It’s been a full on week working at Battle Back, so I’ve had to fit in training early mornings and late night, which always makes for a pretty tiring week. It’s been great being able to work in the EIS gym though and it’s been pretty inspiring training along side the GB Archers and GB gymnasts. I have to say the guys I’ve been working with this week have been incredible too….on Tuesday we went climbing and caving, and I took a group of 5 down the indoor caving system at Wolf Mountain. We only had 4 legs between the 5 of us, and 2 of those were mine!!! Nothing stopped these guys, and their attitudes and approach to life is a complete inspiration.
I did manage to get out on the water early Wednesday when temperatures were just below freezing. It was fantastic to train watching the sun come up with a layer of mist across the water….even if it was a little chilly!
I’ve now got the next two weeks leading up to Christmas to focus on training so I’m looking forward to working hard and hopefully making some big gains so I can hit the New Year with a bang!
I’ve also been asked this week to get involved with the Energize Olympic Champion programme running in Shropshire. The programme offers schools visits by local high achieving sports stars, and I’m honoured to be asked to take part in this scheme. Raising awareness about the power of sport and the opportunities that are available to young people is something that I’m incredibly passionate about, so I’m really looking forward to getting involved and supporting Energize.
It’s been a sad week for Climbing Out, as on Friday I was told that Chloe Hood, a participant on one of our programmes, this week lost her fight to cancer. Chloe was a remarkable young lady, and our thoughts go out to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
I know Chloe’s death has had a big impact on many of the young people involved with Climbing Out, and in the words of one of our participants, “this Christmas remember to enjoy quite simply being lucky enough to be alive”
The one picture shows where I have been training this week and the other is of Chloe.