back to where it all started with a vengeance in 2011. this one chewed me up and spat me out again so it was always going to be a date with destiny.
developing a month long cold/throat infection after Snowdonia didn't help, and waking up on my 30th birthday with what would turn out to be a 3 week long back complaint meant that i'd not had the greatest winter's training.
however i managed to overturn all this (and the three-weekend birthday binge orchestrated by mrs theoptimisticrunner!) to make a 26% improvement on my time from last year:
no resting on my laurels though as this is about the standard i should be, let alone aspiring to - so let's see what the next 12 months bring!