Why NOMAN?

*45 days until the race*
After a really great session on the ergo yesterday morning I headed in to work to undertake a ‘sleeping night’ shift which runs from 1400hrs until 0000hrs. You then sleep at work (being available for any on-site client emergency) and begin your next shift at 0800hrs the next day – all being well this shift will finish at 1500hrs.
Both shifts went very well but during the first shift I could definitely sense some discomfort in my right gluteus maximus (butt cheek) following on from my first 2 hour row – it was nothing bad and it was gone by the time I woke this morning at 0700hrs. Anyway, I didn’t have the best night sleep as I have never had to sleep on-site at work before and the duty bedroom was really warm and, anyway, sleeping in London often makes me feel claustrophobic! By 1230hrs I was feeling pretty tired and ready for sleep and then, as sometimes happens, a client incident unfolded quite quickly which involved me leaving the office at 1630hrs feeling like I could do with some peace, quiet…and a beer.
So, I’m sitting here not long after returning home feeling a little guilty for not going for my planned two hour swim this evening! On my way home I finished reading Julia Immonen’s ‘Rowing for Freedom’ and formulated a plan to write a blog post every day until I find myself either on the boat with no WiFi or, quite possibly, in Ibiza with no WiFi four days before the NOMAN race! Julia rowed the Atlantic and all for an awesome cause, much like I am planning on rowing from Ibiza to Barcelona for an awesome charity. Julia took every opportunity to tie in what she was doing with why she was doing it and I’m going to attempt to follow the same tack – at the very least, at the end of my training blogs you’ll see a link like this:
NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world.

The caption explains what NOMAN is all about in the briefest way and when you click it you will be taken to my fundraising page. If you could spare a few minutes of your day to find out a little more about NOMAN and HPV I am sure you would agree that donating even the smallest amount of money in whatever currency you like would be contributing to an immensely worthwhile and amazing cause that could, and is, changing the way we fight cancer and treat families, carers and survivors!

This is the first time I have undertaken rowing of any kind and it is also the first time I have felt really and truly strongly enough about something to push myself beyond my endurance ‘comfort’ zone. I’m throwing myself headlong into a pain cave like no other I’ve experienced on any run and that is a scary thought but it’s not as scary as finding out that there is a gender neutral vaccination that is not widely administered and that could stop the spread of 5% of cancers worldwide! This vaccination could lead to so many thousands, if not millions, of people around the world avoiding the plunge into a shortened and painful lifespan!

That’s it for today dear reader – no training but hopefully I’ve at least given you some idea of how important the message behind this race actually is! If you’d like to know more about either the row or NOMAN then do feel free to contact me.

Peace & Blessings x

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