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Stratford Marathon - 4hrs 53mins

Ok, it was my wife and not me. After 3 months of gruelling training and planning she ran the Shakespeare marathon in mild but windy conditions in the countryside around Stratford-upon-Avon.

Although the time isn't as fast as hoped for, completing the course is a major personal milestone and there is a lot of learning there. Respect the distance that is for sure. Sam walked to the start line after a night of broken sleep due to troublesome kids, severe dehydration due to a room with stifling heat and a smaller than usual breakfast (a banana!) since the hotel only started serving from 8.30am (slackers!).

Needless to say we won't be hurrying back to that particular hotel. The marathon itself was very well orgnanised and offered a lap of closed roads in the centre of Stratford at the start which was very exciting.

As for me, well. I've had the week off and have spent it fiddling with my bike and doing light, easy riding of no real substance. I'm itching to get back into it but equally have really enjoyed a break. It was a heavy week last week and the break has done me good mentally. Hopefully the R&R has done my adaptation and recovery some good too. We'll find out next weekend in the Lake district when I'll be battling over the Lakeland Loop course again as a training ride (if I don't get lost).

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