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I'm rolling in really late! I went away for a week to Mallorca to switch off and get some much needed sunshine. I was going to skip a challenge completely this time around, and in a way I still am.

 This is a non-challenge. I'm not putting up any goals, I just realised how much I miss being here and I really need a place to throw all my thoughts and random race and training stuff.

 

Oh and I also have this little thing coming up very soon:

 

and I need somewhere to vent my excitement! If you follow @Mr_Willes, @jonfirestar, @Rhovaniel, @Jarric or @iatetheyeti you probably already know that this is the thing we've been talking about for the best part of a year. And now it's nearly here and every time I think about the more excited I get.

 

I'll be sticking to my regular weekly routine of running, BMF and occasional bouldering in between the insanity that is the longest single lap OCR in the world and one of the most fun OCR's you can imagine - Nuclear Race - the following week. I may actually die before this challenge ends, but nothing like going down in a blaze of glory, right?

 

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4 minutes ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

and I need somewhere to vent my excitement! If you follow @Mr_Willes, @jonfirestar, @Rhovaniel, @Jarric or @iatetheyeti you probably already know that this is the thing we've been talking about for the best part of a year. And now it's nearly here and every time I think about the more excited I get.

 

Is this the real one? I don't know which thread to follow! 

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1 minute ago, jonfirestar said:

Is this the real one? I don't know which thread to follow! 

 

Yeah, this one will do! This is the bus of challenges. Nothing for ages and then three at once

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7 minutes ago, TGP said:

oh ;)

you're over here.  ok. 

 

no worries.

 

That was more stressful that it needed to be! But yes, I'll be parking my butt here.

 

5 minutes ago, Salinger said:

Hey CQ, so glad you have made a thread!!

 

Excited to hear about all the things you get done :) xx

 

Hey! I felt weirdly lost without having somewhere to post my random crap! I could have done a battle log, but I like to around all the lovely Rangers!

 

4 minutes ago, Maigahane said:

I'm so confused :confused: Lol. Following along, hopefully this is the one that sticks around. I keep thinking "Man CQ's being really quiet" then remember that you left us to do fun things like go on vacation

 

You 're not the only one! I'm back and feeling much more relaxed than before I left but only slightly suntanned, thanks, pale skin! 

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Seems to be a lot of un-challenging going on this time. You and my lovely, @PrincessMononoke have a lot in common :) 

 

SO excited for you and the other NF RatPack :D:D 

 

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43 minutes ago, Salinger said:

 

hahah yeah i would feel lost too :o defo glad to have you around xx

 

It's good to be here with such lovely friends.

 

37 minutes ago, Wolfpool said:

Seems to be a lot of un-challenging going on this time. You and my lovely, @PrincessMononoke have a lot in common :) 

 

SO excited for you and the other NF RatPack :D:D 

 

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Yeah, I've noticed that too. I think some of us have been doing back-to-back challenges for a while now, so it makes sense that quite a few of us have taken a break. I've had the same set goals for so long that I need to mix it up. I have some plans in place for next time, but I don't feel quite ready to put them in place yet.

 

Haha! Rat Pack! I love it!

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13 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I have sent the evil twin of this thread back into the mirror universe and am here to follow the real thread.

 

Did it immediately grow an evil goatee?

 

Thanks Tank. 

 

4 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

Okay, Tank cleaned up house, so now...

 

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2 minutes ago, Salinger said:

Have a great day CQ xx

 

Thanks Sal. You too! 

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Tuesday 1st May

Lots of good things yesterday:

1. I went back to BMF after 2 weeks off. It was equally awesome and sucky. Sucky because of how much speed and power I've lost after my holiday, awesome because it kicked my ass and I'll be back to kicking ass on the sessions again in no time.

 

2. Eating was good yesterday. Lots of healthy choices were made and, although I'm not tracking calories, I know I ate enough. I made a really nice dinner of baked fish and couscous salad with a lemon and coriander (cilantro to those on the other side) dressing. I'm experimenting with different oils and so far I'm liking walnut oil for dressings.  

 

3. At the beginning of the year I applied to marshal at Nuclear Rush on the Sunday, which is the day after I run the event. I didn't get a marshalling place (they are one of the few races that actually get more marshalls applying than they need) but Stu did. Which I was a little gutted about. Yesterday I get a call from them saying they had had some drop outs and there was a space available if I wanted it. So I jumped at it. It does mean that I'll be standing all day on a course I ran the day before, probably feeling a bit broken and exhausted! But I get to give lots of muddy hugs and high fives. 

