Epiphany at Baggy Point

Last night I attended the local branch of the Clandestine Cake Club, where the aim is basically to eat and talk cakes all night. Cake is a bit of a passion of mine, so I did enjoy the evening, although I may have eaten a tad too much, even thought I didn’t try all the delicious varieties on offer. So this afternoon I went for a brisk calorie-burning walk along a mostly level stretch of coast path to Baggy Point. It is an ideal route for striding out, as the surface is good, but taking photos did slow me down a bit…

 

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I enjoyed the brisk breeze and the sound of the waves on the rocks, and the un-photographable glimmer of the weak sunshine on the water. It felt good to be out, especially after the previous two days of stormy weather.

 

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At the point, I found a sheltered spot and sat for a while watching the gulls soaring in the wind. Then I set off up the slope to the clifftop to take the ‘high road’ home. As I struggled to the top of the path, I was gasping for breath, my heart hammering in my chest, and my legs felt like jelly. I felt so disappointed with myself, as I had really been hoping that I was getting fitter, and wouldn’t feel quite so pathetic when dealing with the Devon slopes.

Then I glanced back down to where I had sat, and realised that, a mere two months ago, I would have never managed the whole climb in one go, and would have had to stop for breath much earlier. So I am getting fitter, but that feeling of utter exhaustion is going to keep happening if I push myself, just after even greater exertions. Of course logically that makes sense, but it came as a bit of an epiphany.

 

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Feeling happier, I was able to relax and enjoy the views of the famous surfing beach at Croyde, and also enjoy the downhill route back to the car.

 

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(I may have had another slice of cake when I got home….more walking needed tomorrow???)

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