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Training Log Archive: olsoran

In the 7 days ending Oct 10:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail / Road Run2 2:07:43 13.65(9:21) 21.97(5:49) 425
  Gravel Bike1 2:05:00 21.35(5:51) 34.36(3:38) 488
  Orienteering1 1:00:00
  Trail1 38:54 3.52(11:04) 5.66(6:52) 124
  Total5 5:51:37 38.52 61.99 1037

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Saturday Oct 10 #

Trail / Road Run 58:30 [3] 10.79 km (5:25 / km) +122m 5:08 / km
shoes: Pegasus 35

with K and DW
W/u to Home Farm

5 x 4m/2m along Home Farm road.
1.0k (-15)
0.91 (+13)
1.02 (-15)
0.93 (+13)
1.04 (-15)

Even paced with K, DW some way ahead.

W/d back via community path.
Felt good. Pleased with recovery from last week.

Thursday Oct 8 #

Gravel Bike 2:05:00 [3] 34.36 km (3:38 / km) +488m 3:24 / km

Sluie, Trustach, Brathens, Glen O'Dee and back through Blackhall, Slewdrum with IW.
A few new wee single tracks but mostly familiar stuff, if of old. DW down from Shooting Greens really mangled by recent rains and lethal in the gathering darkness. Pitch black by the time I was returning along the lane.
Good fun but bit if an IW masterclass.

Wednesday Oct 7 #

Orienteering 1:00:00 [3]
shoes: Mudclaws RED

Taping controls for 'Back to O' at Cambus. Not exactly a lot of running going on. Nice autumn colours in the sunshine though.

Tuesday Oct 6 #

Trail / Road Run 1:09:13 [3] 11.18 km (6:11 / km) +303m 5:27 / km
shoes: Mudclaw 300 Yellow

The plan was to do DR Glen Tanar
It seemed a better plan to go steadily round Corybeg and Lamahip seeing how I felt rather than hammering myself too soon after the efforts of Friday.

Just nice to get up there and enjoy the moments. Wasn't quick nor too slow either. Flt pretty good.

Monday Oct 5 #


Reflections on Friday as supplied to FC for the Evening Express - as arranged by the event publicity officer :-)

We go at 09:00. It’s chilly but bright. A quick watch check and away.

Braving the road we head over the Ballogie bumps and try to settle into a lasting rhythm. From Aboyne through patches of golden bracken, and the stands of trees just about to lose their leaves, we run along the old 'Deeside Way' railway line. Past the victorian white bridge at Cambus O'May and on through sun-drenched Ballater we go. Back over the Dee, and then across the River Muick where the road was washed away in the floods of winter 15/16. We climb gradually but steadily on the deserted gravel track through the glorious pinewoods on the west side of the glen making our way to the bothy at the foot of Lochnagar.

Just ourselves and our bike mounted pacers. No cacophony of crowd noise for us. No unending strip of London tarmac. No fighting for place at water points. This is the reality of our own ‘London Marathon’.

A change of support crew and out onto the open hill where the gradient becomes steeper and the track rougher. Roaring stags, the chattering of ptarmigan and grouse, and the need to carefully cross tumbling streams by stepping stones. Up the bouldery ladder with its extra strain on tired legs and along the edge of the atmospheric cliffs surrounding the corrie of Lochnagar, before we gain some temporary respite as we run across the stoney hillside. Then a short climb again to the south top, the gentle descent to the heads of the steep gullies that fall precipitously down to the loch itself and then the final push to the summit.

Socially distancing with family and friends, we have some hot tea, bubbly, fruitcake, and muffins as we finally have time to appreciate the fabulous views down to Balmoral, and to the high Cairngorms. A moment or two to remember absent friends. 45 kms plus and 1200m of climb successfully accomplished in a very pleasing 4 hrs 40 mins or so. Lochnagar from home.

A wonderful day with great company and fantastic support. How lucky we are. What an opportunity to do something a little different but most importantly to raise some much needed funds for two fantastic charities.


Day off

Sunday Oct 4 #

Trail 38:54 [3] 5.66 km (6:52 / km) +124m 6:12 / km

Round a usual Craigmore loop taking in the trig and back via the community path.

No aches or pains of note - perhaps a very slight knee niggle. Really pleased. A little lacking in energy, nothing more. Lovely run out in between torrential showers.

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