Weekend Training

09 February 2015

Saturday started off with a quick cycle round Derwent water doing a recce for the Short Triathlon for a friend and also a warm up for myself before I went for a run. The cycle was a leisurely pace which was good as I was planning on doing the run afterwards. As we cycled round the lake I noticed the clouds were really low and i couldn’t help think to myself that my planned short lattrig run might turn into a longer skiddaw run to get above the clouds.

After the Cycle and a quick refuel and I was off out again for a run up to Latrigg. I decided to take the Long Triathlon route up latrigg as its quite a steep incline that I haven’t done in quite a while. I was feeling good and the going was quite dry for this time of year so I decided to up my pace to see if I had got faster since i last ran that section. I didn’t think I had don’t quite as well because I had to slow down an a couple of sections due to snow but when I got back and checked my strava results I had PR’d on that section.

On the top of latrigg i was in the clouds so i though I would give Jenkins hill a bash to see if I could get above the clouds for some nice pictures as I was filming with me GoPro and also had my IPhone with my for pictures. I wasn’t disappointed as half way up Jenkins i was above the clouds. So a quick call to the wife for clearance and I carried on to Little Man to take some pictures of the inversion. It was quite hot in the sun and there was very little wind so for the first time this year I took my windproof off to cool down. On the top of Little Man i was blessed with the most spectacular inversion so I stayed on the top for a couple of minutes admiring the views. Running back down I was feeling strong and PR’d on my decent as well.

Sunday morning was my regular swim. This was my first time back in the Lake for two weeks due to my injury. I had never missed more than one week before since starting back in August. This was certainly on my limits as far as how cold it was. The water temperature was 2.3 Degrees Celsius and as one point I was swimming through the ice. We had to stick quite close to the shore as the ice was two thick by the island. This was a blessing really because I was getting quite cold by the time we were heading back. From the Boat landings to friar’s crag I was feeling very cold but on the way back I was starting to get used to it. Some say that when it starts feeling warmer it is the beginning of Hypothermia setting in. I kept in shallow waters just in case I needed to get out in a hurry but managed to get there and back. I tried using some thermal gloves under my wetsuit gloves but this proved to be a bad idea as the water moved around more which cool my hands down a lot quicker than just the wetsuit gloves. Maybe a smaller set of gloves might work as they would be tighter on my hands.

It’s now Monday and I am back on my bike and I have completed my 58 miles round trip to work which was good at the temperature has risen to 5 degrees so it felt quite warm in comparison to last week’s temperatures of down to -7.

swimming in ice
above the clouds


Andy Nichol

Andy Nichol

My name is Andy I am 38 and have been a keen outdoor sports enthusiast all my life. I have never really competed before but recently decided to work on my fitness I have set myself a goal for the 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival Triathlon and want to not only compete but to get a decent result. Already I have cycled over 7000 miles this year but I really need to concentrate more on the other two disciplines.

  • Location: Keswick
  • Event entered: Long Triathlon
  • Favourite cake: Black Forest Gateau

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