Friday, 25 April 2008

Barbondale Round

Last Week
52 miles, 6254 ft, 07:58:47

Barbondale was blessed with a cold 20 mph wind that contrived to blow down most of the two big climbs on the LDWA "Barbondale Round" last Saturday. After struggling into what seemed like a direct headwind to the top of Great Coum we thought we could look forward to some assistance during the second half, returning to Barbon. Most of the climb up Calf Top was into the same wind and then on most of the descent it was a tail wind constantly threatening to knock you on your face - so no assistance at all. Most of the way round we thought the wind was going to put paid to improving on last year's 05:22 and the splits suggested the same (2007, 2008; Great Coum 01:15:43, 01:33:24; Calf Top 04:06:53, 04:35:14) but a super effort on the last descent and run in enabled us to make up all the lost time and finish in 05:18:18, suggesting a sub 5 hour time in good conditions should be achievable.

Sunday I went out at first light to find the wind was almost as strong in Horwich as it had been in Barbon and on the way home took a fairly heavy fall slightly bruising my chest and smashing my garmin watch. Not sure which was worst - I managed to run home and again later in the day, mainly to see how restricted my breathing was. Quite restricted but it eased (a little) as I warmed up so I needed to rethink the week's training because a track session wouldn't be possible. I intended an easy week, to recover from the last 5 hard weeks and to prepare for tomorrow's Three Peaks so with almost 40 miles done by Sunday night I settled on three more short easy sessions, mainly to see how my chest was recovering and then two complete rest days.

Next Week
Three Peaks tomorrow and, at the moment, the forecast looks dry and not too warm. Is last year's 04:13 under threat? I doubt it. I think I improved on my 2005 time, last year, with a fast (in my terms) run to Ribblehead courtesy of Albert Sunter and I am unsure about being able to repeat it without a pacer. I may try though because it was surprising how many people we passed but I may also try to remember to eat and drink a bit before Ribblehead. The rest of the week is going to depend on how quickly I can recover

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