May 20th 2007 Beinn Resipol – the back problem appears out of the blue (after makeover of mother-in-law’s garden) . Right leg goes into spasm just outside Callander. 10 minutes of shaking later able to drive off down the road. Almost 2 months of physio on back (sciatic nerve problem identified) goes by before I take to the hills again under reduced leg power.
“Strike 1 !”
May 27th 2008 Ghlas Beinn Mhor – a few days after recovering from a virus am reduced to a crawl on GBM. 3 months before I return to do Beinn a Ghlo – under further reduced leg power. Hillwalking becomes more sparodic.
“Strike 2 !”
May 13th 2009 Beinn nan Aighenan – after a good start the lower back decides to complain then goes into meltdown on premature descent…
“Strike 3 !”