Will anyone with Photos of the Killarney trip please pass them to John Doyle for use on the web site. thanks
Today's C Walkers...you/ we were looking at the Isle of Man...ok...the Isle of Man....not, no way the Sugar Loaf and the Wicklow Hills...for goodness sake!
Mind you we didn't know if we were on Luke's Mt or Slievenabrock...although we knew where we were as we could see where we were but without knowing the names of our surrounding hills....next time let's all bring a MAP! 😺😺😺
Everyone knows that B walks are demanding - but not impossible although the pace is always sharp. However, last Friday I experienced great difficulty going up a steep slope at the back of Meelmore. I was panting like a greyhound after a 400 yard sprint and the leg muscles were aching and just not delivering. On the way up, Kevin noticed my condition and urged me to go at my own pace. At the next stop he must have again noticed something amiss because he insisted I take a drink - he thought I was dehydrated. I fell behind again as Pauline surged past me like Vanessa O'Brien. I eventually caught up with the group as they waited half way up. - no doubt discussing how they were going to deal with the slow coach. I announced my decision to pack it in. Nobody objected and there was a safe path down so I headed off.
In effect I had emulated the heroic action of Scott of the Antartic who crawled out of the tent saying 'I may be gone some time' I did this so that I would not hold the rest of the group up. I took one for the team. In fact my body had told me I could not climb any further.
Later that evening I was wondering what was the matter and if I was dying! It suddenly struck me.
I recalled that I had given blood a day earlier.
I googled it and sure enough I read that the white cells recover after 24 hours or so but it takes a week or more for the red cells to replenish, Everyone knows that red cells carry the oxygen round the body - no oxygen - no power - like any engine. I was twelve percent low in red blood cells.
Ergo I recommend that this goes up on the site as an information point. No hard walks for at least a week or more after giving blood unless you are xxxx (enter your own club member)
Correction - no idea how long white blood cells take to recover but I expect it is a week like the red. It is the plasma that recovers in 24 hours.