Welcome to this week’s blog post and this week it will be a fairly quiet affair.
One of the things you have to do when you go to a place like the Falklands for four months, is decide what you are going to do while you are out there. Now, it may seem like quite a simple thing to decide but whatever you choose to do will shape your tour.
Last time I was here, I chose to work hard and in my free time, visit the bars and socialise… and yes… there was much karaoke going on as well. This was all very well but I was lucky to get home without a massive beer-belly and a failed liver… not to mention the low times I had due to the depressive nature of alcohol.
This time around, I have chosen to focus most of my attention on getting fit and running a half marathon while I am here. As part of the fitness programme, I have started to undertake the Falklands challenge (which I will expand upon later). I also wanted to go on a couple of battlefield tours (Mt Tumbledown was the main one and I have already ticked that box) while I was here and have a proper visit to Port Stanley to have a good nose about.
There are other options; many clubs, volunteering, arranging trips, going on heli/aircraft flights etc… but you can’t do everything, can you?
The Falklands Challenge
This is a challenge to cover 574 Km on land and 62 Km on water. The land options are: running, cycling or cross training. The water options are rowing or swimming. Fortunately, you can use the swimming pool and the machines in the gym to complete the distance (which is representative of a trip around the islands). Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any swimming trunks with me so I am covering the water part of the challenge on the rowing machine. Since the 8th of Jan, I have covered 82 Km on land and 25 Km on water. I have also clocked up over 700 press-ups and sit-ups… so I am properly ticking along with the whole fitness challenge.
With all that, plus the fact that I am not sleeping at all well, you will understand that I haven’t even looked at my sculpting kit yet so I apologise for the lack of Squat pictures. Hopefully, I will have something interesting to share with you next week as the weekend promises to be highly entertaining.
See you from the top of the wall!