100 days until Rio 2016

There are only 100 days to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

It’s been an incredible journey so far and with the end in sight, I’m focused on my final few challenges within the sports of Equestrian and Gymnastics.

Loving the kit for 2016. Would be great if I could persuade Stella McCartney to kit me out with some for the gymnastics challenge or even for my next running event!

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Gymnastics

Both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are going to take place on 25th June.

England vs. Wales – more details to follow!!

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34th challenge completed – Trampoline

Rhian and I have been taking part in 2 trampoline academy sessions at the Oxygen Jumping centre in Acton. The sessons were  well run and the coaching was excellent. There is so much energy at the centre with a variety of areas focused around using trampolines in various different ways. I can see this sport evolving over the next few years and Trampolining as an Olympic sport being very different than it is today.

*Update*

Having really enjoyed the trampolining before Christmas we decided to go to a few more sessions (5 in total now) and have developed a number of additional skills, including the front drop, back drop, routines and even tried a forward somersault into the pit. Overall the sessions have been great, although they last 2 did get a bit busy. Something that we’ll probably continue from time to time.

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The plan for 2015

I started 2015 in a way that sums up the new me. Instead of the usual going out on new year’s eve, we stayed in as I prepared for the Serpentine NYE 10k run. In fairness we had spent a week on the road over the festive period and we’d run out of energy come the 31st. My early night was rewarded as I bagged myself a new 10k PB of 43.51.

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The first 3 months of 2015 will largely be dedicated to training for the Greater Manchester Marathon and my goal of sub-3.30, although I have found time to schedule the volleyball and rugby challenges.

So this leaves an additional 13 and certainly not the easiest of 13.

The two aquatic sports of synchronised swimming and water polo will prove a challenge. Sychro is not a male sport in the Olympics and water polo is often played at a very competitive level.

Next is basketball, there are plenty of social leagues around London so it should be just a case of finding the time to take part in one.

Boxing, well I’m not particularly looking forward to this one and decided against anything that involves me getting punched. I’ll arrange a training session at some point.

Then comes the three equestrian sports of dressage, eventing and jumping. I’m still not exactly sure how this will be achieved but some sort of course or series of private lessons is probably on the cards.

Gymnastics is another sport split into three; artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline. We have a couple of friends that are coaches so the plan will be to spend a day learning various routines. Hoping to rope in a few others as well.

Hockey in a similar way to basketball has a number of social leagues in London so it should just be a matter of time before I can find a date in 2015 to play.

Modern pentathlon is a combination of:

  • Fencing (completed 23rd Aug, 2013)
  • Swimming (completed 23rd Mar, 2013)
  • Pistol Shooting (completed 2nd Dec, 2012)
  • Cross-Country Run (completed 26th Oct, 2014)
  • Show jumping

Once I’ve completed jumping as part of the equestrian sports this will be complete.

Taekwondo is available in a number of places across London but it would be good to find a proper beginners course and really get into one of the martial art disciplines.

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