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.
Autumn 2013 and we started to look at plans for 2014. We had enjoyed cycling in Mallorca at the end of April 2013, even although the weather had not been very good. Jet2 were doing an offer of free bike carriage so we decided that two weeks at the end of April in 2014 would be a pleasant holiday. We booked the flights and aparthotel (same one as we stayed at in 2013 as we knew they were set up well for cyclists) on the last day of the offer!
Another of these things which, at the time, sound like a good idea. Well, I suppose it was. Enter the Glenlivet 10k race in mid-April and that will give a focus to the winter training.
Skiing up Cairn Gorm one day, a couple of days later getting the bikes out and a visit up the local glen.
The milder weather meant that the ice has gone from the roads; they are almost free of salt and grit after some days of rain and there is a chance that my feet will not become blocks of ice during a cycle ride.
Weather has been a bit mixed in the last week - wet at times, very windy at others. I wanted a long run as my last long run was quite slow (I blame the mud on the single track), 10km or so along a fairly flat route would do, not on roads and away from the wind.
Scottish Orienteering Night Champs, Saturday 15th February at Kinnoull Hill, Perth. Role = controller = checking that all the stakes are correctly placed and the S.I. units work / match the number on the stake = distance covered in terrain.
Well, that was the intention when I called Paul from Aviemore, but lots happened and it was 3:15pm when I arrived home.
It was announced today that this has been the coldest/snowiest winter in Scotland since 1962 to 1963. I remember that one as I didn’t get to school for three weeks; that was the time it took for us to dig ourselves out as we lived a mile off the ‘main road’. The family had recently bought a freezer but by the end of the three weeks the bread had run out and I recall living on tattie scones.
The second EckO New Year deflab fun run took place on Sunday 3rd January 2010. The format and location was meant to be the same as last year, but the icy weather put paid to part of that! John Anderson reported that the road up to the Nature Reserve at Taynish was impassible but he suggested an alternative.
Will we go sea kayaking in the Raasay / east Skye area or will we go hill-walking around Deeside? This was the question we discussed with our friends Chris & Barbara in mid-July. The weather forecast kept changing and we eventually decided on Deeside as it looked a little unsettled for the sea kayaking.