Apologies for the delay in updating the blog, but due to work, training and arranging our charity fundraising dinner, spare time has been at a huge premium.

Training post the Barretstown trip has been going really well for the team with us all making the most of the bank holiday fest that we have had over the last couple of weeks. Brian has been training in Switzerland, Dan and I headed off to opposite ends of the Peak District and Anthony has been hitting the turbo hard. All in all we are happy with progress and are ramping up our interval training so that we can train our bodies for the unique challenge of endless 20 minute back to back intervals. While this type of training can be very disruptive (not to mention extremely tough), we will definitely reap the benefits in the states.

I have now pretty much exhausted my turbo music collection and am getting pretty sick of listening to the Drop Kick Murphys, Metallica and Rage Against the Machine over and over again. I managed to find some relief in the form of watching Al Pacino’s locker room motivational speech from Any Given Sunday on loop over the weekend, but even that has worn thin. I am now on the hunt for cringe worthy speeches along the lines of this and the various ones from the Rocky films, so please let me know if you can recommend any good ones.

Having finally had enough of the turbo I managed to get out on the Essex Roads club run for the first time in weeks last Sunday which was great fun and gave me a good opportunity to see what effect my training had had in comparison to the other regulars by pace making at the front of the group and chasing down as many attacks as possible. Signs were promising as I set power output PBs and finished the ride with an average speed that will see me more than on track for RAAM.

In other news our fundraising efforts are progressing well with our recent work dress down day and cake sale rasing approximately £900 for Barretstown. We are still some way off our goal, however we are hopeful that our 24 May fundraising dinner will enable us to make some significant head way into our target of £50,000.

If you are interested in attending the dinner then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. Otherwise, if you would like to show your support, then please follow the link to our just giving page below:

Donate here

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