Hi all and welcome to a poker challenge diary with a difference.
Firstly the challenge doesn't have a target, the only goal is to not go bust from our current £50 total. Secondly the diary is all about the challenges we face in life and how we embrace life and kiss it full on the mouth, despite knowing she is a fickle mistress.
My ambition for the next two weeks is to try and sat into the SPT Glasgow however as my record in sats is somewhere between awful and pathetic the initial aim of not going bust could be scuppered right there and that would be a very short diary indeed. Even taking that into account am I really that committed to it? The more observant will realise that yesterday was a rare no show although I do have a note from matron excusing me.
Yesterday the weather was good in North wales and so I embarked upon a third hike in a week but this one was a little more exacting than the previous two. Now bearing in mind that I have been told to keep the walking light and positively no climbing until after my MSK appointment I decided that scrambling is not technically climbing and light walking is all subjective.
The plan was to get into the Ogwen Valley ascend the Bochclywyd outflow, gain the Lyn, traverse into the saddle between Tryfan and Glyder Fawr, ascend Glyder Fawr with a scramble, top out then walk the ridge line over Glyder Fach, Bristly Ridge and Devils Kitchen and then descend via Y Garn.
Well that was dumb really, as I allowed my ego to write a cheque that my body was not capable of cashing, certainly not at the current levels of fitness. The problem however is I'm not very good at backing off once I've committed to something and consequently found myself looking for an escape route when my body physically was already back at the car park.
I found a path off via Crybbin, well I say path at about 65 degrees and requiring permanent 3 or 4 points of contact it was gnarly, hairy and completely un-neccessary. Fortunately many years of experience allowed me to attain easier ground which was good as my legs were no longer functioning. A combination of the downhill forces of a very overweight body through a malfunctioning back had caused the nerve roots to become well and truly trapped meaning the already trashed quads were useless.
An hours painful drive saw me back at the caravan where all I wanted to do was shower, eat and sleep, poker and the SPT could wait.
In other matters the Great wall challenge is at 1,813.6Km so over 51% completed and a second tree planted. I've given up on the schedule here as I find that riding every other day suits my current state of health and fitness and means that I'm not obsessed with it which is something I find I am prone to.
In fact that is something that I feel I need to control more in my life. I do become so focussed on one thing and forget the pleasure and enjoyment to be found in other things.
Anyway that's all for the moment, the plan for the day is to try and take a short stroll, if the legs work, read a book and then maybe some poker later.
Whatever you're doing enjoy it and be happy.