Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday 10th March

One of last week's trips to the Lakes fell foul of the weather. Friday's snow and subsequent freeze meant it was very unlikely we would be able to drive the 10 miles, or so, off major roads to the part of the Shap Fells as planned. Instead we had a long run over Winter Hill and Great Hill and a pace somewhat faster than usual and I finished off with a 4 mile loop through Horwich, 55 seconds faster than my previous best time. Pauline and I went to have a run round Leg 1 or at least the off-road part of Leg 1 on an 'extended Anniversary Waltz' route that returned over High Spy and Catbells. A great day out, some warm sunshine half way round a great ridge to run down from High Spy. Dale Head's snow had long gone to ice and so the descent was a bit more hazardous than I would really have liked - what a contrast with the last time, in August, for the Borrowdale race. The rest of the week is somewhat dull after these two brilliant days and awful traffic on Tuesday meant I missed the track session on Tuesday - this absence was duly noted and commented on by one of my
pacers at last night's hill session!

Finally, on Thursday morning I tipped the scales at my target weight of 155lbs (weight reported below is a weekly average) so now just the last pound or two to go so that I can stay under 155 lbs or 11 st.

Last Week
Miles: 72 Feet: 10460 Weight: 155.2 lbs Weight Loss: 1.0

Next Week
Starts with the Haworth Hobble, all 31 miles of it on Saturday and with wintery weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday I'll be waiting to see how my legs are before deciding what to do on Sunday. Last year at the Hobble I learned first hand what happens when you don't eat until hungry and don't drink until thirsty - I don't want to repeat the experience, ever again. Weather permitting, I am looking to take 45-60 minutes off last year's time to finish in under 5 hours. Should get 65-70 miles and try for another 10,000 feet - one of the 'magic must-do's for all BGR aspirants.

Support Team - Navigators
Navigators have enough pressure without me mentioning how critical their role is and so all I want to here is say thank you to each of for being prepared to do the job.

Leg 1: Steve Jackson
Leg 2: Sue Hayes
Leg 3: Colin Jones
Leg 4: Paul Murray
Leg 5: John Swift


2 Comments:

Anonymous Philippa O'Callaghan said...

Hi Ian,
Good Luck - we all know you can do it - sorry I won't be there but I've been on a "workathon" this week - up at 4:20 again thurs am, finshed work 23:15, home just after midnight, up at 4:20 yet again and am only just finishing work now, so I'm knackered and need some sleep, hence last minute decision not to travel up if I'm not needed. Don't think I'm not supporting you though - I'll be thinking of you all tomorrow and will be itching to find out how you went on. I'm sure you'll fly round - Go well, good luck again and enjoy the massages while you can! Pippa :-)

Fri Aug 11, 06:44:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Philippa O'Callaghan said...

Hi Ian,
Good Luck - we all know you can do it - sorry I won't be there but I've been on a "workathon" this week - up at 4:20 again thurs am, finshed work 23:15, home just after midnight, up at 4:20 yet again and am only just finishing work now at 18:40, so I'm knackered and need some sleep, hence last minute decision not to travel up if I'm not needed. Don't think I'm not supporting you though - I'll be thinking of you all tomorrow and will be itching to find out how you went on. I'm sure you'll fly round - Go well, good luck again and enjoy the massages while you can! Pippa :-)

Fri Aug 11, 06:45:00 PM GMT+1  

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