We went to Rhossili and out to the Worm, Fall Bay, Mewslade Bay and the cliffs in between to hunt for some of the best views in Wales.
I've been responding pretty well to training so far this year. Skills have been developing nicely and my fitness and core stability have measurably improved. Numbers are similar to last year, and my left leg is working better. So I was really knocked back when I had an email telling me that this year's new race for XTERRA (off road triathlon), XTERRA Wales, had been cancelled.
I train for about 6 months to prepare for a big race that I want to perform well in. This year is my 8th consecutive year racing triathlon, and it’s a lot of work (fun, but also work) to prepare myself as best I can. So what do I do now?
A sunny, muddy run followed by some greyer, colder walking on the Gower.
Last weekend we went out to the tip of the Gower again to a tidal island. Dunes, huge beaches and ocean.
Jack had a busy birthday weekend but we still managed to get out walking to a place none of us had visited before.
Out looking for snow on the hills. Fair weather was forecast, but it doesn't even last the journey to the start of the walk.
Any excuse to go back to Three Cliffs Bay.
We removed last years nest and the remaining failed blue tit egg, ready for a new family to find and move into.
2016 was a pile of crap I don't want to repeat. But 2017 is here, and if we stop looking to the future we're going to walk into something or trip over our own shoelaces. Or fall down an open manhole. Or step in front of a bus.
XTERRA is coming to Wales in June! And I'm really looking forward to it and thoroughly (well, almost thoroughly) enjoying the start of my preparations and training for it. Anything can go wrong in XTERRA, with crashes and usually demanding terrain throwing the unexpected at you. It's long and tough in different ways to a standard distance road triathlon, and the weather can completely change the conditions for the day overnight. it's hard and it's difficult, and those are two different things. Training is similar but different. Preparations are similar but different. Great!
Running the Christmas Pudding run at Merthyr Mawr. Sand dunes, mud, streams and hills. Great fun. It'd be even more fun if I could run fast.