Friday, 14 August 2015

Supporting C2C cycle ride

Well, I'm back in the land of runners again after a nice break post Lakeland 100. I totally switched off from running for a week and had a good recharge, physically and mentally, and since then I have just been doing some steady running, keeping my heart rate at a very comfortable level.

We did get away for a few days in the camper van and enjoyed some great weather over in Filey which gave me the opportunity to have a run on the final stages of the Hardmoors 110 route.

I have decided that I'm going to stay in this easy mode for another week so that when we go out to Chamonix next week I will be in a position to make the most of the trails out there. It is strange to say this, but I felt that I missed out on the trails in the Alps last year as I was resting before the UTMB race, so this time round, as we are there to spectate (and drink cappuccinos), I am intending to make the most of the awesome trails.

Although this is primarily a blog on running, I have to post a massive congratulations to my step-father, Paul, who has just completed the C2C cycle ride in only 12 hours. He has acted as support crew for me on many occasions and it was great to be able to repay him with road support for his adventure. It was not without drama as his rear gear cable snapped just before Penrith, but I zoomed ahead and primed the mechanic in Arragon's cycles to be ready for a quick repair. To be honest, Paul didn't take much looking after and Tracey and I just seemed to spend the day driving round some wonderful countryside, drinking cappuccinos and hot chocolate and occasionally telling Paul to drink a bit more. Apart from getting up at 5am, it was a fairly easy job. Not bad for a 68 year old!

I put this video together for Paul but thought I'd pop it on here too - it might inspire a few of you to have a go at the challenge.