Sunday, May 17, 2015

And Relax...

Flipping heck, I'm knackered even though I didn't exactly clock up significant mileage - except for the drive there and back in the van. It was a good mini break though. The weather wasn't brilliant but it's always considered a win if you get home dry. The tops were in the mist both days and the winds strong and cold. During the occasional lull it was actually quite pleasant. Hopefully I can get back up there later in the year and get some proper sunny views.

Yesterday I ran a loop of the carneddau. It almost got competitive when I espied a runner in the far distance while heading off Llewelyn towards Dafydd and eventually Pen yr Ole Wen. I closed much of the distance down. It was nice finishing down off Pen yr Ole Wen directly back to the van without a slog along the flat.

Today I attempted to traverse Tryfan by the Heather Terrace. I say attempted as I didn't locate it directly from the start. I took a good look at it from the ground yesterday afternoon but still getting onto it alluded me. After some faffing along a much higher track and it's many scrambles past gullies I eventually spotted the proper path. After a ten metre climb down the going became much easier but my legs were shot after yesterday's effort so I ended up doing a shorter loop than I had intended. Definitely need to get over to the Brecons between now and July at ever opportunity otherwise Neil is going to be own his own running the Pillar Class...

Friday, May 15, 2015

All Set...

Going to be on my way to Snowdonia shortly. Mostly importantly I have the bacon, sausages, egg, beans and hash browns ready for a pre Tryfan assault breakfast...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Snowdonia Confirmed...

Just need to pick where exactly...

Most probable is a visit to Ogwin with the Carneddau and Glyders on tap. That way I haven't really got to think too hard. So I've only had the idea for a day but already really looking forward to it. Best get looking at routes...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thinking of Snowdonia...

Giving serious thought to a dash to the mountains this weekend. We're half way through May and I've not had a single weekend away. Thinking head up Friday night after work, get a couple of days in the mountains Saturday and Sunday - slow, probably not much faster than walking based on current fitness, and then home for tea. Forecast looks all right at the moment. Could work....

Monday, May 11, 2015

Back To Back...

Lunch time runs - no, not those runs. Martin and I got out for a second lunch run in a row. We'll not mention the weekend that fit snugly in between. Extrapolating our current rate of change in lunch runs we'll be needing one of them time-turner gizmos what  Hermione had in Harry Potter to fit them all in... We were bloody rubbish though. Hopefully we'll improve....

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Getting Concerned...

My new chillies do not seem to be germinating and time is getting on. Last years crop did not over winter well and with the addition of an attack of red spider mite, I'm currently headed towards a chilli famine. Not good. Not good at all. I could really do with the Jalapeno, Basket of Fire, Super Chilli and Ring 'o' Fire starting to show signs of life...

On the upside the basil is well on its way, as are the Tumbling Toms...

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Guess I Should Look At Ways To Commute To Cheltenham...

Could this be the new start I need? There are plenty options for travel by car, bike and foot. I might actually be able to get myself fit again. #EndOfAnEra


Monday, May 04, 2015

Today's Orienteering....

Made Saturday's effort look like a gold medal performance by comparison. And that is my last words on the matter.

I'm thinking of hanging up the studs and taking up darts instead....

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Entered....

Another day, another race entered...

This time it's the brilliant RogueRuns Mini Mountain Marathon in September. This adds to my Saunders MM (July) and Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race (October) entries. No, don't ask me what I'm doing because I don't know.

Up tomorrow, more orienteering. Hopefully this time I'll finish...

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Old Staple-edge Wood Does For Me Again...

As in last years Caddihoe Chase from the Old Staple-edge Wood, I failed to finish again. I'm beginning to think those woods are cursed...

I was actually going quite well till control 24 at which point it all went south - looking at my gps I can see it should've gone east but I was in trees with the rough open to the west - exactly where the control should have been in relation tree to rough open. I reckon a map update is in order as the trees have grown up.

Anyway, having wasted loads of time and having still not found it, my sense of humour completely failed me and, after a few expleetives to release the anger, I headed back to the car park thoroughly pissed off - and it rained.

I hope Monday's orienteering will not see me swearing in the middle of a forest...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Not A Bad Round Two...

I felt things went well today. Taking nothing for granted, I could be heading for a tough decision... Stick with the tried and tested, working for bean counters who've never seen the rockface and don't appreciate what or how hard I work, but where I work alongside a great bunch of colleagues who do... or move onto pastures new where the bean counters sit much closer to the rockface and do a bit of climbing from time to time (and not too mention an improved package vs a pay freeze). If, but and maybe, it'll be a tough call...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Achilles Heel Is Confirmed...

..tucking into food I've just cooked, smelling so tasty, before it's cooled a little - doh. Yes, I did it again. This time a spicy little veggie curry with naan bread - the naan bread was okay. The curry... bloody larva... and no, not chillie hot - although it did have a little chillie kick. No, it was just plain boiling. Not sure I'm ever going to learn... Achilles heel confirmed.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finally....

...Got the tomatoes and basil sown. Way later than normal but they'll catch up. On the upside the Strawberries look to be doing well - not sure how that relates but there we go.

Offa's Orra tomorrow - if I can scrape my mojo off the floor...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Through To Round Two..

I turned down a second interview on the first one. The job wasn't quite right and I'm not going to jump ship out of spite, or on a whim. It has to be right. Thought I'd blown it on number two but I got the call today. Going to be such a big decision but the chiefs at BW seem more interested in PR and admin than how and more importantly who actually facilitates the water getting to the taps. I think they think it happens all by itself... Going to have to check out the commute to Cheltenham before a final decision though - assuming things go my way.

Tomorrow I'm up for a bit of Orienteering and then Sunday I'm going to flog myself around Offa's Orra. 20km of pain me thinks..