September marked a wonderful change in the seasons, with greens turning to browns and leaves starting to fall from trees. It was wonderful to witness the change as I cycled and hiked whilst training for the 2021 10nTaff for Tŷ Hafan. However, the change of seasons also brought colder and wetter weather and shorter days. After some lovely weather over the Spring and Summer, I had forgotten that winter training is really tough. Due to the local Covid19 restrictions, my training was concentrated around my home in Church Village near Pontypridd, with the Garth Hill being my main playground. In the month, I either cycled or hiked on 18 days out of 30 for a total of nearly 28 hours. I hiked 79 miles, ascending 11789 feet but only managed 27 miles on the mountain bike. I also completed 9380 strength exercises including sit-ups and press-ups. Here is the photographic record of my training.
Training so far in 2020: Hiking – 531 miles, climbing 62,211 feet (Everest is 29,029 feet) in 160 hours. Cycling – 450 miles, ascending 44,012 feet in 60 hours. Strength (sit-ups, press-ups, etc) – 55,130
Find out more about the challenge: 10nTaff 10 mountains and 52 miles cycling challenge for Ty Hafan
My Just Giving page: 10nTaff for Ty Hafan – Paul Fears
Photos from previous months training: 10nTaff Training