Friday, 7 September 2012

After all the hype, the outcome is low key!

Back in May 2012 I was worrying that I was going to have open heart surgery!
The first things I was told by the consultant cardiologist when I was
referred to him following my heart scan was that my aortic valve was going
to need replacing. Today, while seeing my GP to follow up on another scan
by the cardiologist the words used were, 'mild' and 'at most moderate'!
'Let's continue to observe...'

Why don't they think before they give people the worst case scenario?

As my GP said, 'it is hard to tell these days what is 'normal' because there
are such detailed tests available showing that we are all different!

Roll on the bottom of the Grand Canyon without any worries about my heart
packing in!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Watching the Paralympic cycling

We are at the first day of track cycling in the velodrome. Women's individual pursuit final should be a GB gold.
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Sailing in the Outer Hebrides

Al, Brian and me on a journey around the outer hebrides. Weather superb but no wind so motoring everywhere.
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Monday, 23 July 2012

My new friend on the fells


A very wet Luna on the Borrowdale Beck round in thick fog and driving rain. Is it really July?



This was the route that we ran but didn't see.


By the way, it isn't my dog, it's Ben's and she is staying with us while he is doing the Megalanche in Les Deux Alpes

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Langdale round from New Dungeon Ghyll. Training for the Celtman support.


My 16k training route.  4hours 20 mins with 1312m ascent.  I should be OK for the Celtman support next weekend.  ("Transition T2A in Glen Torridon (this acts as the mountain safety checkpoint and cut‐off. It’s also
where athletes pick‐up their compulsory support runner for the high mountain section of the run)
‐ 15km off‐road through the high mountains  of the Beinn Eighe massif"!)


On the summit of Bowfell 1hour 30 mins from New Dungeon Ghyll



Looking back at the ledges descent route off Bowfell from the summit of  Rossett Pike.  2 hours 7 mins. 


On the way up to Pike of Stickle from Stake Pass



Looking back towards Bowfell from the summit of Pike of Stickle.  3 hours into the run. 


The view down to Stickle Tarn from the summit of Harrison's Stickle.




The view down Langdale from the summit of Harrison's Stickle.



Looking back at Harrison's from Pavey Ark, the last summit.  




































Sunday, 10 June 2012

On the summit of Ingleborough

Martin and Bernie on their 2nd summit of the weekend. No view on Helvellyn because of fog. Fantastic views from Ingleborough.
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Do I look like someone who needs open heart surgery? May 2012

At the end of 2011 I went to the doctors because I had a 'sensation' in my chest.  5 months later I am being told that I may need open heart surgery to replace a defective Aortic valve!  I dont understand the process that has led me here!  

Look at the heart rates below from 3 recent runs, do these look like someone who needs surgery on their heart (ignore the 200 BPM chart 1!  I think the watch stopped picking up the signal from the chest sensor for some reason!)  I dont think so.





 
Apparently the photos below show (to someone who knows what to look at!) that my heart is 'ballooning' with the pressure of regurgitated blood coming back through the valve.





 I cant see any 'ballooning'! Can you?



Maybe someone can interpret these pictures for me.  

The question I have (and didn't get to ask because I was too shocked when the Cardiologist had finished telling me I probably needed surgery) is why we are talking about surgery when it seems such a big step.  Why don't we wait and see what happens over the next year?  I feel fine and am training hard to support someone in a Triathlon in June.  I have always had the defective valve, why suddenly is it such a big problem?

Next step - a more detailed scan, where the specialists will know in more detail what the situation is but ... it is all a bit sudden for someone who thought that they were fit and healthy!




Saturday, 26 May 2012

My favourite mountain on a sunny day

Harter Fell. Eastern Lakes. 1hour 18 to the summit via Kentmere Pike, 6.5 km, 600m ascent :-)  Total time 2 hours.  12.5km. 9 minutes faster than a year ago!
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Monday, 26 March 2012

Ski Mountaineering with David - Chamrousse near Grenoble

is this ski mountaineering or mountaineering with the skis?  - carrying them through the forest!










Arriving at the summit of Chamrousse

Monday, 5 March 2012

On top the Calf in the Howgills

Another sunny snowy day in Cumbria

Saturday, 25 February 2012

First day back in England

On the summit of Ingleborough.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

I love living here

Just used my new ski mountaineering skis to climb up to Potter Fell after the snow last night. Descending to the mist now.