I will be perfectly honest – I was gutted. This had been months of frustration for me, culminating in a concentrated 25 days of that frustration, and a definite feeling that I had let down a great group of people. I could not just dwell on it, I had to do something about it.
The 100 Peaks Challenge had been an awesome success by Karl Rushen, Scott Wealthall, Paul Southernwood, Caria Ammerlaan and James Nicholson, who had been very ably supported by Theresa Whatling, Lesley Kemp, Gadge Grocott, Laura McLellan, Kim Treece and Kevin Burke, and a cast of individuals who had taken on parts of the overall Challenge. At one point I had been striving to be part of the full Challenge team but had not been able to achieve the very high level of fitness required. In the run up to Christmas 2016 and the 4 months following I had been able to do practically no physical exercise thanks to the demands of my work life, and now I was the elephant in the room eating the £1 Belgian buns from Iceland, watching the Challenge unfold on Facebook. I did think I would manage to get along to some of the partial stages of the full Challenge, but work meetings and conference calls kept getting in the way of that. And finally, all thoughts of making that final day at Pen-y-Fan went out the window when various people organised three conference calls for me for that morning despite me having flagged it as a day I was not available. Sometimes the demands of our customers dictate our availability. That final opportunity disappearing did not leave me feeling good about the way things had turned out for me, even though I remained delighted that the team had triumphed.
Regardless of anything else, I wanted to help towards the fundraising target of £100,000, which will be split between ABF The Soldiers Charity and Support Our Paras, so I decided to come up with something else which would allow me to do that, but it had to be something big, to fit in with the epic nature of The 100 Peaks Challenge itself. Which made me think of Nuclear Oblivion.
The event is hard enough in itself, and here is what they said about it for 2017 :
NUCLEAR OBLIVION EXTREME
12k – 60k+
PUSHING BOUNDARIES TO #GOBEYOND
How many 12k Nuclear Rush laps can you take on?
The Event starts at 8.30 am
Oblivion 2017 has the potential to be a 60k+/37+mile/450+ obstacle challenge. It’s Nuclear Oblivion EXTREME. Designed to challenge the fastest and fittest obstacle race athletes out there; it’s our most brutal & unforgiving event in the Nuclear calendar. There’s 8.5 hours to complete as many 12k laps on the Nuclear Rush course tackling 90+ man-made & natural obstacles per lap. This event requires hardcore training as it’s the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance and strength. Entrants are Oblivion Extreme Legends. This is not a team event. Pit Crew welcome.
Complete 4 laps to qualify for the 2017 OCR World Championships in Canada.
As I said, the event is hard enough in itself, and in taking it on I will want to hit the qualification requirement, and take The 100 Peaks Challenge to the OCR World Championships.
So the training starts here. I do not have a gym membership at the moment so, at least for now, I will be concentrating on running, the body weight exercises from The Para Fitness Guide, the kettlebell workout sessions from the Bear Grylls book Your Life – Train For It, and the Sunday morning training sessions with the St Albans OCR Training Group (with Coffee & Cake). Looking forward, I have joined the St Albans Striders running club and will be attending their Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions, I will be taking on as many obstacle course races and trail running events as possible, just to get in the practice, and booking in some time with Coach Tony Leary, Coach Tony Campbell of The Bigfoot Challenge, and Scotty PT at The PT Barn, and hopefully getting in some time down at Nuclear Events itself. I have a lot of work to do in less than a year.
Friday 16 June 2017
Saturday 17 June 2017
We walked over to The Prae Wood Arms for lunch.
- Walk (St Albans) – 8.7 kilometres – 1 hour 43 minutes 24 seconds
Sunday 18 June 2017
I walked to the early morning OCR training session. I struggled to cope with the running involved in the training session itself. You can read more about the session here.
- Walk (St Albans) – 4.4 kilometres – 45 minutes 01 seconds