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Discussion: Cold Toes

in: JessT; JessT > 2015-10-26

Oct 26, 2015 9:54 AM # 
I remember spending 5 1/2 hrs tagging control sites for the first GMC race in 2010 up behind Inver and Glen Feardar in 3-4in snow and not frozen bogs. My toes took ages to get back to normal, no sensation in big toes for at least a week after. Good if yours are tingly already.
Well done on a tough race!
Oct 27, 2015 9:45 PM # 
Parts of my feet were numb for weeks after the few days I spent on the Spine Race this Jan!!! They came back eventually ... keeping warm is a triangle of getting enough food in the tank to be able to move fast enough to keep warm; when one side of the triangle starts to crumble ... hmmm ... that and trying to get waterproofs on early enough not to get too cold ... but being cold and wet and generally uncomfortable sounds about right!! :-)
Oct 28, 2015 9:14 PM # 
Not sure if it was the cold but my feet ballooned yesterday. doubled in size. Specially round the ankles. Fingers also still not 100%. And raw bits have started to heel. Lesson learnt not to skimp down on weight why taking Cara's waterproofs.from reports its nice to know we're not the only ones that suffered.
Oct 29, 2015 9:26 AM # 
Worth every penny though right???
Oct 29, 2015 3:13 PM # 
In the "Great Storm of Galloway" KIMM partner Paul Hague got similarly cold, Jess. At one point I stopped for a comfort break and then ran after him. I caught him standing staring at a fast flowing stream, I jumped it and said "come on then" he looked up at me and said "yeah, ok, I couldn't work out what to do". Once he was across I told him to get some kit on but he said he couldn't stop for that as he wouldn't be able to start again. This was solved by me taking his rucksack, running along getting out his waterproof trouser , and then laying them on the heather 20 yards infront so he could run up and hop in with minimum stoppage, I then put his jacket on him as he ran along.
Oct 29, 2015 8:36 PM # 
Aye we spoke about it afterwards and realised in hindsight we'd been daft. I think we just thought well it's an improving forecast so it'll get better soon. Lesson well and truly learnt. See the signs before it gets so bad.
Oct 30, 2015 9:23 AM # 
Big Jon:
Last Nov I was having controls for the GMC at Glenshee. It was pretty drench day but I set off in tights and a windproof top, but the time I put on a waterproof top I was soaked through. The last controls took me to 800+m and it was snowing/sleeting with strong winds. I learn ta lot that day - put on good kit at the start and also make sure waterproofs are that (mine weren't and I spent nearly £300 buying a good jacket and trousers that evening on the internet!).
Its easy to forget how bad real cold is because mostly in Scotland we don't get really severe weather (or is we do we just change our training plans), but races end to force us out in bad conditions that we don't normally experience.

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