Long gaps between diaries?

Good   1 vote - 25 %
Bad   3 votes - 75 %
 
4 Total Votes
8ks and 10ks can be really fun by lm (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 08:25:23 AM EST
A lot of folks that only race 5ks show up and if you train longer distances, you end up surging past them sometime around 6k.

My first race of the year is next weekend. I should be ready but I'm a bit nervous.


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Cicero, The Republic
This one by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 11:02:11 AM EST
Had a 5km version at the same time. They started 10 minutes earlier, and we just went round the course twice. Even so loads of people seemed to start too fast and crash out early. I guess they just get carried away with the excitement and adrenaline: I had to slow myself down in the first half, felt I was going slowly but the watch had me way faster than my usual pace.
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Most people race faster than they train by lm (4.00 / 2) #3 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 11:15:30 AM EST
With the adrenaline rush and race ambiance and competitiveness, most folks finish better than they do on training runs.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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I think the taper helps too by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 12:11:51 PM EST
I only did one run, an easy one, the week before and by the end I felt like I could kick down mountains. That was the week my wife & kid were away though, might have been the extra rest.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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That too by lm (4.00 / 1) #6 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 08:05:48 PM EST
If you've been training every day - or nearly so - and you rest up for a few days, you turn into Superman.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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This is true by Herring (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Mar 05, 2019 at 02:59:36 PM EST
I've also found, when I was fit, my best 10 mile TT my heart rate started off around 170bpm and sloped up nicely to 186bpm over the finish. If I get on the turbo or the rollers and try to hold 170bpm, I've had enough after 5 minutes.

You can't inspire people with facts
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Churchill and Murderbots by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 01:33:32 PM EST
Seems to me the most important thing that Churchill did was to keep the British fighting through force of personality.  To give am American example: It's really easy to go through the career of George Washington and find tons of boneheaded mistakes and mediocre generalship, but it's pretty clear that without that man's charisma and leadership, there'd be no United States.

It's easy to bag on something as only a "PR victory", but wars are often as much about moral and the will to fight than anything else.

Calling Dunkirk a British defeat due to mediocre fighting ability is, frankly speaking, fucking stupid.  The British Army was in an untenable position because of a combination of politics (not being able to take strong positions in Belgium) and the defeat of the French armies on its left.

Also never underestimate the importance of the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt.  Great Britain could not have survived without massive US aid.  My impression is that this aid, while costly, was on credit, so that it didn't hurt the British economy until post war.

The Murderbot Novellas maintain their quality.  The four together really should be packaged as a novel as yes, they are pricey.  Apparently a real novel is apparently in the works.
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Aid by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Mar 02, 2019 at 11:32:57 PM EST
From 1941 the Lend-Lease act gave aid on credit. But Britain had been at war since 1939 and the Battle of Britain was over in 1940. Until then, military supplies had to be paid for, there was hard bargaining over the money. The US squeezed Britain for money, Britain in turn squeezed its colonies, extracting forced loans from India for example.

Dunkirk wasn't a defeat due to mediocre fighting ability. But the leadership of the British Expeditionary Force decided unilaterally to evacuate while the French leadership were dithering for days over how to launch a counterattack. Hastings' position is basically that evacuating was a wise and essential decision because the British army weren't capable of winning whatever their numbers and equipment were on paper.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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all systems red by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Mar 03, 2019 at 02:27:00 PM EST
library just got in for me yesterday, going to pick it up today.


I voted Good by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #9 Sun Mar 03, 2019 at 05:00:25 PM EST
Welcome back :-)

I voted Good on long diary gaps because every-one deserves a holiday.

Actually, that's a lie. I'm hoping to manage a diary entry this year, limiting the gap to only nine years. Given my own gaps, voting that long diary gaps are bad would be sooooo hypocritical.