Lake District Mountain Trial - Race cancelled due to bad weather
Excited for this as I always am for a long day out in the hills. The prospect of apalling weather made it all the more exciting. However I am acutely aware that 5 weeks of cycle couriering doing 20hrs+ a week on the bike has left me quite tired. Nevertheless, I set off slow and steady, hoping to just enjoy it.
Feeling good on #1 and #2, eating after 45mins and 90. I was faffing majorly on the descent south of Dale Head which put me in a bit of a negative frame of mind. Pushed along the Seathwaite road, but made the error of coming off early instead of continuing all the way to the farm and got stuck on a bit of a rubbish track. Awesome scramble up past Taylorgill Force and on to Styhead Pass.
It was at this point things were getting quite severe and I noticed I was actually quite chilly. Since I had no front pockets, I couldn't take my food out without taking off my rucksack. I stopped just before Styhead tarn and faffed for 4 minutes trying to unwrap some scran and put an electrolyte tablet in my bottle. At this point Trim cantered past me looking like some kind of European ultra runner. I got up and tried to catch the gazzelle, but took a different route down after Styhead pass. Basically met him again at #3 but then proceded to faff for a few minutes as I didn't realise that stream junction meant the control was on the stream junction.
Next a backtrack and slog up to 4, over 500m above me near Great End. About 3/4 the way along this leg I was properly cold and stopped to put on my waterproof trousers. This immediately warmed me up a great deal and I looked forward to the rest of the race, if only i could use my hands to tighten up the elastic on them!
Unfortunately at #5 we were informed the race had been cancelled to the somewhat severe weather. Ah well. I'll be back, better prepared, and hopefully less tired! A great day out nonetheless!