Sunday, 31 December 2017

Last Walk of 2017

In June David and I went back to the gym (for me, the first time at the gym for more than 13 years) in a bid for me get fitter and make hills more comfortable, although not necessarily faster. On 31st October we ventured out for my first run outdoors for over 12 years. All the time I have been walking between 30 and 50 kilometres a week, to maintain my walk fitness. So on Friday, we decided to do a favourite walk to see if my hill fitness has improved any. In the event, I think it was a bit of an unfair test as there was quite a bit of snow and ice on the ground which inevitably impacted on our pace, although the Kahtoola Microspikes came into their own and definitely helped.

The favourite hill is of course, Meall a’ Bhuachaille, and we haven’t been there for over five years, I was happy to be back.

I didn’t get as many photographs as I would have liked as my camera battery doesn’t like the cold, but I didn’t want to hang about myself particularly, it was chilly. The lighting was rather wonderful. Fab day out with TTS.


Taken as we left Ryvoan Bothy


Looking along the Craiggowie ridge from the cairn


Roughly 9.16 km and about 529 m total ascent


Craig said...

lovely pictures. it will be no fun if you can join in our complaining of how we feel after a full day of walking, because you will be in such good shape! :-)

Louise said...

Oh, I'll still be complaining about aches and pains, don't worry! But thank you for the vote of confidence ;-)

Vanessa Ling said...

A few weeks ago I was asked to give a reason for wanting to be fitter. I said: to be able to walk uphill with a full pack at the start of a 2 week backpacking holiday without feeling I'm going to die. I guess you've cracked that. Well done!

Vanessa Ling said...

I give up. So many steps to go through and then it lost my comnent, but well done.

Louise said...

That's exactly what I want! And I'm certainly hoping that it'll work...or I'll be seriously hacked off at all the wasted effort! Good luck with your training ;-)