So, now I’ve decided I’m going to do all these amazing feats worthy of Herculaneum myths, I actually need to train for them. This is easier said than done.
I’m a complete novice athlete; I’ve always been sporty and (except at uni – we’ll pretend that never happened!) I’ve always been active to some degree but I’m no pro. I haven’t got a set regime, I have no idea where to start and I’m terrified of injuring myself and blowing this before it’s even begun.
With that in mind the internet is my new best friend. But it’s a bit of a faux friend, with forums with conflicting advice; exercise regimes that work for one pro that another shuns. It’s a minefield.
Then there are the books which, quite frankly, who has the time to read unless it’s their job? Not forgetting my actual friends, the sporty lot who know what they’re talking about. How do you take all of that in?!
I now cycle to and from work every day, so that’s 10k on the bike each day, then lunchtime or evening runs, usually on the pavement. There’s the occasional gym session, (I need to start swimming if I am to do a coasteering event that I’m looking at), occasional lounge sessions (planks and press ups etc), hockey and now bouldering as well (which I’m fast falling in love with on the grounds that this is what being a kid was - it’s just like playing on a climbing frame!). I fit all of this in but it’s not very structured.
I think what I’m getting at here is… help! I need advice on where to go for long bike rides; do I cycle there from Southampton, or drive or get the train first? Where can I train for some decent hill and fell running? What basics should I fulfill each week to make sure I can hit my targets without injuring myself? These might seem really obvious and basic questions but considering the range of activities I want to take on I know I need to be sensible about it.
Deciding to do these events was the easy bit; knowing how to get there…not so much.