Posts Tagged ‘sports’

So, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post so I’ll give you a quick catch up first.

A few weeks ago, after cycling almost 40 miles around Warwickshire, I developed the most awful toothache. It took four days to get into see the Dentist. 4 horrendously pain filled days, by which time there was nothing the Dentist could do but pull the tooth. Big respect to my Dentist who did a top notch job but the after effects, probably not helped by the amount of pain medication I was taking, robbed me of another three days of training.

Back now as fit as a fiddle and on to my next adventure. A short while ago my Gym Instructor asked me if I fancied taking an empty seat in a pedal car for a race at a go kart track just 20 miles from my house. Not knowing anything about the sport he pointed me to http://pedalcarracing.info/ the British Pedal Car Championship’s website. The cars are basically four wheeled recumbent bikes with light-weight body work.


The day arrived and I made me way to Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire. The 480m Go-Kart track would be our venue for the 6 hour endurance race. I quickly met my fellow team mates. We were to be in the third car ran by Apollo Racing who are currently leading the championship. There were 4 drivers per car and our car had two experienced drivers and two novices. Once the tents were erected I got a litle go in the pits and, despite the controls feeling totally alien at first, soon got the hang of it.

Official practice was delayed due to issues with the timing system but once underway our car made 1 1/2 laps before the chain jumped off the rear sprocket and getting stuck round the axle. This required the axle being removed curtailing any chance of me getting on track before the race.

After the drivers briefing it was decided that I would be driver 4, meaning I would take the fourth, eighth and final stints of 30 minutes each. Luckily, due to the earlier timing issues the start was delayed and our car was back together in time to make the rolling start.


When our car pulled into the pits for my first stint I would like to say our change over was professional but I made a hash of it and panicked leading to my first couple of laps out on circuit being slow while I regained composure. Soon enough though the car started to feel natural and my lap times improved. On my final stint I was lapping at an average of 16 mph which I thought was ok for a first attempt and we finally finished 6th out of 18 cars.

The weather was fantastic and the day was fun. If asked back I would love to have another go. It’s always great to try something new

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As I sit here typing this I am in an immense amount of pain. Sporting injury? a fall in the obstacle race? No. Toothache! I am at home on a work day waiting to go to see my Dentist to hopefully get it fixed. It started coming on immediately after I had finished training and then go an hour or so later. Me being me, I chose to ignore it but when it came on Friday afternoon it didn’t go. Hey kids! If you have pain don’t ignore it because now I am suffering caffeine withdrawal on top of every thing else because hot coffee send the pain through the roof! Its hard to stay positive in pain but here’s the rest of my amazing weekend.

Gel Break at Corley Rocks

I finish work at 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and the Sun was shining, birds were singing and I had several hours to kill. Far too nice to be in the gym I thought it was way past time I started getting some miles under the cut price road bike I purchased a few weeks ago. Yes she is cheap, yes she is heavy but it’s all I can afford right now. When I set off I was thinking I would get in around 25 miles but the day was so nice, every time I hit a junction, I kept turning away from home eventually clocking up over 38 miles. The first 11 (the distance I will have to bike in the Sprint Triathlon) were racked up in 42 minutes. So 15 minutes for the swim and a conservative 30 minutes for the run puts me in the ball park of 1 hour 30 dependent on how bad I screw up the transitions. The ride itself was brilliant except for hitting traffic through one of the towns. Really need to plan my route better.

Saturday saw me miss Parkrun. I know, Shock right? With the Wolf Run the next day I thought it best to save the legs, especially after the use they got on the cycle ride the previous day. Instead I took in a strength session in the gym. I have started a new programme with more free weights. An area I will freely admit to neglecting before but as strength training is becoming more important in my fitness plan its time to embrace it.

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At Registration

And so to the main Event. The Wolf Run (http://thewolfrun.com/) is an Obstacle Course Race (OCR) Held four times a year over two locations. The WOLF stands for Woods, Obstacles, Lakes, Fields and is billed as Wild running. The Spring and Autumn events are held just a short drive from my home at Offchurch in Warwickshire.

We arrived at 9:30 to get registered and collect my Dryrobe (https://dryrobe.com/) which was included in the price of the season ticket I have purchased to do all 4 Wolfs this year. The party was already in full swing with music pumping from the event village and all the food vendors ready to serve you all the carbs you need. My Daughter, a first time Wolf runner (there is an 18+ age cap or she would have done it last time too) chose to fill up on donuts. Maybe not the choice I would of made but it worked for her.

We didn’t have to wait too long before we were called into the warm up area for our start bracket where we were lead through several minutes of exercises that I am sure were as much for the amusement of the gathered crowd of friends and relatives as it was to warm up the runners.

Once the safety announcements were out of the way, we were ushered to the start and we were off. First up were some tyres followed by a crawl under some cargo netting. Much to my daughter’s amusement she found she could pretty much bear crawl through all of the tunnels. As she frequently pointed out “I am only 5 ft” though this would be her downfall later during the lake wade and in the muddy bomb holes which others walk through, she elected to swim rather than submerge. In fact she tackled every obstacle with aplomb and despite a few nervous moments on the 20 ft vertical cargo net and the infamous “Nut Cracker” She completed everything. The Lake swim was probably the toughest of all the obstacles. An 80 m swim in freezing cold water. No wetsuits and only breast stroke allowed, it was tough for me and Jess needed to cling to a passing canoe half way across to get her breath back. A big shout out to all the marshals on the day because they were all encouraging and helpful.

Highlight of the day was, as many will agree, the “Landslide” A 100 m long water slide downhill. it was all over too quickly though and before I knew it the end was in sight. With one last drop in to a muddy pit to go we had both completed the Spring Wolf. It was then off to pose for a finishers picture and collect our T-shirts and goodie bag before returning to the village once more for a well earned pint and a pork and stuffing roll.

My one regret from all of this is that I didn’t get fitter sooner because, in all honesty, I would have loved to have been doing this event every year. It really has an amazing vibe and is just a brilliant day out. That said in just 8 weeks I will be lining up for the Summer Wolf at the other location in Leicestershire. Will my Daughter be Joining me? You better believe it!

Feeling really upbeat after the weekend and have some great news to share. Yesterday (Sunday 2nd May) saw my take my practical assessment for the Gym Instructor’s course. This involved creating a programme for my client, welcoming them, making them aware of fire exits, first aid etc. This was followed by demoing and instructing the session you had designed, all under the watchful eye of an adjudicator. 

The result was a pass and I am now qualified as a level 2 Gym Instructor. Now the work begins to try to get into the industry at 48 with no previous experience. I have no doubt it will be hard but motivation has got me this far!

Earlier in the day I had been running at Draycote Water with some friends who are training for the London Marathon. The plan had been a nice steady run of ten miles. It was a cracking day and the banter was flowing and before I knew it I had put in an new PB for 10 miles at 1:23:09 at an average pace of 8:17/ mile. I like running with other people. 

The week ahead will be a busy on. Wolf run coming up on Sunday and the Triathlon is under 5 weeks away. Still plenty to do.