Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Quiche Day

Feeling lackadaisical I managed a bike session of just over an hour with a period of intervals in the middle. Finished off with quiche, olives and salad - manly food, I think you'll agree...

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Slight Interval...

With a bike interval session this evening. One word. Dripping. Three words. Too much information. And now we head into the weekend and, fingers crossed, some more training...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Two Days In A Row

Another run and bike session done. My mojo isn't back quite yet but I do want to get some fitness back so it's time to dig in for the battle...

Thursday, July 06, 2017

A Bit More Exercise...

I'm building towards a run, honest. It's so humid at the moment though. Can't face it. Still, the bike gets the heart pumping and the sweat sweating...

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Few Things Can Beat...

A cheesey baked bean omelette - especially when it follows some exercise. Yes, actual exercise on an weekday! What was I thinking? Okay I failed with the run. I was feeling just too hot but half an hour on the bike is better than nothing at all.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A Bit Of A Jungle Out There...

Wasn't sure I was going to make it across the field today. You need strong legs to force your way through dense foliage like that. The grass - I mean dense foliage - is practically waste high at the moment. It's really shot up during the last couple of weeks - and I've not got strong legs.

I did eventually make it across and headed off into Flaxley Wood for a short loop before braving it back through the jungle field. Finished off with half hour on the bike.

I'm glad I managed a run today as I felt decidedly dodgy on Friday. Had headachy eyes and felt cold all day but was much improved yesterday. Feeling back to 'normal' today so all's well. Hopefully I can summon some mojo for another run sometime soon...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunny? Almost Got Hypothermia!

Parking field. Sunny. Mountain top. P!55ing down, windy, cold.

So, seeing as I'm not really racing at the moment I thought I'd volunteer to marshal at the Tour Du Calch. I was on Check Point 3 so it meant I could get a decent hike out and back in the sunshine - well that was the idea anyway.

What a difference a few hundred metres of altitude makes. It really was quite pleasant down at the race HQ. (And I actually sprayed on some sunblock before I headed out - although I'm not telling you that). I set out with plenty of time but as I neared the top ridge the weather started to get ominously inhospitable. So it was out with the map and compass in order to make sure I made it to my check point spot on time.

I eventually made it to the general area of my check point. It was a check point without a specific feature so I needed to recce the area to make sure I was indeed at the right point. Mr C's hand drawn orienteering style feature sketch was spot on and I was indeed at the right spot - as borne out by my GPS plot which shows me as near as damn it on the 620 contour.

So, having reached my spot, like a boy scout, prepared for all conditions, I put on extra layers to try and keep out the cold and rain and waited for the runners. Fortunately I only had about a fifteen minute wait for the first runner and they were all through inside the next fifteen. Marshal duty fulfilled I headed off the mountain as quickly as my feeble legs would let me.

Back down to the race HQ you would not believe it. Sun shining. Back to being a lovely day. Glad I went. Good training session.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Still Haven't Found My Mojo...

but at least it was another run done. In fact, I'm so slow at the moment I actually think I have to classify myself as a jogger. So I guess it was really another jog done. Despite the slowness of it all I do still enjoy it - when I manage to summon the effort to bother. 

Sunday, June 04, 2017

If I Was A Football Chant....

I'd be 'oooooooh, I am sh!t ahhhhh!!!' (at running). It isn't surprising though, seeing as I've been doing almost no running of late. Really need to find some mojo. Bigsweir Wood was picturesque as ever though.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wake Up Call

You know you've gone to seed when your legs hurt the day after a pathetically slow 5k run. I really do need to do some training...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Almost Like The Old Days...

as I locked horns with my old running compadre from back in the day, Crumpy - not that anyone has ever referred to him by that totally made up name. And I say almost like the old days as back then I could run a bit.

It was my first time out on the Newent Park run. A very enjoyable two lap course - apart from having to stop for 30s 600m out from the finish to throw up. The effort of running was obviously too much for me.

Apart from that I enjoyed it. The route was better than I was expecting and it was nice to catch up with the Crumps after such a long time.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Official Route Checker

At the Gilwern Grunt. I headed over to the Tumble for nine o'clock. Collected the marker tape and bits and bobs from the secret stash pick-up point and headed off around Gilwern Hill to check all the route markings were still in place ahead of the race.

Despite the sun shining it was surprisingly chilly to start with. As I pootled round it soon warmed up - or was it still chilly but I'd warmed up? Anyway, all the markers were safely in place - hopefully no one got shot for going wrong. With my job complete I reported back to base and then trundled off back home.