I’m sat in the airport lounge in Ottawa Airport watching the snow fall on the runway and the small army of snow ploughs and trucks keep the path clear. I am hoping that my flight home isn’t delayed. This week I have been in Canada for a series of workshops and meetings with the engineering teams in Ciena on the emerging technologies for 5th Generation Mobile or 5G. It has been a very productive week in that regard and the week has been very much a success. It has however been a lean week for training for the Haute Route later this year. With just a few months to go, the training and the fundraising has got to increase.
Last Saturday I joined the Rapha Cycling Club on a great day with a tribute to the Milan San-Remo pro’s race by cycling 167km from the London Soho Clubhouse to Hayling Island on the coast. First time this year pushing over the 100mile mark in a single ride and also pushing the climbing total up a little. It was a fantastic day on the bike and a great group to ride with.
But then on Sunday evening, after an emotional day at Church, I was heading out from London Heathrow to Canada. After a careful study of the weather forecast for the week, I decided that the safer course of action for this week was not to bring the bike with me. Temperatures throughout the week of -15deg C and a good amount of snow still on the ground and more falling proved this to be a wise decision. So training this week was confined to a couple of sessions in the pool and a decent spin on the indoor bike in the hotel.
The training will step up a notch next week when I head out with my brother Chris and our mate Andy to get four solid days on the bike in the hills.
In the meantime, I hope this snow eases up a little as I want my flight to leave tonight. Lisa and I are supposed to be Tandem Skydiving tomorrow, a 40th birthday present from my mum. We are not diving tandem together I hasten to add, although the kids have been referring to it as the day we orphan them….