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Training Log Archive: RHF

In the 7 days ending Sep 20:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking2 18:18:06 23.47(46:47) 37.77(29:04) 2350
  Running2 1:53:10 12.49(9:04) 20.1(5:38)
  Cycling1 55:01 14.95(3:41) 24.06(2:17)
  Yoga/Stretching/S&C1 45:00
  Total6 21:51:17 50.91 81.93 2350

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Sunday Sep 20 #

9 AM

Walking 9:12:37 [3] 20.98 km (26:20 / km) +1100m 20:52 / km
shoes: Roclite 315 2020

Bein Sgulaird traverse, back through Glen Creran (6hrs moving time apparently)

Another incredible day in the hills. Been waiting a long time for days like these (lockdown and before that enjoying the Great British weather). Two of the best mountain days of my life. A bit cooler start then a long gradual ascent up a grassy ridge line. Nice views looking back down the ridge towards Mull. There were midges and flies about but fortunately not too bad and didn't get bitten! Legs a little sore from yesterday, in particular my calves. Appreciating the poles. Towards the first top, we lost the trod and headed through the rocks. The ridge line had 3 summits ending with the Munro, each was pretty rocky and had a sharp descent. A long drag up to the Munro, really nice going between the rocks. Not that difficult but just interesting.

Summited Bien Sgulaird and had a chat with a friendly guy we'd seen a few times. He had about 20 Munro's to go and it had taken him 20+ years! Then got the summit to ourselves for half an hour. Amazing views again, could see up towards Glen Coe and Ben Nevis and back to where we were yesterday. Slightly worse weather than yesterday but only marginally (a bit more hazy and cloudy in the distance). Chilled on the summit and had some lunch, just taking it all in.

Nicole had been more confident than yesterday on the first three rocky descents but lost her confidence on the steep descent down the ridge line. It was pretty tough going and there wasn't much of a path (no longer on the main Munro route). We then tried to cut into the corrie where it looked easier going and grassier but that was still challenging to get there (patches of rock and very steep!) The descent down to the river and the path out seemed to take ages! Great views up the valley towards the back of Glen Coe though. Once onto the hill track, the going was much easier and we were able to get our average speed up! Took quite a long time to descend to the glen bottom and then get along it. Tried not to check the map too much as I was flagging a bit!

Another really excellent day out. Stunning views and felt like we had the hills to ourselves. Basically only saw people the first half of the walk. Back of my right knee/calf hurt a bit by the end. New Roclites a bit tight around the forefoot and arch, maybe okay for proper hill days but didn't feel so good on Kerrera. Maybe my feet are wider than I thought?

Two excellent days walking in the Highlands. 3 more Munro's to the tally (16 done, many to go!) and got off unlucky 13 which I've been on for 6 years since my last mountain marathon! I retired then due to hip pain and didn't do the second day... Not a fun experience running off the summit (control on the top), it was pretty scary and I didn't enjoy it.

Saturday Sep 19 #

9 AM

Walking 9:05:29 [2] 16.79 km (32:29 / km) +1250m 23:41 / km
shoes: X-Talon 212 2017

Ben Cruachuan and Stob Diamh horseshoe

A great and deservedly popular horseshoe above the reservoir. Last time I was near here was in 2012 for my first mountain marathon. The start was on the impressive dam and headed up the neighbouring Corbett for our first control. Good to be back, years later.

Fortunately got the last decent parking space on the busy road. A twisty climb up through the woods to start with. Path a lot smaller than I expected then up to the dam. Really impressive arches and a flight of steps up then along a road into the corrie. Ben Cruachuan is a big hydroelectric power station "hollow mountain" with a large store of water inside. Steep up to the bealach and then a rocky and loose ascent to the summit. We were taking our time and enjoying the great views. Quite a lot of ascent when you get to 1150m from basically sea level.

Incredible views: could see down to Arran, the Paps of Jura, Mull, Skye, Ben Nevis and panaromic mountains.

From here some more rocky descent and a bit of scrambling. Ibhad been a bit worried from description but it was fine. Helping Nicole a bit when she wasn't feeling confident descending. Quite slow going over the next Munro top and onwards to Stob Diamh. Quite a lot of people out on the loop. A grassier descent from Stob Diamh down to the pass and then a grassy sometimes wet descent down to the reservoir. Had thought there'd be another track this side, but there wasn't and it was slow going. Then back down through the woods. Nicole was moving pretty slowly and I was feeling a bit tired. Probably could've done with more food (2 pittas, hula hoops and some cereal bars). Both days completely underestimated the time the route would taken (mainly due to the rougher than expected terrain and Nicole's descending speed): 3kph not adjusting for climb.

A long day out and a proper quality mountain day.

Friday Sep 18 #

4 PM

Running 1:01:14 [3] 10.21 km (6:00 / km)
shoes: Mizuno Paradox 5 2020

West Highland Way run
Out and back to the Falls of Fannoch. Decided it was too nice a day not to get out, so stopped for a run. To start with couldn't find anywhere good to park with decent access to the route, had hoped to be able to run to Loch Lomond. Quite a nice trail in places, some bits really runnable and single track then a long downhill on forest road, we ignored the diversion and found the bridge has completely disappeared! Unfortunately not so great views from the falls (think you need to be at the tourist car park the other side!) A bit harder coming back up as it was net uphill. Walked the one steepest roughest climb. Potentially should've worn trail shoes.

Wednesday Sep 16 #

7 AM

Yoga/Stretching/S&C 45:00 [1]

6 PM

Running 51:56 [3] 9.89 km (5:15 / km)
shoes: Mizuno Paradox 5 2020

Deerleap towards Matley Heath with Nicole
As soon as I started running my legs felt knackered and couldn't get going. Lovely warm evening and the ground was very dry. One of the last runs like that of the year! Maybe even the last... A bit longer than I intended but I hadn't measured the route.

Tuesday Sep 15 #

6 PM

Cycling 55:01 [3] 24.06 km (2:17 / km)

Avenue, Chilworth, Baddesley, Luzborough, Lee Lane, home
Sunset spin, really nice sunset colours. Hadn't fully decided on a ride or a run but thought I'd go for a new route. No cycle lane on the Avenue anymore :( roads in general a bit too busy for my liking. Glad I had my lights. Not ridden down Lee Lane at dusk for quite a while. Back was hurting most of the ride and after.

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