Except, he's not really. I have climbed three routes within two months, unfortunately two of them were the same (for logistical simplicity). The Cracks at a mere HS 5a was hard, and damp, and Oxine at VS was once again steady, but should be with the second ascent this year. Not exactly a stellar performance.
We did have our own personal photographer this time though, so here are some of Big Jim's (as to differentiate from JfW) snaps. Thanks Jim.
A couple of weekends ago Lee, James and I did the Rat Race
Dirty Weekend – a 20 mile, 200 obstacle, race.
It was okay. The river sections
were really fun (apart from for James who lost his specs and then got
hypothermia, we put it down as a bad day at the office) but some obstacles had
a lot of queuing and there were quite a few using alu scaffolding which wasn’t
hard, just uncomfortable. The final big ‘team’
walls were a comical mess of poor technique.
It wasn’t that hard, yet it was
also quite draining. We finished in
about six and a half hours, which put us exactly mid-table (across all
categories) but we stopped for a pretty long time in the middle.
James’ experience has made me wonder of the worth of such
long events – normally I am ‘hardest, longest, toughest’ but running long
distance requires a slow pace which seems at odds to the gun-ho obstacles. So, after I complained about the events
safety processes (James really was that cold!) and received a hefty discount, Lee
and I have entered the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest in November, which
is a measly 10k, but should allow us to blast it (we even paid the £5 extra to
start in the first wave).
In other news, Felicity is dead. Our beloved Fabia vRS has been part exchanged
for a smart new car after we decided the broken power steering was too much and
too expensive to warrant repairing. And
what a new car it is! Say hello to
Bellatrix Laspeed; an Octavia Estate vRS Blackline Edition. She is a DSG automatic (flappy paddles!) and
I must say, I am an immediate convert.
She is also reasonably rapid.