Sunday, 23 March 2008
Friday 21st March 2008
70 miles, 10880 ft, 14:22:45
The first 'big' week for quite a while and after a long session on Winter Hill on Saturday we went to Great Langdale on a very cold Sunday intending to go over the Pikes before dropping to the bottom of Rossett Ghyl from Stake Pass and then on to Bowfell. The fourth photo shows the area of the route up Bowfell but it fails to to show the wide, icy and difficult snow patches we encountered before reaching the flat ground below the summit after some diffuculties. This took so long we had to forgo the final climb over Pike O'Blisco after descending The Band. The rest of the week was spent on the road and a rest day on Thursday avoided some awful weather and on Friday we did the Calder Vale 10. A strong cold wind made things difficult and I was pleased to get my best place with a time just inside last year's while Pauline ran a PB on her first outing in Horwich colours.
The weather looks too bad for the trip to Scafell Pike on Saturday morning before the Rivington Pike race in the afternoon. Sunday's provisional trip to the Lakes looks like being dropped for similar reasons and a visit to the Dales on Monday looks much more likely. I need a few weeks like last week, at least in terms of climbing, to measure my progress. I had a shocking Pike race yesterday. We had a slow run, in terrible wind, over Winter Hill in the morning and I just had nothing left in my legs - a minute slower to the Pike and a minute slower descending than last year. Allowing for Easter being so early and February's injury I am not concerned but I am, perhaps, more aware of how much needs to be done by the middle of June