Friday, June 29, 2012

Isle of Wight

After much ferry hassle, we made it to the island with plenty of time to spare. This setup is regrettably not for us lowly Round The Island running types, but rather for the much better-heeled yachting types who are starting off to circumnavigate the island in the opposite direction at 7am tomorrow:

Hmmm...$100 sneakers vs. $250K boat, and with (hopefully) less puking and danger of drowning. Happy to be a landlubber.

Location:Town Quay,Cowes,United Kingdom

Friday, June 22, 2012

Round the Island Isle of Wight Multistage Ultra

Next Saturday and Sunday we have a two day stage race, 70 hilly miles around the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. Claire and I are running with our Texas friend Leah - Baltic Run 2010 redux.

Isle of Wight weather has recently been wretched, with rain and high winds dominating. With eight days still to go, things will hopefully turn around. After some weeks of training in the Texas heat, we hope to enjoy more sensible highs in the 60Fs.

Cowes is famous for yacht racing, and we expect to see some wonderful yachty sights off to our left as we circumnavigate the island in a clockwise direction. My last visit to the Isle of Wight was by bike; I remember little except for squally rain, thick fog and pub lunches with my Beaconsfield biker friends.