Everyone, something exciting has happened! You know that sporting legacy malarkey that we're all supposed to catch, except that none of us has, because we can't stop watching the Olympics long enough to get off the sofa and do the hoovering? ("No, it's really important that I watch the Greco Roman wrestling, I'm really into it now!"). Well, in your face Beeb 24 channel red button sport watching addiction, because on Friday evening I actually went out and did SPORT! (I know! Wow!).
For a few years now, I've been aware of a series of local aquathlon events based at the Guildford Lido. Every year, I've thought about entering and then have never quite got round to it, for one reason or another. So this year when a friend suggested entering, I took it as a sign that it was time to stop titting around and just do it. So we did. I shan't bore you with exhaustive detail on this. Suffice to say that we swam 500m in the outdoor pool (tiring, as there was odd current pushing back at one end - breeze? I don't really know) followed by a 5k run around Stoke Park (which had been ploughed after the massacring it got for Guilfest, very uneven underfoot).
I'm not going to lie. The whole thing hurt like a bitch. The swim felt good, but the run was tough. My left shoulder hurt throughout, my left calf was really tight and I had a stitch in my right hand side. But despite all of those things, I really enjoyed it and we have already signed up for another one in Hertfordshire at the beginning of September.
I plan to actually train for this one (if only so that it doesn't hurt so much), so I have already hit the pool and shall be going running once I've posted this. In actual fact, I would have been running anyway, as my training plan for the Great South Run starts this week, so it's all tying in together nicely.
Please note that Murdoch is not joining me in my sporting endeavour. He is currently doing this....
... lying in his bed blinking and making his best tired "oofy oof" noises, as he has been at the Dog House all day and as a result is knackered. If there were a gold medal up for grabs in a "lying on your back huffing" event, he'd win it.
In other news, I'm off to do something even more exciting tomorrow evening. Eeeeeeek! That's all I'm telling you for now, I'm a tease!