Ireland day 0597. Thursday 18 May 2023- Pace
|Today’s summary||Val was at work and I went to the gym then on a power-walk up Paddy’s Hill to try and increase my pace. Some progress made.|
|Today’s weather||Overcast but bright and dry all day, with some sunny intervals. Light westerly wind. Appx 16C|
|Today’s overview location
(The blue mark shows the location of my route)
(The blue line shows where I walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Paddy's Hill pace improvement
(Summary blog only. Last full blog was Day 0368).
Another working day for Val, and as I was pretty much up to date on the domestic chores, I used the first part of the morning to catch up on the news and start some Spanish revision.
Now that the second year of classes has finished, I wanted to see how much I could remember from the classes at beginning of the first year. The answer was – not much. Once that slightly dispiriting discovery had been made, I decided to spend a couple of hours at the gym. Essentially it was a bit of a re-run of Tuesday, and I enjoyed it.
On the way back after the gym, I did a bit of shopping then on return to the flat I had lunch and contemplated the afternoon. After a few moments reflection, I concluded that I needed to do some work on my walking pace. Before my hip started giving me trouble, I used to be able maintain 9m30s/km (appx 4 mph) over reasonably long walks. But by the time I had the operation that pace had probably halved. So today since most of the pain seems to have gone (famous last words) I wanted to start getting the pace back up again and thought I would have a go by speeding up the Paddy’s Hill circuit a bit.
It turned out to be an enjoyable walk – not too cold or windy, and lots of bright flowers – and in the end I managed 10m24s over the 7.5km loop. I felt that was definitely heading in the right direction, but clearly with some room for improvement still. But pleased with progress so far anyway, especially as I didn’t use poles today.
Now Val is back from work, but out on a power-walk round the demesne (will be interesting to see if she can beat my 10m24s/km) and then I’m going to heat some Tesco pop-pop ready meals for dinner. Yes. I know it’s cheating, but they were on offer half price so how could I say no?
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
(Elevations corrected at GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )
Max elevation: 51 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 103 m
Total descent: -102 m
Total time: 01:17:31