This blog describes Manny Gorman's successful round of all 219 Corbetts in 70 days, in one continuous journey by running, cycling and sailing.

Manny's 70 Day Schedule

The Corbetts are Scottish hills between 2,500 and 3,000ft, with at least 500ft ascent on all sides.

"You're an idiot, but a truly inspirational one!" (Stuart Simpson)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 47 – Still Game.

Well, hello again in the Blogosphere.
Rumours of my final demise are unfounded, (only just) after all it’s only pain – it will stop eventually…
It’s been an interesting 3 days.
Physio, sleep, drugs, physio, eat, physio, ice, physio…and put beer between all of those items.
Me and bikes never did get on very well and it’s no surprise that a stupid mistake on my mtb nearly cost me the whole run. Early indications seem to imply large and painful bruising to the whole left patella, and hopefully nothing more sinister underneath.
After the wonderful Alison Robb of Nethy worked on my leg for 3 sessions and with lots of ice and rest, I very tentatively got on my road bike this morning in Strontian, with the Right Horrible Al Campell as my domestique.
It was make or break as I turned the pedals for the first time, and thankfully the knee was not too painful. The next test was 2 miles later on the first climb in road and even under stress the joint held its own, albeit very slowly in the small rings. After warming up we got a steady crawl up the hill and enjoyed the whizz down the far side to the east foot of Garbh Bheinn, one of my favourite Scottish mountains.
The weather looked good with broken high clouds, and with the good company of Brenda, Big Al, Isobel Coombs, Charlie Campbell and sister June, with the indomitable Stella as back up, we enjoyed a slow but steady climb up the steep slopes with only one small shower, but otherwise warm all the way up. My defection to the use of walking poles or “cheating sticks” is only temporary, whilst the knee (hopefully) settles down again, but there is no doubt they helped take the weight off on the way up, but more importantly on the way down. My biggest worry about using sticks is that they make me go so slow it even made Al Campbell look fast! It was fantastic to get the views of those spectacular northern crags and then from the summit for lunch. A slow but steady stick assisted descent got us back to the van with the knee sore but not progressively so. Then it was into Loch Linnhe for 20 minutes to chill the legs down whilst Al & Isobel took the full plunge!! Tea, buns & beer were enjoyed in the van away from the ever increasing midge population before the usual frustrations of try to blog-on with poor connection signal.
Tomorrow I plan to try and get into it properly again by doing the other 6 tops to the north, leading to Callop – I reckon my knee only needs a bit of exercise now…


Anonymous said...

Great to hear your on the move again Manny, we were starting to miss your entertaining daily blog.
Looking forward to sharing some more experiences with you towards the end of your odyssey.
Best wishes
Elma & Don

Johnston said...

Great stuff, Manny! Hope tomorrow goes well.

Chris said...

Manny, great to hear you are back out on the hill. You've had us all worried. Good luck with that tough set of 6 tomorrow.

Dot said...

Manny you have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure you retain the stabilisers for another year. Graham Hall must have assumed a broken collar bone was enough to take them away from you!

Good luck today and don't do anything daft (well dafter than usual). Dot

Malcolm Patterson said...

Thats brilliant news, Manny. Hope you can slowly build back up to full strength, taking all the time you need - "Pole, Pole" as they would say on Kilimanjaro (or An Caisteal!).


Skipper John said...

well done Manny- glad to see you are back - Finlandia is at Loch Torridon - making her way to Loch Erribol to give you a lift back in style when you finish (stugeron will be provided)