|Season 1 – Winter 2021||Ep 2 – 21/02/21||The signs of spring …|
The first official hike of the season started this morning, later than planned and after a bit of a wobbly start. I set off later than my proposed 9.30am time and eventually got out of the building at 10.50am – this is pushing it slightly really, mostly on account of my eating drinking rule – as in, l don’t eat or drink before my main walk, and the last time l do eat and drink is roughly 8pm the previous night – so that can place a small strain onto the digestive system and the yearning for food in stomach to boost energy levels.
Which increases the longer you are out of the building and the later you have your first drink and meal of the day which was roughly 1pm this afternoon making for a ‘fasting of 17 hours which is quite long.
Also my actual planned walk had to be shortened due to waking up with the shin splint injury of Friday morning causing me a few sprains, l decided to still walk, BUT to be sensible and moderate the distance. So instead of my planned 20,000 step hike .. [below]
I opted for this instead …
.….. still a sizable walk at 14500 steps, but 5500 short of the planned, l decided to act the responsible adult and moderate my walking, till at least the splint was no longer a worrying issue. If it was to develop into a bigger problem my walking would be over till l could recover from it properly.
I was wearing compression socks and a protective knee sleeve to ensure that my right lower leg was as protected as it could be, but l figured that walking 20,000 steps for this walk, may have been pushing it too far and if an injury of a substantial nature occured anywhere between points 6 – 8, l would have a huge problem on my hands. With the lockdowns and Covid people are very wary about helping strangers in the street – so l have no wish nor desire to place that problem on someone’s doorstep so to speak. I can rest my lower leg this afternoon and tomorrow if needs be. I think really what is causing it is the concrete walking or pathways/roadside walks – they can place a lot of impactive pressure on the bones and the muscles which have to absorb that strain everytime you walk on harder surfaces. So where l can l need to walk on softer surfaces for a while – which is harder with all the flooding we have experienced of late.
My walk today started at the bottom of my street, then l walked along ‘upper’ Strand Street to the first section of the Ramparts walk – The Butts  – to Woodnesborough Rd , then through St Bards Rd  to Dover Rd and back down into the town, then taking St Georges Rd  to Sandown Rd and walking through the small hamlet of Sandown Leighs  to join Guilford Rd and walk direct to Sandwich Bay  and walking through that Estate along the beach front to the pathway at the rear of the golf course , walking through the centre of the greens to join up with the reverse walk through The Haven walk and back home . A good mini-hike all the same. But a LOT of hard surface road walking.
Currently on the morning walks l wear a layer of thermal undergear like long sleeved tee shirt beneath my tee shirt and my second skin walking trousers which are thermal based as well and with today’s remarkably warm sunny day, it made the walk slightly oppressive with the extra heat and my own generated heat walking – l suppose the advantage is l sweated more than normal which aids weight loss. But it can tire you out a fair bit as well.
With the sunny day it brought out everyone else and their dogs and their mothers and their kids and their grandmothers too! Normally Monday to Friday on the walks – l might see maybe 50 people and that is usually on the sections of the Ramparts and yet today , l saw close on to 500 people – mostly on the beach front, l steered clear as l always do – but sheesh, it doesn’t take a lot for people to suddenly arrive by the coach loads to some of these locations.
But, at least l can now say the ‘Hiking Season’ for me has started … below the gallery displays some of the better images from the walk. Mostly lazing lambs, watchful ewes and seasonal daffodils and receeding flood waters …the signs of spring are here!
Anyway, thanks for reading …. see you next time …
|Set off – 10.50am – Returned 12.50pm||14,500 Steps|