Orienteering 52:02 5.18 km (10:03 / km) +178m 8:34 / km
ahr:158 max:211 slept:6.0 (injured) shoes: Inov8 O-Roc 350
Tarn Hows, on a lovely cold morning. Heather's birthday O, devised by young Mr Ackland: two ca. 2km loops in some pretty tough terrain. Fearing lumbar meltdown I opted not to "lumber" another person by taking part in the two-person relay, but just see how far I could go a mono. Jogged along very easily and carefully, well, as carefully as one could in pretty rough terrain, but found the flags easily enough. The ache from down below hadn't increased noticeabley at the end of lap 1 so I soldiered on to lap two. Something of a mistake, of course, as I pretty soon started to seize up, and the shortened stride-length shuffle rapidly became less voluntary and more mandatory. Stiff as a board by the end. Enjoyed it, despite moving very slowly on the course, and even more slowly in the car park afterwards. Great day to be out and very sociable.
HR readings way off - too cold and moving far too slowly to generate sufficient sweat to make good contact!
Hill walking 2:00:00  7.21 km (16:39 / km) +295m 13:49 / km
A group stroll up Black Fell after the O. Very good for my back, it helped loosen things off noticeabley. Good banter and cracking views from the top - one of the best viewpoints in the Lakes. I haven't been up here since the last time I did the Coniston 14 race with a Martin Hyman - organised raid in the mid-90s; a run up Black Fell was the traditional Sunday post-race activity. Felt just as creaky now as I did then, despite then having run a very hilly 14-mile race in 85ish mins on the Saturday morning and then having attempted a walk up the Old Man on the Saturday afternoon!