Back of the wardrobe, amongst a few pairs of my wifes unused shoes, a pair of Newish Nike airs, so out they came. I don't remember them being there, but they're size 10 so must be mine. At the end of eleven miles though, what I thought was a slight irritation turned out to be a bliter on the right achilles which had filled my heel with blood. I suppose that's why they went into the wardrobe originally to be ignored. No problem though, a sticky plaster should suffice, but it does go to show what can happen if the gear you start the Parish with isn't comfortable and welcoming like an old friend.
Numbers are through, number 8 for me, which is nice as it's my youngest daughters "lucky" number. The publishing of the programme brings it all a bit closer. Speaking to Kevin, Helens other half, he was asking what should be done in these final 20 days or so. The simple answer is, I don't know. Everyone has some sort of routine, lots of people don't have much time for last minute training with work and such things and with the TT on, the roads will be dangerous. If you have been training and your fitness has benefitted from it, then easing back won't hurt at all. The final week should be easy, gentle strolls and such like just to keep circulation going, allowing damage from training to heal, and building up body glycogen levels with healthy carbs.
Helen, (bless her, but it's all about fitness and training. She can't just sit and watch the telly like us normal people!) had me doing kettlebell exercises this morning. Something I was vaguely aware of, but had not imagined would help anyone apart from someone new to exercise, or mug enough to pay for lessons and gear. I was shown to be wrong though, and felt a little sore, which is unusual for so little exercise. So I'll be doing some kettle bell workouts to help. Especially good for abs, back and legs, and especially core strength/stamina. I'm just using 5 litre drums full of waterwith handles on though, not paying all that money for something you can imitate for free. I am from Yorkshire...
Cheap and easy kettlebell substitutes. And when you get fed up after three sessions they don't end up in the cupboard with the karate outfit, keyboard, roller skates and other paraphernalia we all think of taking up and then giving up when we find out nothing is easy.