Work has been cycling up with a good bit on recently, the World Cup in Cardiff that starts tomorrow is taking everyone’s time up, but it is an amazing event to have in Wales. I had a break from my normal job, last week with the Mawddach Paddlefest. It’s really good to see so many happy faces on the water. And the weather came good, with the wind dying out on Sunday for some stand up paddleboard action.
The chart above shows the big dip in hours spent training since tearing my calf muscle. I’ve taken my eye off the challenge of 2012 miles in 2012. So I thought that as the end of a month has passed, I should have a quick check of how far behind I am. Whilst I’ve been doing my rehab, I haven’t been logging my miles too diligently, but I’m at 493miles so far. That means I need to fire some miles out over the next few months, while the weather is good to stand any chance of getting there.
Silly things like minor injuries are a real annoyance, but the don’t stop me getting out.
Been a bit of a battle getting 63.9 miles in the last fortnight. Work has been keeping long hours, and my cousins weding-which was brilliant meant swapping a few dates around for long runs. I really don’t want to pick up an injury at the moment so I dropped my daily miles as I hadn’t the chance of getting a rest day in for 8 days.
Pretty happy to be 288.1 miles year to date 56 miles ahead of target. Hoping the weather will warm up a bit and that I can start banging in lots of bike miles too.
I feel pretty confident that the volume of training going in is having descent results and I think my head game is getting stronger all the time too.
My cousin got married this weekend. The wedding was beautiful, and I’m sure Mr and Mrs Cole will be very happy. The venue was stunning – One Great George Street which is the HQ for the Institue of Chartered Engineers. It was cool to have a look around at some of the displays, and to learn that Isambard Kngdom Brunel was the son of an Engineer who was fairly talented in his own right. I’m guessing he had pretty high hopes of his Son, having Kingdom in your name must pile the pressure on.
The ceilings all had massively different styles, vaulted, painted, fresco and panneled. I particularly liked the one with great British designs on it with a (I think) Sopwith Camel in it.
A contrast of Engineering design to all the traditional was staying in the shadow of the Wembley Stadium and the arch which is the longest single span roof staructure in the world.
The last two weeks have been hard getting the miles in, first of all really cold, then really windy, then really wet and then chilly again.
At least good kit means that the cold stay outside, though Mrs C was pretty “impressed” when I came home with little bits of frost on my shoulders. For impressed read that she thinks I’m a little unhinged but then she is a tropical flower by her own admission.
Work got in the way too with a few 16hr days so I’m pretty happy that in the last two weeks I’ve managed 94 miles 2916m of ascent. That means year to date is 219.4miles and 5679m of ascent which is 64.6 miles ahead of schedule.
This mornings run was really nice, I felt strong and the hills were easy. I’m happy with where I’m at right now.
I broke my old head torch (a Petzl Tikka) this last week too, it’s an old friend that has done some special trips with me, Alps, Scotland, Mountain Marathons, got me out of scrapes night riding and been around Morocco on a motorbike. I’ve replaced it with the updated Tikka XP 2 against alot of advice that the Myo XP is the way forward. I’ll do a little write up when I’ve put some miles in with it.
I had a trip to Brecon with work promoting the tourism opportunity for Paddlesports in Wales with Visit Wales. I had a few spare minutes and wandered along the canal. I’d never realised that Aberhonddu (Brecon) is the end of the Taff trail- I really like the topographical casting they have outside the Brycheiniog Theatre. I can feel a family trip coming on!
Today we managed to get out in brilliant weather to Llyn Brenig. I can’t being really frustrated when I visit places like Brenig on clear bright beautiful days. The fact that the lake is not being used is an absolute disgrace-not by choice but by restriction. Amazing resources that could be unlocked sensibly for no cost. They stayed locked up with objection on Health and Safety grounds and from others who aren’t prepared to share – neither of which sit comfortably with me.
I’ve decided to update my 2012 in 2012 blog fortnightly-none of my training at the moment is in the daylight so it seems silly to just put an endless pile of stats up without any nice pictures.
As long as I’m staying ahead of my required average at this time of year I’m pretty happy-this fortnight gone has been generally pretty mild, wet, windy. There are already some Dafodills out, but the crispness of this mornings early run was great. Having slipped a bit in some ice on a road section of run I’d relaxed as I went down some trail. Whilst watching the IInternational Space Station loop across Cader Idris, though, I made a classic school boy error and slipped one ankle down a cattle grid in the dark. Only a bruise though.
The last few days with a really bright moon and a clear sky have meant gloves on, but head torch off.
Generally I’m trying to run in the evening to fit in better with the family, but I’m definitely a morning-is-better kind of guy. Saturday are my long runs so I still try and roll out of bed before 6am, then I’m back for a family brekkie.
Any way 1st fortnight of 2012 I’ve managed to add 119.3 miles to my diary which puts me comfortably on target so far. Happy with that. The coming week has a quite a bit of travelling at work so I hope to stay on it.
I’m trying to be a bit better with the camera too so here’s a few shots out and about in the same fortnight (but not part of any training)