So, being a part of Essex Boot Camp I have decided to list what I like about it as listed below (and in no particular order) :-
1) It's friendly and fun
2) Great banter
3) I have made so many new and lovely friends
4) Lots social events happen outside of EBC
5) The instructors are fab at what they do and work to all fitness abilities
6) Love the fact people have their own goals too from weight loss, fitness etc
7) The support/encouragement we all give each other
8) EBC is like a family :)
9) The flexibility that you can go to any site
10) Sessions vary from mornings, lunch times and evenings and on every day in many places
11) The fact it is outdoors and any weather sun/rain/snow it still happens
12) Each session is completely different, no boring routine like being in a gym
13) I also get inspired when I see people improve or loose weight
14) The instructors are not bad looking (sorry that has to be said ;)
There is also a detailed write up on Lactic Rush (if you scroll through my journal from earlier in the year).
My first ever adventure event with EBC around 7 miles and 30 obstacles (to which I did 26 obstacles)
It was great to attend another new launch outside of Essex and for the instructor James H, to start something new and exciting. Again, a great turn out from members at various Essex sites and people from Cambridge too - to see how we roll. The day was finished by a picnic in the park :)
I'm not sure with the photo below if it was June, but, I wanted to add this to show a photo of the marine, Glynn (director) taking on all the sites and surprising us with a marine session. We all turned up for a routine session, this was at the Braintree site and then out of nowhere, loud shouts came from the trees and there Glynn was!!! Ohhhh noooooo, but, it was so much fun even if somewhat grueling. Something different, and good how EBC likes to mix it up and have a bit of banter saying ..where will the marine turn up next!? :)
National Lottery Run - 5 miles
Another day another challenge to which my parents came long to watch and enjoy the atmosphere within the Olympic Stadium. I was actually debating signing up for this as a few days later, I was flying to South Africa for the World Transplant Games. I am so glad I did! What a great day!!
For me, the best part was running towards the finish and entering a tunnel leading out onto the track in the stadium. Music was being played in here with the sounds from the audience of the Olympics day itself. Wow! What a buzz and as I entered the stadium and saw the thousands of people it was very emotional.
All of my fellow EBC'ers had finished and I did hear my name being screamed and later blamed for lost voices, lol. It was hard to find where the screams initially were coming from - but focusing and seeing RED tops - yay!!
A very memorable experience and another to add to my achievements for the year so far, as jog/walk for 5 miles. Now to pack and head off to Durban, South Africa.
World Transplant Games
I have already written a journal in full about the World Games (if you would like to read) prior to this entry.
Massive thanks to Essex Boot Camp for being my sponsors, and I was very proud wearing my Team GB with EBC logos on my kit.
And here I am below with my 2 bronze medals returning back to bootcamp.
My most recent event was the Olympics, a day of individual and team events. I did get lost in the endurance event and was so far behind and ended up scaling most of the forest grounds!! But, found my way back onto the road and hearing noises of people and using that as a bearing to get back to somewhere not lost! And, great that the Team Admirals went searching for me too, big smiles all round when re-united, phew.
I think I held everyone up and all had finished but, I was just determined to finish. Trying to get air into my lungs doing this quite tough and using all my power with each movement. I had lots of support as you can see with the instructors below, and a lot of noise around me (I think claps and cheers but I was just trying to focus on my breathing).
What I also love is the comradery between each site - yes, perhaps we are all competitive in our own rights. But, for me it is about that and also having fun. A good buzz and fun day as usual supporting one another.
My year anniversary at Essex Boot Camp!!!!!
My journal was prompted by the fact a year has passed, and I think I have achieved so much and actually seeing it written down shocks me. I feel I can run a little further/faster (still a tortoise - but not a tortoise carrying its shell) Still breathless - but, still determined and will not stop training.
My mission to myself now is to complete all sites and meet all instructors.......
So there are 28 EBC Sites (2 extra as Corporate)
Sites I have visited over the year (12) :- Chelmsford:- Admirals Park, Beaulieu Park, Hylands Park; Billericay; South Woodham Ferrers, Great Dunmow, Rayleigh Fairview Park, Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Loughton; Chafford Hundred (and outside Essex - Cambridge).
Sites I have plans to visit before the year ends:- Colchester, Basildon, Southend and Grays . If I do the four listed here before the year ends - then only 12 left to do and I will complete all of the sites :)
The next all day Bentwaters in November - bring it on take two!!!
Then time for more sessions and keeping fit and well before the madness of Christmas and New Year, lots of socialness/parties.
This photo summaries EBC and how much I love it. I remember this day clearly, I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. Gabs took this photo and he was telling me stay still but I was slowly falling forward with the weight! There is no way I could move any steps like this (though some people thought I did, lol....no chance). Trying to breathe whilst pained face says it all.
So what does 2014 Hold?
What are next year's challenges in the pipeline at the moment.....
March - Brentwood half marathon
May - Rat Race 13miles 150 obstacles
September - Great North Run 13.1 miles
September/October - Australia for their National Transplant Games
And finishing my auto-biography........
Thanks to all at Essex Boot Camp once again, to all instructors and EBC'ers.
Go hard or Go home.
The Only Way is Essex Boot Camp
If you say I can't, I will say..if I can..YOU can!!
Cheerio for now