If someone were to ask me how my walk was today, I would have to reply ‘hilly!’
After missing the first training walk last month I was keen to get my Trailwalker campaign off to a good start. Fortunately our April training coincided with a break in the recent run of awful weather we’ve been experiencing. To make the most of the sunshine, our training organiser Alan thought we could do with gaining and losing some vertical distance to help build up our stamina – lucky us!
After setting off around 10am we proceeded to walk up and down all the steep bits around Box Hill (in Surrey) and didn’t encounter any flat terrain before lunch. The afternoon didn’t provide any respite as upon resumption our route characterised the rest of the day:
We were permitted one further slight pause in the afternoon whilst Alan formulated the final act in our day of hilly torture and eventually returned to our starting point a little after five thirty.
Inspection of my GPS tracking data revealed that we had only covered around 18km distance but had climbed 1250m and descended the same amount (that’s only around 100m shy of climbing Ben Nevis). When our day’s route was considered (below) it was easy to see how those figures were achieved – hilly repetition!
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Although it was an extremely tiring day, I enjoyed my first outing with the 2013 Trailwalker line-up (plus Grace), and I’m sure the training value was immense. I regularly think whilst walking in the hills how lucky I am to have participated in the ITAP trial. Without ITAP, a day’s training such as today in preparation for an endeavour such as Trailwalker would be a hopeless dream. At least today I made the most of the chance I’ve been given!