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11 hours ago, Nymeria said:

Are you all doing the Rat Race together?

 

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Well technically not the race, cause we Dutchies have been assigned to an earlier wave. But hopefully we can get the tents together, and go to the pre-party and after-party together.

 

11 hours ago, Nymeria said:

That sounds amazing!

 

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11 hours ago, Nymeria said:

I hope you post videos or pictures or something!

 

I am really gonna make an effort in taking pics and videos. Cause i have been waiting for so long (and it's my first meet with other NF'ers), and the only thing we can bring here are pics and videos!

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22 hours ago, Salinger said:

All great stuff Charlie :D x

 

Thanks. It's been a good week so far

 

12 hours ago, Nymeria said:

Are you all doing the Rat Race together?  That sounds amazing!  I hope you post videos or pictures or something!

 

1 hour ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

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Well technically not the race, cause we Dutchies have been assigned to an earlier wave. But hopefully we can get the tents together, and go to the pre-party and after-party together.

 

 

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I am really gonna make an effort in taking pics and videos. Cause i have been waiting for so long (and it's my first meet with other NF'ers), and the only thing we can bring here are pics and videos!

 

What he said. It's the Epic Ranger Meet Up that we haven't stopped going on about for the last 11 months! Only a week and a day left before we're all in the same place. 

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Before I log yesterday's stuff, a quick breakfast brag. I made rhubarb and custard oats this morning and they were the best oats I've ever had. I'm going to have to cook and freeze a ton of rhubarb now so I can have this more often. They take a little while to cook, but it's so worth it.

 

Wednesday 2nd May

I did my prescribed hill repeats from my training plan. It was essentially running up and down a hill 12 times for 2 minutes a time at various efforts and it was a killer. I probably doesn't help that I pick the worst place to do hill work! The hills in the park start off OK but as you get nearer the top, the gradient gets steeper and harder. Which isn't great when you've got to run upwards for 2 minutes! Right now this workout is horrible and I hate it, but I know I just need to keep pushing through it and I know eventually the hills will feel easier. Please let them eventually feel easier!

 

I'm taking a rest day today. I'm going to make a turkey chilli for dinner tonight and then we're going to the movies to watch The Quiet Place.

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14 minutes ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Before I log yesterday's stuff, a quick breakfast brag. I made rhubarb and custard oats this morning and they were the best oats I've ever had. I'm going to have to cook and freeze a ton of rhubarb now so I can have this more often. They take a little while to cook, but it's so worth it.

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15 minutes ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Right now this workout is horrible and I hate it, but I know I just need to keep pushing through it and I know eventually the hills will feel easier. Please let them eventually feel easier!

You know that there is a flaw in your logic don't you? 

 

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22 minutes ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

Before I log yesterday's stuff, a quick breakfast brag. I made rhubarb and custard oats this morning and they were the best oats I've ever had. I'm going to have to cook and freeze a ton of rhubarb now so I can have this more often. They take a little while to cook, but it's so worth it.

 

My wife made a rhubarb pie once... It was one of the best i ever had!!!

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35 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

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They were pretty simple really. I made the custard oats by mixing a beaten egg (or 2 if you want it really custardy) in with the milk before adding to the oats. You need to heat the oats really slowly or you just end up with scrambled egg in oats! I already had some cooked rhubarb so I added this into the mix and as these were already sweetened I didn't need to add any sugar. It was very good.

 

49 minutes ago, jonfirestar said:

You know that there is a flaw in your logic don't you? 

 

Is it that my legs are going to fall off before then? Because they feel like they are going to fall off today.

 

44 minutes ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

My wife made a rhubarb pie once... It was one of the best i ever had!!!

 

I love rhubarb. And gooseberries. I like my fruit with a little sourness. 

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Just now, Charlie_Quinn said:

I love rhubarb. And gooseberries. I like my fruit with a little sourness. 

 

The pie my wife made was actually very sweet (for me at least). It tasted a bit like a combination of apple and strawberry. With the texture being a bit like a harder sort of pear. But it was very very good. And i'm not much of a sweet tooth, i'm very picky about these things, cause it needs to be a 10 in my book before i take some. Usually only happens with prune pie / (homemade) apple turnovers and this rhubarb pie.

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