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Training Log: philm64

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Climbing (Trad)2 1:45:00
  Orienteering1 38:56 5.34(7:17) 8.6(4:32) 62
  Running1 34:29 4.17(8:16) 6.71(5:08) 55
  Cycling1 30:20 5.59(5:25) 9.0(3:22) 67
  Total5 3:28:45 15.11 24.31 184

Thursday May 6 #

3 PM

Climbing (Trad) 45:00 [3]

Trad climbing, at the extreme end, Uphill Quarry, with Scared Dave

My last chance to climb (on lead) the E3 we did end March (in colder , windier conditions)

Dave rigged it & went up chalking holds & shouting advice, then i pulled the rope & tied on.

There was no decent gear for over 12m, and when falling was 100% NOT an option, and i started to get scared, a handhold broke and I could have decked .... but i stayed on. Dave's face.............. he was v scared so think how I felt.

Somehow i managed the next two moves to a crack where i was able to stuff in not four but SIX pieces of protection, as the hardest climbing was still above me.

I was fine, I just cranked but the top, I was almots unable to move.

This, guys, is as far as we go with this game. Back to easier routes now please - or ones with bolts. I've done two E2s & an E3, and that's my season.

I've facebooked it & here is a pic of the crux - the lucky chap has ropes ABOVE him - I didnt'.

Wednesday May 5 #

6 PM

Orienteering race (Urban) 38:56 [5] 8.6 km (4:32 / km) +62m 4:22 / km
shoes: adizero adios 4

BOK urban, Horfield, v chilly. 8.7km optimum route Long

Clean apart from no 7 where a runner came out of what i assumed was the right drive - it was, but the control was on the OTHER side of a green line, so all the way out again, all the way back in ; 1min+. Had just passed & worked hard to drop another runner, so had to do it *all over again* ....

Felt good & fast & was flat out feeling v fit - yet a fair few "younger veterans" (Tommi, Scott) extremely close. Dan Weaver again had me by seconds.

Good eve following by pub - cold again - for beers & pizza.

6th. Eddie is now an insane athlete of outstanding ability. Owain still v fast but was scrappy early on. Ollie Tonge seems super fast now......


Tuesday May 4 #

4 PM

Cycling 30:20 [3] 9.0 km (3:22 / km) +67m 3:15 / km

Quick ride to "town" & back to suss out van rental terminus.

Quite windy.

Monday May 3 #


Vet55 women record at Tatton half: 2 mins quicker than me.

In Vet55, at her race, I'd have been 4th male Vet55 (5th Vett55 of both genders, of course).

In further geeking, 60:30 half marathon runner gets olympic qual time (2:11) whilst PACING a marathon!!!!
12 PM

Running 34:29 [3] 6.71 km (5:08 / km) +55m 4:56 / km
shoes: Brooks Ravenna 11

Steady run in Frome valley / oldbury / snuff mills. Had walked this exact route with Liz earlier. wanted to see how far it was! Felt OK, but my "new" garmin always tell me how slow I'm going it would seem!!!!!! What a ploddy pace.

Weather then broke utterly, another washout May b.Holiday monday.

Sunday May 2 #

11 AM

Climbing (Trad) 1:00:00 [3]

All day trad climbing at Shorn Cliff, my favourite limestone trad crag, with dom Goodwin.

5 routes, brilliant, including an E1 and my first lead of an E2 (last climbed on second in 2006!). So now I am on best form of my life.

Dom waxed lyrical on facebook after. pub meal after & then back to pub in Fishponds. I could write a lot about pubs now, but i was literally banging my head on the outside pub table . It's vastly easier to buy cheap booze in a supermarket & drink that.

Picked up Dom 9:10 am, dropped him off 10:45pm. That's a day!!!!! :-)

Walk in & walk out - the big walk, this one is, from a climber's perspectve.

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I live in Bristol. I have three hobbies: Running/ Orienteering, Rock climbing, and guitar playing (no longer in bands). I'm also in SPOOK. I've but mostly retired, am trustee for a charity Action for ME, do extra stuff on ME/CFS research. I'm generally fit these days, though suffer from variable health, I have Polands' Syndrome, and had M.E./CFS from age 33 - 40 (43 for purposes of sport). I also had major surgery on my upper intestines in 2017.

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