Archive for 07/02/2012

Friends of the Snails

Yesterday, instead of having our usual lunch at home of open Danish sandwiches on German rye bread (rather international don’t you think?), Frank and I found ourselves at the Can Soteras Diagonal restaurant in Barcelona.

We had been invited by Moises Rodriguez of TV Española, as I was to be made an honorary member of the Association of Snail Gastronomy. I would rather call it the Brotherhood of the Snails after seeing how everyone but us tucked into the poor little molluscs at the lunch following the ceremony.

With Chus Garmendia, olympic horse rider, Vivi Ruano, ex olympic tennis player, and Fermin Cacho, ex athelte and Barcelona '92 olympic gold medallist

Basically this event is a gathering of personalities from TV, sports, the arts and the press, and is a fun, relaxed celebration, centred around snails. This event one of the great Barcelona traditions, and it was an honour and a pleasure to be chosen to join this year.

The irony of it all is that both Frank and I are vegetarians, and so rather than go to celebrate snails as a gastronomic delicacy, we went to celebrate our friends the snails – we carried the banner of the snails!

It was a lively fun celebration, and a great way to meet other athletes, as well as people from other very different circles – one of the few times we all get together.

So having kept faithful to our friends the snails, we returned home with my lovely snail medal after a fun and lively event – conscience free and ready for a hearty vegetarian dinner!

This morning’s 30 km run went smoothly and easily. I’m well into training now and going strong…

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An icy pre-dawn

It’s 4am on the coldesst day so far of this winter. My pack is prepped; full of water sandwiches and very warm clothes.  In a very short while Frank will drive me out to almost Sant Feliu, stopping by Lloret to collect Fede who will accompany me on the first 28 km of my 60 km run.

A normal Friday in full training period…

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A new season begins!

Having just returned from a very successful trip to London, it’s time for my new training season – it’s full throttle for the next three weeks. I will be raising my distance considerably each week, as well as preparing diligently for my executive programmes in Dubai. When I leave for Dubai at the end of the month, I’ll drop my training somewhat, and return to full volume on my return home in mid-March.

London was busy and fun, and extremely productive in terms of contacts for speaking engagements and preparation for my April and September Foodbank challenges. I had several meetings with my brother and manager regarding all of the above issues, as well as meeting with the key Trussell Trust people; Chris Mould, Mark Elling, Mark Ward, and Molly Hodson. I was delighted to meet Nick Gandon and his team from Cause 4 who will be helping in sponsorship and publicity. We visited “The Den” at Millwall to work out and tie down details for my 2nd arrival in April during Millwall Football Club’s home game against Leicester City. I was delighted with the meeting and with the Den Stadium – I can now really begin visualising the final minutes of my challenge!

I’m delighted to say that it was a great trip all around. For the first 4 days I stayed with my friend Daphine, who is in fact the reason I am involved with Foodbank. Frank then arrived on Friday and we spent the weekend together in Central London – the perfect end to a very positive visit.

Now it’s back to the grindstone in more familiar surroundings…

Always One Step More!

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