Right now I weigh 12 stone 13 pound so I'm going to aim for 12 stone or less.
I have a cross trainer at home which I will be using to measure my fitness level analytically, with as few outside influences as possible e.g. wind, rain, heat, wet ground, all of which will affect times. With the cross trainer this will be eliminated. The best way I have found to actually measure my performance on this machine is by counting the calories used within a particular time, because the distance will not increase by putting it on a higher level.
Yesterday I did 1032 calories in 20 minutes and nearly threw up! OMG I'm unfit, that would have been easy when I was fit 20 years ago.
Hi, good to see people blogging about their training exploits. Its testament in itself that you've signed up for the event. Many talk about it, but never put the money where the mouth is and follow it through. Sounds like you've got a good approach to the training and the cross trainer is good for the early stages of the fitness, but you need to get out with your bergen on your back. Its the only way to prepare fully and don't underestimate the savageness of the hills. Hill reps, with weight and in boots is the only way to train for these events and you'll be fine. It was a really good event in the Winter, held by Avalanche Endurance Events and there was a real sense of Espirit du corps throughout the load bearing field. Folk sharing water and food half way up Jacobs ladder is a memory that'll stay with me for a long time. Looking forward to keeping up to speed with your progress. We're travelling down the night before and staying in Brecon, purely for an admin point of view. I think the summer event will start earlier in the day, due to headcount of tourists etc.
Keep it up.