Confirmation of Entry

WCBL-Logo-300x182Had a few weeks off from training, due to holidays.  And possibly also due to being bone idle.

Received my confirmation email from WhiteCollarBoxing London, and it seems that the December event is in such high demand, that they are going to run TWO evenings!

5th December – “London Calling”

6th December – “Jungle Bell Brawl”

Official training starts on 27th September, which gives us 10 weeks.

It will be announced nearer the time which evening i’m doing.  Also, due to the number of contenders, the saturday training is being done in 2 sessions instead of one, with half doing 10am – 11am, and the other half doing 11am – 12pm.

I have to keep a bit of “family time” in mind and play fair with home life, so i wont be going to all the saturday sessions.  But i’ll try and do tuesday evenings to replace the missed saturdays.

I haven’t figured out a training plan outside of the saturday morning sessions.  I expect WCBL will go through a training and nutrition plan.  My head say’s, i should be getting to work 45 minutes early and going for a run every day.  My tired eyes and snooze button this morning told me a different story…

Early August…

Headed out to the park on monday lunchtime.  Imagine the scene, beautiful sunshine, and a park with Buckingham Palace overlooking it, tree’s, greenery, and middle aged men running around in quite possibly the shortest short shorts ever…

Anyhow, me and my shorts went out, and did 2½ laps (3 miles) in 31 minutes, without dying.  Or puking.

Sure, that time isn’t really going to bother Mo Farah too much.  But i’ll bet he cant make the same % improvement in just a week!  I was happy with that.  3 miles, 10m17 per mile average.  I still want to bring that time down, but i’m still opening up my lungs.

Tuesday, i bought a skipping rope.  I cant skip.  But i’ll keep trying until i can.

Wednesday. I grabbed that skipping rope, and after a bit of confusion on how to make it work, i headed into the basement car park. Yes, a little too subconcious about my skills to be doing it in the park! But i did 30 minutes. A lot of that time was spent whipping myself in the back, back of the head, arms, chest, stomach and legs. I resembled a dominatrix’s whipping boy by the time i was done… but i’d managed to get something done that vaguely looked like skipping. I think i prefer the term ‘jump rope’, sounds a bit less ‘school girly’ than skipping.

I was very hot and sweating. I think security had spotted me on CCTV, as all the fan’s came on down there, which helped cool things down a little. 33 revolutions was my best, with a lot of 15’s, and too many 1-3’s. Generally 8-12 when doing one-footed.

Thursday. My calves were wrecked from jump rope. So i went for a run around the park. 3 miles, 29m27s. Jogged all of it, except for maybe 100 meters. Improving each time.

Thursday evening i spent a few minutes just messing about with the rope. Managed to mid-skip transition from 2 footed, to left footed, to right footed.

Friday. Rest day. My calves are making rude gestures towards me.

Testing the water

I needed to see how my back responded, so i had to start exercising.  I didn’t want to overdo things, as further injury now would be very hard on me.  So, final week of July i started to work.

Day 1 – 3 mile walk/jog.  Urgh!  This was so hard. I was sick after half mile, and i ended up walking more than jogging.  And only did 2 miles, taking 30 minutes.  My lungs felt like they were filled with custard.

Day 2 – 1.2 mile jog/walk. 13 minutes.  No puking. Already an improvement!

Day 3 – 2.6 mile jog/walk.  I purposely structured an interval session, 3 minutes jog/1 minute walk.  28 minutes.  My third attempt at moving and now i could see the improvement.  Lungs felt clearer.

Day 4 – Resistance bands workout, upper body, 30 minutes.

Day 5 – Swimming.  A family swim, but nonetheless, i got some lengths in and kept working in the water.

Not insanely intense, but a big step up from zero exercise, and certainly enough to see wether my spine was going to scream at me.  And as it happens, the spine coped well. Better than i thought it would as it goes.  I was happy with how week 1 worked out for me.

What will week 2 bring??