May - a great month when the weather is dry and sunny. Time to get out and put in some good runs and cycles.
Paul was in ‘taper’ mode before his first ‘Olympic distance’ triathlon so had planned a pool swim (the local lochs are still a bit too cool for open water swimming) followed by a short cycle and a short run. He headed for Aviemore so I got him to drop me at the Slochd summit.
This was a shorts and T shirt run! The air was clear so I had lots of stops to take photos - as you can see below.
The hills around Tomatin have many tracks for access for shooting; as expected there are grouse butts (very well maintained) but the real surprise is the number of ‘lunch huts’ around. These are often recent structures, the ‘basic’ one below having been built in the last 18 months. They usually have a wood-burning stove inside and have provided me with shelter to eat my lunch on a couple of occasions when I have been exploring by bike.
The run went reasonably well, the legs seem to now understand that they have to do a bit of work running as well as cycling. However it was just great to be out in the hills on my own, the wind (westerly, about F5) was behind me for the uphill parts of the run.
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