Saturday, 11 October 2008

Survival of the Fittest

L seems surprised and hopefully thrilled to find me still beside her when she wakes up this morning. There is no distant dog show for me and the boys to hare off to this morning.

Instead, we rise at a reasonable time and go down to the Embankment to recce the Survival of the Fittest 10K race. For once, we're both watching, neither of us are competing. The distance actually turns out to be 12k plus there are 10 obstacles on the course. The first is in sight of the start line and is a three-metre high stack of hay bales. Other obstacles, that we didn't see, included an Army assault course and a tightrope over the lake at Holme Pierrepont. We did have a look at the competitors climbing the terraces at the City Ground before heading back to the Embankment for an archery shoot and then finally the Men's Health Wall of Fame. Which is a solid and grip-free seven foot high block which they have to go over.

The whole thing is kind of tempting, even L looks interested, although I think trying to get over that wall at the end sends shudders down her spine.

No football today because England are playing. I catch the first half and almost fall asleep. England score early in the second and it looks like they'll scrape a win. I get bored and go off and cook a nice high carb meal to get us ready for tomorrow's race. Without me keeping an eye on them, England go on to win 5-1.

We stay in and keep off the alcohol, which has more to do with the amount we drank last night rather than being good pre-race.

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