With the next Cumbrian trip fast approaching it was full steam ahead with my attempt to get fit so that I could keep up with Mr JH out on the fells (if not keep up, at least trail only a few paces behind).
Jogs consisted of two per week, depending on work commitments and no more than 2k in distance. Results were patchy but fitness was improving and I planned to do a 3k before leaving Sussex.
Just in case the jogging wasn’t enough, I also tried an exercise video found by my grandson. However, just looking at the lady on the telly made me feel depressed. She appeared to be incredibly fit* before she started and never got tired!! As you can see, my arms were moving enthusiastically but sadly the rest of my body wasn’t on message.
The time came to travel north once more. I had one final attempt at 3k before setting off. I had to settle for 2; my time was poor and I was exhausted afterwards. This was not ideal preparation for the fells. Upon arrival, the weather also turned against us with only one dry day out of nine. Inevitably we had to curtail our ascents to stay safe.
Despite being disappointed with preparation, I was pleased with my stamina and delighted to capture ten summits. Mr JH achieved twelve, leaving him 39 to complete the remaining Wainwrights. I now have 86 under my belt, with my goal being 100.
We are now back in Sussex and I intend to get back to the training regime ready for next year’s adventures. If I have anything mind-blowing to report, I’ll get back to you … in the meantime, this is the reason I’m doing it …
*Note to self – upload ‘fitness’ video with which viewers could identify, ideally featuring a middle-aged lady (with hips) who puffs her way through a simple routine and collapses in a heap afterwards.