Entry 5 - Training (IOM)
This week we got off to a good start with our training, two lunch time walks during work and our first ‘team’ walk in the Manx hills.
South Barrule was the chosen route for our first challenge, this is the highest hill in the south of the Isle of Man. Being novice walkers we took it upon ourselves to just ‘go with the flow’ and follow a footpath. This soon took us off track through thick heather which at 5ft 4” felt like I was climbing through 6ft snow drifts!!
After catching our breathe on the way up we did eventually make it to the top, fortunately it was a dry day but the good old manx wind was pretty blustery at the top, a couple of quick ‘selfies’ and we started our descent.
‘Going with the flow’ at this point may not have been such a good idea as we soon found ourselves surrounded by the conifer plantations of which the only way I can describe us getting through this was by squatting under the trees to find daylight!
2 hours and 20 minutes later we arrived back at the car park, a harsh lesson learnt that we must plan our route beforehand.
Waking up today (Sunday) I felt fit enough to get out and run my first 5.5 miles of 2015 and the only comfort being that we have hopefully started our training early enough to try and complete this challenge. I also had a thought to contact my cousin Tom Cubbon who lives an hour away from the Lakes and has himself competed in adventure races, fell running, night navigation, iron man, Isle of Man Manx marathon and last summer a 2 day mountain marathon, if anyone is qualified to give me advise this was my man!
So continue on we must and train train train, until next week……..