Saturday, 29 September 2007
Drove to the coast and watched seals, a variety of gulls, small waders, and looked for a small bird that resembled a penguin (and had been reintroduced following its extermination through oil pollution). Ended up drinking tea and watching the surfers in the next bay south from Pacifica.
Friday, 28 September 2007
Sharon beside San Francisco Bay with the skyline behind her.
The fog bound Golden Gate Bridge
Sharon crossing the GGB
After chowder at Sausalito we continued our journey in sunshine along via Mill Valley past a village of houseboats and a seaplane base, through some very expensive housing to Tiburon where we caught the ferry back to SF (with the same hundreds of other cyclists doing the same route) passing Alcatraz and gaining great views of the skyline of SF. We rode 26km.
Thursday, 27 September 2007
After 19 hours traveling (22 hours since we got up) we arrived at Pacifica (a town south and west of San Francisco) where we have booked a room in a hotel for three nights. After a walk on the beach at 1800 hours (0200 at home) we sat and had a drink on our balcony. It doesn't feel real. 22 hours ago we watched the sun rise over Manchester airport, it is now setting in the west over the Pacific! We are going to get tired very soon!
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
We set off from Lancaster today. Train to Manchester Airport. Bus to Hotel. Flight 8.15am tomorrow morning to Heathrow, 10.50am to San Francisco.
Moved out of Number 6 Oakbank Cottages ... all the way to Number 5 to watch the rugby. 44 - 22 England - Samoa. Picked up our first transport in Lancaster, Tom and Barbs campervan. Kangaroo'd down Windermere Road towards Ambleside (the gas/petrol switching takes some getting used to!). Rejected by 4 restaurants (never knew Ambleside was so busy on a Saturday night). Ribeye steak t Traveler's Rest at Grasmere in King and Queen chairs. Chilean Merlot - yummy. First night of our adventures camped beside Thirlmere at Armboth Carpark. Must be the Lakes - it poured down.
Friday, 14 September 2007
See the video of him racing up the hill to the finish here
Monday, 10 September 2007
1 mile swim
38 mile bike ride including the Kirkstone Pass
9 mile run taking in Helvellyn.
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After a good swim I set off on the bike ride where at St John's in the Vale I was 6 minutes up on my best practice ride time. On the Kirkstone Pass I pushed up two sections in order to conserve energy for the next stage. A 80KM per hour descent of the pass led easily back to Glenridding leading to a time 6 minutes better than my best to date! Off on the run I felt fine having eaten (well rather swallowed) a diet of power gels, bananas and energy drink but once on the first hill my heart rate shot up to 184 then settled down to 177 and I could not go any faster than a walk. Once on the flat I was able to jog until I gained Swirral Edge when I was reduced to hands and feet while I scrambled up the last climb to the summit in 1hour 34mins. The descent was painful but I ran all the way and finished in a time of 5hours 51 minutes in a position of 26th in the super vets (414 overall)! A great event, I will be back next year. Sub 5hours 30mins???
Swim - 34:44
Transition 1 - 4:59
Run - 2.35:49
Total time 5.51:02
Position 414/460 overall/26th/32 Supervets
Video of the mass start of the swim can be seen here