Just entered the 10Peaks Brecon Beacons (long course) this Sep. Will be my main event for this year and possibly the toughest done to date. Advertised as tougher and worth more UTMB points than their similar Lake District event at which in 2010 out of all the starters, none finished! How can an event be tougher than one with no completers?! Perhaps results are measured by how far you get before you have to pull out??
This could and probably will make quite a story.
Mr Rex....and you call me loony!!
Right, time to stick my name down for a time..3:45 or bust! (5th Snod)
12 miles completed tonight across even more snow, not a cm of tarmac touched my little feet. Up to my thighs in the powdery white stuff at one point..my thighs will be like tree trunks soon Alas, mega ice on its way now, tried to put Yaktrax on over trainers last night for first time..cant say I trust them, look a bit weedy So, may have to resort to dreadmill after Spin class for rest of week until it is apparently getting milder.
How's everyone else fairing?
T Rex- Best of luck with THAT outing, buddy!
brer- do you have the Yaktrax Pro with the strap over the top? Failing that, there's always xc spikes....
panad- nice commuting. You could always leave the bike at school and run home, the reverse the procedure the following day Only joking!!
A very easy paced 10.21m for me tonight and no morning run- it is my recovery week, after all
wimped out this eve.. just couldn't face the cold again
Promise myself a long beach run tomorrow afternoon,( frozen sand is good ), and I have the afternoon off work!
Hi gang..surviving January so far by the looks of it! Spin tonight with trainer from hell but tomorrow night sees me venturing out in my new innov8s..with metal studs.
JD, have yaktrax pro, they just don't seem very substantial. I nearly bust the rubber bit putting them on the trainer
Panad..I have same showering problems. Primary schools just aint geared for dedicated super athletes like us
Snow falling heavily here at the moment. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be the day ...
Saturday after walking dogs, Run Director'd local parkrun in the snow, went shopping felt decidedly chilled and flu'y so had a inside day and felt better Sunday. Didn't go to Benfleet 15 to support (Mrs lemmy pulled out as well), stayed in and just walked dogs... Done a bit of core work and I ain't running round the street of Dagenham in the ice so no club this week and no running until it's sensible... No point breaking anything...
Well done all the unfair-weather runners...
Brer, Wankles are Weak Ankles... Keep spraining right ankle so road running until after VLM.
Happy belated birthday Trex...
Promised myself a beach run today! lol, it was a complete white out. SO SO much fun, mile after mile of perfect snow, not another person in sight. Am I mad or just a big kid?
jenf- well done on the beach run. I guess Parkrun is looking doubtful again for this weekend...
I LOVE MY YAKTRAX They were great, Brer- never felt like I was likely to slip- in fact at times they were a little hard work- like having mini suction pads on your feet
13m ML run done and dusted- hard work through blizzard conditiomns. Fun not worrying about pace and uneventful ..... until 2m from home when I stopped to watch a Transit van coming down a back road hill, thick with snow, fail to make the bend, mount the bank and land on its side! Had to clamber on top to open the door to help the driver out. Luckily, no apparent injuries and he was more concerned about his van - what a plonker!! Left him with some onlookers to wait for the ambulance I got them to phone to check him over. Only problem was, when I ran up the hill to the van, I forgot to start my Garmin
Wow JD..what a day..Superman to the rescue Great to hear about Yaktrax..may yet give them a try although things seem to be thawing to that nice mushy state now here.
Lemmy, hope you get back to the training soon.
Jenf...that sounds pretty awesome too..may have to go on a little cross country adventure with headtorch in a little while. Now, where's Mr Rex got to today??
I had my yaktrax on last week and felt them through the sole of my trainers (normal trail trainers) and gave me a blister
First time that's happened
Had a nice little run today - my first since 14 November! We've had three large dumps of snow - Friday, Tuesday and today, but I needed to get out.
Thought I'd go up to my local summit and back, normally a straightforward outing involving 6.6 miles and 1300' ascent.
Made may uphill to the edge of town on paths with people digging their cars out and happy groups of children sledging. Once I got out of town much higher up there was little evidence of people having gone this way before and coming out onto the top lane there were only one or two sets of prints, none of them recent. This top lane only goes to two farms and unlike when there's been deep snow in other winters recently there were no vehicle tracks at all. The farmers hadn't got out? This should have alerted me to what lay ahead.
Coming off this lane onto a track which only led to some farm outbuildings there were no vehicle tracks or footprints since the first snow fell on Friday. I was on virgin snow about ankle deep here. Through a kissing gate and then I was on the open hillside where things started getting serious.
Toiling uphill I was in snow knee deep. Visibility was poor, about 50m, and there was no trace of the path at all - everywhere a blanket of snow with the topmost reeds and heather covered in ice sticking out above it. It was disorientating.
I was soon floundering. Where it looked the path might be was the deepest snow. It was soon thigh deep, and occasionally up to my waist. It was hard not to fall over which I did several times. Very hard to get up again since the ground was out of reach of your arms. The only way to get back up was to fall onto my back and roll around like a beetle unable to right itself and excavate a large pit in the snow.
As I got higher the snow was falling more heavily, a strong cold wind was getting up, and my one-layer clothing system was starting to be tested severely.
I persevered on for another half a mile but fatigue was setting in. I now had no real idea where I was. I could be contouring the hill on any random contour and be nowhere near the path.
Visibility was getting poorer and looking around from the vantage point of the latest large pit that I had had to excavate I realised I was in a bleak place. I'd told my boy (who was having yet another day off school) that I would be two hours max and I had already expended 1h10 getting to this point. I was also concerned my tracks - which I was relying on to follow back down - would start getting filled in with the snow falling.
So I'm afraid I leaned out of the pit and wrote in large letters in the snow "For God's sake look after our people" (Robert Scott's last diary entry, March 1912) and headed back down. The steps I had made coming up made for good progress and no navigation worries but on the steep downhills fell over frequently, laughing helplessly.
Great fun, and back within my two-hour goal. Arm aching a bit but no lasting damage, and I'm pleased to say I seem to be back.
That's some good work T Rex and sounds like a lot of fun but it does make my intervals around the local housing estate seem even more mundane!
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