I’ve been quite quiet lately. Nothing like a bout of step throat back-to-back with some other heinous virus to derail your training for 10 days. I was able to get in the pool off and on. I felt terrible, but I was motivated by the thought that 2 weeks off would be a major set back in preparations. Neal always keeps me accountable. In fact he dragged me into the pool on Friday for a 10k workout. We took it slow and steady, and it felt good. I wasn’t nearly as sore as I anticipated after time off. Special thanks to all of you who have emailed me wondering where in the heck I’ve been, especially Mark Robson. He has just posted the following picture on his blog. This picture actually depicts the start of an open water swim in Cork Ireland, but to me it may as well be Dover. Doesn’t it look like fun?