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.
|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|