September 23rd, 2012

View from study (sunny)

Another physical challenge successfully completed!

A few weeks ago, I cycled to Barmouth which was the first of my self-imposed physical challenges for this year. Yesterday I achieved another, which was to climb Cadair Idris. Again it was an isolated fine sunny day that tempted me to just go for it and though I definitely didn't set any records for speed, I plodded my way all the way to the summit.

The view from the top.

Cadair Idris summit trig point

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This is the steep and dramatic side. The cliffs are the reason why the path has to take an easier route to the ridge and then follow the ridge to the highest point.

Cadair Idris

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I did get a little anxious when I set off back down because I realised that no one else was coming up, so the people who were at the top when I left were the only others on the mountain and if they passed me on the way down -- perfectly possibly considering the speed I was going! -- I would have been alone, which is not good. But though I saw a couple following me in the distance, they didn't catch me up, so all was well and though the sun was sinking towards the west, the light hadn't really started to fade and I made it back down to the car park at about 6.30 pm.

Evening descent

Today I haven't done very much at all, but I'm not as stiff as I feared.

Current state of play regarding the physical challenges:

1) Climb Cadair Idris (893 metres / 2930 feet)
2) Cycle to Barmouth and back (17½ miles / 28 km)
3) Run to Penmaenpool (2 miles / 3.2 km)
4) Make a 3-5 minute hooping video outdoors (somewhere beautiful!)

I have actually done one 10 minute "run". That is I ran until I was out of breath, then walked for a bit, then ran for a bit etc. for five minutes, then turned round and repeated the process until I got back home. But the two big challenges that required good weather to be enjoyable are now achieved.

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