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Training Log Archive: Mark3

In the 7 days ending May 8:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad4 11:25:02 51.0(13:26) 82.08(8:21) 4356
  Walking1 2:54:02 6.06(28:44) 9.75(17:51) 680
  Running - Road/Track1 35:45 4.16(8:36) 6.7(5:20) 52
  Total6 14:54:49 61.22(14:37) 98.52(9:05) 5088

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Sunday May 8 #

8 AM

Running - Offroad long (Matt's Joss Naylor) 8:30:10 [5] 48.7 km (10:29 / km) +3273m 7:50 / km
shoes: S/LAB Ultra 3

Phew, tough day. Had been looking forward to supporting someone since I did my attempt last year. I didn't realise Matt was 55 and so only needed 15 hours, I thought 12 was his requirement rather than just his target...
Speed as expected through the campsite on the flat but then he picked up the pace up the hill so much that I could hardly keep up. Kept telling him to take it easy but it fell on deaf ears. He said we were behind schedule on Arthur's Pike but I'm not sure how. Anyway, we caught it back on Loadpot and Wether and then we were pretty much on-pace or gaining small amounts of time after that. Took the higher line after Wether for the first time which was defo better.

I didn't go to a few summits (but was within sight of them) in order to conserve some energy. All our lines were bang on on L1 and we stopped for more or less exactly the scheduled 3 minutes.

Nailed the lines on L2 too, including a nice grassy route down Fairfield, but I was seriously tiring by the end and the last few splits were slower than my time last year. Nonetheless he arrived at Dunmail on schedule again to meet Allen for L3. I took the descent very easy and so arrived after they'd set off.

I wanted to keep going but at a slower pace, so I thought I'd miss s couple of summits. First opportunity to do that isn't until Rossett & Bowfell so I skipped those. Prior to that I went up Calf Crag rather than cutting the terrain and just after tried a new shortcut (conclusion: probably not) then standard line up to the approach to Rossett. Rossett area very very boggy, much moreso than last July.

Went up to Ore Gap and I could see them behind me coming off Bowfell, so that worked well. Took it super easy to Great End so we arrived at the same time.

Matt didn't like my Great End route so we tried an amalgamation of both of ours - down a grassy reentrant at the start and then try and cut to the grassy shelf. Unfortunately the reentrant took us down too low and we ended up on the shelf lower than I wanted. Not only were there a few scree chutes to cross to get to it, but also it wasn't as nice a shelf anyway. So that wasn't great and we probably lost 10mins or so there.

Down from Skew Gill to Sty Head, looks best to get to path asap rather than staying and spur (even though spur is both shorter and more fun).

Stopped here to let them do L4 on their own and walked down to Wasdale with Matt's friend Robbo.

Matt finished in 12:22 overall which is well inside the 15 so he was pretty happy, although I think he knows that 12 isn't outside his reach.

Pretty disappointed with my performance today - I hope it's just because I put so much into the Inter-Counties yesterday, and also got quite sunburnt and was very dehydrated. Feeling much better now (Monday) after drinking about 7 litres throughout the day.

Forecast looking good for the weekend.

Saturday May 7 #

1 PM

Running - Offroad race (Inter-County Fell Champs) 59:06 [5] 11.18 km (5:17 / km) +698m 4:02 / km
ahr:154 max:163 shoes: Adidas Speed Pro SG (10.5)

Llanberis Ridge - shortened version of the Moel Elio race route. Which was a shame since their descent looked much more fun!

Running for Cheshire and came 3rd out of the 4 of us, thus justifying my place in the team (phew!).

Really hot day, unexpectedly. Kind of wished I'd taken a small flask, even just to douse myself. Pushed really hard up the climb, mostly running but some run/walk on the steep bits. Tarmac at first and then gravel before the grass started. With Olly and one of the Cheshire women for a bit, but I got away near the top of the first ascent. Then the down and up and down I didn't really gain or lose any places, with a couple of guys and a couple of women keeping swapping. Then got away from the women on the final steep down...and then the whole rest of the race (4k at least?) was just a downhill gravel track which was super fast but really dull. Can't complain since I overtook a woman and three men on it - but bit disappointing for a fell race. I imagine that similar to o they have distance/climb criteria they have to meet.

Only 60s behind 2nd Cheshire and 2.5 mins behind Tom in first. I'm pretty happy with this, definitely a better performance than 2019. Not sure on team or individual position yet but the bar is set pretty low - think we were 16th/20 counties and I was 86th man last time...

Cheshire 12th/21 and I was 51st M, which is a massive improvement from last year! Very happy.
Team was 37th, 48th, 51st.

The women came 5th/14 which is very good too.

Friday May 6 #

(rest day)

Thursday May 5 #

6 PM

Running - Offroad (MaccH Trails ) 1:20:09 [3] 14.13 km (5:40 / km) +142m 5:24 / km
ahr:126 max:156 shoes: Pegasus Trail 3

Steady summer trails with David and Richard. Pace of chat. Only one electric fence/cow related incident.

Wednesday May 4 #

7 PM

Running - Offroad race (Rainow 5) 35:37 [5] 8.08 km (4:24 / km) +244m 3:50 / km
ahr:150 max:169 shoes: Adidas Speed Pro SG (10.5)

37:09 in 2018 so 1:32 faster despite the 61 miles on Saturday! And being 4 years older. Very happy.
Good conditions; raining all day hence the shoe choice but dry and the race and not too warm.
6th place and 1st team - Allen 2nd, Simon 3rd and Chris a few places and 1:10 behind me. I wasn't too far behind Simon - I could see him, 4th and 5th all the way around.
Went out hard and continued hard up the tarmac hill, then tactically walked most of the grassy Nancy climb so I'd be able to start running immediately at the top - this strategy worked well and I was quite a way ahead of 7th by the end of the ridge, who was with me on the climb.
Enjoyed it. Seemed very short!

Loads of cake afterwards. Tempted by chocolates for a team prize but got beer instead to give to Em :)

Tuesday May 3 #

6 PM

Running - Road/Track (Easy loop) 35:45 [2] 6.7 km (5:20 / km) +52m 5:08 / km
ahr:144 max:155 shoes: Pegasus 36 Trail

Canal and middlewood, to see if anything hurts. Feel fine but tired.

Monday May 2 #

9 AM

Walking (Carnydd Y Filiast) 2:54:02 [2] 9.75 km (17:51 / km) +680m 13:14 / km
shoes: Roclite G275

Walk from zipline car park up the nearest mountain. No actual path for the majority of it so a tough ascent on vague trods which felt more than the 680m or whatever that it was.
Similarly rough getting back down again, but made it in time.

Didn't actually do the zipwire since it was broken, and by the time they'd mended it it would've been too late.
Stopped at the Austrian Rarebit café on the way back though, and had that and some courgette/avocado cake. Rarebit good, cake just like carrot cake. The scones there are probably the best dessert imho.

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