Many thanks for all the comments on yesterday’s blog. It seemed to have brought a lot of interest from a lot of folks. Here are some of the comments that others may not have seen on Facebook. Thank you all keep doing the things you love as long as you can! Getting old – no way ! Thanks for all the messages.
Very well said, Heavy. I noticed a big difference in my performance post lockdown and it came as a bit of a blow, but slow and canny still gets me up there.
I remember speaking to the late Freddie Malcolm once and he said some of his mates said they were jealous of him that he could still get up the hills, and he told them he was no healthier than them – the difference was that he WANTED to get into the hills and was prepared to thole the pain for that.
Steve – Great blog Heavy, as someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago I can relate to a lot of that despite not being old…59 isn’t old is it?! 😉 Like you say you can still get out there by taking a sensible approach!
Angus – Absolutely spot on Heavy, likewise 55 years of pounding the hills and punishing MR loads have taken their toll, mostly on the knees and I wish I had started using poles much earlier in life. I can still make good time ascending but descending is painful but the only solution is to keep going. Shorter routes but still love that day on the hill and Assynt ticks all the boxes for me.
Stalkers pace. You miss so much racing up. Go gently , stopping awhile, spying wildlife on the hills on the way up is far more rewarding. Do not scare them off. You are a visitor to their home.
Aliaster – Good perspective that Heavy. And I think it’s true. It doesn’t matter what you do and where your limits are regardless of age (or not). You just have to know to stay within you own limits and get out to the hills to free yourself.