The past few weekends have seen Steve C in pretty serious preparation for an upcoming triathlon. First 'training race' up was the Prudent Riverside Half Marathon in Lancaster on Sunday 16th August. Steve reported a pleasant location for the run which was mostly based on a path the River Lune but a slightly less pleasant experience overall as the dreaded longer-distance-fatigue started to creep in towards the back end of the race.
Last weekend saw a change in discipline with Steve taking on the 90km Winking Sheep cyclo-sportive based around the notoriously steep and twisting hills of Teessdale in the North Pennines. The organisers made full use of the testing countryside incorporating some genuinely lung-busting ascents with an number of frankly scary 80 kilometre per hour dry-stone-wall-lined twisty descents.
Steve finished the beautifully-backdropped challenge exhausted but upright and did the honourable thing of sinking the free-to-all-finishers bottle of Winking Sheep Ale even before the sunglasses came off. Hardcore.