Avalanche Endurance Events : Ricochet training : Week 10

Week 10 and I have the Paras’ 10…or Not The Paras’ 10…

This week’s blog is brought to you by the Electric Light Orchestra, because Mr Blue Sky made a big difference to my weekend.

Runnin' down the avenue,(Pant, Pant, Pant) See how the sun shines brightly

Runnin’ down the avenue,(Pant, Pant, Pant)
See how the sun shines brightly

Monday 29 June 2015

We drove home from Whitby.

Tuesday 30 June 2015

I was catching up with work, but my stomach was feeling very painful anyway.

Wednesday 01 July 2015

I was planning to go and see the doctor but I just had too much work to get through and the opportunity was lost.  The pain in my stomach and my right hip, and my overall discomfort, continued, so I knew I had to make time to do it.

Thursday 02 July 2015

I finally made it to see the doctor, and I found her to be very good.  She appeared to understand everything I was telling her and agreed with some of the conclusions I had come to.  She thought that going from doing a lot of exercise to doing practically nothing had had a big effect on my body overall, and that it was almost collapsing in on itself as a result.  She recommended that I did a lot of stretching until I felt able to do full exercise again.  She began to recommend that I eat more flaxseed and linseed for my digestion problem (which she thought may well also be causing the pain in my right hip), when I mentioned that I used to add flaxseed to my food before I was injured.  She thought that its disappearance from my diet may well have led to how my digestion was now.  At least I now had a plan of action.  As I was leaving she asked me to use their machine to take my blood pressure as they did not have a recent reading on file.  The machine said that if the reading was higher than 150/90 I should repeat it.  My first reading was 135/109 with a pulse of 120bpm, so I repeated it, to produce a reading of 126/103 with a pulse of 63bpm.  I decided to give it one final try and produced a reading of 99/86 with a pulse of 111bpm.  I have no idea what any of that means.

The weather forecast for the weekend was hot.  Very hot.  I had done ‘hot’ at the Paras’ 10 last year, though.

(not quite) running up that hill

(not quite) running up that hill

An email came through from them bringing the start time forward to 0900 to avoid the worst heat of the day.  They obviously had concerns because they also stated that this time they would not be having 1:50 pacers, saying “This day is about getting round safely and having a good experience; it’s not about a race.”  I could understand their concern because they must have had the shadow of the recent inquest into the deaths of the SAS (R) guys in the heat in the Brecon Beacons looming large over them.

We enjoyed yet another delicious meal from Hello Fresh, chicken and pandan infused rice, a Singaporean dish.

Not panda

Not panda

Friday 03 July 2015

Suddenly there was a post on the Paras’ 10 Facebook page saying it was postponed because of the weather.  Nobody seemed willing to believe that was true.  A second post confirmed it was authentic, and an email from them backed this up.  “The worsening forecast for high heat and humidity meant that the medical risk to the safety of runners was too high.”  There were a lot of disappointed people out there.  I think the shadow of the inquest forced their hand and left them with no real choice in the matter.  They could not afford to run it and have something happen, because that would likely see it cancelled forever.  That left more than a few of us with some spare time on our hands, and thankfully Karl Rushen and Sean Linehan came to the rescue with a Not The Paras’ 10 tab at a location which was far too close to me for me to be able to get out of it.

Saturday 04 July 2015

A number of us did The 100 Peaks Challenge ‘Not The Paras’ 10′ Training Tab, and you can read more about that here.

A brilliant turn out at such short notice

A brilliant turn out at such short notice

I had the children for the rest of the weekend and we took a walk down to the park in St Albans to get ice cream.

  1. Tabbing (Ivinghoe Beacon) – 4.3 miles – 1 hour 37 minutes 01 seconds

Sunday 05 July 2015

I was recovering from the day before, so I took the children to the cinema, which always means popcorn.

Positives from this week – despite the Paras’ 10 being postponed we still got out for a tab.

Runnin' down the avenue,(Pant, Pant, Pant) See how the sun shines brightly

Runnin’ down the avenue,(Pant, Pant, Pant)
See how the sun shines brightly

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