Hey, what’s happening people?
If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m blogging a little less often in the hope that my posts are slightly more original and not just me reciting the training I had completed that week.
So this is my first post of the new year. My training had gone really well up until christmas. Managed a couple of sessions up in Kirkby with Mickey, and was training nicely on the roads and on the track with Paul (my coach). Then, it started snowing….and did so for most of January causing all sorts of problems to my training. The only thing I could really do was gym work, which I am starting to really enjoy again. I go through phases of what I enjoy most and at the moment the gym is my favourite. I’ve been out for a few long pushes since the snow has gone but no where near enough. So I need to try to get back out in to Sutton Park and do some big sessions to try to make up for it as at the moment, I’m probably only doing 1 long push a week…..this is obviously not enough.
I’m still playing Basketball quite a bit too. Only had 1 Game this new year and we lost by 1 point to Wolverhampton Rhinos. That’s quite incredible as when we first formed as a team, we played Rhinos and got thrashed by 40 points.
Anyway, I have something quite important to inform you all of so it’s imperative you keep reading from this point on. Some friends of mine from the rugby club are doing the Snowdonia Challenge to raise money for a charity called Regain. Regain is a charity that is quite close to my heart because of what I have experienced through a certain period of my life. They are dedicated to improving the independence of all British men and women who have become Tetraplegic through competitive sports injury. Now, I can’t really explain to you how important it is for someone who has suffered a major injury of any type to be able to retain their independence, but I will try. It is massively important and is the reason I’ve managed to deal with my injury. Because I’m independent, I feel as though I retain my dignity and masculinity. It doesn’t matter that I can’t walk and use a wheelchair to get around because I don’t rely on anyone else….it’s me getting myself from A to B, and doing what I want in between. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have good friends and family around me. The rugby club, Old Saltleians Rugby Club, raised an enormous amount of money to help pay for my wheelchairs, racing chairs, basketball chair so that I could be independent and get back to do what any sportsperson wants to do….compete. Some people aren’t quite so fortunate and that is where Regain come in, and that’s why these friends of mine are doing the Snowdonia Challenge, which isn’t some walk in the park I can tell you. Cycle 40 miles, climb Snowdon, canoe 2.5 miles, in under 10 hours. It’s a task well worthy of the Charity they are rasing money for I’m sure you will all agree.
So, stop reading, get you debit or credit card out, click the link at the end of this paragraph, and donate what ever you want or can afford. A quid, a tenner, a ton, it doesn’t matter, but please donate something because I promise you now that you are going to make a massive difference to someone out there who has been injured playing sport and is perhaps struggling a little to retain their independance. Click here to donate.
It will only take a couple of minutes so please make sure you donate something. I get roughly a hundred people a week read my blog, and if everyone donated a pound, that will add up to large sum of money by June.
So all that is left now is to wish Nick Wilkins, Jason Bethell, Jason Langford-Brown and Jason Francis all the best. I’ll let you know how it all goes once they have completed it in the summer, and hopefully let you all know that my training is back to normal in a couple of weeks time.