Saturday saw me rising early, picking up a bunch of pupils and heading out to Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch Ness to take part in the 3G (Three Glens) mountain biking race. Whereas super-sporty D was cycling the full 56 miles from Glen Affric (above) to Fort Augustus, we were more realistically starting half way down the route. Ahead of us lay 26 miles of forest tracks, steep climbs, juddering downhills and muddy puddles.
The kids were hugely excited. So much so that on the starting whistle one toppled over onto another and both boys ended up in a tangled heap of chains and limbs and wheels and shorts as the other riders vanished over the hill. I thought this was hillarious. They didn’t and glowered at me furiously. An opportunity for the two to have a giggle at me came later that day as I took a full hour longer than them all to complete the course!
Did I enjoy it? Difficult to say. During the actual race I was cursing myself for ever agreeing to take part. At one point I remember mentally making a list of all the things I would rather be doing at that moment. When I tell you that “going to the dentist” was on the list you might understand how much I was not enjoying myself.
And yet, half an hour after crossing the finish line; twenty five minutes after telling D that I had hated every minute was never biking again; twenty minutes after getting my breath back, I suddenly started feeling rather proud of myself. Two days later I’m seriously considering taking part again next year!
Sunday was a far more relaxed affair. A friend, her daughters and puppy (Teal) came to visit. We played in the park, read about Jamie’s stripey pet snake and ate apple muffins. Muffins which were such a hit the girls asked to take some home with them and now I’m left with none! Think another batch will have to be knocked up very, very soon.
- I omitted the rosemary her recipe called for as some kids have an aversion to “green bits”. Added extra cinnamon instead.
- There was nothing so virtuous as buttermilk in my fridge so I used mixture of milk and Greek yogurt.
- Cleaning the blender is my most hated job (one of, anyway). I combined by hand!