Crikey! When Grant originally posted on the #teamraceforce website that the course at Zell am See had changed I didn't really take in the full impact at the time. Yesterday, in an attempt to delay running for as long as possible, I decided to find the elevation of the new course and see if I could find a route in Oxford that was a close approximation to do some slightly more focused training sessions. I don't like cycling, I don't like hills and I'm incapable of cycling up a hill. Even in a car, I close my eyes and have been known to cling rigidly to walls and trees when I'm supposed to be admiring mountain views, screaming hysterically at the children if they get within 10 feet of the edge. So I finally found the 'mapmyroute' version of the new course (which no doubt means someone keen has already cycled this voluntarily, without getting a medal). I then compared it to a Garmin version of all the big hills near me. Although I first had to actually create these profiles as I've never actually cycled up any of the hills near me as they are all too steep. The resulting comparison was beyond shocking. Basically if I take most horrible hill that exists in Oxfordshire, make it a bit steeper and then extend it to be 15km long (most of the hills in Oxford are about 500m just to give some perspective) it's something like the new Zell am See course. I'm not even sure how to go about training, as at least if I make it up the 500m of local hill I get to come down again with a breather before going up. At Zell it's just up, up,up!!! And no doubt some horrific fast hairpin downhills where I'll cling desperately to my brakes all the way down. Just in case I'd got the maths all wrong I've just sent Matthew up the big hill near our house with my trusty Garmin strapped to his handlebars, but I know it's going to be bad news. On a positive note this week, I've done a morning lake swim, a 5k & 10k run (with a nice medal), PT and 80k on my bike and drunk my body weight in homemade green smoothies so I've definitely stepped up a gear in training; although I still have no hamstrings.