The week to 12th April

Well a quick summing up of a fantastic week out on the hills and trails around North Wales again.

Managed another quality week of 90plus km running plus a good 90km solid bike ride yesterday and feeling strong. Time to start tapering  bit for the Fellsman. Thee next week or so is featuring a management training course for me for a few days and I will be scaling back the mileage now, with some Tempo runs and some sprint sessions instead of long days out… This should get my turnover up and my cruising speed/ efficiency  improved.

I have been using both pairs of shoes that I have been given recently, the Hoka OneOne’s and also the Salewa Speed Ascents and again whilst these shoes are very different types of trail shoe I am really enjoying running in both pairs. A review will be forthoming in around 2 weeks after the fellsman.

The Hoka’s will be the shoe to use on the Fellsman for sure.

Cadair Idris afternoon

Hoka OneOne’s on Cadair Idris

 

The Salewa Speed Ascents are feeling speedy and will be featuring in my faster run sessions. They are firm and snappy with remarkable good grip and good ground feel and suited to this type of running.

The Salewa Speed Ascents out on a great 22km circuit on Y Diffwys in the Rhinoogs, a quiet morning with noo one around and remote hills. The shoes felt snappy and precise

The Salewa Speed Ascents out on a great 22km circuit on Y Diffwys in the Rhinoogs, a quiet morning with noo one around and remote hills. The shoes felt snappy and precise

This week featured

Cnicht and the Moelwyns beautiful sunny day

Clegyr Road, Fachwen and quarries to Nant Peris

Glyders in really foul weather with Duncan

The Glyders from Capel

Heading from Yr Ogof towards Glyder Fach and Tryfan, amazing views and so quiet here

Heading from Yr Ogof towards Glyder Fach and Tryfan, amazing views and so quiet here

 

Brian Wills heading up Yr Ogoof on the Glyders Traverse

Brian Wills heading up Yr Ogof on the Glyders Traverse

 

Heading up onto Y Garn

Heading up onto Y Garn

Looking down Ogwne Valley and Llyn Bochlwyd. We were scoping out scramble routes for more vertical days out in the hills from the village. The more ways to go up something the better...

Looking down Ogwn Valley and Llyn Bochlwyd. We were scoping out scramble routes for more vertical days out in the hills from the village. The more ways to go up something the better…

Cadair Idris and neighbours – beautiful sunny day

Looking back upp at the descent from Cadair - I went up the pony path then ran around the various summits before descending the riidge on the left - a really steep loos scree/rocky stepped descent, where I was well pleased by the performance and grip of the Hoka OneOne's

Looking back up at the descent from Cadair – I went up the pony path then ran around the various summits before descending the ridge on the left – a really steep loos scree/rocky stepped descent, where I was well pleased by the performance and grip of the Hoka OneOne’s. I meet Paul Jenkinson in the car park after he returned from a blast up the hill and shared a coffee. Good to catch up. Then I headed over to Dyffryn Ardudwy to camp the night and have a couple of beers

Y Diffwys and Pont Scethin – Rhinogs – super wild and remote – sunny day. The day after the Cadair run I decided to run a ridge I have looked at a few times when on an MTB route that we like a lot – The Pont Scethin Loop. The hills above and behind Pont Scethin are so quiet and remote and are a lovely ridge with great views of Cadair, the Barmouth Estuary and up towards Snowdon Massif and the terrain is a great mix of technical rock and dirt tracks, often faint and moorland with some cart track descents back down to the village of Tal Y Bont where I had parked. The run took me up through woodlands and vallleys oon the the ridges for a great trip out in  my Salewa Speed Ascents, which felt great on this run. Snappy, firm, forefoot encouraging and plenty of ground feel

The Salewa Speed Ascents out on a great 22km circuit on Y Diffwys in the Rhinoogs, a quiet morning with noo one around and remote hills. The shoes felt snappy and precise

The Salewa Speed Ascents out on a great 22km circuit on Y Diffwys in the Rhinoogs, a quiet morning with noo one around and remote hills. The shoes felt snappy and precise. I felt pretty fast and light legged today and am increasingly happy with the place I am with regards to fitness currently. It seems the struggles for running in Cambodia in the heat have helped me on my return to the UK

Looking back towards Y diffwys from the ridge up on the Rhinogau. Not a soul about and the weather was great

Looking back towards Y diffwys from the ridge up on the Rhinogau. Not a soul about and the weather was great

Atmospheric Views from Y Diffwys towards Cadair and the Mawddach Estuary

Atmospheric Views from Y Diffwys towards Cadair and the Mawddach Estuary

Road Biking over the Llanberis pass to the Crimea and back via Rhyd and the Nant Gwynant

Its now blasting rain and wind outside and I am cooking some rocky road for supplies for the Fellsman and a 24hr Pork Belly is in the oven for dinner tonight. A day off ( Sunday it is this week…)

I have managed 256km since 22 March and 11500m ascent running so feel that I have put some good miles into the legs and hope that its going to be enough for a solid Fellsman finish – The Fellsman aim is to get round in around 14hrs and not be a total mess for months afterwards….I am keen to recover and start working on some other missions that are starting to take shape… A successful fellsman will hopefully springboard me fitness wise this year and open some challenges up that I have been thinking about for some time…

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