Friday, 27 June 2008

Back To Training

Last week
68 miles 13586 ft 14:33:58

With the disappointment of last weekend out of the way and a rest day on Sunday to recover the remainer of the week was pretty much as normal. Last night's heavy rain slowed the traffic so much I couldn't get to the hill session. I should have waited on it easing but I didn't and ended up running in the worst of it and even then didn't reach 70 miles!

Next week
Saturday's run over Winter Hill will be an experiment with different food to make sure I can eat/drink at the required rate with the nausea that scuppered last week's attempt. If the weather doesn't worsen we might go and have another look at the first half of the first leg, on Sunday, to try to improve the descent time. My Dad is staying with us for much of next week so all the miles will be before work.

Next Attempt
If Saturday's food/drink combination is OK then I'll start to find out who will be available for some dates in August and then start to get organised.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

20@55 - Saturday 21 June

Not quite what I had planned but by Wasdale having suffered with nausea for seven hours and having eaten less than half the calories I should have there was little point in prolonging the agony.

The first leg was a struggle by Sail, by Grasmoor I couldn't see how I could continue but I persuaded myself that it was 'just a bad spell' and it would pass. Still on schedule at Whiteless Pike but by Newlands Pass I was having doubts about reaching the next summit, Robinson. By eating nothing and drinking only water we reached Honister 18 minutes down but I felt much better. The sunrise from Hindscarth made it all worthwhile.

A steady start to the second leg and revived by an extended stop we made reasonable progress losing only 7 minutes to Wasdale. This was achieved by eating and drinking only about a quarter of what I needed in order to contain but not eliminate the nausea. While this was successful on this leg it couldn't succeed all the way back to Keswick and anyway I really didn't think I could face another six hours of it before reaching Dunmail.

Thanks to Brendan and Richard for Leg 1, Rob and Gary for Leg 2, Colin and Albert for travelling to Wasdale for Leg 3, Pauline and Keith for the overnight Road Support and to Ed and John for travelling to Wasdale to assist them.

Once I have sorted an alternative eating/drinking plan I'll have another go.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Even More Serious Rest Week

Last Week
13 miles, 510 ft, 01:44:33

Training done and resting now. Three complete rest days after 3 easy sessions for the week. The worst of the weather looks like it will pass through today and it should fair up for the weekend with a cold clear Friday night. Injuries may force another change or two in the support teams but apart from that just about all that is left to do is to get ready to enjoy the day.

Support Teams
More changes this week but I hope to know of the final changes tonight.

Road: Pauline, Keith Foster, Ed & John Swift

Leg 1: Brendan Bolland, Phil Dewhurst, Richard Scott

Leg 2: Rob Green, Chris Heys, Gary Murray

Leg 3: Colin Jones, Albert Sunter, Karl Taylor

Leg 4: Rae Prichard, Suzanne Budgett

Leg 5: Paul Murray, Rachel Metcalfe, Christine Bland

Friday, 13 June 2008

Serious Rest Week

Last Week
33 miles, 7722 ft, 8:33:01

14 miles of the miles were in one session last Saturday when Pauline and I had a run round the last leg from Threlkeld and it was surprising to see how much the route has developed (clear runnable cairned paths) in the Back O'Skiddaw in just two years. I suppose other parts of the route "developed" in the same way but here there was almost nothing and now there is a path that will 'draw' people and wear even more quickly. Glimpses of an even bigger problem on more popular routes!

The rest of the week has involved doing very little and finishing last night with an hard hill session (what a change it makes starting a hill session with only 24 miles in my legs instead of the usual 64) other than finalising the support teams.

Next Week
Even Less - and some marshalling at the Horwich Tour

Support Teams

Road: Pauline, Keith Foster, Ed & John Swift

Leg 1: Brendan Bolland, Ali Murray, Phil Dewhurst

Leg 2: Rob Green, Chris Heys

Leg 3: Colin Jones, Albert Sunter, Karl Taylor

Leg 4: Rae Prichard, Suzanne Budgett

Leg 5: Paul Murray, Rachel Metcalfe, Christine Bland

Thanks to you all - I couldn't do it on my own and I hope we all have grand day out.




Friday, 6 June 2008

Duddon Valley Fell Race

Last Week
56 miles, 10439 ft, 11:05:05

The Duddon race went well. I finished 27 seconds slower than last year and that is easily accounted for by drink stops before Little Stand and Swirl How but more significantly I rested before last year's race and didn't this year. Climbing at a 'comfortable' pace my splits confirm I was generally slower ascending and quicker descending. Weather wasn't unkind after Harter Fell when cloud cover shielded us from an, otherwise, very warm sun. A short recce on Sunday of the Newlands Hause section of Leg 1 and a fairly gentle week with fewer miles than of late for the first of three weeks' taper. I am beginning to feel that the "hard work" is done and that the "harder work" now begins - it is easier to run than not but for the next two weeks not running will be the better option, in moderation, of course.

Next Week

Leg 5 recce on Saturday and then a serious increase in resting, aiming for around 30 miles and whatever climbing occurs.

Support Teams

I am struggling a bit for support on the Wasdale to Dunmail leg and so if you or anyone you know might be interested in helping and having a good day out, please post contact details as a comment and I'll get back to you immediately. Leg 4 starts at 08:20 from Wasdale and should finish at Dunmail at 14:47.

Road Support: Pauline, Keith Foster, Ed & John Swift

Leg 1: Brendan Bolland, Ali Murray, Phil Dewhurst

Leg 2: Rob Green, Chris Heys

Leg 3: Karl Taylor

Leg 4: Colin Jones, Albert Sunter, Rae Pritchard, Steve Barlow

Leg 5: Paul Murray, Rachel Metcalfe, Christine Bland