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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 28 Nov 2016, 00:47

Fireplug wrote: As some of you on Facebook may know, in August I injured my upper back in the gym. I was only doing light lifting as it was the run-up to the Great North Run in September. I ran that half marathon (slowly) with my arm in a sling and enough Ibuprofen in my system to drop an elephant. The muscle pain slowly, sort-of improved but I started getting tingles in my left arm. Ran a couple fo 10k competitions after that but I knew I wasn't right. MRIs revealed that I had a bulging disk in my cervical spine and some age-related degeneration, which is scary to hear at 41. I've been out of the gym for over 3 months, put on weight, have run a total of about 10k in the last 6 weeks. But the good news is that my spine bulge is 99% recovered and I'm raring to go. It's depressing how quickly the fitness disappears when you're older, though.


I didn't know that. You're right, having age-related degeneration at 41 is scary and hope you get back to full fitness quickly. I had a late chance to join a team for the Oxfam Trail Walker doing it in 24 hours, a bit fast for me but I trained with them a week before and it largely went well till I got knee pain in my left knee coming down the final descent. I went to the hospital and they said it was inflamed tendon and recommended pain killing injections prior to the 100k hike but I decided against that and volunteered to work with the support team at one of the check points instead. I'm still getting some pain now after my hike yesterday - the first tough one for a while - despite only doing light hikes for a couple of weeks. It's frustrating and I hope it clears up as I have a busy 2017 ahead with many races and tough hikes planned in HK and overseas.

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 28 Nov 2016, 11:36

Some pics from yesterday's hike to five peaks near where I live (and very close to where Fange's cancelled run was) The day did start off fairly cloudy and menacing but soon cleared to glorious blue skies.

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby fange » 28 Nov 2016, 23:11

Yeah, it was the setting up period which was the problem in the end. When they made the call to cancel - around 1-2 am on Sunday - it was actually the last dying hours of the storm, but it was the time when the crew and volunteers needed to do the setting up and moving of gear, and in typical HK fashion they went strongly onto the side of caution.

When I woke up at 4.30 to get ready, the rain had already stopped and it wouldn't start again. All that was left was big puddles. :(

Still, the organisers haven't said it's totally been cancelled - hopefully they can set another date in the next couple of months.

Great pics, Ray! It turned into a really nice day.

Fireplug wrote:Bad luck. I've had sports competitions I've trained for cancelled at the last moment and it's no fun at all. But the work still counts: you've put the miles in and you've got a good base to build on for the next event.

I'm going to go for a jog tomorrow. As some of you on Facebook may know, in August I injured my upper back in the gym. I was only doing light lifting as it was the run-up to the Great North Run in September. I ran that half marathon (slowly) with my arm in a sling and enough Ibuprofen in my system to drop an elephant. The muscle pain slowly, sort-of improved but I started getting tingles in my left arm. Ran a couple fo 10k competitions after that but I knew I wasn't right. MRIs revealed that I had a bulging disk in my cervical spine and some age-related degeneration, which is scary to hear at 41. I've been out of the gym for over 3 months, put on weight, have run a total of about 10k in the last 6 weeks. But the good news is that my spine bulge is 99% recovered and I'm raring to go. It's depressing how quickly the fitness disappears when you're older, though.


Ain't that the truth. Best of luck to you going forward, Fireplug!
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby Hightea » 02 Dec 2016, 03:39

trans-chigley express wrote:Lots of hiking these past few weeks with a couple of very memorable ones. First up a stream trek very close to my home, we went the whole way up the stream to its source near the top of the mountain. A very tough trek in sweltering heat with a lot of waterfalls to navigate but so beautiful and there were lots of nice plunge pools to cool off in. It took 8 hours to get up and just 1.5 to get down via a regular track.
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Eek don't think I can handle those long big rocks all day. I've done plenty back in the day. Here is one of the bad ones
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closer to home - Catherdral Trail on Mt Kadahdin, ME
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This is a nice thread hadn't seen it before. Great pictures.
I've been hiking since the 70's, mostly in North America but have been to Peru, a few countries in the Alps, Wales and Scotland and a bunch of caribbean islands. I was a big climb the highest mountain junkie although not snow capped (although I did do Rainer). I completed the highest mountain in 22 states. 19 of 4000 foot mountains in the adirondacks, NY State and 14 of the 14000 ft mountains in Colorado.
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby fange » 02 Dec 2016, 04:08

Fabulous!
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 02 Dec 2016, 04:38

Gorgeous pics, Hightea. Sounds like you've done a fair bit of over the years and completing the highest mountains in individual States sounds like quite a challenge. Any reason you stopped at 22? I've done those Scottish peaks myself in my youth.

Keep posting any recent pics from your walks, you take a lovely picture.

