I am spending from now until Christmas just kicking back and enjoying things. No pressure, just relaxing stuff. I defered my place for Glen Ogle until next year as I just can't get my fitness up in time plus one or two other factors prompted the decision and honestly it's like a weight has been lifted. I am getting down to finishing my SVQ for work it's all coming together nicely now. Thank God.
Yesterday I took the mountain bike and the dog and let loose in Ae Forest which is very close to where I live. It was brilliant, a lovely day, coldish when I started out, but halfway up the first climb I had to disrobe a layer LOL.
I headed off on the blue route but at the top of the climb I saw a post which said, escape route to car park, so not knowing how much further blue route when I opted for that. I have since discover that there's not that much difference in length. (Downloaded 7Stanes map of Ae)so will be giving that a go next. Think I may have done about five miles or so. Managing gears a bit better now, I suppose it's only practice really. Kona had an absolute ball, she had plenty of undergrowth to root in and more than enough water for her to splash about in. I must admit Ae is lovely, but huge, and proably a bit scary if you get lost. I did have a proper map and compass with me and stuck to marked routes, but well I get a bit experimental at times. Now one thing I did this time was leave a note of where I was going and how long I expected to be. So brownie points for me.
Kona found a scabby old ball in the car park and was not leaving without it. I managed to foil her plans though, after all how many scabby old balls does one dog need to litter my house with. That's Margaret bike on the bike rack there. A present from a friend and we've already had a couple of adventures. We entered the Kielder RunBikeRun, bike and I. It was a lovely day which showed off Kielder very well and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A lass from Newcastle area and I came in joint last but what does that matter. It did however show me that I have a lot to learn about biking.
So what's next. I was about to say not much but I have booked myself on a Navigation course in the Lakes, Ambleside in fact. Having two nights in a B & B down there and am really looking forward to it. I have much to learn navigation wise. Bring it on. Hopefully will get some Christmas shopping done too.
So that's a quick catch up on things. I have plans in my head for next year, just need to get them down on paper ready for the start of training, but as I said just relaxing now until after Christmas. When I think about it, it's been a hectic year and as I am not getting any younger LOL I think it's taken quite a lot out of me, more mentally than physically perhaps. Re-charge batteries methinks.