Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 10:00am
In September 2017 I toured for a week in South West Scotland. My tour included my journey to and from Coleraine to Larne. It rained heavily every day. I could not keep my feet dry. Forgetting that I was 80 years of age I ploughed on as I would have done when I was much younger. When I got home I found that my feet were feeling numb. Two years later I still have this feeling. My doctor says there has been nerve damage. I have trench feet.This condition is frequently associated with troops in the muddy trenches of the Great War and Napoleon's troops on their retreat from Moscow.There has been cases reported at the Glastonbury Festival where muddy conditions are common. I think I could have avoided this condition by wearing Gortex boots( I do this now!), and taking rest days. I hope that some of you can learn from my experience. I thought that my cycling fitness,15000 miles per year had prepared for any challenge. I did enjoy my holiday and my appreciation of food, particularly Scotch broth was memorable!.