|3rd Sep||Rest Day|
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|TOTAL||1069.57||1721.48||8 days 11:31:00||25,006||24,707||119,240|
My time in Dubai is over (for now) and I have to say I miss the treadmill.
I have probably just been lucky, but my journey home yesterday saw 2 things happen to me for the first time.
I don't recall ever having a flight delay of more than about 45 minutes, but yesterday my Flybe Birmingham to Isle of Man flight was delayed by nearly 3 hours due to technical problems and they had to source another aircraft.
Despite being tired after already travelling through the night, the only thing that annoyed me was that not once did they apologise for the delay, neither over the airport PA system (when they announced the delay and also offered a refreshment voucher) or when we were on the plane.
I know it is not the flight crew's fault, but just a small 'on behalf of Flybe we apologise for the delay' would have been nice.
The second thing that happened was my first aborted landing. The wind had really picked up during the afternoon and the plane was being buffeted about during our final approach into Ronaldsway.
We had followed the coast down from Douglas to Ronaldsway, and if you have ever looked out of the window during this approach all you can see below is the sea as you get lower and lower and then in the last few seconds you see the airfield and then you are down on the runway.
We had literally just crossed from 'sea to land' underneath so can't have been much more than 50 feet off the ground when I heard a rapid beeping from behind the cabin door (I was sat in row 1) and immediately the engines powered up again and we were climbing.
There was just complete silence on the plane until about 5 minutes later the captain announced it was a little windy and we were just holding for about 15 minutes and he would try again. The silence pretty much continued until we successfully landed on the second attempt.
The strong winds and torrential rain that greeted me as I stepped off the plane wasn't the 'cooler' type of weather I had been looking forward to coming home to. I was planning on heading out for a walk on Saturday morning but given the current weather that's when I realised I missed the treadmill.
I blogged about the 20k last week where I also mentioned I had noticed a set of scales, so on Sunday I remembered to weigh myself before and after the 10k just to see how much water I was losing in the hot gym.
My starting weight was 80.80KG and afterwards it was 79.2KG, a loss of 1.6KG, or 3.5 pounds, in 1 hour and 10 minutes. If only losing weight was that easy, and fast!
I hadn't planned on walking further than 10k again on the treadmill, however on Monday my iPod was out of charge (I hadn't switched it off properly the night before) so I plugged my earphones into the treadmill which had built in TV and internet.
I flicked to the movie channels and Speed (Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock) had just started (the other movies were in either Arabic or Indian) so thought I would try and watch while I walked, which was quite enjoyable and certainly made the time pass much more quickly so I decided to push on to 15k.
The worst part was that Speed is an action movie so there are lots of fast action scenes with cars, buses etc swerving around and there were a few times I had to steady myself on the treadmill handrails as I was drifting from side to side on the belt.
Exactly 2 weeks from now we will be 4.5 hours into the US Centurion walk in Owego.
Tapering has begun..... and so has the panic.
And don't forget, the second part of my challenge is to try and raise £2,016 for Finley's Tracks and all donations are welcome here. A big thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me online or offline, and to those who have pledged to donate later.