Tuesday, March 06, 2012

On Sunday Mr Gent and I decided to train for the 200 squat and 150 dips challenges. Well, I say "Mr Gent and I decided", but I should be a little more accurate. I bullied him into joining me in the challenges :)))

Since meeting him I've put weight back on and become much less active than before I met him. Obviously it's not his fault but it's a fact that when we go out together we hardly ever walk. When we do we end up arguing because his pace is much faster than mine and I don't want to run. On the other hand, when we've been cycling together I always end up having to wait for him. Very frustrating!
He's also a constant snacker (not healthy snacks) and I find it hard to decline when he offers me stuff. Most of the time I do, but not always, even if I'm not particularly hungry.

When I mentioned the challenge, one of his objections were that he wasn't fit enough. Bless! The whole point of it is to get fit!

Anyway, finally I convinced him and we did the test to see our starting points.
Yesterday I texted him to say I would start the actual training today as my legs and arms were sore so I was taking a day to rest, then I went to dentist at London Bridge and when I finished I decided to walk part of the way home. That brought me past the Monument, designed by Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London (1666). It's 202 feet in height, the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the fire began. It has 311 steps. As I went past it I realised that I'd never been up to the top and noticed it was open - it had been closed for several years while undergoing restoration, and reopened a few years ago.
I thought it would be nice to go up and have a look, so I did. I can report that going down 311 isn't much easier than going up them :D

Taking photographs was hard due to the very high wind (I had to hold on to the railing as otherwise it would have knocked me down) and the metal mesh surrounding the building (possibly to prevent people being knocked *over* by the wind!), plus the weather wasn't the best, but here's a few shots.

The London Eye:

The Shard:

The Gherkin:

St Paul's:

Canary Wharf and the Docklands (left, in the distance) and Tower Bridge:

Very sore legs today, but worth it :)))
And today, instead of taking the rest I should have taken yesterday, I went ahead and started the training. Legs are really, really sore but I plan on doing absolutely nothing tomorrow so they'll have time to rest.

I stopped at the doctor's the other day and they told me that the MRI scan didn't show any problems... which would be good news if it didn't leave me with a pain in my neck (literally) and absolutely no clue of what to do about it :s

Hope everyone is doing well :)
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    Amazing photos! Makes me want to come and see it for myself! Good for you for climbing all of those steps...truly well done. I wish you luck on your challenge and think it is awesome that Mr. Gent is doing it with you. So funny the comment he made about not being fit enough to do it! Let us know how it all goes.
    2299 days ago
    Love your photos! Made me want to visit London. Also looks like a great workout! emoticon
    2300 days ago
    Well done Screwie. That climb must equate
    to at least 100 squats.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. London has sure
    changed since I was last there in 1980. emoticon
    Make sure you rest those muscles before you start
    to do more exercise.
    Have a nice Wednesday. emoticon
    2301 days ago
    With any exercise program, it's best to start slow and build up your endurance. But what's done is done, so please do yourself a favor and take a few rest days before continuing, because if you train before your muscles have a chance to heal, you could do some real damage.
    2301 days ago
  • BEN1126
    Those are Great pictures!
    That's a good climb too. That is more than equivalent to 200 squats.
    2301 days ago
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