THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011
We're getting into pre-season now and I've got to say Tuesday's endurance run was one of the hardest I've ever had.
It was over a figure-of-eight circuit of 240 metres divided into 40 metres. So you run 40m then you jog, 80m then jog, 120m then jog, 160m, 200m and then you only have 40m rest, then you do the full 240m.
It’s so hard. You feel the lactic acid building up in your legs and you are breathing so heavily towards the end of it. After the first set you are on the floor and then we’re off again!
It’s a hard session but a good one. It’s still quite short and that’s the case now, the longer runs have gone. It’s not easy, but you push yourself and your team-mates through it. That's what it's all about.
Wednesday was lighter after that, a gym session and then the pool.
The upper body circuit in the morning included boxing in bursts of about 80 seconds. We were in pairs and one held the pads, the other punched and then you swap around.
It certainly makes you think what boxers go through - three-minute rounds with your arms up constantly, throwing punches and getting hit at the same time!
I’m glad Carlo didn’t connect with one on Wednesday!
We did shorter stuff in a longer session on Thursday and it poured down!
It’s pre-season and you don’t often get rain like we had. It came down all morning and looked set for most of the day.
And I came to training in my flip-flops and a t-shirt!
I like to think the weather will still be quite good after my holiday and try to keep my tan going! In this weather, it’s just washing away!
The internationals were also back today and it was great to see everyone.
We’re all back now, there's a great spirit and we all look forward to going to South Africa next week.
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