|Snowy Eastern Reeks|
I took the lovely Ruby to the Galtees a couple of days after Carrauntoohil for a climb up Galty Mor, at 920mtrs an Irish Munroe. There was a dusting of snow and the day was fine and calm. This was about 14k and had about 1000mtrs of ascent. Her short little legs ate up the ground but I think she was exhausted by the time we got back to the car. Ruby is my little dog by the way.
|GaltyMor fron Lough Curragh|
Margaret and me headed to Fort William again via London for a few days touring. We traveled up and back on the Caledonian Sleeper train and enjoyed spectacular weather and snow blanketing everywhere. I would really recommend this train as a way to travel, of course it helps that as an employee of Irish Rail I get a massive discount. Anyway a great trip that showed Lochaber and Argyll at their best.
Last Tuesday I went to the Reeks again and as I had been a little piggy on the Scottish holiday decided that I needed a good outing, so I opted for the Hags Glen horseshoe. This is a big outing that basically covers all the Reeks in one big round. This involves about 15 kilometers and about 1800mtrs of climbing so it served as a fitting purge after my slurge. I covered this in five hours twenty minutes and was well pleased.
This brought me to yesterday where I decided to enter the Mallow 10 mile road run. I have been having a few problems with my knees so I was a little wary of ten miles on the road. It was also a new experience for me running in a crowd. I started off quite tentatively but soon got into my stride and was feeling good. I was going a good pace and found my competative instincts kicking in as I was constantly picking out the next target to overtake. Anyway I was really delighted to finish in 71 minutes 48 seconds. There is a bit of life in this old dog yet. The training for the Alps has oficially started. I finished 282nd out of over 800.