It is March and the final countdown to expedition is really on. This is when the nerves really start to kick in. And this is when I need to up the ante and get myself ready physically and mentally.
I have joined the gym with my Dad and have enjoyed endured suffered done two workouts so far. For those who know me really well will know that exercise is not exactly my forte, and going to a gym has never really held much appeal to me. But this place is all new, it’s pretty simple and they play non-stop music videos throughout (I have a major passion for music videos) so I can keep my brain occupied.
To start with I am taking it easy as I have been pretty sedentary for the past year or so while I have been glued to my laptop, so I start off with 20 minutes of fast walking with a slight incline. This is getting my heart going and my calves are enjoying the stretch. I am then working on my upper body strength as I will be digging a trench for about 8 hours a day over 2 weeks. This is where I have realised my absolute weakness: I have no biceps. Seriously, there is practically nothing there. I can barely do bicep curls on 10lbs and even then I can feel my triceps trying to help out. What am I going to do? How am I going to be able to lift the water piping when we come to lay them in the trench? I really don’t want to be the useless one in the group.
I decided to give the rowing machine a go today, hoping it would work my arms some more and maybe go some way to tackling my abs. And that was when I felt the slight heaviness in my breathing…I am that unfit. How sad…
I literally have around 20 days to get my body in a place where I can comfortably do manual labour in a tropical climate…am I kidding myself? Can I actually do this?
I have the determination and the thought of making a difference to the livelihoods to all those communities in the Dominican Republic is a major motivation. But will I be able to make this happen?
(Sihanoukville, Cambodia – First England game of World Cup 2010 – it was the most sporty photo of me I could find!)