Monday, 14 March 2011
The start of a busy Ten Tors training season kicked off a couple of weekends ago with a preliminary stomp in the wind and rain to try to narrow the field down a bit. This weekend a few had been dropped, still leaving a good couple of minibus-loads. Training two teams at once means one 55 mile group, two 45 mile groups and two 35 mile groups to monitor, the latter two being well over-subscribed and still have to be trimmed down soon. Unfortunately, they all seem well capable of finishing their routes on the event, so selection time is going to be tricky. May come down to names out of a hat, barring injuries.
My group's navigation lacked a bit of confidence rather than ability, although they seemed happy by the end. Now we need a zero viz weekend to sharped them up. My mate Martin and I do most of the training now after a bit of a nightmare with a bloke I recommended to the Team Manager. Suffice to say teaching is not all about showing folk how clever you are......
Rounded off the weekend with the Grizzly (20 miles off-road) on a glorious day on the south coast of Devon. A stomp on the moor the day before wasn't the ideal prep, but I think it's my quickest so far. The exact route and distance varies from year to year and this was supposed to be the toughest yet. Nothing fell off and stuff seems in working order this morning.