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Thunderstorm Taper

Another taper run, this one just one week out from the 'big dance' in Switzerland. As I type this is is closing in on noon on Saturday and, this time next week, I am hoping to be closing in on the 50K point in the Ultratour du Leman. It's getting - as I have said a...

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Tete D’Or Taper

The final of the taper runs for the working week this morning. Another five kilometers with a focus on a steady rhythm, a nice cadence, Zone 2 heartrate, and avoiding injury. Once again, I achieved what I set out to do and was back, happy, and in the shower feeling...

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Terreaux Taper

Another early morning taper run this morning and, again, nothing hurts, I'm not injured, and I'm turning the legs over well. All this bodes well for the taper period and, hopefully, for the run in Switzerland now just 9 days away. I started up this morning heading...

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Taper Tour des Places

Another day closer to the Ultratour du Leman and another taper run this morning. I'm knocking these over without any issues right now and happy that I am keeping the tempo up (sub-4:40 splits the last few runs) and avoiding injury. That's exactly what I should be...

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Taper Tempo

Another day, another taper run, and now just 11 days out from the Ultratour du Leman. The goal of the taper runs are to keep my legs turning over and to keep the tempo up. I'm stressing my body a little but not overly so, and in 20 or 30 minutes I am done. So it was...

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The Taper Ticket

It's a rite of passage every year before the Run in Lyon: the medical certificate. Here in France where personal responsibility is eschewed in favour of involving the state in every possible decision, demanding that tens of thousands of people visit a doctor and...

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T-T-T-T-Taper

The second day of tapering for the Ultratour du Leman and I planned out a basic five kilometer route back home from Jamie's Mum's apartment that I could run after I had dropped him off this evening. We took our time walking over there and, after sorting him out and a...

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Taper Loop

After yesterday's epic morning on the stairs heading up to Fourviere I woke up with sore legs this morning and not much of a motivation to run hard. No matter, though, as I am just two weeks out from the Ultratour du Leman and the hard running is now all behind me....

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Vertical Kilometer

A little over four years ago I set out to see if I could take on the small hills of the Lyon city center and string together enough elevation to ride the equivalent of 1000 meters up in the air - a vertical kilometer, so to speak. It took me about two hours and I...

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Dancing in the Storm

After what seems like weeks of very hot weather the heavens finally opened early this morning and it rained. The high temperature today is expected to be about 22°C, a big drop from the 35°C or 36°C of yesterday. And I couldn't be happier - love summer, but it's gone...

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New Shoes, New Magazine

A mid-week rest day after another 35°C afternoon here in Lyon. By all accounts the temperature is meant to go down tomorrow so I'll be looking forward to the cooler temperatures and the easier running - and who needs to stress ahead of what will be a very stressful...

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Testing the dwMap App

Another short run in this lead up to the Ultratour du Leman and, indeed, it was an email from the Race Director that prompted tonight's route. The RD sent through the racebook this morning along with all the details for the course. He also included a GPX file of the...

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Win Fake Prizes

I was up at 5:30am, cycled into work before 7:30am, worked through lunch with meetings, and then got home again by bike just before 7:00pm. Yep: it was a long day in the office for me. Still, I wanted to get in a short run to start the week and after the success of...

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Wasp Sting

Every once in a while you have a run that doesn't feel great. You're tired, your legs don't seem to want to work, or your mind is just too distracted to get into the mental space you need to be in to enjoy the run. I don't know what the reason behind this feeling of...

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21 Days Out

Twenty-one days out from the big dance for the year. Yep, it's starting to get a bit real, isn't it? It's tipped to be a very hot day here in Lyon so I made sure to get out early and get my run in before the sun started making things more difficult than they needed to...

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A Day of Rest

Today I took a day off from running. I had run every one of the last twenty days and, with about 45km to get in to close out my week, I wouldn't gain a lot from running today that I couldn't gain from running a little longer tomorrow and Sunday. I took the day to let...

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Daily Grind

Following on from yesterday's run commute I was back into the daily grind again this morning with another run in and out of the office. Cécile's parents will leave to return to Picardie this afternoon and I'll have a chance to run a little longer in the morning or in...

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In and Out

Cécile's parents are in town and staying with us, and this means our small apartment has quickly filled up. While I like having people around to stay, it does mean that the morning routine with its early morning run, shower, catching up on the news, and then heading...

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