The past 3 years we have stayed over on the Saturday night in the wee row Youth Hostel and had a fab post race party. It gives us all a chance to chill/unwind over a plate of Dave W's awesome chicken curry, socialise and stay up late! Last night was no exception and after curry, much gin and giggles it was 1am before John and I headed up the stairs. We had agreed that today's training would be a hill climb and he had suggested The Cobbler - I like this climb, but didn't fancy the drive home afterwards, so inspired by Ross and Norrie doing it twice yesterday(!!!) I suggested Ben Ledi which is a bit more local, therefore an easier drive home.
This morning we were a little sleepy and after a coffee and goodbyes to the others who were up and about, John and I headed towards Callander. We stopped at Dobbies for breakfast - very good and great value - and at this point I was NOT feeling the love! I wanted to go home to bed!
Thankfully John turned a deaf ear to my gentle whining and soon we were getting kitted up in the car park and off we went- straight up then up some more! Two miles of continuous climbing before we reached the saddle where it was blowy but we still managed a wee jog. After the first mile we were in the thick, wet cloud so visibility wasn't great and it just got foggier and drizzling until we reached the cross barely visible through the mist. A wee bit more climbing and we were at the summit, we didn't hang about, just time for a few daft photos
We even managed to jog down once on the path proper and with a mile to go, we came back out of the cloud again and could see where we were going. Wee trot back to the car and job done! So, I too got the same sense of achievement as the folk yesterday even though I'd only gone 5.5miles (and climbed 2707 ft!) and it was definitely worth it!