March 31, 2017 Philip

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

An extract from Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”, a poem about triumph over adversity. Yesterdays’ training sessions felt like a triumph over adversity. As Warren and I move towards a consistent 20 hours per week of training we are taking it one day at a time. For me, training yesterday felt like it was trying to destroy me, both mentally and physically. Every day takes meticulous planning as to when to fit the training into the diary. Normally, for me, it’s a 5:30am start with a bike (Turbo or outside) or run session, a lunchtime swim, then another bike or run session either early evening or when the kids are in bed.

We are now decreasing intensity, meaning that the sessions should be in heart rate Zone 2 and pretty comfortable to avoid too much fatigue. This is also expected to be close the pace and intensity that we will be doing during the challenge, it’s definitely an endurance challenge and not a sprint!

There are days when Warren and I chat to each other and we mutter the words “have we bitten off more than we can chew?”  There are days when it feels like we have but those moments of doubt are replaced by the purpose, the why behind our challenges. There is no way that we could put our bodies and minds through this pain if it was just for us, the purpose has to be something bigger than ourselves. That’s how we dig in, suck it up and keep moving forward.

The message from Warren today as we were aiming to meet up on the bike read “I’m heading back along the coast. Hating today.” Thankfully the purpose is greater than ourselves so we are able to press on despite feeling battered by our training regime.

A good reminder of the purpose today was receiving an update on the new classroom being built in St Leonia School in Kyotera, Uganda, thanks to the support of the Guernsey community. Children are now going to school, parents are being empowered to work hard for a brighter future and people once in poverty are now prospering. That makes the pain and hurt of our training worth it.

EPIC7 Training: You may want to try and break us down with hard miles, you may want to drive us to quitting with tiredness every day, you may want to get the better of us so we quit…

BUT…still…like air, we rise.

March Training Statistics for Philip


Miles Swam


Miles Cycled


Miles Run

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