not going quite according to plan (more on that later). I have only really got back to ‘normal’ within the last fortnight. I am now able to resume my general activities without feeling totally wiped out.

So, am  in training for my first triathlon of the season at Hyde Park next weekend. Have managed to swim outdoors on a few occasions, at Tooting Lido, Serpentine Lake and in the sea at Worthing. Am feeling more acclimatised and am building up my putting -on-a wetsuit muscles. Haven’t done much cycling… have to hope that will be ok, but have managed some running over the last couple of weeks and can now run 5k again.

Nice cup of coffee after a cold swim

Nice cup of coffee after a cold swim

More importantly; the plan for the celebration event on June 20th. As I am not going to be able to run a whole marathon on my own, I am organising an Ekiden, which is a Japanese style long distance relay run.

In the Edo period of Japanese history (1603-1867), couriers traversed the Tokaido road between Edo (the historic name for Tokyo) and the imperial capital city of Kyoto — a distance of approximately 508K, to deliver messages. Nowadays, ekidens are a popular type of relay race. There is no specific ekiden distance or number of team members.

So, we will do a marathon ekiden as a team (or maybe two teams depending on numbers.) Various distances will be organised depending on who and how many. If you would like to take part please let me know. The Ekiden will take place before the tea ceremony at 3pm!

I like the idea that the Ekiden has a commitment to ‘we’, there is not an overall winner as such, it is all about the team working together. This is how the fundraising  has worked  too. It has been a real team effort and has to date raised a massive £6,678.40.

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2 thoughts on “Back in the swim (and the saddle).

  1. Hiya looks freezing to me……. would have joined you had it been july / August……. Japanese relay sounds fun – would be interested however it would depend on what time this was organised. Free from 1.30 onwards on Sundays – glad that you are back to your usual self Yea!!! xx

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    • Yes-it was freezing!
      We are doing the Ekiden on Saturday 20th June- before the tea celebration. The running will need to start around 11or 12…but it will depend on how many people are joining in.

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