Coaching done at 11.30am, and suddenly, I come down with a bug! Will not go into detail, but let’s just say I was late to meet my fellow coach after the session to have a pint to celebrate the end of a successful block of coaching!
I finally made it to meet, Mark, and we both toasted our success. He then asked me what I was doing for the rest of the day. My answer, having just told him about my last hour, brought out some laughter from him, and several others around us. Maybe it’s my competitive nature, but this just spurred me on! I had all my stuff in the car, and was the right end of Glasgow to just shoot off.
This was the latest I had ever started a climb, and with my stomach threatening to ruin things, I didn’t feel this was going to be a successful venture. When you are arriving at the foot of the hill, and about 50 people are in the car park, packing up for the day, you begin to feel like the guy that is just about to enter the water as everyone is fleeing from the shark! I got a few funny looks, as I didn’t go through the whole pre-climb palaver that so many go through, I just parked up, took my bag out, and off I went!
Starting from around 400m, Tarmachan isn’t the toughest, in fact, it is probably the easiest I had done to date, but my condition was making this tough. I constantly had a voice in my head telling me this was a ridiculous idea. I kept telling it that I had driven quite far and it would be a waste. Sometimes the biggest arguments you will ever have is with yourself, but too often, you do not win! The winner is that silly thing inside you that tells you, you can’t or shouldn’t do something. I was determined I was winning this!
I met a father and child half way up. The child was looking at me with my big bag, asking if I was camping. They were both very interested in what I was doing, and said they would look up my videos.
As is so often the case, the wind picked up on the summit, but this was the coldest wind chill I had experienced to date! The views of Lawers range, and along the ridge were clear and crisp, but the wind was piercing right through me! So, get the photo taken, and get out of this wind as soon as possible.