Training

How do you train for 18,000 miles of cycling and 14,000 nautical miles of rowing? It’s difficult to re-create such huge distances and juggle a full time job so I try to train at every available opportunity, with a mixture of long distances to improve endurance and shorter distances to improve strength.

Not having the time to train like a professional athlete has required some ingeniuty, so as well as cycling to work and from work, I try to cycle for half an hour at work with a mini exercise bike beneath my desk – which gets some odd looks around the office.

When rowing across the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans I will have to row six shifts of two hours, every day until we reach land. To prepare for the large amount of time at the oars I practice at a moderate speed and typically row for either an hour or two hours at a time with a rowing machine positioned carefully in front of the TV.

As a novice rower Tideway Scullers rowing school have been very helpful in providing training advice and top class training equipment.

Here’s a typical week in the life of someone preparing to go round the world.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7am-8am Cycle 7am-8am Cycle 7am-8am Cycle 7:30am-8am Cycle 8am – 12pm Expedition planning 8am – 12pm Expedition planning 8am – 12pm Expedition planning
8am – 5:30pm Work 8am – 5:30pm Work 8am – 5:30pm Work 8am – 5:30pm Work 12pm – 1pm Rowing 12pm – 1pm Rowing 12pm – 1pm Rowing
5:30pm – 6pm Cycle 5:30pm – 6pm Cycle 5:30pm – 6pm Cycle 6pm – 9pm Commute 1pm – 5pm Expedition planning 1pm – 5pm Expedition planning 1pm – 5pm Expedition planning
7pm – 8pm Rowing Interval and weights 6:30pm -Rest 6:30pm -Rest 9pm – 9:30pm Rowing Interval 5pm – 6pm Rowing 5pm – 6pm Rowing 5pm – 6pm Rowing

 

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