|Photos courtesy of Sarah Keast|
|Bumped into Clair Maxted in Edale, (who snapped this photo before sinking into the bog on Edale Skyline)|
|I'm helping, really!|
But the day wasn't done yet, first a quick change into running clothes for a fell run, which I was dreading. I advertised my reluctance by not carrying a pack and hoping that would be a hint to get back quickly! A couple of miles into the hills, Jon and Tony started talking about rounding out our 51 mile bike with enough distance to make 100 kilometers on the day. I quickly added that up in my head and it sounded too long. We took a vote, the team split up, with Sarah, Gavin and I sticking to the shorter route. In fact, as soon as Tony and Jon were out of side, Gavin said "Right you lot, let's head back for early showers and a beer". We didn't argue as the darkness and rain arrived simultaneously.
After crashing in Jon's living room for the night, we had one last session planned, a canoe training day on Torside Reservoir. Unfortunately for us, it was just above freezing and raining. Wetsuit, full waterproofs, 3 pairs of socks, etc....didn't begin to keep me warm. And that included the prior decision that falling into the water might be a bad idea. Gavin and I paired up in a boat, I took the power position at the front, with less steering responsibilities. Unfortunately Gavin's shouted directions of "power, power! Power!!" did nothing but make me hysterical with laughter, and my paddling suffered greatly with me rolling on the seat instead. We did get down to business eventually (mostly in an ineffectual attempt to stay warm), and we managed several lengths of the lake in a more or less straight line.
One by one we wilted in the cold, with first Sarah, then me, then Gavin calling it quits. Jon was still gung-ho and managed 5 hours out on the water...I learned a few more pieces of kit that would have been handy to keep me warm. Yet again (and probably many more times to come), I regretted the switch to canoes from kayaks in this summer's adventure races. They are much harder to steer, much colder than covered kayaks, and a darn sight clunkier to carry around.
But a good weekend together as a team for sure. With a few more sessions planned before the Swift AR in June, we should be ready to go!