Cooking, a teaspoon of cement and soup for the soul

So having just written an article about balancing training and life for Andy Mouncey  this week sucked a big one for training. 5am starts and at 11pm finishes meant for 5 days training wasn’t an option, and Saturday I was washed out totally so training was completely unappealing.

Saturday then, I put to checking out how my cook kit would work out for Marathon des Sables. I’ve got the equipment and fuel to under 200g for the race, but I really wanted to check that it’d work in the wind. I’m going to be eating dehydrated food, so need to get some heat into the water I’ll use for reconstitute. I’m using an Alpkit Mytimug  to cook in, an MSR Titan tool spoon, both of which I have used a good bit on different trips. But to get the weight down, and as I’m not going to be worried about speed I’m going for an Esbit titanium stove. That and some solid fuel tabs will see me through the race, tests show that 10 mins is what it takes to boil the right amount of water. I can wait whilst I’m recovering! The only thing I need to work on is the high performance wind shield – tin foil. Job done.

Last night I realised that work wasn’t going to be much better this week, I might get the chance to do a few 40 minute runs in the morning, but not much else. So although I woke up really tired, and it was miserable with wind and rain, I needed to head out for some kind of exercise. My ankle is taped at the moment because of a sore Achilles, so a long run would have been a bit daft, though it is getting to the point where I want to test it.

A long ride would be perfect. Took a metaphorical teaspoon of cement and went out. Got a category 2 climb  in and a bunch of category 3’s so the training effect is good.

Achilles KT taping.
Achilles KT taping.

What the ride has taken out of me physically, it has given me a whole load back mentally. So it was definitely worth it!

Hill Training and Strava KOM

I love travelling around the hills of Dolgellau and this morning was on the road bike again. A new route, with a climb I haven’t done before on skinny tyres. As you’ll see on the video, I had Strava in mind, but specifically one descent segment. It’s great when you come home and nab 3 KOM’s, 1 in ascent and 2 in descent. I also know on a dry day I can take a bit more out of the nasty climb!

Strava makes the solo training feel like a real achievement. Though this isn’t good if you’re competitive and can’t get rid of the devil on your shoulder-be careful out there! 

Sheep on the road

With a sore right ankle, time riding is what I can do. It gives me some really good thinking time to keep planning Marathon des Sables and keep my mind sharp. 

Back to Pont y Grible

Last week as I rode out across the moors, it was a spectacular day. From the weather forecast it looked like this morning would be lucky again.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t perfect, but I managed to capture a few bits of video.

I’m new to Vimeo and GoPro and need to work on my compression settings but apart from the quality at speed I quite like the effect.

Hope you enjoy.