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 …

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OUCH !!!

21 11 2010

 

 

on crutches !

Nearly lost the Pole this week (and the plot!) Knocked out 15k on Sunday and then… calamity! my left knee which had hitherto been in perfect condition partially collapsed in pain on Tuesday’s “efforts” session.

 

Thought that was that and spent an immensely dejected Tuesday morning hobbling off to the physio.

Sort of, fortunately, it was diagnosed as Patello Pemoral Syndrome – which will probably just need me to do something that  I do exceedingly well … nothing !!  – so although it is a set back, better now than next February when I probably wouldn’t have recovered in time. So two weeks of  ….. nothing !

Anyway, shops are open this afternoon and I will close now because I am off to the Body Shop to see if I can acquire a new knee!!