Thursday 18th June 2015

3060m 13:00 (NOMAN Ibiza-Barcelona, row session 9)

followed immediately by

4000m 1:19:11 (NOMAN Ibiza-Barcelona, swim session 7)

*27 days until the race*

I’m going to open this post with an apology! I’ve been struggling a bit this week with staying motivated in the face of tiredness and frustration at my navigation theory course and I think that has definitely showed through my blog and my other social media outlets!

Tonight it looked as though this post might go the same way as Monday’s and Wednesday’s – trying to find the positives from the negatives! I abandoned my rowing machine session after 13 minutes for no good reason really. I was reluctant to even enter the gym today even though I left work an hour early specifically so that I could fit in a decent workout before tiredness took over. I was on the phone to my girlfriend, Gabrielle, for 20 minutes outside the gym delaying my entrance and I usually turn my phone onto ‘Airplane’ mode when I leave my house to head to the gym!

Anyway, I sat down on the slide seat and I probably made a bad music choice considering my reluctance – I put on Nine Inch Nails instead of my usual techno and quickly became quite angry. I couldn’t get a rhythm and the fact the right foot strap kept coming loose pushed me over the edge and I threw the grip down and swore fairly loudly before gathering my stuff grimacing and muttering as I went! At this point I was thinking I should probably have a couple days running to cheer me up because I think doing all of my workouts indoors for the past 23 days when the has weather been so nice sucks!

We all know that we don’t always get what we want but, after bailing on the ergo I got exactly what I needed in the pool! As I was walking out of the building I thought  to myself I should turn around and check out the pool. I have been wanting to put in a 4km effort for some time and I have been cut short at 2km the past two times for different reasons – my thought processes switched from negative to positive almost immediately when I saw an empty couple of lanes set aside for ‘General’ swimming. I knew my time had come! For 2.8km I had a clear lane to myself and I swam with an empty mind just counting off each lap and ignoring the ticking clock – I just wanted to swim comfortably without cramping and after a mile I felt a lot happier, at peace and more relaxed than I have all week. It’s amazing what a good workout can do for the spirit, the mind and the body because I am sitting here shaking my head to myself wondering what all the fuss has been about since Saturday!

To top it off I’ve had an e-mail from Chris at New Ocean Wave reassuring me about my navigation course difficulties – he assures me that once I get on the boat next weekend and have a chance to put theory into practice I’ll grasp it pretty quickly. That allayed my fears and dampened my stress quite a lot so, thank you good sir! Also, when I returned home from the pool one of my neighbours had returned the envelope from my awareness drive on Sunday with a lovely handwritten card and a donation. There really has been no need to try to find positives from negatives today as they have literally materalised from the ether as the day has gone on!

So, that’s it for today’s post dear reader. 27 days to go until I take up the oars and row non-stop from Ibiza to Barcelona for the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation‘s NOMAN Campaign. I really hope that those of you who read this blog regularly are getting the message that we all have a chance to play a part in halting 5% of cancers and the suffering of future generations – me, well, I’m rowing an epic race to raise awareness. You, well, it would be great if you could donate to the cause it’s in aid of! Just click the image below:

Peace, Thanks & Blessings

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.

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