Dark 15 training : Week 2

Week 2, and I need to keep things going through a busy week…

This week’s blog is brought to you by The Master, because instead of doing the Warrior Adrenaline Race I enjoyed Debbie playing bassoon in The Mastersingers From Nuremberg.

He's not going to start singing...

He’s not going to start singing…

Monday 08 September 2014

I ran over to my session with Jon Bell, but I have changed it so that now it is a bergen run – running in my Merrell TrailGloves (because my All Out Rush trail running shoes were dirty after the Wolf Run) while carrying a bergen with 36lbs plus 1 litre of water.  Not a proper tab because it is not in boots, but it should keep me used to running with the weight.  The session this evening did not include a WOD, and instead was about me learning some more new techniques that we would be using in future sessions, and also included some suspension training, with me just hanging from my hands from the bar.  I am definitely getting better at that.  One of the techniques we worked on was skipping, and I wonder if I will ever get any better at that.  I find it hard to believe that I will ever manage the double skip, where the rope comes round two times for every jump, but I will.  I also did the Turkish get up, holding a kettlebell in one hand and keeping that arm pointing straight up into the air as I moved from lying down to being on one knee to standing up, before going back to lying down and swapping arms.  I did that for 4 times on each side and enjoyed it.  I was feeling good and the bergen run home was not too bad.

  1. Bergen run (St Albans) – 2.1 miles – 26 minutes 13 seconds (36lbs + 1L)
  2. Jon Bell Fitness – 1 hour
  3. Bergen run (St Albans) – 2.1 miles – 28 minutes 23 seconds (36lbs + 1L)

Tuesday 09 September 2014

I went to the early Regiment Fitness session at Welwyn, which was being taken by Joe and James.  We began with a running warm up which included a run over to the sign in the very far corner, making the letters N and T with our bodies, the inevitable 5 burpees forfeit and a final push to the huts before we moved on the the circuit.  The circuit was based around a square, with different exercises on each side of the square, which we would move round to clockwise, before taking a run over to the huts, doing 10 burpees and running back.  I did not place myself very well around the square, because I always finished on the station the furthest from the huts, and so had the longest run there and back.  We did a minute of each exercise before moving round the square, and did that three times.  The exercises we had were press ups, mountaineers and clapping press ups; sit ups and two lots of squat jumps; working with a pole doing arm raises, shoulder presses and military presses; and three lots hill repeats up and down the slope to the netball courts.  As with all timed circuits it was hard because it is all about doing best efforts.  We moved on to some abs work, doing 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, alternating between Russian twists and V sit ups for 4 minutes.  That was followed by the boxing, doing straight arm punching for a minute, upward pistons for 30 seconds, and finishing off with sit ups.  The session was not quite over yet, though, as James sat on a tyre and we all picked up the rope attached to it, so that we could pull him over to the other side of the field, including up the slope.  Once we were there we did squats, going from 10 down to 1 and holding inbetween each set, before dragging James and his tyre back to the start.  The warm down felt good after that, and I was surprised we had only run 1.8 miles in the session.

  1. Regiment Fitness – 1 hour

Wednesday 10 September 2014

I went for a run with Debbie, doing an interval workout so that we jogged to the starting point, ran fast for 1 mile, jogged for half a mile, ran hard again for another mile, then jogged for half a mile to finish it off.  We will build that up to take on more intervals and so increase the distance covered while, hopefully, keeping the good pace going, because the two fast miles were at a very decent pace.

  1. B210K (St Albans) – 3 miles – 29 minutes 33 seconds

Thursday 11 September 2014

Work.  Getting in the way of my training, yet again.  I knew that was going to happen this week.

Friday 12 September 2014

I was able to go to the morning Regiment Fitness session in St Albans and it was being taken by Steve, who remembered that I had been about to do the Paras’ 10 at Catterick the last time he saw me and asked me how I had got on.  You can read about how I got on here.   After a running warm up which included far more forfeits than I care to remember, we moved on to the zigzag circuit, doing one set of exercises at the poles on one side and a different set of exercises at the poles on the other side, zigzagging between the two sets of poles.  So on one side we did 20 repetitions of jump lunges, half sit ups and close press ups, and on the other side we did 15 burpees, half v sit ups, and walk downs (from a standing position put your hands on the ground and walk them forward until you are in the press up position, then walk them back).  It was a tough circuit.  We continued with the boxing, working in two circles and my shoulders definitely felt that.  We finished off holding a log between three of us, doing squats, going down from 10 squats to 1, and holding at the end of each set.  That felt familiar this week !  A real stretching warm down brought an excellent session to a close.

In the evening I went to the Regiment Fitness tabbing session at Harpenden and you can read more about that here.

Best part of the tab !!!

Best part of the tab !!!

  1. Regiment Fitness – 1 hour
  2. Regiment Fitness tabbing (Harpenden) – 3.5 miles – 56 minutes (36lbs + 1L)

Saturday 13 September 2014

I went for my own tabbing session on Dunstable Downs, and it felt good.  It turned out to be my fastest time over this route carrying this much weight, and I am pleased with the improvement.  I need to keep pushing with the tabbing training if I am going to be able to do myself justice in the Dark 15 event, 15 miles of night time endurance racing in boots carrying 35lbs.  You can read more about it here.

  1. Tabbing (Dunstable Downs) – 5.4 miles – 1 hour 22 minutes 30 seconds (36lbs + 2L)

Sunday 14 September 2014

Wagner instead of WAR.

Positives from this week – I felt good doing the two tabbing sessions, and can really feel the tabbing is improving.

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