A marathon on ice – trained for underwater !

9 01 2011

So finally I am in the year of my North Pole marathon … and disaster has struck!

Returned from Theatre

Over Christmas my left knee never got better resulting in unbelievably the one thing that I really didn’t want to happen taking place – I had to succumb to surgery on the 4th January but I did manage to get my hands on arguably the best knee surgeon in the world today – Fares Haddad. This was largely through the pulling power of my coach Greg Whyte and my physio Ed Blake.

So its now January 9th and I have my leg in bandage and we are going to spend the next month running this marathon training programme underwater.

Kicking against a jet in the pool holding onto ‘my noodle’!! Apparently this is going to be hard work and will make me aerobically fit enough to undertake this ridiculous challenge.

Prepared for deep water training - with dry knee equipment !!!

Although my left knee is surgically better, my right one is still a risky proposition we just couldn’t do two knees at the same time!

It’s 12 weeks to go this week – the mountain just got a lot steeper but having sold a chunk of my business in December at least I am going to have more quality noodle time !!

Going to do Radio 5 breakfast tomorrow morning in my capacity of patron of the British Stammering Association (talking about the King’s Speech) then off to buy a pool buoy to keep me company in the first of my many new deep water world of aerobic / kneeless exercise! – what a bizarre way to train for this crazy challenge!

This is certainly going to be ‘fun’ hope you will join me over the next 12 weeks following our cause and concerns.

Incidentally told my father who lives in Toronto over Christmas what I was doing; said that it would circa minus 40 degrees at the Pole … he told me where he lives, they call that January!

Happy New Year …




4 responses

9 01 2011
Robin Adams


I still haven’t heard anything as ridiculous as training for a polar marathon by running underwater, except perhaps going paragliding to train as an astronaut or maybe playing Subbuteo to become a Premier League footballer! Utter, utter madness, but I love it.

Keep those knees well oiled.


9 01 2011

Love the paragliding idea….after this I wanna do something out of this world !!
If this gets much more convoluted , you might have to take over !…..J.

10 01 2011
Rachelle Berger

Dear Jon,
You are one hell of a trouper cousin! Hope your knee recovers quickly!
Instead of getting “hot” when I think of you….I just get “cold” !!!!!! Brrrrrrr!
Love ya,

11 01 2011
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