Avalanche Endurance Events – Summer Fan Dance 2016 training : Week 1

This is my fitness Mission Statement for between now and August :

To get myself to a level of fitness which allows me to complete the Paras’ 10 in under 1 hour and 40 minutes, the Fan Dance in under 4 hours, and Karl Rushen’s 100s Workout in under 45 minutes.

By completing that Mission Statement I will make myself eligible for selection for the full course of The 100 Peaks Challenge, which is my goal for 2017.

Between now and August I will be taking part in Ultra White Collar Boxing on 20 March, the London Marathon on 24 April, the Paras’ 10 at Colchester on 15 May, the Caterham Yomp on 11/12 June, and High Moon and the Fan Dance on 2/3 July.  Training for those should enable me to meet my Mission Statement.

My training is going to be derived from a number of sources, including a running training programme for the London Marathon, Thrive Fitness by Brendan Brazier, Your Life – Train For It by Bear Grylls, 8 Weeks To Seal Fit by Mark Divine, and Fighting Fit by Adrian Weale, but my base training plan is going to be from The Para Fitness Guide by Major Sam McGrath, which has served me very well in the past.  I do not have an indoor gym or a bike or any equipment beyond a few dumbells and one kettlebell I recently picked up in the post-Christmas sale at Sainsbury’s, so most of my exercising is going to be based around body-weight exercises.  Fortunately, I do have the Adizone at Verulamium Park in St Albans, which allows me to continue to try to do pull ups.  There are other things which will come up from time to time over the next 7 months, such as the boxing training, and I will focus on them as they happen.

Monday 04 January 2016

I weighed myself this morning and I am 103 kgs.

I started the day with a banana and a cup of peppermint tea.  We are trying Veganuary again this year, and you can read more about my partial first week of that here.  I will keep most of my nutrition comments in that series of blogs during January.

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I need to get myself back into training.  Last year I was fine until some time in February, and then almost literally limped through the rest of the year with a series of false dawns as I battled injuries and illness and general problems with my body.  So I am going to ease into training this year while making sure I am always building.  I do not have any time to waste.  With that in mind, I am trying to make sure I do at least 30 minutes of something, anything every day.  Today I took a walk in the evening as we went out to do some shopping for our Veganuary attempt.  Carrying the shopping bags home must count as weight training.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 1.9 miles – 54 minutes 38 seconds

Tuesday 05 January 2016

This is all Billy’s fault !!!  I have a wonderfully enthusiastic friend called Billy McKie who never stops going out of his way to help other people.  He recently took part in Ultra White Collar Boxing to raise money for Cancer Research and was absolutely awesome in winning his bout.  He put out a challenge to see if anyone else would take it on and I am obviously a very soft touch because today I signed up to do the St Albans event on 20 March.  I will be selling tickets to the event in due course !  I will be getting one free training session per week before the fight, and can pay for a second session each week, which I will be doing if I am available, because I need all the training I can get.

What have I let myself in for ???

What have I let myself in for ???

I took a walk around town during my lunchtime.  I went for a run in the evening with Debbie, and it did not go well for me.  I really need to build my running up again from the very beginning.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 1.6 miles – 31 minutes 23 seconds
  2. Run (St Albans) – 2.3 miles – 31 minutes 31 seconds

Wednesday 06 January 2016

We went swimming at lunchtime, which is something I would like to do a lot more of.

In the evening I ate some nuts and raisins mix before walking with Debbie to her evening rehearsal, and then walking back myself, before walking there and back again to collect her, and in all covering about 5 miles.  I drank some more water after all that.

  1. Swim (St Albans) – 44 x 25m lengths – 40 minutes 40 seconds
  2. Walk (St Albans) – 2.5 miles – 51 minutes 16 seconds
  3. Walk (St Albans) – 2.3 miles – 47 minutes 26 seconds

Thursday 07 January 2016

Both Debbie and I were down in London in the afternoon for meetings and we decided to go to Amico Bio in Barbican for dinner, walking from Baker Street station to Holborn before getting a taxi the rest of the way.  I chose the vegan burger, which gives me a free pass with chips.

Delicious burger

Delicious burger

  1. Walk (London) – 2.8 miles – 46 minutes 18 seconds

Friday 08 January 2016

We both got overrun with work and ran out of time to leave the house to do anything.

Saturday 09 January 2016

I was supposed to be running the Winter Fan Dance today but Debbie was supposed to have a rehearsal and needed me to give her a lift over to it.  We walked to the Cathedral and then ran from there, which was fine until about half way through the run when the heaven’s opened and it rained heavily until we got home.  It was another pretty awful ‘run’ for me as I struggled to even run for 1 mile and it soon turned into a march/run.  I suppose at least it was time out on my feet, but this really shows the low point I am starting from.  I have a long way to go.  However, when it came to Strava segments I did manage to get a PR on Blue House Hill to St Michaels and a 2nd Fastest Time on St Michaels down Blue House Hill.

  1. Walk (StAlbans) – 0.8 miles – 14 minutes 36 seconds
  2. Run (St Albans) – 5.4 miles – 1 hour 13 minutes 41 seconds

Sunday 10 January 2016

Debbie did have her rehearsal today.  That meant I did not have the opportunity to get outside to do any exercise, but it did allow me to put together a training plan to take me through to the London Marathon on 24 April, drawing from The Para Fitness Guide, Your Life – Train For It, and an ‘Improver’ running programme from the Marathon News magazine.  Next week is going to be very interesting, and as a preview I did one of the Bear Grylls kettlebell workouts.

  1. Bear Grylls – Kettlebell Workout One – 30 minutes

You can read more about my second week of Veganuary here.

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