All my free time disappeared when I started training for Kokoda. I’ve been exercising 5-6 times a week, getting up before work to train, then after work more training. The cold dark winter mornings were hardest, but I only skipped one training session (because I was too physically drained to do it).
It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.
After 3 months of training I’m a tad disappointed I haven’t lost any weight, in fact I’ve gained a bit – hopefully extra muscle!
About 2 weeks ago I hit a wall of fatigue; my body was tired and demanded a rest, so I eased back on the exercise, which seemed to help. Now, one week out from departure I’ve finished all my training and I’m looking forward to a rest week, maybe a yoga class and a long walk, but that will be all. No point turning up at the airport feeling tired – I want to be full of energy and raring to go!
I’ve already been thinking about how to keep my fitness when I get back from Kokoda. I’ve signed up for the Neon Run (5kms) run on 18th October, I’ve realised the benefit of having a fitness goal to help you stay motivated.
Thank you to my trainers, friends, work mates and family who have supported me during the last 3 months – thanks for geeing me on – for the most part it has been fun! (I can say that now lol!) In a way it has already been life changing, my fitness has really improved, and I’ve reminded myself what it feels like to have a fitness goal
Emma has been my awesome trainer at Goodlife in the Valley. She pushed me just the right amount, and got me doing 100 kilo leg presses and 40 kilo barbell deadlifts – she must have magical powers. Thank you Emma!
Sam and Adam
Sam and Adam ran our Kokoda group training sessions at Aspire Fitness in Woolloongabba. Adam managed our circuit training classes on Monday nights, while Sam drew the short straw with the early shifts (6.00am stair sessions at Kangaroo Point on Wednesday mornings, and 5.45am at Mount Coot-tha on Sunday mornings). These guys are legends, and really know their stuff. After 3 months it feels like they’re part of our team and we all wish they could come with us to Kokoda. Thanks guys!
Thanks also to my boyfriend who has been cheering me on from the sidelines, you’re awesome!