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Another concern of mine has been the kayaking, particularly day 1 which involves 2 crossings on the same day - Sound of Mull and the Corran narrows. Very kindy, Tony from Sea Freedom Kayak based in Oban has offered to see me across both sections. I'm not a kayaker by any stretch of the imagination so this is great news as having expert help sorted so quickly will help put my mind at ease. Ominously he has advised me to practise in advance 'when it's choppy'! You can support their business here www.seafreedomkayak.co.uk
As well as getting help sorted, I have also done more work on the route. I have known the order of the hills for a while now but have finally got round to plotting the route on 1:50000 maps this week. As a self confessed map geek I can't claim that this is onerous; quite the opposite! Pure pleasure. However it has given me a real taste of what lies in store. Some of the days are HUGE and none are soft. Whether I can stick to the schedule I have set remains to be seen and I guess there's only one way to find out. Gulp.
Days 1 -5
Like I said the training has gone OK. I've still a long way to go to get to peak fitness but then I've got a lot of time to do it. Don't want to peak too early! This week was:
W: 1 hr 20 round Wansfell
T: 2 hr 20 Fairfield horseshoe plus a bit
F: 1 hr Potter Tarn loop
S: 1 hr Scout Scar
S: 1hr 40 Loughrigg Silverhow
Total 7 hrs running 9000 feet of ascent
None of it terribly fast. I'll try to up it a bit next week although being back at work will make everything that bit harder, as it does.
15 weeks to go
Fairfield summit on Thursday