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Last weekend I was based in Coniston in the Lake District to get some training in for my upcoming Atlas Mountains trip and for the Yorkshrie Three Peaks race (which I foolishly entered at 3.30am one sleepless night). The Saturday was spent breaking in my new Scarpa Mt Blanc boots whilst walking up and down the Old Man of Coniston with a medium weight pack. The boots were a good fit, relatively wide around the toes, with a solid base that provided little give. There were only small patches of snow on the hill so I didn’t get a chance to try it with crampons on- fingers crossed that next weekend will be colder! The training plan is simply to get used to walking up hills with some weight on my back. The walk itself was a pleasant change to my usual training routes, with views over the Lake District, featuring Coniston in the foreground. By taking a less popular route up we were able to avoid the crowds till the summit. Upon our return we settled into one of Coniston’s pubs to watch the Six Nations with a couple of local ales.

On Sunday we got our running kit on and ran the last 18 miles of the Lakeland 100 route. I have never run any of the route and was surprised that the route wasn’t as sadistically hilly as I had imagined, but that said it is a 100 mile race! It was useful for those of us entering the event this year to recce the course. The printed route was thorough but there were still some areas that would prove troublesome to navigate across with poor weather and low visibility. There was a fine balance between carrying just the right volume of water, snacks and layers without ending up carrying an excessively heavy pack that would slow you down. I’ll confess that January’s training tapered off into something more reminiscent of December’s Christmas partying, so I felt the pain in the last few miles of that 18 miler!

In other news, I have entered a few events – the East Leake triathlon at the end of March, the Yorkshire Three Peaks race at the end of April and I am in the ballot for the London triathlon at the end of July… fingers crossed I get a place πŸ™‚

Keep running!
GeekintheHills

On Sunday we got our running kit on and ran the last 18 miles of the Lakeland 100 route. I have never run any of the route and was surprised that the route wasn’t as sadistically hilly as I had imagined, but that said it is a 100 mile race! It was useful for those of us entering the event this year to recce the course. The printed route was thorough but there were still some areas that would prove troublesome to navigate across with poor weather and low visibility. There was a fine balance between carrying just the right volume of water, snacks and layers without ending up carrying an excessively heavy pack that would slow you down. I’ll confess that January’s training tapered off into something more remniscent of December’s Christmas partying, so I felt the pain in the last few miles of that 18 miler!

In other news, I have entered a few events – the East Leake triathlon at the end of March, the Yorkshire Three Peaks race at the end of April and I am in the ballot for the London triathlon at the end of July… fingers crossed I get a place πŸ™‚

Keep running!
GeekintheHills

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2 thoughts on “Coniston Reconnaissance

  1. Did you recce the lake for swimming? I’m planning to swim it in the summer. I’m also thinking of entering the East Leake tri – but not going to decide until later (which may mean that it’s full).

    • I didn’t brave the lake itself but would love to hear of your future efforts. Coincidentally last weekend the Big Chill Swim was being held in Windermere… brr!

      The East Leake tri is well organised (unlike me, forgetting my front wheel last time I entered!) It’s a great start of season event which I’m hoping to use to baseline my progress this year. Maybe see you there!

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