I agree with GKD, plenty of time, fitness loss can be minimised by non-weight bearing activities possibly. And if not you'll be at quite a high baseline already so will not become a couch potato overnight. Maybe this is just me, but feels too early to get into heavy training atm anyway. I figure if I was doing 50 or more miles a week now I'd be burned out by well before end of August.
I just got myself to a mini-peak in training for a flatter off-road 50m which I did last week and now having an easy week or few before building back up and adding more hills in.
To throw a joker in there, I got one of these the other day. Seems expensive for its capacity, but in just one run I've got its use fairly sussed and it is very practical. I think it will come with me to a lot of future events. And you can cut the cost if you shop around (£4.50 at Rat Race before the member discount). Used it on aforementioned 50m which was an LDWA challenge event so they recommend you bring a cup and at this particular one you do need it as not all CP supplied cups. With my 5l pack there is limited up-front room and didn't want to be taking pack on and off at each CP to get cup out of back.
In practice I just had chest strap through the loop on back of this cup and its so light I didn't notice it there (and it was a windy day so if it was going to flap around annoyingly it would have). You could also squeeze it in to a pocket as when folded could almost go in your wallet. In event I had 750ml water in bladder for use throughout and in emergency (as didn't want to be removing and topping up). 550ml bottle of water + chia charge, which I just refilled at halfway. And then at various other CP I quickly stuck some of water or cordial that was on offer in this cup to wash down the biscuit, sandwich, etc.. I picked up and could move on fairly quickly.
Not easy to tell from picture, but basically put index finger and thumb through loops either side at top and you can hold open in a pincer. And then one side has a spout so you can drink without spillage. You can also walk, jog with it a bit easier without spilling than a standard cup because of flexible material. And the washing aspect doesn't concern me like for a bladder or soft flask as its easy to rinse or clean inside it.
Not really a solution to hydration in itself, but can work as part of a wider strategy
I'm also a front bottle fan, although often use a mixed approach on anything over 4hrs. If your not a fan of your current pack's bladder option and are exploring bottle use I'd recommend something like the SIS 550ml wide-neck bottle. Good sturdy but light bottle, not too big, but x2 in front pockets should cater to liquid requirements of most runs where you can get a regular top-up. Wide neck also means the spout doesn't jam if like me you add something like chia charge to the water within. SIS also do bigger (taller) and narrow fitting bottles if you think your pack front pockets might not be wide enough.
I use these with older Salomon s-lab 5 and 12 packs from before the soft flask models. In a 50 the other day I part filled the 1.5l bladder with water for occasional/emergency use (this is a good, reliable bladder system and worth using if your not going to refill on route regurlarly), but I'd never but anything other than water in bladder as I'm crap at cleaning these things and would ruin it as I have done with others in past. I then used one of the large front pockets for a bottle with water + chia charge in.
Soft flasks on a newer and lighter bag seem to be the way pack technology is going. But I've not moved to soft flasks as I have the same concern with putting products other than undiluted water in as for the bladder. I know I probably will forget to was out after a run and they'll get all manky.
Exactly. That's why I'm doing it again In 2012 there were views to be enjoyed, but many of them obscured by fog/cloud, hoping for clearer skies this time. Views down on the big climb from Bourg St Maurice weren't bad and from the forts area you could certainly see you'd climbed some distance.