That’s next year’s walking adventure sorted!!

… Can you guess what it is??


Event Report- The East Leake Triathlon

east-leake-tri-sept-2016-167-zf-3393-42864-1-001So the day dawned for my first ever triathlon… was I nervous? Does Winnie the Pooh like hunny!?

I was awake far earlier than my alarm and after a quick breakfast checked my kit for the umpteenth time and loaded the bike in the car. This could have gone badly wrong as I changed my car a couple of months ago and hadn’t yet transported the bike in it but luckily there was plenty of room.

East Leake isn’t too far away but my swim time was 8:03am- they were obviously letting the slower ones start earliest as some folks weren’t starting their swim until 11:30am. I got my bike out and eventually found my way to registration, where I collected my race numbers, had my number (5) written on my hand and rather apologetically asked what to do with my bike, stammering that it was my first triathlon. One of the ladies immediately offered to show me the transition areas and took me to the swimming baths, indicating the exit and then walking me along the route to the bike transition. She pointed out where to rack my bike and explained how things worked- I was so grateful to her.

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Sink or Swim

swimming2I’ve been absent lately, partly due to the fact that August is always pretty hectic as my Dad and Step-mum come to stay for the month from Spain. So I don’t always eat as healthy as I should or keep up the training… but I have still been active as I’ve started having swimming lessons! I did learn to swim as a child and am fairly confident in water, but over the years I forgot how to do the strokes properly and have been muddling through with my own improvised doggy paddle… it gets me through the water but it is neither pretty nor particularly effective…

… and I have, in my usual style, entered myself into something way over my head – namely the Half Outlaw Triathlon next May, just down the road from me at Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre…

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Race Report- Jane Tomlinson York 10K

York 10kI had originally entered the Jane Tomlinson Run For All York 10k with Helen, but due to her knee injury she had to sadly sit this one out, but agreed to still accompany me for a girlie weekend away.

We drove up to York on the Saturday, to discover that it would cost us more for the parking than for lunch! York was packed- I guess it was the combination of decent weather, a few events happening and school holidays. After a lunch of fish and chips it was time to explore and shop- we took in the Shambles and the Minster, looked round unique little gift shops (including a shop selling all things cat related!), walked along the walls and found the ruins of an abbey which neither of us knew existed.

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Norwegian FjordsFor serious die-hard endurance athletes (and me!), the idea of going on a cruise may be anathema; let’s face it, a cruise kind of conjures up images of folks loading up piling plates of food at the 24 hour buffet before collapsing onto a deck chair by the pool to top up that tan. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, if that’s the type of holiday you enjoy- but if you are reading this blog this probably isn’t your idea of an ideal trip. However sometimes circumstances are such that a cruise is a necessity- family plans, bribe to a spouse so you can enter an ultra etc- but if you are serious about exercising and maintaining your fitness levels then you may feel that a cruising holiday could derail all those plans…

… or will they? I recently went on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords for my Mum’s 70th birthday; I decided to try to fit in as much exercise as possible whilst still enjoying plenty of relaxation and exploring everything the buffet had to offer!

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Cornish Challenge- Day Four

Cornish ChallengeAs we went for breakfast we were in high spirits as the end was now in sight! I think the German couple sitting near us were mystified as to why we were in hysterics; Helen had asked for more toast and our host had brought us out a whole fresh rack, which there was no way we would be able to eat, so Helen hit on the solution of hiding a slice in a serviette to be taken back to the room and hidden discreetly in the bin! It’s a British thing, obviously…

We still had a long walk today so caught the bus back to the coast and resumed the Coast Path. Today was another day of climbing and descending into rocky coves and dramatic headlands, although not as difficult as the first two days. Or maybe it felt easier as the weather was so warm and sunny.

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Cornish Challenge- Day Three

Cornish ChallengeAfter our tough trek yesterday we slept quite soundly, and enjoyed the luxury of our first proper meal in two days as we ate breakfast in the restaurant (slightly perturbed to read on the blackboard that evening meals were served until 9:30pm so we may not have been too late last night after all…)

We decided to treat ourselves to a taxi back onto the South West Coast Path, and we soon walking along the easy cycle path towards Marazion, with clear views to St Michael’s Mount. It was clear and sunny, and stayed like this all day.

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Cornish Challenge- Day Two

Cornish ChallengeEager to leave the Youth Hostel before our little, erm, discretion was discovered, and with the knowledge that we had another long walking day ahead of us, we decided to forgo a shower and were setting off through the wet fields back onto the South West Coast Path by 7:20am. Breakfast was a cereal bar apiece and a few nuts and seeds, but we planned on something more substantial at Sennen.

A rocky, undulating path took us high above the cliffs, past Whitesand Bay and eventually into Sennen by way of a sandy track. Sadly no cafes were open yet, so we had to settle for a cold cheese and onion pasty and a bottle of diet coke, which we ate on a bench overlooking the quay.
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Cornish Challenge- Day One

Cornish ChallengeIt had been raining for several hours and we felt thoroughly chilled and wet, despite our waterproofs. The forecast had mentioned showers, but this had gone beyond that- the showers we had experienced earlier had morphed into a cold, insistent downpour.

It had taken us much longer than we had anticipated to complete our mileage that day, slowed by our heavy packs and tricky terrain. As we trudged wearily down the road in pitch darkness, desperately searching for the Youth Hostel we had been trying to locate for the best part of an hour, the realisation hit us that it was now nearly 11pm and our chances of checking into the Youth Hostel, even if we found it, were now remote.

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Cornish ChallengeStop press- Helen and I completed our Cornish Challenge, raising an amazing £1000 for the Alzheimer’s Society in the process!

It was pretty tough, pretty wet at times and pretty spectacular, and there were times when we thought we wouldn’t finish, but finish we did and we ended up walking nearly 90 miles over the four days instead of the 80 we thought we were going to complete!

Look out for daily reports (plus photos) to follow…

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