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Postby Hightea » 02 Dec 2016, 04:53

thanks
I actually did 2 this year after not doing one in over 15 years. Just moved on to other things and knew I could never done #1 Denali (when I climbed Mt Rainer there was a chance to climb Denali). There are still plenty of easy ones maybe I'll do a few more. The new challenge has been completing the New York Section of the Appalachian Trail, I've done most of it over the years as I live in the area but never did several parts. So this spring and fall I wrapped up big sections. I'm now 12 miles from the Connecticut border.

Took this a few weeks ago. NY State on the AT.

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Postby Belle Lettre » 02 Dec 2016, 06:37

Lovely pictures, Hightea!
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Postby Six String » 11 Jan 2017, 22:27

Yes, fantastic photos Hightea.

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 17 Jan 2017, 00:26

I was going to post a few pics from my Christmas/New Year holiday hikes which I've put on FB but haven't got round to posting here yet. I'll try and do so later.

Meanwhile here's a youtube compilation a friend posted of some footage/pics (including many of mine) from a hike last week up a very difficult and steep route. It includes a rather unflattering picture of me traversing a rock outcrop that I'd rather hadn't been included :) .

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 25 Jan 2017, 11:28

As promised a few nice photos I posted on facebook for the benefit of those that don't do FB.

Sharp Peak in the relatively isolated far North Eastern corner of Hong Kong on Boxing Day
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me finding enlightenment :lol: :
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Kowloon Peak and Lion Rock sunset after New Years Day (Fange was invited to come but couldn't make it):
My companion on Kowloon Peak....always much braver than me (I refused to go so close to the edge :oops: ).
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Lion Rock sunset:
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70km Lantau Trail in early January that four of us did as a farewell hike for the big guy on the right who was leaving HK:
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby Six String » 07 Feb 2017, 03:26

Fairy tale land. Beautiful pictures as always and congratulations.

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby fange » 07 Feb 2017, 04:23

^^Yep, fantastic pics Ray!


In good news for me, the cancelled UN*CEF HK charity run has finally been rescheduled and announced!

It's going to be on March 19th - fingers crossed the weather is good this time. So just under 6 weeks left!
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Postby trans-chigley express » 08 Feb 2017, 22:49

Good news Ange....back to the training in anger.

I have a short fun race this coming Saturday, The Lantau Valentines Race. It's about 13 to 14km with 850m ascent. I did it in 2hr 40 mins at brisk walking speed last Saturday in training but my partner for the race now informs me we are running the first hour! :o

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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby fange » 09 Feb 2017, 00:03

trans-chigley express wrote:Good news Ange....back to the training in anger.

I have a short fun race this coming Saturday, The Lantau Valentines Race. It's about 13 to 14km with 850m ascent. I did it in 2hr 40 mins at brisk walking speed last Saturday in training but my partner for the race now informs me we are running the first hour! :o

:) Lift those knees Ray! Good luck!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 10 Feb 2017, 14:28

trans-chigley express wrote:As promised a few nice photos I posted on facebook for the benefit of those that don't do FB.

Sharp Peak in the relatively isolated far North Eastern corner of Hong Kong on Boxing Day
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me finding enlightenment :lol: :
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Kowloon Peak and Lion Rock sunset after New Years Day (Fange was invited to come but couldn't make it):
My companion on Kowloon Peak....always much braver than me (I refused to go so close to the edge :oops: ).
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Lion Rock sunset:
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70km Lantau Trail in early January that four of us did as a farewell hike for the big guy on the right who was leaving HK:
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby trans-chigley express » 12 Feb 2017, 11:57

Valentines Race completed successfully yesterday. 14km and 850m ascent in 2hr 39mins but should have been 20 mins faster if I hadn't got cramp near the end. Had to stop and massage my legs and could only limp to the finish. My super fit race partner pushed me too hard. Great fun though.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 12 Feb 2017, 12:42

Fantastic! Well done and great photos.
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Re: The BCB runners and walkers corner

Postby fange » 12 Feb 2017, 14:55

Shame about the cramp, but well done, Ray!
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Postby sloopjohnc » 17 Feb 2017, 13:38

After stopping smoking and drinking, I've started running again. My complex has a nice gym so I started using the treadmill to save the knees. Started out slow, but now running a 9 minute mile for three miles after a week. The first run, I forgot to cool down and could feel the lactic acid build up the next morning. Now I do a cool down and am stretching more and the pain all gone. Just stopping the drinking, I dropped 15 lbs, but with the running, I've dropped five more.

At one point, I thought I'd never stopped being a runner, but then all the shit with the divorce and taking care of my dad came about so I stopped. I want to get back to where I can play full court hoops, which is the same reason I started running all those years ago.