A week since the last post and it now feels like the first ‘proper’ week of 2014. Other people have gone back to work, we have some routine in our time now.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we go to a ‘Studio cycling’ = spinning class. This is hopefully helping towards cycling fitness and the Etape Loch Ness; at the moment it is a bit chilly to cycle outside and there is the risk of ice around as well. It is up to you as to the amount of resistance you dial up on the bike; we keep up a certain cadence as instructed and add resistance when told to do so. I keep imagining cycling various hills etc. as we ‘climb’ and ‘climb’ more and then there are the sprints.
While at Inverness Leisure Centre we quite often go for a swim; this is now much better as they usually have a training lane where you are allowed to use fins and hand paddles. The other day there was not training lane when we went in so I requested one and got it - all to myself as well! I have used the fins to try and improve the leg kick in front crawl, anything would be better than now as I can swim faster with a pull buoy between my legs than with using my legs to kick.
Running continues and I signed up for the Strava 100km ‘Prove it’ for January. At the moment I have achieved over 50km so am happy with that. The bit I am not so happy about is a lovely run at Loch Morlich on
Friday; everything was going OK and then I ‘bonked’, just ran out of energy etc. I ate my emergency Haribos (the ones which come with each Wiggle parcel), walked a bit, ran a bit more but no good. I had to walk the last 2 km so was quite cold by the time I got to the car. This is the first time this has happened for ages. I had a day off the following day and the orienteering event at Revack was fine.
So, to the orienteering at Revack. This area had not been used for competition for a while. Tim updated the map, scaled it correctly and altered magnetic N for 2014. I enjoyed my Green course, usual lack of speed in terrain but the hills went a bit better than usual. The course length was 3.9km, my route took me 4.5km so reasonably straight line. Pleased with my result on the course and afterwards collected in some controls. It was a cold day, the car temperature dropping from 1.5°C in Tomatin to -3.5°C near to Grantown. The forest did provide shelter from a light wind.
Other things - we went to see The Hobbit but neither of us particularly enjoyed it. Yes you have to suspend belief but it was just too OTT. We have been buying things - for the bike ‘fuel pods’ which go on the top tube and allow you to access food easily, some new running shoes, more stuff from Wiggle as well (great, more Haribos!). I have also entered the Scottish Macmillan Cycletta on 5th October from Scone Palace - and I entered the 100km route. This is a ladies only challenge cycle and I think I am looking forward to it! Paul and I also both entered the Glenlivet 10km race on 13th April to give us something to work towards. We will not achieve a PB (Personal Best) in this race as there is quite a climb on the route but it seems to be through some pleasant scenery.
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