Military 1st Fitness

‘Behind the scenes’ – the pre-training workout! (by Lisa Dickie)

The Team
The Team

I have always been an active sort, swimming in my early years to my teens then horses and finally moving on to the the gym and running in my twenties. After having the girls fitness really fell by the wayside for a good three years and by the time Jemima turned 8mths I was feeling the urge to get back and do something active again! I had seen everyone with the coloured bibs on the Stray thought it looked fun and thought I’d give it a go as I’m definitely more of an ‘out’ than ‘in’ person when it comes to exercise.

It was great fun and I knew at once this was definitely for me!! I started out in the red group with a lady called ‘Alex’. I was pretty rubbish and not able to manage a sit up or press up! I didn’t want to go too crazy to start with after having such a long break but it soon became quite addictive and finding myself going to three sessions a week.

Lisa Dickie, Military 1st Fitness
Lisa Dickie, Military 1st Fitness

‘Behind the scenes’ insight into why I usually make it ‘just’ on time to sessions: I  race home from work and make sure that absolutely EVERYTHING is done from homework, bath, teeth, hair and inc our dinner so they just need to be put into bed. That’s usually a workout in itself!! ?

Then the fun begins of having to start to juggle childcare. It can be quite stressful as you are desperate to get out and train but have you got anyone in place to step in to look after the girls! Will Guy make the train to get back on time, is he actually home that night?! If not, are my elderly parents feeling up to it, if not, is the babysitter free?! Even when you think you have plans in place I have, before, been stood on the doorstep raring to go and 7pm comes and goes and no babysitter appears, then turns up at 7.20pm saying sorry she forgot! ?

10173669_10152423635190732_6994867788048471684_nBut the feeling of finally getting there (however stressful it’s been), putting on your bib and stepping out onto the fields of glory ready for a good work out whatever the weather is amazing!!

Fitness (as in Military) is a firm fixture in my life and as my fitness has increased I have done a few fell runs, 1966677_10152423623695732_7458845184091884808_nobstacle races and other bits. It’s a great way to get and keep fit and I have made some good friends along the way!

by Lisa Dickie

To Iron Or Not To Iron (by Dave Rudland)

Dave, Outlaw Half Ironman
Dave Rudland, Outlaw Half Ironman 2013

A quick history to put me in context. As a kid and youth I played football and rugby but considered myself quite fit. At 40 I rupterd my achillies tennon playing ‘middle aged fat man’ football, about three years later I damaged my shoulder which required major reconstruction – again playing ‘middle aged fat man football’. I was told the best thing I could do was swim – only problem being I am appalling at swimming. I enrolled in swimming lessons – and remember my assessment swim where I only managed three lengths. The target was the 2011 Leeds sprint triathlon of 12 lengths swim, 20K ride and 5K run. I tried a run and managed 1.5K non-stop before I collapsed gasping and wheezing, bike? I didn’t have one. This was my introduction to Triathlon.

086After a couple of sprint triathlons, I figured I’d have a go at an Olympic distance race, doing the Ripon triathlon in 2012 -. I’d noticed ‘Half Iron’ races and entered the 2013 Outlaw race, finishing it in just over six hours. Not believing I could do a half iron I did the same race for the next two years. All the time the question of ‘to iron or not to iron’ started to bother me. This is where I am now, except I’ve entered the Outlaw Iron distance Triathlon next year, I’m commited, and I don’t think I can do it. Full Ironman triathlon? 2.4 mile swim (that’s 160 lengths), 112 mile bike ride, marathon distant run, all of which has to be finished within 17 hours.

I’ve started my training and its consisting of two sessions a day, one in the morning before work and the longer session in the evening, with a longer run and ride at the weekends. I get Fridays as my rest day. I run, swim, ride, do m1st and a pt session. All this adds up to just short of 10 hours a week and its only going to increase. Those who know me, know I’m not a runner, I’m not a cyclist and I’m not a swimmer, what a stupid ambition then! But that’s my motivation, ‘I don’t think I can do it’. I want to challenge myself, stretch myself. I don’t compete against others as I’ll lose, I compete against myself. Do I want to impress people? No, I want to impress myself.

by Dave Rudland