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What are your fitness plans for 2014?

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Ironman - badly want to do, but the swim distance is what's stopping me :(

 

So I've signed up for Man vs Mountain in September instead  :grin:

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The swim bothers me least. I did my first half earlier this year and the swim was over before the adrenaline had stopped flowing. I would probably have a different view if it was the last event - it's the totality of the race that intimidates me, so the bike ride is reasonably scary (and my weakest discipline) but the concept of the run after that is almost too hideous to countenance. Still, a lot of other people have done it, including some in very average shape. Probably my main issue is that I don't want to post an embarrassing time.

I have a friend who is trying to persuade me to do the Norseman one day. Ain't never going to happen!

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Ironman - badly want to do, but the swim distance is what's stopping me :(

If that's all that's stopping you just sign up for one - knowing you have to do it will motivate you improve your swim. It's the shortest (time wise) of all the disciplines and, as JamesB says, the adrenaline will get you through. If you're concerned about rough water/tides/currents then pick a lake based one.

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Going for a ride tomorrow am. Been two weeks since I've last rode. Need some mud in my face! Signed up for fit to fight. My sons karate instructors new fitness class in 2014

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I keep seeing that Insanity workout ad. Is it any good?

 

Not sure it's for me, but I do always wonder if it works or just more bollox TV ads.

As Mook says, believe me, from someone who's done it a few times.

It really does work big time and what you see in the advert on TV is not advertising hype whatsoever, however, to get those results you see takes uber dedication and really bloody hard work.

It is probably the most extreme physical program Ive done in my life but its worked wonders for me. It is called insanity for a reason

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Just signed up for a 10k run in March with two mates. We have been running together on and off for about six months. All on the wagon for January and running 5-6k three times a week in January.

 

Not had a drop of booze for a week now. That is a first in probably 15 years! Even when the wife was about to drop the kids I would still have the odd can.

 

Feeling good for it but my sleep is very disturbed. Get off ok but wake at about 1 or 2 am with the most vivid dreams / nightmares. If I do get back to sleep, the same dreams seem to continue.

 

Guess my mind is more active for the lack of booze!

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I have a friend who is trying to persuade me to do the Norseman one day. Ain't never going to happen!

 

Guy at my canoe club, an 11 time IM veteran, did Norseman and finished in the top 20.

 

I've always fancied an IM just for the t shirt really, but I don't have the time or inclination to train for it at the moment. the marathon at the end is a bit daunting, especially in the four marathons I've done I've not enjoyed any of them.

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Just find the IM logo online and get it whacked on a T shirt for £9.95. 

 

You won't even have to leave the house.

 

Mental fitness can often be a major benefit. :roflmao:

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I always fancied doing an IronMan. If you know what I mean.....

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Just find the IM logo online and get it whacked on a T shirt for £9.95. 

 

You won't even have to leave the house.

 

Mental fitness can often be a major benefit. :roflmao:

 

Might as well add a plaque on the wall from our friends in Poole. Not by strength, by Amazon.

 

(used the old school motto)

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I've signed up for all three Reebok Spartan Races this year, to chase down the Trifecta.  They keep throwing monthly challenges out and one to get people started is 30 miles in 30 days (1 mile a day).  I can't just run a mile, so I've started doing 5km a day for the whole of Jan.  Should set me up nicely for the start of the season in Feb  :)

 

Two mates did Spartan Beast in November in the pissing rain and effing cold.  25km of off-road hell, with this monster at the end - two story free rope climb - only about 5% of participants made it to the top - Rob (below) was one of them.  Climbing this after 3hrs 5mins was, he said, the absoloute killer.  He never gives up though...

 

Him and Charles were properly farked at the end, but buzzing good and proper for a long time.  Hardest thing they've both ever done - one is RMP and has done marathons before.

 

Get the funk in  :grin:

 

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My plans are sort of going well :(

No booze this year, and already lost about half a stone...but that's due to being I'll and eating 2 bowls if soup since Saturday!

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I have been working really hard at dieting and fitness from the start of September . In that period I have gone from 14.4 st to 11.8 stone however my muscle mass has increased. I'm not sure how much actual weight I should be loosing now, this year is all about firming up, improving posture and overall fitness levels. I can't express how much better I feel. Expensive constantly getting new wardrobes though lol.

Good luck guys !

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The rope climbing technique is interesting ...

 

I was always utterly gash at rope climbing but even I know there is a better way to the top. Use your legs!

 

30ft ropes - the bain of my life - especially with kit on ...

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It's not as much about losing weight, Sam - when you start to get serious about it (like it sounds you are) it's about body fat percentage.  Get hold of a decent set of Tanita body fat scales.  If you're down to 15% you're doing well.  Anything below that is a bonus for most people +++

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The rope climbing technique is interesting ...

 

I was always utterly gash at rope climbing but even I know there is a better way to the top. Use your legs!

 

30ft ropes - the bain of my life - especially with kit on ...

 

Rob was completely shattered doing that and his legs had all but given in.  The rope climb was 10m from the end - full set of spectators and all that.  Most people do Spartans, Tough Mudder and other obstacle races with as little on as possible - when you're covered in mud and drenched through, the last thing you want is heavy mud-clagged tees and shorts!

 

I've not got a mahoosive rope going up in the garden.  Honest ;)

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I've just been for a cigarette and walked down the stairs from the first floor instead of taking the lift.

 

But I used it coming back up.

 

Going down is leg exercise.

 

Coming back up is upper body exercise cos' I have to press the "1" button on the lift to go up.

 

Full body workout.

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when you're covered in mud and drenched through, the last thing you want is heavy mud-clagged tees and shorts!

 

 

At Lympstone they don't give a shit about that!

 

One thing I struggled with is practising my rope climbing - what sort of setup are you going to get in the garden? I tried the local school but their rope diameters were small and the height only 12ft or so, so getting up them was a) a cinch and b) nothing like the ropes I was encountering.

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MrMe - don't forget the exercise your legs would have got in the lift on the way up, having to brace against the upwards motion. You are working harder than you think, you athlete!

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At Lympstone they don't give a shit about that!

 

One thing I struggled with is practising my rope climbing - what sort of setup are you going to get in the garden? I tried the local school but their rope diameters were small and the height only 12ft or so, so getting up them was a) a cinch and b) nothing like the ropes I was encountering.

 

I'm building a 30' frame across the garden, with monkey bars and peg'n'holes, as well as pull up bars and all that malarkey  :)

 

Rope on a frame on the apex at the top of the house.  Rob (above) has an industrial unit with a 40' roof void, so we're getting a rope for that as well.  I found a company that makes ropes for obstacle course races and they quoted £60 for a 20" rope, complete with eye and fittings, so not a killer.

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Bet the neighbours will love that!

Not moved next door to MrMe have you?

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Bet the neighbours will love that!

Not moved next door to MrMe have you?

 

I wondered who the scruffy mud-covered old bloke was that had appeared next door. :grin:

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Well he's about to erect a 30' high jungle gym in his back garden, I recommend moving!

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30' long - 8' high.  What's the big deal? ;)

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It's okay.  You'd be amazed what a can of petrol and a lighter can do.:roflmao:

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