Digging In and Trying Hard (EBC – 10 weeks to go)

Sunday 25th August 2013

Only ten weeks to go, this time next week it will be in single figures. Having drawn up a list of things to do before then I have yet to do any of them. Well, it’s back to school next week so that’s a chance to refocus and make sure I complete the programme I set out. The summer holiday has been very busy and proved difficult to keep a steady rhythm to my  plans. I do now understand, in only a small way,  how single minded people have to be to achieve far more than I ever will. You really have to be prepared to sacrifice lots of different things to reach training goals, which in turn lead to greater achievements.

Well ‘Training Camp 2’, the second week of our holiday, is now over, and what a great time we had in the glorious Cornwall sunshine walking stretches of the South West Coastal Path. It was always interesting, challenging and good fun but on some of those paths there is only a foot between you and the beach, rocks and sea, a few hundred feet below.

Stats of the this week in Cornwall. Weight lost …zero. Weight added …zero. Ice creams eaten eight. Yoga time none. Circuits, three…hard work in the hotel gym! Bike rides, in gym, two. Walks five; 17hrs 36mins; distance 31miles and 5304ft climbed. It was, I think, good practice, there are lots of ups and downs, deep gorges and ravines and even a few scrambles. One fairly hairy one round a headland top before running down to a beautiful beach below. Wainwright’s words (watch where you put your feet) were never more true on the evening stretch walking down to Pendeen Watch and The Lighthouse in the fading light of a wonderful day. What did I learn this week. Three things.There are some places it is best never to walk in the dark. The SWCP is top of my list. Always to be done in daylight. There are lots of friendly people around. Special thanks to the two ladies in St Ives Tourist Information who gave us some really good tips about the ‘severe’ stretch of the SWCP between St Ives and Pendeen Watch. Also to the two people who helped us thread our way to St Ives through the ‘Dunes’ and Hayle. I also learnt Liverpool is the liveliest place to be on Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays!!

Scenes from the walking include those below.

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Lots of bays you will never be able to reach. Only for seals!
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There is a view like this around every corner.

Leaving Portreath, looking ahead!

Leaving Portreath, looking ahead!

Deserted tin Mines near Portreath

Abandoned Tin Mines near Portreath

This was the third of these inside a mile!

This was the third of these inside a mile!

It's a long way down at some points.

It’s a long way down at some points.

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065We looked at this for 16 miles!

064  Pendeen Beach.

No fund raising this last week although I believe there is a golf day coming up, another Car Boot and a Coffee Morning, I hope this finally passes the target.

Have a good week, enjoy the good weather. It is still summer in England!

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