Monday, January 26, 2015

Definitely Not A CR...

But a good run anyway. Martin and I picked up a stray for our lunch run up over Dundry today. It's been a very long time since there's been three of us out there.

As to the run, we weren't any quicker than last time but it felt better. I felt I ran with a little bit more form. Despite not being quick I reckon we at least looked like proper runners today - although, perhaps, proper runners might have begged to differ.

Onwards and upwards....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CR On The Central Path, Hope Wood..

But I'm sensing a course record only since I've been on Strava... Having said that I did push on for most of the run. With only 2 months left to get myself up to speed for the 20:20 Fission I can't afford to waste a run by plodding....

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Ol' Forestry Have Really Done A Number On The Trellech Map..

I was back over to Trellech for another look at the area. I parked up south of the area and ran in. Thinking I could use the area around Beacon Hill and a bit of the area north, across the road. Even the Beacon Hill area has sustained some significant damage from the commission. I guess it is their - or should I say 'our'  - forest after all but I'm worried I'm going to be able to plan a course at Trellech at all considering the state of things. This is going to be the first time I've planned and it would be nice to use a map that wasn't so trashed.

On the upside, I did manage to find a few good controls in areas that haven't been wrecked but I'm just not sure I'm going to be able to join up the dots and avoid all the kack.

Still, it was a good day out, if a little chilly, at least the sun shone.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Orange Should Be The Colour Of The Orienteer...

Hell I am knakered after that infernal brown course. I covered just over 11km with 1500ft of ascent, made a few mistakes - including a five minute clueless moment - but overall I navigated alright.

I was a long time out there though. 106 long minutes in fact but I wasn't last. And remember, only the experts - or hardcore idiots - run the brown course - I think we know which category I fall into...

After everyone was back in I headed back out to collect nine of the controls, covering a further 3km. Fact:- carrying nine control thingies - I think that's the official orienteering term - is a) quite a handful and b) quite arm ache inducing.

Was a good day out using a good new map, covering a sizeable area so I'm sure we'll be seeing more of Coopers Hill...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Brown Is The Colour Of The Orienteer

Yes, Coopers Hill tomorrow. The hill where cheese rollers, well, roll. I don't think I'll be choosing that as a route choice though - cheese or no cheese. It's steep! Have you seen it? Looking forward to it provided the weather doesn't get in the way...

That done, thoughts are turning to a weekend away. I am thinking classic Snowdonia. A three day special taking in the Carneddau, the Glyders and maybe that big one with the cafe at the top.... tell me again, why did they build a cafe at the top of such a scenic beauty?

Pencilling in the 31st....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cross Country...

Cross? I was livid! - I wasn't really although I could've done with little less mud. It wasn't a bad course as cross country goes but by the fourth lap I was wishing for the finish. I took it steady and gained places all the way. That definitely helped keep me going.

I am extremely glad I decided to see sense and not go to TyF yesterday because my legs are aching after just today's race. Not sure I'd have made it round if I'd raced yesterday too.

I think I'll be ready for more training in the coming week...

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Getting To Be A Habit...

Third run in four days! No, can't feel any bumps on the head.

I ran the reverse Velthouse Lane loop tonight. Not sure which is better, a step hill at the start or a more grinding, steady one at the end. Still I was a minute quicker and have my marker down for the reverse - not to mention the Strava climb target registered.

Definitely a rest day tomorrow though. I need to be ready Tor y Foel. When I say 'ready' what I really mean is 'my legs don't hurt too much'...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A Taxing Time...

Finally got around to doing my tax return - such fun. That was the easy bit. Paying it, that's the less easy - or fun - bit...

Only a bike session tonight in front of the telly. My quads are still sore from my initial bid for fitness. The plan is another run tomorrow, a rest day Friday and then Tor y Foel fell race Saturday followed by the silly notion of the Pontllanfraith LCL cross country on Sunday - no, I cant believe I'm entertaining the idea either - but I am!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Cauliflower And Brussels Sprout Soup...

The health kick continues - and no, it wasn't horrible. It was actually pretty tasty. Topped with a little parmesan and black pepper. I also managed another run, the Dundry loop, at lunch time with Martin. The climb seemed somehow steeper and longer than I remember... but then maybe that's because I was slower and it took longer.

Still, on the upside, it's another run done and at pretty much the same pace as yesterday's effort. Which is an improvement as the main Dundry climb is twice that of Longhope hill. Mind you, my legs are sore as heck now.

Monday, January 05, 2015

It Has Begun..

The first road session of the year. I say session, it was more of stroll really. Still, I have a marker down.

I ran the famous Velthouse Lane loop. Okay, it's not very famous outside of those few inhabitants of Velthouse Lane - and even then it plays second fiddle to its more famous cousin Mill Lane.

The loop was just over five miles and I can't bring myself to say the time. Quick it was not. To those on Strava who might see it. May I ask you not to laugh too loudly - and take into consideration the quite big hill at the start.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

My, There Are A Lot Of Races Out There

I've been busy populating the diary with races. Lots and lots of races. It's surely going to be a fine line to walk - or hopefully run - in order to balance orienteering, fell running and road races. The diary is near full and I've still the road races to add - apart from one, the 20/20 Fusion in March. I'd quite like to set myself the target of 100 races in a year...

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Not Ideal

No, heading into work on a Saturday meaning I missed the Kymin race was not ideal. Got out for some sort of a run but my enthusiasm for it had waned. After that I decided to chill. Probably have an early night and then maybe, just maybe, do a proper run tomorrow...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Time To Plan

Well I can't put it off any/much longer. I need to put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard as the plan is most likely going to be a spreadsheet. I've decided on the Rogue Runs Berkley 20 mile road race in the spring - although I'm not sure what the official race title is - followed by an as yet undetermined late summer/autumn marathon. I'm not sure of the actual date of the RR Berkley race as I can't get on the website at the moment but it's in the spring sometime so I need to pull my finger out and get on with some training.

First off, I need to look out some local training routes. Most of the time I'm off road but I need to work out a few on road - with minimal risk of death by road kill. My new years resolution is to a) do some training and b) follow the training plan - once I've written it, that is.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Remember People..

Be careful after you sharpen your chefs knife. After researching the best way to use an oiled stone to hone the blade, I can confirm it is bloody sharp - and my sliced thumb agrees. Maybe when I'm 43 I'll be more wise - but I doubt it...