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Arducius

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active May 2022
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    Disturbed this bumblebee nest digging in the garden. Cool to see but sorry bees!

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    If I could afford a second home like that I might consider it. Yeah the only concern I have is battery life. Watch will last 24hrs on a full charge, recording GPS position every second so with lower accuracy and carrying a charging block plus some charge at every checkpoint I'm hoping I should be ok.
    Not far off now, getting pretty real!

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    Cool, we have blue tits in ours and sounds like a healthy brood of hungry chicks. We've spooked them a few times when eating outside as the box is quite close to the table and if you look at them they know a predator is watching so will fly off for a bit until you're not watching. Looking forward to fledglings in the garden / not looking forward to trying to get the kids to leave them alone.

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    Struggling to walk today

    This was me too! Well done on your win, I still want to target a fast half at some point as I'd like to go sub 90 mins - current PB is 1:33

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    Have you been out on the course much? You have more to recce overall I guess.

    (Sorry only just seen this reply)
    I don't really have a chance to recce, living in the South it's a long way to go. I've done from Edale over to Snake Pass before and some of the Deadwater course followed the PW, albeit in the other direction. Hoping GPS, maps, and finger posts get me through the north section which I don't know at all.

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    It was a great course, great weather and scenery.

    I underestimated the course and went out a bit too hard. Did the first 20 miles (4 Mynds) in 3:30, the next 6 miles (incl Mynds 5 and 6) took me 1:15 and those were the two long steep climbs by which time I was pretty tired. Kept moving well and drank loads - 5l or thereabouts throughout the day - and came in 6th.

    Felt like managed food and water ok, energy was ok throughout the day but running too hard down the first descents took a toll on my quads which meant I was pretty tired by the end and I am suffering today!

    Quite a few runners were just done at the end, sat there looking glazed/in shock and I suspect they were all tired but mostly had got dehydrated. As the day got hotter we moved onto the areas of the Mynd that were sheltered from the wind and there was very little shade.

    The final part of the final club was an absolute killer. Up through bracken on an exists-on-map-only path and very steep. A few people said they were on hands and knees to get up.

    Only made one minor nav error when my watch got confused as we ran back along a section we'd done previously, but I corrected quickly and didn't lose much time.

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    First race tomorrow for me since EfM. Back in 10 Mynds, ten ascents and descents of the Long Mynd and a little over 42 miles covered. Looks like it should be a good day out!

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    As the bread cools it "deflates" slightly causing the crust to crack as it contracts a little. If you think what's happening when it's in the oven, the crust forms but the water in the bread is still heating and turning to steam which increases pressure on the crust, pushing it up and out. When it cools the steam condenses and the water is re-absorbed into the bread, reducing the pressure on the inside of the crust so it contracts slightly.

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    Two years until first harvest I thought?

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