Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Less.........

.......than a month on from the last sponsorship update, we have now topped £4k, which is a fantastic effort, but I know we can do so much more, especially as more than half the guys, haven't begun to raise any sponsorship yet. Hopefully come September we'll be able to raise big smiles knowing we've made a little difference, I know we can and that is the aim.

Trials and tribulations continue to hit us all, but it's all part of the process of determining the body's limits. John and Jono continue to make strides in their respective comebacks from injuries, but as that happens Craig is struck down with a constant problem, that thankfully is easily diagnosed by the Physiotherapist John had used. Thankfully he is already on the mend and looking forward. Another added benefit of being part of a group undertaking the same event together, is I guess, the whole experience is collective, the ups and the downs are felt by us all, but the support network is incredible, and despite how difficult John had found the problems he had initially, Craig has been able to benefit from that experience now. Banksy is due back in the UK soon, but continues to rack up the miles across the pond. Me personally, have recognised that the efforts are really beginning to notice, nearly a stone and half down and no longer resembling a bag of conkers, which is made all the sweeter when others are noticing that things are happening too. Despite what seems to be a constant problem with shin splints, I can feel myself get stronger and fitter all the time. Caroline and I were in Brecon over Easter and I dragged her round Fan Frynych to do some tabbing, which at first was about as welcome as a fire in an igloo, but come the end she was smiling, and we still managed to smash a good time out, despite the fact it was her first effort at that sort of walking and climbing and I had the full-weight bergen on. Coley is gearing up for the Virgin London Marathon this weekend and we expect big things, his training has gone really well, and is now tapering in preparation for the big day - from all of us buddy, we wish you the best of luck.


Raring for the Off
Smiling - She doesn't know what she's let herself in for!
The Goal in the distance (On the left)
The climb begins - The shorter 7.5mile route doesn't prepare you for the climb that the longer 10mile route softens - bstds in the Mountain Centre!
Oh dear - not the summit as we found out 15 mins later - still climbing!
The Real Summit! 
Despite the pained look on my face actually climbing up to the summit @ 629m wasn't that bad with the bergen on. To be fair, we did the walk in less than 3 hours, when advised it would be at least 4, and as it was both Caz and I's first attempt at this, I was pretty chuffed with our efforts. I must admit I was like a caged animal because I would have liked to give it a real blast and see how I got on, but Caz insisted I wasn't making it 'much fun' by barking at her to get a wriggle on. We are planning on going back in June, and hopefully we'll get to go up Pen y Fan, and by then, the legs may be a little more in tune with what's required, because Pen y Fan will be a different animal!


That little ditty leads pretty well into the next passage, because it really is now, where I'm trying to encourage the boys to really think about their hills work. Hills work can't be underestimated as to it's importance for an event like this, without that strength in the quads and being able to draw on that power, trying to get around Catterick with 35lbs on the back isn't going to be fun. I posted  this video on our FB group page just so the boys could get an idea of what they'd let themselves in for, I'm hoping they have taken note.........................

HILLS WORK BOYS - IT'S A MUST


AND DON'T FORGET TO STOCK UP ON.....................



............IT MAKES HILL WORK FUN(ish)!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Time........

.......is flying by, and as we creep (or limp as the case may be) into April, the word running through the group seems to be 'progress'. For me personally I'm dipping under 15st on the scales for the first time in quite a while, starting out at 16 and a 1/4st in Mid-Jan (almost a stone and half gone). A complete change in regime and an absolute desire to not miss an opportunity to do some form of training really is driving me forward. Don't get me wrong there are days, when regardless the body (the shins and knees especially) just doesn't want to play ball. I've changed my running style too now, and am also beginning to notice the benefits of that. John continues to progress after his long enforced lay-off, again as most of us, having the occasional bad day, although at the moment he's at odds to determine what he likes least, running or rowing! Luckily Pete seems to be reliably at Johns side, and together they are churning out some miles. A few of the boys have also been measuring their progress against the Para Fitness test and in all cases coming in as 'recruits', hopefully by the time September gets here, we would have stepped that up a bit!


John's Test
Peck's Test
With just a little under 3 weeks until Coley is smashing up the Virgin London Marathon, he has knocked out his final big prep run, and knocking up some impressive times, especially over distance, coming in at not a lot over
7min/miles. The guy's a machine - please make sure you show your support for him and fill the coffers of his sponsorship pot. 

After much huffing and puffing I have managed to get the boys tied down to a date for a first proper 'Yorkie' beasting, the weekend of May 18th we will be found in a field somewhere, doing what men do in the wilderness, making fire, eating sausages and getting muddy! It will be the first opportunity for us all to be together as a group and for those of the group that don't know each other, to get to know each other. Should be plenty of banter being flung about with the mud!

In addition to my stupid self doing the Colchester event (which I have now officially signed up for), Coley, Craig and a very good friend Stephen Elliott will also be running the event with me. Stevie knew Lloydy very well and were close friends so for me it's an honour to be doing the event with him and it will ensure that the Colchester event is every bit as special as the Catterick event. It's just a shame a few of the other boys can't be talked into it.................(although some of them, have a valid excuse, as they'll already be in Cyprus, waiting for Caroline and I to arrive for our wedding)!