#29late 30 days of peaks
So the aftermath arrives - stories swapped about being blown off the bike in the wind, snatched reacquaintances, the relief of finishing in one piece, bittersweet with a below target performance, beer drunk, big gathering of friends after, the whole post Peaks experience.
The actual race for me? Went out hard over Ingleborough and was going well, pushed onto Whernside still well up on previous efforts but struggling with being tall with a large bike in the wind. Starting to get hungry down to Ribblehead wasn’t a good sign and the flaws in my eating and drinking started to appear. By the turn high on Penyghent, the cramp was complete, forcing a sit down, contemplative moment lasting several minutes. And then a limp to the summit and back. No magic PB and 10 minutes or so lost.
Lessons learned on a tougher than anticipated day due to the wind and sun. Another one in the bank.Pic: Phil Haygarth